Jorge Luis Borges “imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library”―and we agree! This new tradition invites Members to discover their dream-places in the stacks, inspired by writing exercises, activities and more. Join today, as this event is open to Members only, and space is limited.
For several decades, Brenda Hillman has been exploring poetic form and perception in her tetralogy on the classical elements-- earth, air, water, fire. She discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.
The Paul Zweig Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture on the craft of poetry presented in honor of Paul Zweig, an early collaborator in the founding of Poets House.
On the eve of what would have been the beloved Irish poet and translator’s 75th birthday, poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s (1939-2013) masterful poems, exploring and celebrating Heaney’s humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.
A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres leads an exploration of the tools poets use to extend past the seeming edges of language and to articulate the rich “between” spaces – between sound and definition, body and nation – that drive our poetry in hidden, powerful ways.
In this landmark piece choreographed by Kathryn Roszak and performed by Danse Lumière, a company recognized for adapting great works of literature to the stage through the fusion of dance, music, and theater, dancers echo Tranströmer’s unique collages of everyday narrative, interrupted by flashes of strong emotion and penetrated by a palpable sense of the world’s beauty.
On view: Tuesday, April 1–Saturday, April 12, 2014
Drawing from Poets House's exceptional chapbook collection to reimagine the history and legacy of Donald Allen's classic anthology The New American Poetry 1945–1960, this exhibition is curated by young poetry scholars from the CUNY Grad Center.
Copresented with the CUNY ChapFest. For a detailed list of ChapFest events, please visit chapbookfestival.org