Passwords: Arthur Sze on Ma Chih-yuan, Li Ho & Li Shang-yin

Arthur Sze reads and discusses three visionary poets in the tradition of classical Chinese poetry. Ma Chih-yuan (1260-1334), one of the great playwrights of the Yuan dynasty, wrote outstanding poems in the ch’ü, or song, form. Li Ho (790-816) was a child prodigy whose rich, complex poems draw on Chinese shamanism and mythology. Li Shang-yin (813-858) wrote brilliantly hermetic and veiled poems that are considered some of the greatest love poems in classical Chinese.

Poems By Heart with Carol Conroy

Poems By Heart brings people together to recite from memory the poems they love. These monthly gatherings include recitation and discussion, and sustain the energy of The People’s Poetry Gathering, Poets House and City Lore’s biannual festival celebrating poetry’s roots in oral traditions. Participants are encouraged to memorize a new poem each month that someone else has written.

Poems By Heart with Carol Conroy

Poems By Heart brings people together to recite from memory the poems they love. These monthly gatherings include recitation and discussion, and sustain the energy of The People’s Poetry Gathering, Poets House and City Lore’s biannual festival celebrating poetry’s roots in oral traditions. Participants are encouraged to memorize a new poem each month that someone else has written.

Passwords: Alicia Ostriker on H.D.

Many readers still think of HD (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961) as a minor poet, limited by the label “imagist.” Yet she is one of the most original poets in our language, especially in the long poems composed during and after World War II, which seek to reimagine history, mythology and spirituality, and the role of the poet in a shattered world, from a woman’s point of view. Alicia Ostriker will read from H.D.’s early and late work, and discuss the significance of her art for our time.

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