Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was revered during his lifetime as America's beloved national bard, and for generations afterwards he was a staple of the hearthside and the schoolroom. But for decades now his fame has receded. Poet, editor and critic J.D. McClatchy reads and discusses Longfellow's work, muses on the tides of taste, and presents a fresh view of this long-neglected and underestimated poet.
Distinguished scholar Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University, will moderate a panel discussion with two survivors of the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan, about their tanka poems written in response to the earthquake and its aftermath. Their poems form part of the exhibition, “Voices of Japan,” at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine which opens June 14.
A reading by participants in the inaugural Poets House Emerging Poets Residency: Desiree Alvarez, Cathy Linh Che, Jaime Shearn Coan, Monica A. Hand, Danniel Schoonebeek, Sarah V. Schweig, Idrissa Simmonds, Amber Atiya Stewart and Elizabeth Zuba.
Walks begin at Poets House at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and last for 45 minutes.
We’re Floating is a new interactive walk designed by artist and poet Jon Cotner. Each hour he leads dialogues with participants as they stroll through Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The work of Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō is mapped onto the landscape and put into play, bringing everyone closer to this floating world.
Martín Espada reads his poem "Blessed Be the Truth Tellers," and talks about its dedicatee, fellow poet Jack Agüeros, as part of his 25th Anniversary Passwords program on 20th Century Puerto Rican poetry.
A brief review of poetry's history, including glancing considerations of metric and syllabic measures of writing from the Anglo-Saxon to modern free verse will launch this workshop. Poets will draw on the intricate dynamics of poetry's two-headed tradition: oral and written. A weekly reading by each poetry student in the circle will serve as point of departure for discussions of the relationships of craft and expression to the inner music of the poem.
Through close readings of contemporary poems, students will fill their notebooks with new work culminating in a ten-poem chapbook. The class will evaluate what makes poems successful and borrow those strategies to improve each participant's work. We will also devote time to publication strategies and how to most effectively send poems to magazines, journals and contests.