Poets House

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.)

2014: On the Edge with Edwin Torres (Full Audio)

Poet, performer, educator, and self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres leads an exploration of the tools poets use to extend past the edges of language to articulate the rich spaces between sound and definition.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour, 10 mins.)

2014: Relative Strangeness: Rosmarie Waldrop with Nikolai Duffy (Full Audio)

Rosmarie Waldrop, author of numerous books of poetry and a persistent and prolific innovator, is joined by Nikolai Duffy, Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, for an evening of readings and discussion.

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

2014: On the Poetry Talent with Alice Notley (Full Audio)

Award-winning and prolific poet Alice Notley leads an autobiographically-inspired discussion of the poetry talent – its rarity, mystery, and importance in the education and nurture of poets.
(Full Audio Approx. 55 minutes)

2013: Passwords: Lisa Jarnot on Robert Duncan (Full Audio)

Poet, biographer Lisa Jarnot (Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus, 2012), will map out the varied intersections of Robert Duncan’s library, his bookishness and his entrance into poetics.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 20 mins.)

2014: Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: Ghassan Zaqtan & Fady Joudah with Mark Doty (Full Audio)

Award-winning poet Mark Doty introduces Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, who reads from and discusses his visceral, narrative poetics with fellow poet and translator Fady Joudah.

(Full Audio Approx 1 hour)

2014: The Art of George Schneeman: Poetry Reading (Full Audio)

A poetry reading with Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson, in conjunction with the exhibition A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

(Full Audio, Approx 1 hour and 5 mins)

2014: Passwords: Elizabeth Alexander on Lucille Clifton (Full Audio)

Elizabeth Alexander discusses the work of beloved author Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), whose luminous poems and dynamic life impacted our poetry and our culture.

(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)

2014: Inside Form, Outside Elements: Brenda Hillman on Craft (Full Audio)

Brenda Hillman discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, the concluding volume in her tetralogy on the classical elements--earth, air, water, and fire.

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