The Russian Avant-Garde Goes Underground

• 2:00 pm Panel

• 4:30 pm Reading

In the late 1920s the group of young Russian writers who called themselves OBERIU seemed poised for avant-garde stardom, but the emergence of the Stalinist state, with its repression of avant-garde art, drove them underground. The editors and translators of Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think and Daniil Kharms’s Notebooks will discuss the lives and works of these writers, whom the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation and The Believer call “as relevant today as ever.”

Passwords: Lisa Jarnot on Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan often described himself as “bookish poet.” Drawing from sources as varied as philosopher Alfred North Whitehead's Process and Reality, the kabbalism of The Zohar, and articles from Scientific American magazine, Duncan began his journey into the “made place” of the book. Duncan’s biographer, poet Lisa Jarnot, will map out the varied intersections of Duncan’s library, his bookishness and his entrance into poetics.

Poetry in The Branches National Institute

The 2013 Poetry in The Branches National Institute will be a special one-day training session for Children’s and Youth Services Librarians!

Passwords: Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley on Yannis Ritsos

Translators Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley share their collaborative translation of Diaries of Exile, by the legendary Greek poet Yannis Ritsos (1909-1990), and discuss the poet’s life in exile and powerful writing about Greek political life and history.

Passwords: Don Share on Miguel Hernández

Deeply admired by poets from Federico García Lorca to William Carlos Williams, Miguel Hernández (1910-42), was called by Pablo Neruda “a great master of language.”

Don Share, senior editor of Poetry Magazine, reads his award-winning translations of Hernández’s work and frames this great poet’s life and poetry in the context of his time and the poets around him. Marta López-Luaces will read the original Spanish.

The Painter's Poet: A Talk on Philip Guston by Clark Coolidge

Experimental poet and jazz musician Clark Coolidge discusses Philip Guston’s passion for poetry and wordplay as evidenced by the painter’s extraordinary series of poem-pictures, which incorporate poems by William Corbett and Stanley Kunitz, among others, against the backdrop of their friendship, collaborations and Guston’s Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations, which Coolidge edited.

An Afternoon with Adonis and Khaled Mattawa

Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most revered poets of the Arabic-speaking world. An influential, and sometimes controversial, Modernist innovator in Arabic verse, Adonis— and his English-language translator, Khaled Mattawa —presents a poetry reading followed by a lively discussion about poetry and contemporary issues.

Admission free for registered Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP) participants; for details, please visit the AWP website

Blessing the Boats: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton

Readings by Sherman Alexie, Tina Chang, Toi Derricotte, Michael Dickman, Timothy Donnelly, Cornelius Eady, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Nick Flynn, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Marie Howe, Dante Micheaux, Sharon Olds and Tracy K. Smith, with musical interludes by mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran.

Members' Sleepover: Root of a Dream

We invite our Members to an unforgettable overnight experience of dreaming, reading and writing "poetry of the night." Join us after hours at Poets House for poetry, discussion, and sleeping among the books of your favorite poets in our darkened stacks. Poet and certified hypnotherapist Kristin Prevallet will lead our group of dreamers through a poetic hypnotic induction prompting poetic dreams and inspiration. In the morning, our guests will be encouraged to write and share what surfaces.

Poetry: The Movie

Poets House is delighted to present an advance screening of the new, award-winning Korean film Poetry with an introduction and discussion by film critic Michael Atkinson. A reception to follow.

Advance praise for the film Poetry

"An extraordinary vision of human empathy." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"A life-size movie about loss and self-discovery." – Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe


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