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2018: Naomi Replansky 100th Birthday Reading

Friends and fellow poets gather to honor National Book Award-nominee Naomi Replansky, who has been praised by Philip Levine as a “warrior for social justice” and B.H. Fairchild as “the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to songlike meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience.” Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti and Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier. Introduction by Eric Gudas
(Full audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2018: Negative Space: Luljeta Lleshanaku with Eliot Weinberger and Ani Gjika

In Luljeta Lleshanaku's new collection of poems, Negative Space, childhood memories of the dictatorship in Albania disperse into a calm that shrouds everyday life with numinous mystery. Lleshanaku joins essayist Eliot Weinberger, and her translator Ani Gjika, for the New York City launch of Negative Space. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 10 mins)

2018: A Shadowy Exultation with Edward Hirsch

MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Edward Hirsch considers how five 19th- and 20th-century poets treat luminous moments and visionary experiences. It is “Within a Moment: a Pulsation of the Artery,” William Blake writes, “when the Poets Work is Done.” Such unexpected breakthroughs—sudden and revelatory—arise out of commonplace experiences. How do different poets dramatize epiphanies that rupture time? And how do they integrate them into consciousness?

2018: Lullabies and Laments: Experiments in Music and Poetry

Lullabies and Laments is an experiment in translation, informed by Indic reading, interpretive and performative practices. Moving between Tamil and English, this performance with Grammy Award-nominee Sikkil C. Gurucharan and scholar and translator Archana Venkatesan explores laments and lullabies and the role of gender in expressing love, longing, desire and devotion. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio, approx. 1hr 40 mins)

2018: The Sonnet - A Craft Talk with Shane McCrae

Sonnets have been written in English for about 500 years, and though their popularity has risen and fallen during that time, almost from the beginning poets have utilized sonnets for everything from grand statements to private messages. National Book Award finalist Shane McCrae explores the history of the sonnet and considers its use by today’s poets. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio approx. 1 hour)

2018: Pablo Neruda: The Poetry of Resistance

Revered around the world for his universal verse, Pablo Neruda also left a legacy as being one of the most iconic and important resistance poets of his century. His relationship to readers and to his own writing was extraordinarily shaped by time of political crisis and authoritarianism. In our current political climate, what does Neruda give us now, both in the utility of his actual words and in his example?

2018: Foliage & Pattern with Carl Phillips

Los Angeles Times Book Award-winner Carl Phillips discusses how pattern makes for meaning and muscularity in five poems. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti, introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 20 mins)

2018: Between "Soft" and "Hard" Clocks: A Meditation on Temporality with Erica Hunt

Poet, essayist, and teacher Erica Hunt considers five poems and how they frame time: tense, tempo, slippage, archive, and prophecy. Author of several books of poetry, including Time Slips Right Before the Eyes, Local History, ARCADE and Piece Logic, she is also co-editor of Letters to the Future: Radical Writing by Black Women with Dawn Lundy Martin. She is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. Introduction by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti

2018: Passwords: Danez Smith on Audre Lorde

Finalist for the National Book Award and Lambda Award-winner Danez Smith discusses the life and work of legendary poet and activist Audre Lorde (1934–1992), whose radical poetics broke new ground in addressing racism, sexism, class inequity, and homophobia. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full Audio approx. 1 hr 15 mins)

2018: The Archive as Resistance: A Craft Talk with Cynthia Cruz

The author of four books and winner of the Hodder Fellowship, among other honors, poet and critic Cynthia Cruz discusses creative engagement with archives as a means of social resistance and aesthetic experimentation, offering examples from visual art, including experimental film; contemporary poetry; and her own practice. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Paolo Javier
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 7 mins)

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