Poets House

1991: Passwords: Seamus Heaney on Keith Douglas (Full Audio)

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney discusses the life and work of Keith Douglas (1920 – 1944) English Poet noted for his war poetry during World War II.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour 7 mins)

2012: Russian Masters: The Life and Work of Osip Mandelstam and Marina Tsvetaeva (Full Audio)

Poet Jean Valentine, co-translator of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, and poet and editor Christian Wiman, translator of Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam, discuss the lives of these two pillars of 20th-century Russian poetry and read their work.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour 15 mins)

2005: Phillip Levine on the discovery of his Poetic Voice

2011 US Poet Laureate Phillip Levine talks about how he came to poetry as part of the Poets House program Phillip Levine on The Path to William Carlos Williams

2006: Taha Muhammad Ali and Peter Cole: A Reading and Conversation (Full Audio)

Palestinian Taha Muhammad Ali's poetry is driven by a storyteller's vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty. This evening illuminates his life and work through readings by him and award-winning translator Peter Cole.
(Full Audio, approx. 50 mins)

2012: John Ashbery (Full Audio)

Legendary American poet John Ashbery reads from Planisphere and as part of the 2012 Poets House Showcase.
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

1994: "The Poetry Audience of the Future" Panel Discussion

Poets Peter Davidson, Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Hacker and Katha Pollitt consider whether we are seeing the beginning of a fuller integration of poetry into American life.

2005: Love in the Showcase: A Reading Celebrating Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets -- Joshua Beckman

Joshua Beckman reads as part of Love in the Showcase: A Reading Celebrating Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Brett Fletcher Lauer and Aimee Kelley, editors).

2005: Love in the Showcase: A Reading Celebrating Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets -- Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder reads poems by Meredith Walters, Robert Creeley as well as his own work as part of Love in the Showcase: A Reading Celebrating Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Brett Fletcher Lauer and Aimee Kelley, editors).

2001: Susan Howe and Susan Stewart on Wallace Stevens (Full Audio)

Poets Susan Howe and Susan Stewart discuss modernist and postmodernist poetics, with a special emphasis on Wallace Stevens, one of the "inventors" of the art in the 20th century.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2005: Ann Lauterbach on John Ashbery (Full Audio)

Poet Ann Lauterbach discusses the work of John Ashbery, a hugely influential poet who has published over twenty books of poetry. His volumes include Some Trees, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poet Series, and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.

Full Audio (53 mins, 53 sec)

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