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.

Passwords: Edmund Keeley on Cavafy and Seferis

Known for his focus on history, political ironies, and homosexual themes, C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is the most important Greek poet of this century. George Seferis (1900-1971) is second-and Greece's first Nobel laureate of any kind, who wrote with stylistic purity free from embellishment. A world-renowned scholar of Greek poetry, Edmund Keeley is former professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton University, and a recent president of P.E.N.

The Jazz-Poetry Connection with Barry Wallenstein

Programs of 1950’s as well as contemporary collaborations will be heard and discussed, including the work of Langston Hughes with Charlie Parker, and Amiri Baraka and Jayne Cortez with their bands. Participants are encouraged to bring and perform their own work.

Poems from Paintings with F.D. Reeve

A seminar-workshop surveying the history of poems connected with art and including a discussion of participants’ own work on the subject (gallery trip will be suggested).

William Stafford and Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship

This documentary, produced by Haydn Reiss in 1994, was filmed at each of the poets’ homes in Oregon and Minnesota and uses their friendship to examine the role of poetry in contemporary America—its content, meaning, and sources.

Passwords: Robert Bly on William Stafford

William Stafford (1914-1994) committed himself to a poetic stance of neutrality and susceptibility to the moment. He won the National Book Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a Guggenheim award, among others. Robert Bly has published 12 books of poetry and has brought the poetry of many other cultures into English. He is also known as a pioneer of the “men’s movement.”

American Sign Language interpreter will be present.

Poets of the “New World,” Independence, Immigration, and the World’s Wars

Bradstreet, Wheatley, Lazarus,and Rukeyser: These four under-appreciated, understudied, astounding poets need readers and research. Their work will be read and discussed, and ideas for original research as well as location of sources—especially at Columbia University and the NY Public Library—will be shared.

Speaking in Tongues: Readings and Translations

Poetry in ten different languages—including French, Tagalog, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Old English, Xhosa, and Serbo-Croatian. New York poets/performers join native speakers in readings and translations of favorite poems from foreign lands. Hosted by writer and poetic curator Elena Alexander.

Proceeds support Poets House and Mad Alex Arts Foundation.

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