The War Works Hard with Dunya Mikhal & Pierre Joris

Join poets Dunya Mikhal and Pierre Joris for a reading and conversation about poetry, translation, and politics.

Flesh and Spirit: Writing the Body with Tina Chang

This workshop will explore the range of representations of the body in poetry and related topics such as identity, death, power, and eroticism. Assigned writing will focus on the use of written texts as vehicles for the senses. Readings include excerpts from Pablo Neruda, Agha Shahid Ali, and Sylvia Plath.

Branching Out Milwaukee: Robert Pinsky on William Carlos Williams & Robert Frost

Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams have far more in common than their adherents sometimes acknowledge. The shared territory includes their interest in American idiom, and what Frost calls "sentence sounds," as fundamental. Beyond that profound matter of speech at the heart of poetry—and American speech at the heart of their artistic enterprise—Frost and Williams both struggle with the tangled, aspiring, somewhat demented project of American memory.

Poetry in The Branches Reading: Hettie Jones

Beginning in February 2005 , Staten Island teens and adults will be doing what Poetry in The Branches was designed for: bumping into poetry and discovering its delights. The pilot year of this program will see Staten Island branches of The New York Public Library hosting six poetry-writing workshops for teens, and, for adults, a series of readings by stellar poets of their own and their favorite poets’ work. On a Spring afternoon or evening, when a trip on the ferry adds an extra note of pleasure to your day, come hear these readings.

Glyn Maxwell & Derek Walcott: A Conversation

Derek Walcott and Glyn Maxwell discuss poetry and cultural politics in the United States and the Caribbean in an annual program honoring the late Katharine Washburn, co-editor of the anthology World Poetry and acclaimed translator.

Branching Out Houston: Vijay Seshadri on Elizabeth Bishop

In this talk, Vijay Seshadri will examine the origins and the scope of Bishop's visionary ambitions, her complicated, paradoxical relationship to the religious traditions that shaped her thought, and, finally, her ability to expose, in small poems and large, the fundamental questions underlying our experience.

A joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading with Amber Flora Thomas, Harryette Mullen, Dawn Lundy Martin & Gregory Pardlo

Amber Flora Thomas, winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, will read from her work, along with judge Harryette Mullen, and finalists Dawn Lundy Martin and Gregory Pardlo.

An International Reading and Conversation With Fadhil al-Azzawi, Breyten Breytenbach & Joan Margarit Consarnau

Iraqi poet Fadhil al-Azzawi, South African writer Breyten Breytenbach, and Spanish poet Joan Margarit Consarnau will gather at Poets House to read their work and discuss the role of poetry in the world today.

Borderless: A Reading by Canadian Poets

This reading by established and emerging Canadian poets celebrates the donation of an extensive collection of Canadian poetry to the Poets House library.

Poetry in The Branches Reading: Marie Howe

Beginning in February 2005 , Staten Island teens and adults will be doing what Poetry in The Branches was designed for: bumping into poetry and discovering its delights. The pilot year of this program will see Staten Island branches of The New York Public Library hosting six poetry-writing workshops for teens, and, for adults, a series of readings by stellar poets of their own and their favorite poets’ work. On a Spring afternoon or evening, when a trip on the ferry adds an extra note of pleasure to your day, come hear these readings.

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