Commemorate the 65th anniversary of Babi Yar (the 1941 Jewish Massacre in Kiev) with a reading by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the world premiere of Dimitri Shostakovich's two-piano version of Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar, performed with an all-male chorus and bass soloist, transcribed especially for the Museum from Shostakovich's original manuscript. With Misha & Cipa Dichter, piano; Valentin Peytchinov, bass soloist; and Patrick Gardner, conductor
"The poem comes in the form of a blessing -'like rapture breaking on the mind,'" wrote the late Stanley Kunitz in the introduction to Passing Through. When Kunitz died May 14, 2006, at 100, he left a legacy of creative endurance and an impassioned commitment to the preservation of poetry. The life and work of Poets House co-founder Stanley Kunitz will be celebrated through poems and stories, photographs, and rare archival recordings.
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).
Paul Muldoon gives a close reading of Robert Frost's "Directive", a poem that seems capable of standing at the end of almost every trail in the rest of Frost's own work, but also of helping a reader find a way through the densities of 20th, perhaps even 21st, century poetry.