Kitsch is a way of describing certain kinds of seemingly trivial, yet treasured, objects in material culture, and poetry has a crucial role in its history.
Readings & Conversations Archive
October 20, 2012
October 16, 2012
Born in the Galilee village of Saffuriyya in 1931, the self-taught and beloved Taha Muhammad Ali (1931-2011) wrote poems—direct, sometimes humorous, often devastating—that conflate
October 10, 2012
Born in Chicago in the 1980's and now a worldwide phenomenon, the poetry slam is at the center of a controversy between poetry on the page and poetry in performance.
October 06, 2012
October 04, 2012
San Francisco poet Aaron Shurin considers the question “What is prosody?” in light of the current movement away from meter and traditional forms.
October 03, 2012
Often described as the greatest contemporary Romanian poet, Nichita Stănescu, “blasted open the prison gates of Socialist realism” (Andrei Codrescu) in Eastern Europe.
September 22, 2012
Join us for a rare opportunity to experience poetry inspired by Mark di Suvero’s sculpture on Governors Island.
September 20, 2012
July 26, 2012
July 25, 2012
"Neither closed in one landscape
nor in one season
the mind moving in illimitable
-- Basil Bunting, "Chomei at Toyama"