The greatest iconoclasts don't set out to. Take Emily Dickinson. She just couldn't do some things as others did them.
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Readings & Conversations Archive
October 16, 2007
October 11, 2007
Elaine Equi and Aram Saroyan reflect on their minimalist propensities and the work of influential practitioners of this spare aesthetic, including e.e.
Matsuo Bashō, wandering the back-country fields, mountains, and cities of 17th-century Japan and of his own life, distilled the immensities of human experience into single images of striking depth
October 09, 2007
Poet Dick Davis expands our understanding of the period that gave rise to such voices as Rumi and Omar Khayyam by exploring several poems from the canon of Medieval Persian literat
October 07, 2007
Revisit the works of two formative Victorian voices and tour one of New York City's magnificent 19th century estates, Wave Hill, which once played host to the likes of Charles Darwin and Queen Vict
October 04, 2007
A rare opportunity to hear one of the pivotal voices in contemporary British poetry as he explores the influence of childhood and landscape on the work of fellow Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes (1930-199
June Jordan dedicated her book, Passion, "to everybody scared as I used to be," writing, as she says of Whitman, for the sake of a people's poetry.
October 02, 2007
In his talk, Carl Phillips will explore the ways in which Whitman is among the first to stake out forbidden territory (race, masculinity, morality) for American poetry and to find
September 27, 2007
Maxine Kumin, whose meticulous observations of nature and human nature have been compared with Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Frost, will offer her perspective on all things poetical