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.
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.
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.
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.
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.