Scholar Miriam Nichols discusses the literary legacy of San Francisco Renaissance poet Robin Blaser and plays excerpts from The Astonishment Tapes, Blaser's 1974 autobiographical recordings, transcripts of which she edited. (Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika)
(Full audio, approx 1 hour 20 mins)
Joseph Stanton, a widely published poet who happens also to be an art historian, offers a workshop that will go beyond ekphrasis to encourage the writing of poems in response to any and all forms of artistic experience. Participants will be provided approaches to use when writing poems in response to witnessings and/or participations in such forms as paintings, movies, fairy tales, plays, and sports events. Poetry as a means of inquiry will be the emphasis throughout.
The Operating System is honored to invite you to warm a midwinter afternoon with the words of four staggeringly talented woman poets: Maryam Parhizkar [PULL: A Ballad, OS Class of 2014], Amanda Ngoho Reavey [MARILYN, OS Class of 2015], JP Howard [SAY/MIRROR, OS Class of 2015], and Caits Meissner, [LET IT DIE HUNGRY, forthcoming, OS Class of 2016], hosted and curated by managing editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson.