The Moving Image: Poetry and Film

Art, wrote filmmaker Andrey Tarkovsky, is a means of assimilating the world, an instrument for knowing it in the course of one's journey toward "absolute truth." This workshop uses film to inspire and generate poems, seeking what some filmmakers call the "authentic," bearing in mind that, as Tarkovsky said, "the indisputably functional role of art lies in the idea of knowing, where the effect is expressed as shock, as catharsis." Using films by recent and contemporary auteurs, exercises using imagery, ideas, emotions, and other elements from the films, and selected readings, the poet will t

Branching Out New Orleans: 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.

Passwords: Patricia Spears Jones on Lorenzo Thomas

Patricia Spears Jones will discuss the life and work of Lorenzo Thomas (1944-2005), a pivotal figure in the Black Arts Movement and author of such poetry books as Chances are Few and Dancing on Main Street.

Poetry in the Children's Room: The Sun Returns, The Day Begins

We'll be taken on a journey of poems acted and spoken by Clea Rivera and Richard Lewis, with improvised music by Harry Mann.

Poetry Across Languages at the People's Poetry Gathering

Robert Bly will open the 2006 People’s Poetry Gathering with a presentation about the role poetry plays in world languages, literature, and cultural understanding. He will read and discuss his poetry and translations.

The People’s Poetry Gathering was co-founded by Poets House and City Lore in 1999 and co-produced in 1999, 2001, and 2003. Poets House is pleased to co-sponsor this year’s keynote address. See for a full schedule.

A Tribute to Paul Zweig

A celebration of the life and work of Paul Zweig (1935-1984), poet, literary critic, and memoirist. The bequest of his personal library began the Poets House collection.

A Conversation with Hwang Sok-Yong and Ko Un

A conversation with two of the leading Korean writers of the postwar period, novelist Hwang Sok-Youn and poet Ko Un.

Presented in conjunction with PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.

Women Poets from the Middle East: Agi Mishol, Naomi Shihab Nye & Vénus Khoury-Ghata

A discussion about poetry and politics with three leading poets from the Middle East.

Presented in conjunction with PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature.

Branching Out Houston: Martín Espada on Pablo Neruda

At each stage of his tumultuous life, Neruda wrote poems as chronicles, explaining his poetry and politics. He also wrote poems about the mysterious power of poetry itself, a power fully embraced in Chilean culture. In his talk Martín Espada will focus on the evolution of Neruda as a political poet, his struggle and exile at the hands of his own government, his triumphant return, his death in the wake of the military coup, and his redemption after democracy returned to Chile.


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