Even the simplest things of the earth can open up whole worlds in the imagination: a pebble or a stone. We will enter these new worlds, and moving from their silences to their ancient and glowing stars, we will gather new enchantments and use them to write our poems. When we have finished we will make a small clay vessel for our discoveries.
This talk explores Lorca’s artistic sources, including Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo. Edward Hirsch also discusses Lorca's complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write his classic, Poet in New York.
Nathalie Stephens writes at the border between languages: in her case, English and French. Her talk will address questions of translatability, displacement, desire, and what—through history—has come undone.
This seminar prepares participants to apply the successful PITB model to their own libraries. The Institute covers the how-to of producing vibrant poetry programs, building enriched collections and engaging audiences through community outreach. Participants gain experience listening to, discussing, and writing poetry. No one will leave uninspired.