Brenda Hillman discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, the concluding volume in her tetralogy on the classical elements--earth, air, water, and fire.
This discussion centers on a citation chosen by Pierre Alferi: “a hedge between keeps friendship green.” Featured poets Pierre Alferi, Anne Portugal, Ben Lerner and Anna Moschovakis will recite their works. Charlie Burnham will provide musical accompaniment for the readings. SVA students will illustrate the performances.
Presented as part of Pessoa in New York, please join Arte Institute for a night featuring a lecture with Professor Ellen W. Sapega about "Signs of Disquiet—Imagining Fernando Pessoa in the 1980s” and a performance by the artist Beatriz Albuquerque.
Join us for the opening celebration and a tour of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World traveling exhibit as it arrives in Queens, featuring a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Ayad Akhtar, followed by a tour of the exhibit by City Lore's Director of Poetry Programs Catherine Fletcher with Sara Goudarzi (reading Forugh Farrokhzad) and Ahmed Eissawi (reading Al-Mutanabbi).
In his talk "The Vertical Elizabeth Bishop", poet Vijay Seshadri examines the origins and the scope of Bishop's visionary ambitions, her complicated, paradoxical relationship to the religious traditions that shaped her thought, and, finally, her ability to expose, in small poems and large, the fundamental questions underlying our experience.