This documentary, produced by Haydn Reiss in 1994, was filmed at each of the poets’ homes in Oregon and Minnesota and uses their friendship to examine the role of poetry in contemporary America—its content, meaning, and sources.
William Stafford (1914-1994) committed himself to a poetic stance of neutrality and susceptibility to the moment. He won the National Book Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a Guggenheim award, among others. Robert Bly has published 12 books of poetry and has brought the poetry of many other cultures into English. He is also known as a pioneer of the “men’s movement.”
American Sign Language interpreter will be present.
Bradstreet, Wheatley, Lazarus,and Rukeyser: These four under-appreciated, understudied, astounding poets need readers and research. Their work will be read and discussed, and ideas for original research as well as location of sources—especially at Columbia University and the NY Public Library—will be shared.
Poetry in ten different languages—including French, Tagalog, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Old English, Xhosa, and Serbo-Croatian. New York poets/performers join native speakers in readings and translations of favorite poems from foreign lands. Hosted by writer and poetic curator Elena Alexander.
Proceeds support Poets House and Mad Alex Arts Foundation.
In our first program of a three-year collaborative with selected New York Public Library (NYPL) branch libraries, Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine reads and discusses his work and the poetry of Edward Thomas, turn-of-the-century English poet; Sterling Brown, African-American poet of the 30s and 40s; and Janel Lewis, a little-known contemporary American treasure