Poet Agha Shahid Ali reads the poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984), considered the greatest Urdu poet of the second half of this century, examining his use of classical forms such as the ghazal, and discuss the difficulties of translation.
Poets House co-founder Stanley Kunitz reads and discusses one of Russia's most significant poets, in celebration of the re-release of his translations with the late Max Hayward. As an unwavering witness to the turmoil of the first half of the twentieth century, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) still speaks eloquently to us of crisis and survival.
Poet Victor Di Suvero reviews the seminal sources of the Beat experience in poetry and discusses of the work of Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth and William Everson/Brother Antoninus as progenitors of the Beats. (Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)
A modernist from Northern Britain, Basil Bunting (1900-1985) combined his simple Quaker aesthetics with intense experimentalism. Richard Caddell, a former Bunting student, will discusses the poet's work and play programs of Bunting reading his innovative verse.