West-coast poet Garrett Hongo addresses the two strands that define his work: the dramatic monologue (from Ovid to Ai), as well as the poetics of the incarceration as relates to his family’s experience in the Japanese American detention camps of Word War II.
Rita Dove, editor of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, makes a special appearance to makes the publication of her landmark anthology. Along with several guest poets, Dove will read from and discuss the highlights of 20th-century American poetry.
Poet and essayist Rosanna Warren, whose books include The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field and Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, reads and discusses the great Latin poets, including Horace, Virgil and Catullus.
A selection of rare manuscripts, letters, fragments and recipes by revered poet Emily Dickinson from the private collection of Donald and Patricia Oresman will be on view at Poets House from October 20, 2011 to Saturday, January 21, 2011, curated by Jen Bervin. Also on view are Bervin's large-scale embroidered works based on Dickinson's manuscripts.
Comments by Donald Oresman and Jen Bervin will take place at 7pm.
East Asian Literature Scholar and translator Paula Varsano, discusses the different formal innovations and themes in Classical Chinese Poetry, with special discussion of the work of the great poets of the Tang and Sung Dynasties – Li Po, Tu Fu and Wang Wei.
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.
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
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.
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.