Join the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's inaugural Downtown Poetry Walk and stop off at Poets House to hear a reading and conversation with poet Fanny Howe and choreographer Ralph Lemon as they discuss dance and poetry—two isolated art forms, one that relies on the body, the other on language—in relation to issues of race, class, and gender.
In his talk, Carl Phillips will explore the ways in which Whitman is among the first to stake out forbidden territory (race, masculinity, morality) for American poetry and to find a form that persuasively enacts the poem's content. He will also consider the ways in which Whitman's poems continue to have a contemporary resonance and to illustrate what it has meant and continues to mean, on so many levels, to be American, for better and for worse.
Join Poets House and the South Street Seaport Museum for a Whitmanesque extravaganza: Walt Whitman: Poet and Printer
Hear his work and that of poets influenced by him. Try your hand at a letterpress printer like the one he used
The things we expect in poetry—radical compression, flights of lyricism, strategic sequencing—can be used to create a new reasoning in prose, refocusing the readers’ attentions and expectations. Representative contemporary authors writing between genres will be read, and students are invited to suggest others.Writing assignments will be given, and students will be encouraged to deviate.