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.
In this talk, Jane Hirshfield explores the poet Matsuo Bashō’s life and teachings, the inner workings of haiku, and the poems themselves, revealing both the continuing usefulness and the lasting exhilaration of Bashō's restless discoveries.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 10 mins.)
Part of Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century, a joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A reading and conversation about poetry, politics and translation with the dynamic Cuban poet José Kozer and the eminent poet-critic Ammiel Alcalay, with English-language readings of Kozer's poetry by Mark Weiss, translator of Stet: Selected Poems of José Kozer
In this Passwords program, poet Wanda Coleman discusses the work of Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784). Born in Africa, Wheatley was kidnapped, brought to America, and sold to a prominent Boston family. She became the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems, and one of the best-known poets in the country.