2011: Coleman Barks on Rumi’s “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing"

Coleman Barks reads from and discusses his translation of Rumi’s poem “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, // there is a field. I'll meet you there” and discusses the power of 13th and 14th century mystical Sufi poetry.

2011: Jane Hirshfield on The Craft of Poetry - Transitions

As part of her Craft Talk on Transitions, Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetr, offers tips on "keeping the poem alive."

2011: Jane Hirshfield Reads 'Tracks' by Tomas Transtromer

Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, reads and discusses "Tracks" by Nobel Laureate Tomas Transtromer.

2011: Jane Hirshfield reads 'French Horn' and 'The Supple Deer'

As part of her Craft Talk on Transitions, Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, discusses the arc of a book of poems, and reads 'French Horn' and 'The Supple Deer' from her collection Come, Thief.

2011: Jane Hirshfield reads 'Winter' by Czesław Miłosz

Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, reads and discusses "Winter" by Nobel Laureate Czesław Miłosz.

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Passwords: Saskia Hamilton on John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Poet and editor Saskia Hamilton looks at three post-war American poets, examining their formal innovation and selective use of the confessional, as well as their complex mutual friendships.

Passwords: Lee Ann Brown on Black Mountain Poets

Poet Lee Ann Brown discusses the poetic movement that started at the experimental Black Mountain College in the 1950s and 1960s, including a focus on Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, as well as their collaborators.

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