Crossing the Line with Priscilla Becker

Lineation is the main design, the central idiosyncratic feature of poetry. This class stems from connections to other precincts of lineation, primarily geology: the linear structural features within rocks, called intersection, crenulation, mineral, and stretching. The re-navigation of the poetic line into the metamorphic lineation of geology is a re- orientation. Our writing exercises will emanate from this interdisciplinary crossroad, employing such inventions as junction, stress, re-direction, and parallelism.

The Poetry of Form: Physical Structures in the History of Verse with Regan Good

T S Eliot wrote, “To use very strict form is a help, because you concentrate on the technical difficulties of mastering the form, and allow the content of the poem a more unconscious and freer release.” A poetic form is a little recipe, an algorithm in the history of verse. There is nothing poetic about form itself. How does one enable the content—the poetry—to flow within the strictures of a sonnet, or a sestina, or a villanelle? How does poetry result from rules and confinement? We will discuss forms and write our own poems within and outside them.

Poetry Summer: Intensive Workshop for High School Students

For the first time, we are offering a week-long workshop for writers in high school to create and explore poetry in one of the largest poetry libraries in the country.

2014: Passwords: Tom Sleigh on Seamus Heaney (Full Audio)

Poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s masterful poems, exploring and celebrating his humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.

(Full audio, Approx. 1 hour 15 mins.)

2014: On the Edge with Edwin Torres (Full Audio)

Poet, performer, educator, and self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres leads an exploration of the tools poets use to extend past the edges of language to articulate the rich spaces between sound and definition.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour, 10 mins.)

Literary Partners Program: A Tribute to D. H. Melhem

Please come celebrate the life of D. H. Melhem—poet, author, scholar, political activist, teacher, a.k.a. “The Poet Laureate of New York’s Upper West Side.”

PRESENTERS:

Dorothy Friedman August
Vinie Burrows
Hannelore Hahn
Rashidah Ismaili
Donald Lev
Karen Malpede
Robert Roth
Susan Sherman
Quincy Troupe
Victor Wallis
Steve Zeitlin

3-5pm; Reception to Follow

2014: Relative Strangeness: Rosmarie Waldrop with Nikolai Duffy (Full Audio)

Rosmarie Waldrop, author of numerous books of poetry and a persistent and prolific innovator, is joined by Nikolai Duffy, Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, for an evening of readings and discussion.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour, 15 mins)

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