Frank O'Hara at MoMA

Frank O'Hara worked at The Museum of Modern Art on and off for fifteen years—first selling postcards, then curating exhibitions and writing catalogue copy, all the while composing poems during his lunch hour. This program will feature friends and colleagues from his MoMA heyday sharing their favorite anecdotes. Selected archival material including correspondence, handwritten notes, and installation photographs—as well as exhibition catalogues—will be on view in the Library and Archives' new Reading Rooms.

Passwords: Bill Berkson on Frank O'Hara

Bill Berkson explores the life and work of O'Hara through the lens of the pivotal year of 1956, when he was preparing the manuscript of his first major collection, Meditations in an Emergency.

Part of the Frank O'Hara Festival, November 28-30, 2006

Poetry for Children: A Pebble, a Stone, and the Gift of Stars

Even the simplest things of the earth can open up whole worlds in the imagination: a pebble or a stone. We will enter these new worlds, and moving from their silences to their ancient and glowing stars, we will gather new enchantments and use them to write our poems. When we have finished we will make a small clay vessel for our discoveries.

Reading by Contemporary Japanese Women Poets

Book release party for Four from Japan: Contemporary Poetry by Women with readings by Takako Arai, Kiriu Minashita, Kyong-Mi Park & Ryoko Sekiguchi.

Part of the Festival of Contemporary Japanese Women Poets, November 15-17, 2006

Branching Out NYC: Edward Hirsch on Federico García Lorca

This talk explores Lorca’s artistic sources, including Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo. Edward Hirsch also discusses Lorca's complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write his classic, Poet in New York.

Ruination: Loss in desire. Une poetique

Nathalie Stephens writes at the border between languages: in her case, English and French. Her talk will address questions of translatability, displacement, desire, and what—through history—has come undone.

Poetry in The Branches Reading: Thomas Lux

The reading follows an intensive writing workshop for local high school students led by Thomas Lux and Sarah Lawrence College MFA students.

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