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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)