In this talk, poet Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men (among other volumes), examines the musical patterns of poetry. Though there are many formal names for the poetic devices that bring together written word and sounded pattern, the emphasis will be on the syllable and the line.
A translator and author of many poetry books (including The Bird Catcher, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), Marie Ponsot discusses the fairy tale as the dark thread that is woven into our literature.
This day-long symposium on the poetries of the Islamic world brings together scholars, poets and writers from around the globe and features panel discussions and performances of classical, sung and contemporary poetry.
Poet and journalist Karen Swenson explores the poetry of Robert Browning (1812–1889), attending to the ways in which his dramatic
monologues and his writing on other cultures and time periods inspired such divergent 20th-century luminaries as Pound, Eliot and Frost.
Prominent poets and scholars investigate—and redefine—optimism as a creative alternative to long-held themes of melancholy, shame and the death drive in writing and interpreting poetry, particularly in the work of gay poets.
Poets and scholars revisit The H.D. Book, published in its entirety for the first time this year. In this monumental study, San Francisco Renaissance poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988) meditates on the roots of modernism and its manifestation in the poetry of H.D., William Carlos Williams, Edith Sitwell and others.