Poets Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Liveright), Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books) open the 2015 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.
Artists Barbara Henry, Allen Crawford, Davin Kuntze, and Sam Gordon discuss bringing the work and influence of Walt Whitman into the contemporary world at the opening of the exhibition, Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book: Contemporary Visions. Introduction by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika (Full Audio, approx 40 mins)
Steven Sher is the author of 14 books including, most recently, Grazing On Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012) and The House of Washing Hands (Pecan Grove Press, 2014). He has taught writing for more than 35 years at many universities, workshops, festivals, writers in the schools programs and his poetry and prose have appeared in some 350 publications around the world.
Can meditation foster poetry? Can poetry foster meditation? This four-week workshop begins with basic instruction and exercises in meditation, and then examines whether certain types of poetry can bring about similar experiences. Topics will include:
– How meditation and poetry can spring from daily-life experiences, yet transcend them.
– Poetry as mantra.
– Prayer as poetry and mantra, and the differences between meditation and prayer.
In this generative writing workshop, students will explore the possibilities of poetry as play. We will read a wide range of contemporary poetry and work on developing figurative language and imagery. During each session students will write 3 or 4 poems, which they can develop and polish later. Topics we will explore include: odes, dream poems, self-portraits, centos, persona poems and poems of place. At the end of the session, we will publish an anthology and have a reading at Poets House.
Designed for lifelong lovers of poetry as well as those who have always feared the genre, this five- day intensive will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of hands-on exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, and reading of poetry. Drawing on the abundant resources of Poets House’s library, reading room and multimedia center, participants will compose, workshop, and share their own poems over the course of the week, all the while approaching poetry as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to read, write, and interpret complex texts.