Breaking Open: Celebrating the Life and Work of Muriel Rukeyser

Readings and discussion highlight the life and poetry of Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), visionary poet, political activist, and unparalleled voice in twentieth century American literature.

Special Seminar with Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Don't miss this opportunity to sit down with legendary poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko in an intimate setting while he shares a sampling of his favorite poems.

Babi Yar Remembered

Commemorate the 65th anniversary of Babi Yar (the 1941 Jewish Massacre in Kiev) with a reading by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the world premiere of Dimitri Shostakovich's two-piano version of Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar, performed with an all-male chorus and bass soloist, transcribed especially for the Museum from Shostakovich's original manuscript. With Misha & Cipa Dichter, piano; Valentin Peytchinov, bass soloist; and Patrick Gardner, conductor

A Memorial for Stanley Kunitz

"The poem comes in the form of a blessing -'like rapture breaking on the mind,'" wrote the late Stanley Kunitz in the introduction to Passing Through. When Kunitz died May 14, 2006, at 100, he left a legacy of creative endurance and an impassioned commitment to the preservation of poetry. The life and work of Poets House co-founder Stanley Kunitz will be celebrated through poems and stories, photographs, and rare archival recordings.

Branching Out Milwaukee: Mary Jo Salter on Marianne Moore

A prim and proper representative of the avant-garde. A private, single woman who lived with her mother, counted many (misbehaving) great writers as her friends, and famously influenced the course of American letters. A modest person who saluted boldness. A city-dweller who was a close observer of animals. An artist who embraced science. A punctilious failure at punctuation. A writer of prose that sounded like poetry and of poetry that sounded like prose. A woman writer revered by male writers in her lifetime, when women were often dismissed (at least until they were properly dead).

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