Poets House

Eliot Weinberger reads Octavio Paz's "Sunstone"

Eliot Weinberger editor of The Poems of Octavio Paz (New Directions, 2012) reads his English translation of Paz's poem "Sunstone"
(Complete poem, approx. 35 minutes)

2014: Showcase Reading Series: Cathy Linh Che, Mark Wunderlich, Harmony Holiday, and Yusef Komunyakaa (Full Audio)

Poets Cathy Linh Che (Split, Alice James Books), Mark Wunderlich (The Earth Avails, Graywolf Press), Harmony Holiday (Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues, Ricochet Editions), and Yusef Komunyakaa (Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, Wesleyan University Press) read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's

2014: July 30 Showcase Reading Series (Part 2): Lenelle Moïse and Spencer Reece

Poets Lenelle Moïse (Haiti Glass, City Lights), and Spencer Reece (The Road to Emmaus, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's Poets House Showcase.

2014: July 30 Showcase Reading Series (Part 1): Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin

Poets Jeffrey Harrison (Into Daylight, Tupelo Press) and Joan Larkin (Blue Hanuman, Hanging Loose Press) read as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's Poets House Showcase.

2014: 22nd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Meena Alexander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, David Lehman, and Rachel Zucker (Full Audio)

Readings by Meena Alexander (Birthplace with Buried Stones, Triquarterly), Jennifer Michael Hecht (Who Said, Copper Canyon Press), David Lehman (New and Selected Poems, Scribner), and Rachel Zucker (The Pedestrians, Wave Books) open the annual Poets House Showcase, a 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.

2014: Tracy K. Smith on Children and Metaphor

In this 'extra' from her Person, Place, Thing "Live" interview with Randy Cohen, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith talks about children and their unique use of metaphor.
(Approx 1 minute)

2013: Kwame Dawes on Contemporary African Poetry (Full Audio)

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

2014: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading (Full Audio)

An energetic reading to celebrate the dynamic emerging voices in this year’s Emerging Poets Fellowship: Wo Chan, Stephen Boyer, Lara Weibgen, Maxe Crandall, J.

2014: Passwords: Tom Sleigh on Seamus Heaney (Full Audio)

Poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s masterful poems, exploring and celebrating his humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.

(Full audio, Approx. 1 hour 15 mins.)

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