Branching Out Fresno: Jane Hirshfield on Bashō

Matsuo Bashō, wandering the back-country fields, mountains, and cities of 17th-century Japan and of his own life, distilled the immensities of human experience into single images of striking depth and feeling. Bashō offered the seventeen-syllable haiku as an evocative and democratic form for capturing the realizations of ordinary existence. His brief poems—sometimes sorrowful, sometimes humorous, always acutely perceptive—revolutionized and transfigured not only the poetry of his own time but current American and world poetry as well.

Branching Out NYC: Robert Pinsky on Robert Frost & William Carlos Williams

The former US Poet Laureate explores the shared territory of two major 20th century poets, Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams, whose distinct voices are unified by a common interest in the American idiom and the construction of the American memory.

Strong Is Your Hold: An 80th Birthday Tribute to Galway Kinnell

Friends and fellow writers join the beloved bard Galway Kinnell in a reading that honors his profound impact on generations of poets.

Presented in conjunction with Blue Flower Arts, Cooper Union, Houghton Mifflin, NYU Creative Writing Program and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.

"I am your own way of looking at things" The Poetic Practice of William Stafford

For writers aged 12–18

For fifty years, William Stafford wrote every morning before others were awake, welcoming whatever his imagination offered, and using this attitude as the basis of his poems. In a workshop led by poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford, we will look at William Stafford poems that exemplify this process and try on some of his writing techniques.

Passwords: Naomi Shihab Nye & Kim Stafford on William Stafford

William Stafford (1914–1993) was the author of more than 50 books; his first poetry collection, Traveling Through the Dark (1962), won the 1963 National Book Award for Poetry. A conscientious objector during World War II and avid ecologist, Stafford spent most of his teaching career at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. With his deceptively simple style and reverence for the natural world, he is considered the Robert Frost of the American west.

A Compendium of Creatures

On view November 19, 2013 through April 5, 2014

"come celebrate with me:" The Work of Lucille Clifton and A Compendium of Creatures

Lucille Clifton on view November 19, 2013 through March 22, 2014; Compendium of Creatures on view November 19, 2013 through April 5, 2014

A Tribute to Kurt Brown

Friends and poets gather to remember Kurt Brown (1944–2013), prolific poet, editor, founder of the Aspen Writers’ Conference, former Poets House board member, and beloved teacher. Award-winning author of seven full-length poetry collections, including, most recently, A Thousand Kim and Time-Bound, as well as chapbooks, translations, and a memoir, Brown was a tireless advocate for poetry, editing and co-editing numerous journals and anthologies.


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