This pre-house-warming party celebrates our almost-ready, eco-friendly home in Battery Park City (see “The Green Future of Poets House” on page X) and the grand metropolis of New York, which has attracted poets to its shores for generations. Come gather on our new front lawn, just steps from the Hudson River, for a reading by poetic luminaries. A pre-reading tour of local literary and cultural sights begins at 6:00pm in Rockefeller Park at the pavilion, the same site as the reading.
Acquainted with Henri Michaux, Hans Bellmer and various members of the Parisian circle of Surrealists, Unica Zürn (1916-1970) broke ground with her own anagrammatic poetry, expressionistic prose and chimerical drawings and paintings. Acclaimed novelists and poets read from her writings in conjunction with the exhibition, “Unica Zürn: Dark Spring,” on view at The Drawing Center from April 17 to July 23.
This reading of Constantine P Cavafy's (1863-1933) elegiac, modernist poetry will feature new translations by essayist Daniel Mendelsohn, including the first English-language renderings of the poet’s unfinished works.
A beloved and admired poet, critic and teacher, Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008) inspired many with his passionate commitment to poetry, an art he viewed as inextricably connected to history, politics and everyday life. Raised in housing projects in the Bronx, he went on to publish five collections of poetry, two anthologies, and a collection of essays, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry.
From the perspectives of archivist, curator, editor, scholar, translator, writer and combinations thereof, a diverse group of poets (Catherine Bowman, Nancy Kuhl, Geoffrey O'Brien, Nathalie Stephens & Kevin Young) explores the vital role of the library in poetic creation and preservation as well as in the larger culture.
Featuring classical music, poetry and diary readings, this theatrical event honors Israel’s most important World War II hero, poet Hannah Senesh (1921–1944). Senesh, a Hungarian Jew who immigrated to the Land of Israel in 1939, joined the British Army in 1943 to help the Allied efforts and rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary. After parachuting into Yugoslavia, Senesh eventually crossed into her native Hungary, was imprisoned and executed by a firing squad.
This evening marks the publication of new English translations of two books by experimental Greek poet and visual artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis: Chinese Notebook and Maribor. Michail Palaiologou, a composer who has collaborated with Agrafiotis, and John Sakkis, one of Agrafiotis’s English-language translators, join the poet for a performance and discussion of his work.