Passwords: Sheldon Pollock on Sanskrit poetry

Scholar and translator Sheldon Pollock offers an overview of Sanskrit poetry, with samples drawn from both religious and secular literature, including The Ramayana – India’s most beloved and enduring legend – and the spiritual classic Bhagavad-Gita – one of the most popular scripts of Hinduism.

Ancient Greek Poetry

This evening dedicated to Classical Greek Poetry begins with a performance of “Bracko,” orchestrated by poet/translator Anne Carson and artist Robert Currie, based on Anne Carson’s translations from If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho. Scholar Yopie Prins, author of Victorian Sappho and several essays on the poet, will present a talk on Homer’s influence on Sappho.

6:30pm: A performance of Bracko with Anne Carson, Currie and friends
7:00pm: Passwords: Yopie Prins on Homer and Sappho

Passwords: David Ferry on The Epic of Gilgamesh

Poet and translator David Ferry, author of Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse, shares his translation of this great epic of ancient Mesopotamia. Ferry discusses the poetic and narrative intensity of this classic work, considered to be the oldest written story on earth.

Nerve Ant: Japanese poet Kiwao Nomura with Translators Forrest Gander and Kyoko Yoshida

Famous for electrifying performances of his work, Kiwao Nomura is revered in Japan, where he has been awarded major literary honors. This reading and conversation, celebrates the publication of his first book of poems in English, Spectacle and Pigsty.

Ten Years After September 11, 2001

Poets House will be open for reading and reflection. Poems of remembrance and reconciliation will be posted for all to read.

Ten Years After September 11, 2001: Remembrance and Reconciliation Through Poetry

Poets House and Trinity Wall Street, in conjunction with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, present a reading by some of America's leading poets as part of the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11. Poets Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Cornelius Eady, J. Chester Johnson, Martha Rhodes and others will read poems of grief, remembrance and reconciliation.

Passwords: Coleman Barks on Rumi

Poet and preeminent translator of the mystic poet Rumi, Coleman Barks reads from his translations of the poet and discusses the power of 13th - to 14th - century mystical Sufi poetry.

Page Meets Stage

Joseph O. Legaspi meets Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Joseph O. Legaspi received a 2001 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Recent poems have appeared and are forthcoming in the Seneca Review, Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard Review, Puerto Del Sol, Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Tilting the Continent, an anthology of Southeast Asian literature.

Page Meets Stage

Thomas Lux meets Jon Sands

Acclaimed poet and teacher Thomas Lux is a veteran of Page Meets Stage and the author of over a dozen books of poetry. He began publishing haunted, ironic poems that owed much to the Neo-surrealist movement in the 1970s. Critically lauded from his first book Memory’s Handgrenade (1972), Lux’s poetry has gradually evolved towards a more direct treatment of immediately available, though no less strange, human experience.


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