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.
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.
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.