Participants of this class will discuss how to see into “the deep heart’s core” of a poem and how to refine that core sentiment and sensibility by heightening attention to images, tropes, diction, syntax, line breaks and other musical features of the language. Poems from literary magazines will be examined for specific technical issues, but students’ poems will be the inspiriting focus and force of workshop discussion. Writing exercises that steer the poem toward new strategies and discoveries will be considered.
Daniel Swift, the author of Bomber County: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War and a professor of English at Skidmore College, examines poems written in response to the bombing campaigns of World War II and contemplates the role of poetry as a means of moral witnessing and historical testimony. Texts include the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Louis MacNeice, Randall Jarrell and John Ciardi, as well as extracts from the diaries of Virginia Woolf.
National Book Award–winning poet Gerald Stern— described as “a postnuclear, multicultural Whitman for the millennium” (Kate
Daniels)—reads from his just-published Early Collected Poems 1965–1992 and discusses his work with Ross Gay, the author of the poetry collection Against Which.
In this panel, three young poet-scholars investigate the intersection of research and poetic practice, including Perez’s interest in ethnography & poetry, Reyes’s practice of rewriting/retelling Filipino mythology and Lee’s exploration of geography, psychology and the textuality of nations (focusing specifically on the United States and North and South Korea).
In conjunction with the publication of Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture (edited by Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris), this panel surveys the work of Jewish poets writing within the American modernist lineage, exploring fragmented identities, irony, skepticism and belief in a tradition that questions rather than answers.
Jerome Rothenberg, poet and editor of the Poems for the Millennium series, reads from and analyzes the work of Romantics and Post-Romantics such as Blake, Shelley, Hölderlin, Hugo, Whitman, Dickinson and Rimbaud, as well as poems by contemporary poets.
The talk also covers work outside of conventional literature, such as sound and nonsense poems, visual poems, outsider poems and more.
Poets and friends gather to honor the life and work of Pedro Pietri (1944–2004), a seminal Nuyorican poet and playwright, whose subversive, irreverent writings include Puerto Rican Obituary, Invisible Poetry, Traffic Violations and The Masses Are Asses.
Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most revered and influential poets of the Arabic-speaking world. In honor of his 80th birthday, Adonis reads from and discusses the newly published translation into English (by Khaled Mattawa) of his Selected Poems
Esteemed Housman scholar Archie Burnett and renowned poetry critic Christopher Ricks take stock of the life and work of British classicist and poet A. E. Housman (1859–1936), who released only two poetry volumes during his lifetime, the popular A Shropshire
Lad and Last Poems, but remains a “poet about whom poets write poems” (Ricks).