For a second year, we are offering a week-long workshop for writers in high school to create and explore poetry in one of the largest poetry libraries in the country. Led by Dave Johnson, young writers will delve into the art and craft of poetry in a fun, creative and inspiring environment. The workshop ends with a public reading at Poets House.
This workshop explores the multiple ways of building a book. The focus will be on identifying the organizing principles of each manuscript, the visionary priorities shaping it arrangement. We will gain further insight into own own work, by having the opportunity to articulate, dialogue about, and receive feedback on our projects; and gather practical diagnostic tools for surfacing their underlying structures, through a series of activities designed to make visible the aesthetic, narrative, and architectural arcs and spines of our books.
Readings by poets Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Liveright), Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books) open the 2015 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.
As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about being a student of great teachers, and his experiences as a teacher himself (Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio") (Approx 6 minutes)
As part of the Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading with L S Asekoff, poet Philip Levine talks candidly about the changes to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan
(Caution: "Un-scrubbed audio") (Approx 3 1/2 minutes)
Poet L S Asekoff, co-recipient of the Library of Congress’s 15th annual Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry, reads from his work followed by a conversation and Q & A with former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine (who selected Asekoff for the fellowship) moderated by Robert Casper, Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. Introduction by Poets House's Stephen Motika (Full Audio, Approx 1 hour, 5 mins)
This class asks the simple question: what is the sonnet today? After centuries of relative stability, the sonnet in English has undergone a lot of changes since Modernism. It has registered almost every formal experiment from the advent of free verse onward: projective verse, collage, homophonic translation, n+7, appropriation, erasure, etc. It has likewise registered almost every philosophical and political development in the last century, from deconstruction to feminism.