Alphabet and Image: The Poet and the Haunting of Writing Systems

The poet’s vexed and persistent hunt through picture and sound-sign for directness and clarity and suggestiveness. Presentations and discussion.

The Late Poems of Wallace Stevens with Michael Heller

Wallace Stevens wrote the “poetry is the search for the inexplicable.” Participants will discuss the last poems, trying to attend to their great mystery and great beauty.

The Other in Poetry with Galway Kinnell

This seminar will consider how landscapes, objects, animals and other people, essentially unknown to us, are brought alive in poetry.

Presentations and group discussion.

Passwords: The Sanity of Earth and Grass: Robert Winner's Poetry

Robert Winner’s poetry read by Jane Cooper, Edward Field, Galway Kinnell, Thomas Lux and Sharon Olds.

Place and the Transformation of Poetic Voice with Quincy Troupe

This seminar will focus on how geography and culture impact on the metaphors, images and rhythms of the poetic voice.

Quincey Troupe will read his poetry and discuss the work of other writers whose voices have changed under the profound influence of “re-rooting” in new landscapes.

In the Presence of Language with Richard Lewis, Julie Patton and Cecilia Vicuña

Constructed as a conversation, each of three workshops will concentrate on the childhood of language, the poetry of language within childhood and the word-making, image-making inherent to every child’s ability to use and transform language as a means of discovering meaning.

Passwords: Mutlu and Randy Blasing on Nazim Hikmet

A consideration of the Turkish poet's work, with a screening of excerpts from Substantial Films’ new documentary, Nazim Hikmet: Living is No Laughing Matter.

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