W. S. Merwin, the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award will speak to public librarians at Poets House, as part of Poets and Readers Together, a Poets House program created in collaboration with New York City's public library systems. The program builds on the success of One City, Many Poems, a poetry discussion initiative launched by Poets House and hosted at New York City's public Libraries.
Suddenly the mass media believe poetry is for everyone: taxi-drivers in movies quote William Carlos Williams and a poem helps sell blue jeans. Poetry readings proliferate: poetry bars spring up, poetry slams draw crowds--are we seeing the beginning of a fuller integration of poetry into American life or is it a fad?
A Panel Discussion with Peter Davidson, Marilyn Hacker and Katha Pollitt, moderated by Cornelius Eady.
Poet Ann Lauterbach discusses the work of John Ashbery, a hugely influential poet who has published over twenty books of poetry. His volumes include Some Trees, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poet Series, and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.