On view April 3–April 30
Since 1990, the annual Poets House Showcase has collected, displayed and promoted virtually every book of poetry published in the United States. This year’s harvest promises to be the most bountiful yet, with nearly 2,000 new titles from commercial, university and independent presses. From authoritative anthologies to handmade chapbooks, Poets House is the only place where they are all gathered under one roof.
Poet, essayist and translator Lyn Hejinian explores the work of George Oppen, a poet affiliated with the Objectivists who split his life between writing and political activism. Oppen published Discrete Series, Of Being Numerous, and Primitive, among other works.
A beloved teacher and presence in the poetry world, William Matthews (1942-1997) published eleven books of poetry during his lifetime, including Time & Money, Selected Poems and Translations 1969-1991, Blues If You Want, A Happy Childhood, as well as the essay collection Curiosities. After All: Last Poems was published posthumously in 1998 and Search Party: Collected Poems was just released this year.
The author of over 50 books for children of all ages, Elizabeth Winthrop will read from her new book Dancing Granny. Her publications include The Castle in the Attic, The Red-Hot Rattoons, Dumpy La Rue, and others.
Poet Ammiel Alcalay explores the work of Charles Olson, head of the famously progressive Black Mountain College in North Carolina, as well as author of the essay "Projective Verse" and the epic The Maximus Poems, two touchstones of experimental poetics.
Poet Kevin Young discusses the work of Bob Kaufman (1925-1986), a premier jazz poet and major figure of the Beat movement whose books include Golden Sardine, The Ancient Rain and Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness. Cranial Guitar: Selected Poems was published posthumously.