Readings by Meena Alexander (Birthplace with Buried Stones, Triquarterly), Jennifer Michael Hecht (Who Said, Copper Canyon Press), David Lehman (New and Selected Poems, Scribner), and Rachel Zucker (The Pedestrians, Wave Books) open this year's annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.
Former U S Poet Laureate Robert Hass talks with librarians about the Laureate position, and ways in which to engage library users and the community with poetry. Part of the 2005 Poetry In The Branches National Institute (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 30 mins)
John Foley, the author of How to Read an Oral Poem, introduces a season of programs on epics and ballads by discussing the ways oral and literary forms move through culture and time. Full Audio, Approx 1 hour 20 mins.
In this Passwords program, Poet Kwame Dawes introduces a new generation of African poets whose work reflects the complex cosmopolitanism of contemporary African societies and cultures that remain fully traditional and yet excitingly engaged with modernity, including Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor and the work of rising poets Warsan Shire of Somalia, Nick Makoha of Uganda, and Tsitsi Jaji of Zimbabwe. Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 20 mins
Harold Bloom discusses the work of Salvador Espriu, Ramon Llull and Arnau March in his keynote address to Poets House's Catalan Poetry Symposium: A Day Long Festival, an exploration of eight centuries of Catalan poetry. Full Audio, approx 1 hour
In this workshop students will learn the pleasures of writing poetry. We will capture experiences from memories, dreams and the world around us. We will experiment with lively, evocative ways to enter into writing, using objects, language, and artwork, and will learn the elements of poetic craft. And we will read and discuss a wide range of poets, which will introduce you to the range and possibilities of poetry.
Each session will result in a draft of a poem, and a chapbook of students’ work and inspirational collages will be distributed at the end of the course.
And Death Shall Have No Dominion is a participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir in honor of Dylan Thomas’s famous poem. Using an app that contains the accompaniment and synchronizes their mobile devices, participants set-off along 45-minute walking routes through lower Manhattan, singing the words of the renowned poet across the landscape of his final days.