Poet and performer Tracie Morris presents an open seminar on the relationship between sound, onomonpoetics, and imagery, demonstrating that form is a continuum that incorporates both the avant-garde and conventional, rather than something that is “broken” by experimentation, a source rather than a rulebook for the making and presenting of living, resounding poems.
A new take on a Poets House tradition: An overnight of poetic and spiritual cleansing, with guided meditations and intuitive writing sessions, proprioceptive movement and acupuncture options, and other activities designed to clear and comfort the mind and body, and open up new space for creativity.
For several decades, Brenda Hillman has been exploring poetic form and perception in her tetralogy on the classical elements-- earth, air, water, fire. She discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.
On the eve of what would have been the beloved Irish poet and translator’s 75th birthday, poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s (1939-2013) masterful poems, exploring and celebrating Heaney’s humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.
A 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 seeming edges of language and to articulate the rich “between” spaces – between sound and definition, body and nation – that drive our poetry in hidden, powerful ways.
In this landmark piece choreographed by Kathryn Roszak and performed by Danse Lumière, a company recognized for adapting great works of literature to the stage through the fusion of dance, music, and theater, dancers echo Tranströmer’s unique collages of everyday narrative, interrupted by flashes of strong emotion and penetrated by a palpable sense of the world’s beauty.