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2018: Pablo Neruda: The Poetry of Resistance

Revered around the world for his universal verse, Pablo Neruda also left a legacy as being one of the most iconic and important resistance poets of his century. His relationship to readers and to his own writing was extraordinarily shaped by time of political crisis and authoritarianism. In our current political climate, what does Neruda give us now, both in the utility of his actual words and in his example?

2018: Foliage & Pattern with Carl Phillips

Los Angeles Times Book Award-winner Carl Phillips discusses how pattern makes for meaning and muscularity in five poems. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2018: Between "Soft" and "Hard" Clocks: A Meditation on Temporality with Erica Hunt

Poet, essayist, and teacher Erica Hunt considers five poems and how they frame time: tense, tempo, slippage, archive, and prophecy. Author of several books of poetry, including Time Slips Right Before the Eyes, Local History, ARCADE and Piece Logic, she is also co-editor of Letters to the Future: Radical Writing by Black Women with Dawn Lundy Martin. She is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Introduction by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti

2018: Passwords: Danez Smith on Audre Lorde

Finalist for the National Book Award and Lambda Award-winner Danez Smith discusses the life and work of legendary poet and activist Audre Lorde (1934–1992), whose radical poetics broke new ground in addressing racism, sexism, class inequity, and homophobia. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full Audio approx. 1 hr 15 mins)

2018: The Archive as Resistance: A Craft Talk with Cynthia Cruz

The author of four books and winner of the Hodder Fellowship, among other honors, poet and critic Cynthia Cruz discusses creative engagement with archives as a means of social resistance and aesthetic experimentation, offering examples from visual art, including experimental film; contemporary poetry; and her own practice. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 7 mins)

2018: Best American Poetry: 30 Years

The acclaimed annual anthology series Best American Poetry celebrates three decades of publication with readings of selections by several of its editors: Mark Doty, Terrance Hayes, Edward Hirsch, and Natasha Threthewey. Hosted by Series Editor David Lehman. Introduction by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

2018: The City with Rigoberto Gonzalez

Lambda Award-winning poet Rigoberto González considers five poems that explore the city. As the bittersweet symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding, the city is both beacon and demon—a landscape of possibility where dreams are born and where dreams transform or die. González examines a range of poetic representations of the city and civilization and how, over centuries, these urban spaces continue to mirror human joy and anxiety. These poems help us understand the powers of the city—the greatest archive of memory, history and story.

2018: Writing the Body with Kimiko Hahn

What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers this, using as a starting place écriture féminine—the French feminist movement of the 1970s that defined writing as, in the words of scholar Elaine Showalter, “inscription of the feminine body and female difference in language and text.” Hahn explores the concept of a “full throated” poetry of physicality in the work of writers like Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, and Claudia Rankine.
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 10 mins)

2018: Poetry & The Body

Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick, Alex Cuff, Chia-Lun Chang, Rico Frederick, and Adeeba Talukder, graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.
(Full audio, approx. 2 hrs)

2018: A Celebration of Fernando Pessoa

Join poets Patricio Ferrari, John Keene, Mónica de la Torre, and Vijay Seshadri for a re-examination of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), the seminal Portuguese poet who wrote in the guise of a myriad of personae with distinct biographies and aesthetics. Upon the release of a new translation of The Book of Disquiet—his fragmentary “factless autobiography”—panelists discuss Pessoa’s inventive rejection of a singular authentic authorial voice and its legacy for contemporary poetry. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti.

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