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The "I" in "Team": Persona, Dialect and the Lyric First Person

poet Gregory Pardlo, Poetry NYC, Poetry Workshops
with Gregory Pardlo
Date and Time: 
April 17, 2013 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
April 24, 2013 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
May 1, 2013 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
May 8, 2013 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
May 15, 2013 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
May 22, 2013 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM
Event Location: 
Conference Room

As readers we sometimes assume the “I” in a poem is the same as the poet’s me. The lyric poet may promote this illusion of spontaneous utterance and unmediated feeling. But the poet who believes the speaker in a poem is “me” may also be suffering an illusion that will mire the poem in mediocrity. How then do we reconcile the seeming contradictory demands of sincerity and craft? And how might the self be most evident in poems that foreground pretense and masquerade?

Gregory Pardlo is the author of Totem, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize. He is recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His second book, Digest, is forthcoming.

Class Registration Guidelines
Open to all; no applications needed but registration is required; call (212) 431-7920 x2832 or email

Event Sponsored By: 
Poets House
Event Type: 
Workshops, Master Classes and Residencies