Past the Barriers: The Poetry & Poetics of Thom Gunn

Poets John Peck and Brian Teare discuss the formal precision and bold subject matter of British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who found his poetic voice during the five decades he lived in the Bay Area. Introduced by Joshua Weiner

Sudden Orpheus: A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz with Diane Ferrer

In Sudden Orpheus, an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz’s own poems. A panel discussion with Thalia Field, Edwin Frank,Ariel Goldberger,
Claudia Orenstein & Leonard Schwartz follows the performance at 3:30pm.

Sudden Orpheus: A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz with Diane Ferrer

In Sudden Orpheus, an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz’s own poems.

Seminars with John Felstiner: “Can Poetry Save the Earth?”

In a round-table discussion, John Felstiner leads an in-depth exploration of poems that reveal our spirited yet fraught connection
with nature, poems whose environmental imprint and impetus can freshen and sharpen our consciousness of the world around us.

Passwords: John Felstiner Asks, “Can Poetry Save the Earth?”

Through lively readings of great poems, from the Psalms to Gary Snyder, scholar and translator John Felstiner demonstrates how poetry can sensitize us to the beauty and vulnerability of our planet.

Living in Advance: A Tribute to David Bromige

This evening celebrates the life and work of poet David Bromige (1933–2009), who was born in London, grew up in Canada, and arrived in 1962 in Northern California, where he spent the rest of his life, teaching and writing more than forty books of poetry.

Correspondences: A Reading & Conversation with Charles Bernstein & Regis Bonvicino

Charles Bernstein speaks with Brazilian poet and editor Régis Bonvicino about contemporary Brazilian poetry, translation and, more generally, the poetics of the Americas.

Like Most Revelations: Richard Howard in Conversation with Timothy Donnelly & Brenda Wineapple

On the eve of his 80th birthday, Richard Howard—Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, essayist and translator—reads from his poetry and discusses his long career in literature with poet Timothy Donnelly and writer Brenda Wineapple.

Songs of Ascension: The Psalms & Other Sky-Bound Structures

Poet and translator Norman Fischer joins Meredith Monk for a discussion of the Psalms, one of the inspirations for Monk’s new performance, Songs of Ascension, which will debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 21.

Invocation of the Muse:

Grand Opening of the New Poets House in Battery Park City

• 11:00am: A charismatic poet and musician who was featured in Bill Moyers’ Fooling with Words documentary, Kurt Lamkin delivers a spirited performance for children and their adults. This event starts at Poets House.

• 12:00–3:00pm: Open House! Take a stroll through our new home.

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