Focusing on the act of translation as a source of artistic creation, this course works with Milton Glaser’s visual interpretation of Dante and explores several translations of selected passages from the Purgatorio. Students will be encouraged to re-envision or respond poetically to a section of the Purgatorio. Suggested readings include essays from The Poets’ Dante: Twentieth-Century Responses and a range of poems inspired by The Divine Comedy.
Explore the role flowers play in our poetry, history, and folklore. Join poet Susan Kinsolvingand scholar Marta McDowell for this reading and conversation, surrounded by the gardens at Battery Park City.
Join the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's inaugural Downtown Poetry Walk and stop off at Poets House to hear a reading and conversation with poet Fanny Howe and choreographer Ralph Lemon as they discuss dance and poetry—two isolated art forms, one that relies on the body, the other on language—in relation to issues of race, class, and gender.
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