The Legacy of Homer: A Reading & Exhibition Viewing

Three poets respond to and comment on the artwork in the Dahesh Museum of Art’s landmark exhibition, The Legacy of Homer: Four Centuries of Art from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, which will be on view October 11–January 22. In addition to their commentary, hear them read and discuss Homer’s as well as their own poetry.

Poetry in The Branches Workshop: Adult Poetry Workshop with Victoria Hallerman

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.

Poetry in The Branches Workshop: Teen Poetry Workshop with Dave Johnson

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.

Branching Out Milwaukee: Ed Hirsch on Federico García Lorca

In his talk on Federico García Lorca's life and work, Edward Hirsch will explore Lorca's artistic sources, including native Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo, the intellectual community in which Lorca became a youthful prodigy, his complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write what Hirsch considers to be one of the greatest books of poems ever written about New York City,

Poetry in the Children's Room: Inkless Tales with Elizabeth Bushey

Author and illustrator Elizabeth Bushey will present special animations of her poems and stories about everything we love (dinosaurs!) and hate (vegetables!). She’ll also lead us in a poetry writing workshop—something we definitely love!

Making the Urban Poetic with Amy King

Since the Industrial Revolution, the alleys, sewers, and towers of the city have provided a labyrinthine landscape that mirrors the poetic explorations of its inhabitants. Whitman’s “I contain multitudes” boldly points out each city dweller’s multiple ways of being in the world. This course explores the effects of the city’s ever-changing spaces and systems within our own writing. Readings by César Vallejo, Kenneth Koch, and Elaine Equi will be discussed.

Passwords: Juliana Spahr on Kamau Brathwaite

Juliana Spahr speaks about the life and work of the influential Caribbean poet and NYU professor Kamau Brathwaite, author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including The Arrivants, a chronicle of the triangular slave trade, and Ancestors, a revised edition of his earlier collections, Mother Poem, Sun Poem, and X/Self.

Branching Out Kansas City: 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).

Poetry in The Branches Reading: Ana Castillo

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.

Poetry in The Branches Workshop: Teen Poetry Workshop with Nadine Mozon

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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