Poetry of the Last Korean Dynasty

Constantine Contogenis, co-editor of Brief Songs of the Kisang, poems written by Korean courtesans, will read and discuss the rare blend of emotional freedom, ironic perspective, and technical mastery of these little-known works. He will also present a new, usable theory of literary translation.

The kisang (sometimes called “skilled women”) were lower-class Korean women who were forced into artistic (and sometimes sexual) servitude to the 16th and 17th century Korean governments.

Passwords: Martín Espada on Pablo Neruda

Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda has long dazzled the world with his poetry. Award-winning poet and teacher Martín Espada will read and discuss some of the work of this passionate Chilean writer, political activist and diplomat.

Passwords: Richard Howard on Charles Baudelaire

What if Baudelaire had read the quintessential American poet Walt Whitman instead of Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote in a European tradition? Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and acclaimed translator Richard Howard will conjure an imagined Americanization of this French poet.

Simplicity: A Tribute to Ruth Stone

A celebration of the poet’s 80th birthday and her entire career. After presentations by her “friends in poetry,” Ruth Stone will read from her new book, Simplicity (Paris Press). Introduced by Jan Freeman

Erotic Poetry with Sam Hamill

Poet, translator, and essayist Sam Hamill edited The Erotic Spirit: An Anthology of Poems of Sensuality, Love, and Longing (Shambala Publications, 1995). He will explore the centuries-long outpouring of eroticism in poetry.

A Valentine of a Book Sale from Poets House!

Give a volume of verse to someone you love—including yourself! We are pleased to offer for sale thousands of poetry books—duplicates we can no longer store. The price is guaranteed to be modest; the proceeds will benefit our permanent collection.

Members Private Book Sale

Give a volume of verse to someone you love—including yourself! We are pleased to offer for sale thousands of poetry books—duplicates we can no longer store. The price is guaranteed to be modest; the proceeds will benefit our permanent collection.

Jean Valentine and Alice Quinn on Eleanor Ross Taylor

Eleanor Ross Taylor’s strong, clear voice speaks of family and community—and an underlying disquiet. Her poems draw on Scotch Presbyterian roots that were transplanted to the Puritan South. Respected teacher and poet Jean Valentine and The New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn team up to discuss her work.

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