For thousands of years, the psalms have been the mainstay of daily worship in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Contemporary monastic communities still pray, chant, recite and sing all 150 psalms on a three or four week cycle. This workshop offers an experience of the psalms as oral poetry, as song, as words that speak to every human emotion and condition.
Hildegard's poems were written to be sung by the women of her 12th century German monastery. The poet Mechtild was an embattled Beguine of the 13th century. Featuring presentations of the work in the original Latin, in English translation, and in musical form, the evening will explore the poetry of spiritual quest.
Clayton Eshleman, editor and translator of the Artaud anthology Watchfiends and Rack Screams (Exact Change, 1995), presents the life and work of the French poet and playwright, focusing on his 9 year asylum incarceration. The presentation will include slides of Artaud's drawings and a recording of him performing a radio poem
Presentation and discussion with Patricia Burn, Caroline Bartels, Donald Laub, Cesare Passudetti, Jessica Rosokoff and Marsha Spyros, librarians who have participated in Poetry in The Branches, a program of the New York Public Library and Poets House. Poetry in The Branches was designed as a model for developing poetry audiences in local libraries.