The United States of Poetry: A Benefit Screening

We will preview two segments of this just-completed television anthology which takes the pulse of poetry in our nation by traveling its length and width to capture the words of more than sixty poets. The United States of Poetry is a five-part series of half-hour programs slated to air on public television stations beginning in early 1996. A production of Washington Square Films and a public television presentation of ITVS.

Passwords: Mary Ann Caws on René Char

Acknowledged as one of the greatest of French poets, René Char (1907-1988) began as a Surrealist but later embraced existential and metaphysical themes. Translator and editor Mary Ann Caws will read and discuss his work as well as present film and audio clips.
Introduced by Mark Rudman, editor of Pequod

Modern Poetry with Michael Heller

Poet and professor Michael Heller will lead this two-part field guide to modern poetics, designed to help a general audience navigate the poetic landscape of this century.

Part 1: A Primer of the Foundations of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Saturday, September 30
Part 2: No Ideas But In Things, Saturday, October 7

Voices from the English-Speaking Caribbean

Poets Lorna Goodison, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Marlene Nourbese Philip will read from their work as part of a series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Research Institute for the Study of Man (Oct. 12-Nov. 3).

Fourth Annual Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception

Join us for celebration, hors d'oeuvres, readings, and the first look at this year's poetry smorgasbord and the new edition of the Directory of American Poetry Books. A book party for the whole field!

Fourth Annual Poetry Publication Showcase

Showcase On View October 28-December 2
An exhibit of 1,000 new poetry releases from across the nation and a festival of events celebrating the diversity of this year’s poetry. An opportunity to view the current state of the art: books from commercial, university and independent presses.

Tour of the Berg Collection Exhibit "The Hand of the Poet"

Our libraries give a mutual salute during this anniversary year: the New York Public Library's 100th, and the 10th for Poets House. Curator Rodney Phillips will host a special tour of the new exhibit of manuscripts and typescripts by great poets in the English language: John Donne's “Collected Poems,” W.B. Yeats's “Wild Swans at Coole,” T. S. Eliot's “The Waste Land,” works by Auden, Bishop, and many others.

A reception will follow at Poets House.

Poetry Publication Showcase Reading

with Olivia Maciel, E. Ethelbert Miller and Gregory Orr

Stanley Kunitz Reading at the 92nd Street Y

Co-founder of Poets House and Presidential Medal of Arts-winner Stanley Kunitz will celebrate his 90th birthday by reading his poetry, including work from his new book, Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (W.W. Norton).

The Poet as Reviewer with Rochelle Ratner

As the insular world of poetry reviewing has closed even farther on itself, who can read between the lines? Rochelle Ratner of American Book Review, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly says writing poetry and reviewing it go hand-in-hand. Come widen your reach by writing and critiquing reviews in this two-part how-to seminar.

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