Poetic Bestiary: A Panel Discussion With Sandra Alcosser, Mark Doty & Linda Hogan

Three leading poets discuss the role of animals as inspiration and agents of transformation in the poetry of the past and present.

In response to the exhibit Artistic Bestiary: Installations by Jane Greer and Brian Getnick on view at Poets House March 24 through May 6

Branching Out Kansas City: Elizabeth Alexander on Gwendolyn Brooks

Since she began publishing her tight lyrics of Chicago’s great South Side in the 1940s, Gwendolyn Brooks has been one of the most influential American poets of the twentieth century. Her poems distill the very best aspects of Modernist style with the sounds and shapes of various African-American forms and idioms. Brooks is a consummate portraitist who found worlds in the community she wrote out of, and her innovations as a sonneteer remain an inspiration to more than one generation of poets who have come after her.

Passwords: Gillian Conoley on Henri Michaux

Gillian Conoley speaks on Henri Michaux (1899-1984), one of the most original and admired French writers and artists of the twentieth century.

Branching Out Lake Charles: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

The Children's Poetry Book Show Opening Celebration

Readings to celebrate National Poetry Month and the opening of this display of the best poetry for children from the past year.

Branching Out New Orleans: Mary Jo Salter on Marianne Moore

A prim and proper representative of the avant-garde. A private, single woman who lived with her mother, counted many (misbehaving) great writers as her friends, and famously influenced the course of American letters. A modest person who saluted boldness. A city-dweller who was a close observer of animals. An artist who embraced science. A punctilious failure at punctuation. A writer of prose that sounded like poetry and of poetry that sounded like prose. A woman writer revered by male writers in her lifetime, when women were often dismissed (at least until they were properly dead).

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