On View in Toronto June 20-24
Bringing Poetry in The Branches training to an international community of librarians at the Joint Conference of the American Library Association & the Canadian Library Association in Toronto.
Join us for this annual tribute to poetry and the city we love. Galway Kinnell, Cornelius Eady, Quincy Troupe and Grace Paley will read their poems and invoke the words of Hart Crane, Walt Whitman and other poets who have celebrated the city and its bridges and boroughs. The walk features poetry readings on the Brooklyn Bridge and Fulton Ferry Landing, and concludes with a convivial dinner with more poetry and celebration.
The class will read and listen to some poems and explore aspects of good writing and the practice of poetry in the fullest sense of that term: like doctors who practice medicine, we must prepare ourselves to serve a great tradition.This conversation may include deep reaches into classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, overtly political poetry and other aspects of practice.
An alternative to traditional workshops, this class aims to contextualize students’ poems within the broad field of contemporary poetry. Participants will be asked to bring copies of poems in process, a page of prose (or poetics theory) that relates to the work, and several questions they would like Brenda Hillman to address. These questions will be used as the basis for discussions about craft and aesthetics.