2006: Susan Stewart on Anna Akhmatova (Full Audio)

Poet Susan Stewart delivers her talk "Akhmatova, Poet of the Future"

(Full Audio, approx. 50 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: Ron Padgett on Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch (Full Audio)

Poet Ron Padgett delivers his lecture, "Taking a Walk with Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch: The Beauty and Uses of Literary Friendship"

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 20 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.

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)

A review of the seminal sources of the Beat experience in poetry and a discussion 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)

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