Cast your imagination skyward with this poetry and kite-building workshop. Participants will personalize their high-flying creations by marking them with poems inspired by the images and metaphors of traditional Chinese poetry.
Miriam Nichols’s expertly edited The Astonishment Tapes (2015), a transcript of twenty autobiographical audiotapes recorded in an attic room in Vancouver by poet Robin Blaser in 1974. Thirty years prior, Blaser, along with Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, formed the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Reminiscent of the perfect mix attained by Blaser’s legendary martinis, this talk by Nichols blends gossip and literary legacy into a balanced representation of this mythic poet.
Readings at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Poet and performance artist Rosamond S. King investigates what is instrumental for life today using her signature verse cabaret style, which includes poetry and self-arranged popular songs, within the setting of the Musical Instruments Permanent Collections galleries.
An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges' library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.
Lynn Emanuel looks at the architecture of a book of poems, assessing its potential as a poetic form. Focusing on the structure of Langston Hughes Selected Poems, and other works by poets and novelists with whom she has had a lifelong obsession, Emanuel discusses why and how she puts this page next to that page and thinks about the book, rather than the poem, as a unit of meaning and expression. Discover the personal and artistic imperatives that inform this capacious poets work.
Poets House welcomes five poets from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa for an evening of readings and conversation. This event explores various cultural spaces that poetry occupies, internationally and domestically. Director of the International Writing Program, Christopher Merrill introduces visiting poets Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand), Anas Atakora (Togo), Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong), Yao Feng (Macau), and Marie Silkeberg (Sweden).
Rescheduled from October 29
In this artist talk, playwright, poet and filmmaker Liwaa Yazji discusses her art-making as a means of exploring broadly the way people relate to the unknown and endure crisis, sharing work created this fall while in residency as a CEC ArtsLink Fellow at Poets House. To accompany her first book of poetry, Peacefully, we leave home (2014), she directed a documentary film that examines the reflexive relationship between individuals and their homes, particularly during wartime.
Poetry is central to Arabic cultural expression. Contemporary Arabic poetry reflects the whirl of events sweeping across the Middle East -- mourning tragedy, criticizing societal expectations, and engaging fierce political discourse. Robyn Creswell, scholar of the poetry and intellectual history of the Middle East, and Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail, recipient of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, discuss poetry as a way to understand contemporary Arab society.