In his talk, Carl Phillips will explore the ways in which Whitman is among the first to stake out forbidden territory (race, masculinity, morality) for American poetry and to find a form that persuasively enacts the poem's content. He will also consider the ways in which Whitman's poems continue to have a contemporary resonance and to illustrate what it has meant and continues to mean, on so many levels, to be American, for better and for worse.
Join Poets House and the South Street Seaport Museum for a Whitmanesque extravaganza: Walt Whitman: Poet and Printer
Hear his work and that of poets influenced by him. Try your hand at a letterpress printer like the one he used
The things we expect in poetry—radical compression, flights of lyricism, strategic sequencing—can be used to create a new reasoning in prose, refocusing the readers’ attentions and expectations. Representative contemporary authors writing between genres will be read, and students are invited to suggest others.Writing assignments will be given, and students will be encouraged to deviate.
Beginning in February 2005, Staten Island teens and adults will be doing what Poetry in The Branches was designed for: bumping into poetry and discovering its delights. The pilot year of this program will see Staten Island branches of The New York Public Library hosting six poetry-writing workshops for teens, and, for adults, a series of readings by stellar poets of their own and their favorite poets’ work. On a Spring afternoon or evening, when a trip on the ferry adds an extra note of pleasure to your day, come hear these readings.