Nathaniel Mackey is a distinctive figure in contemporary American literature whose work bridges worlds compassing poetry, jazz, mythology and history. His poetry books Eroding Witness, School of Udhra, and Whatsaid Serif blend lyric and scat, metaphysics and myth. Bedouin Hornbook and Djbot Baghostus’s Run, novels in correspondence form, mine the territory of jazz aesthetics, poetry and performance.
Acclaimed poet and essayist Donald Hall delivers the annual Paul Zweig Memorial Lecture on the Craft of Poetry, which honors the poet and literary critic whose library helped to found the Poets House collection fourteen years ago.
"Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of love poems, from ancient Greece to New York now. Readings will include Sappho, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Djuna Barnes, W.H. Auden, and a variety of contemporary poets. Special attention will be paid to the shifty mysteries of resonance in the words “I,” “love,” and “you.”"
Salvador Espriu (1913-1985) was Catalan Spain’s leading contender for the Nobel Prize. Before the Spanish Civil War, he was a literary prodigy in fiction. When Franco came to power and banned the Catalan language from public use, Espriu turned almost exclusively to poetry and plays. As he struggled to preserve his censored language and culture, his work achieved a spare intensity and a bare-bones beauty, reminiscent of Beckett. Cyrus Cassells will read from his own translations and from Magda Bogin’s Selected Poems of Salvador Espriu.