2002: Stanley Kunitz on Anna Akhmatova (Full Audio)

Poets House co-founder Stanley Kunitz reads and discusses one of Russia's most significant poets, in celebration of the re-release of his translations with the late Max Hayward. As an unwavering witness to the turmoil of the first half of the twentieth century, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) still speaks eloquently to us of crisis and survival.

(Full Audio, approx. 55 mins)

1995: Jerry Ward on Sterling Plumpp (Full Audio)

Scholar Jerry Ward discusses the work of Chicago poet Sterling Plumpp (born in 1940), whose work fuses blues and jazz rhythms with poetic vision to speak of Black lives, here and abroad.

(Full Audio, approx 50 mins)

1997: Victor Di Suvero on "Pre" Beat Poets (Full Audio)

Poet Victor Di Suvero reviews the seminal sources of the Beat experience in poetry and discusses of the work of Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth and William Everson/Brother Antoninus as progenitors of the Beats.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

1995: Richard Caddell on Basil Bunting (Full Audio)

A modernist from Northern Britain, Basil Bunting (1900-1985) combined his simple Quaker aesthetics with intense experimentalism. Richard Caddell, a former Bunting student, will discusses the poet's work and play programs of Bunting reading his innovative verse.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2007: Jane Hirshfield - Bashō and the Immensities of Image (Full Audio)

In this talk, Jane Hirshfield explores the poet Matsuo Bashō’s life and teachings, the inner workings of haiku, and the poems themselves, revealing both the continuing usefulness and the lasting exhilaration of Bashō's restless discoveries.

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

Part of Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century, a joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2007: Cuba's Bard: A Conversations with José Kozer, Ammiel Alcalay and Mark Weiss (Full Audio)

A reading and conversation about poetry, politics and translation with the dynamic Cuban poet José Kozer and the eminent poet-critic Ammiel Alcalay, with English-language readings of Kozer's poetry by Mark Weiss, translator of Stet: Selected Poems of José Kozer

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2001: Wanda Coleman on Phillis Wheatley (Full Audio)

In this Passwords program, poet Wanda Coleman discusses the work of Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784). Born in Africa, Wheatley was kidnapped, brought to America, and sold to a prominent Boston family. She became the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems, and one of the best-known poets in the country.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2008: The Shape of Disclosure: George Oppen Centennial Symposium Panel One (Full Audio)

"Biographical-Historical Continuum" panel, moderated by Michael Heller, featuring Stephen Cope on Oppen's diaries and journals, Norman Finkelstein on the late poems, Eric Hoffman on Oppen’s political identity and Kristin Prevallet on Oppen's response to World War II.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 30 mins)


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