John Foley, the author of How to Read an Oral Poem, introduces a season of programs on epics and ballads by discussing the ways oral and literary forms move through culture and time. Full Audio, Approx 1 hour 20 mins.
In this Passwords program, Poet Kwame Dawes introduces a new generation of African poets whose work reflects the complex cosmopolitanism of contemporary African societies and cultures that remain fully traditional and yet excitingly engaged with modernity, including Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor and the work of rising poets Warsan Shire of Somalia, Nick Makoha of Uganda, and Tsitsi Jaji of Zimbabwe. Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 20 mins
Harold Bloom discusses the work of Salvador Espriu, Ramon Llull and Arnau March in his keynote address to Poets House's Catalan Poetry Symposium: A Day Long Festival, an exploration of eight centuries of Catalan poetry. Full Audio, approx 1 hour
In this workshop students will learn the pleasures of writing poetry. We will capture experiences from memories, dreams and the world around us. We will experiment with lively, evocative ways to enter into writing, using objects, language, and artwork, and will learn the elements of poetic craft. And we will read and discuss a wide range of poets, which will introduce you to the range and possibilities of poetry.
Each session will result in a draft of a poem, and a chapbook of students’ work and inspirational collages will be distributed at the end of the course.
And Death Shall Have No Dominion is a participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir in honor of Dylan Thomas’s famous poem. Using an app that contains the accompaniment and synchronizes their mobile devices, participants set-off along 45-minute walking routes through lower Manhattan, singing the words of the renowned poet across the landscape of his final days.
In conjunction with the site-based presentation of Maria Hassabi’s dance performance PREMIERE at Bowling Green, join Maria Hassabi, Paolo Javier, and Kaneza Schaal in a conversation about the role of and relationship between word, image, and movement across disciplines. Each artist, working in dance, poetry, and theater respectively, blurs lines between disciplines in varying ways.
Poets House presents an afternoon workshop and concert celebrating the works of poet and prosodist Robert Kocik through a variety of disciplines—poetics, visual art, performance, architecture, disability studies, design, medicine, economics, and politics—to explore what Kocik calls the “sore, over-sensitive, insecure, and supple sciences.” This event is also the release of Supple Science: A Robert Kocik Primer, recently published by ON Contemporary Practice.