Passwords: Richard Caddell on Basil Bunting

A modernist from Northern Britain, Basil Bunting (1900-1985) combined his simple Quaker aesthetics with intense experimentalism. Richard Caddell, a former Bunting student, will discusses the poet's work and play programs of Bunting reading his innovative verse.

Passwords programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Parallel Lines: Poetry and Dance Screening and Reception

This unedited video of our June 9, 1994 program looks at the relationship between two art forms. Held at Judson Memorial Church, the event featured poetry readings, dances, and discussion by Kenneth King, Michael Palmer, Jack Anderson, Jackson Mac Low, Anne Tardos, and Clarinda Mac Low. Artists will be present.

Culture, Imagination and Performance in American Poetry

Landscapes, cityscapes, and mindscapes of American Poetry since the 1950’s will be seen in relation to the Black Mountain poets, the Beats, San Francisco poets, New York School, and Ethnopoetics, among other influences. Issues including identity, ethnicity, imagination, creativity, and performance will be explored, with screenings of videos to facilitate discussion.

Culture, Imagination and Performance in American Poetry

Landscapes, cityscapes, and mindscapes of American Poetry since the 1950’s will be seen in relation to the Black Mountain poets, the Beats, San Francisco poets, New York School, and Ethnopoetics, among other influences. Issues including identity, ethnicity, imagination, creativity, and performance will be explored, with screenings of videos to facilitate discussion.

Passwords: Jerry Ward on Sterling Plumpp

The many books of Chicago poet Sterling Plumpp (born in 1940), including Portable Soul and Horn Man, fuse blues and jazz rhythms with poetic vision to speak of Black lives, here and abroad.

Passwords programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Reading Dorothy Parker and Stevie Smith

Two New Yorker editors explore the poetry of these legendary writers and discuss it in relation to the poetry of our time and its time.

Drawing a New Circle: Outside the Frame

Our second in a series of collaborations with NYC galleries, museums, and alternative spaces begins with an exhibit tour of Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object with the Snug Harbor Cultural Center's visual arts director Olivia Georgia. Over 50 artists will be presented through interactive and performative sculpture, installations, puppets, scores, and other work. Live performance excerpts will be given by process-oriented, multi-disciplinary Art Attack and by William Pope.L—rapping and preaching a piece of his agit-poetic lecture Eracism.

Workshop from Hell: Dante's Inferno with Robert Pinsky

Get an early start to summer in NYC with a short walk through this classic poem about a journey through Hell, in its brilliant translation by Robert Pinsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994).

Poetry: A Banquet

Escort students to feast at the buffet of sounds, images, and feelings and they will be encouraged to come back for seconds. Geared for teachers—however, open to everyone—this workshop will give participants hands-on advice and material to create positive poetry experiences for young readers.

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