Clare Cavanagh discusses Polish poets Wislawa Szymborska, Adam Zagajewski and Czeslaw Milosz, in a tribute to the art of translation and the memory of Katharine Washburn, co-editor of the World Poetry anthology and acclaimed translator.
Poet, editor and critic Peter Gizzi discusses the poetry of Jack Spicer (1925–1965), a major figure of the San Francisco Renaissance whose poems and lectures contribute to the foundation of postmodern American poetics.
Richard Lewis reads his own short poems as well as the haiku of Issa and Basho. We’ll create small books, to be held in our hands, of our short poems about the changes of spring. Richard Lewis is the founding director of the Touchstone Center in New York.
Four poets gather to speak on the poetry of Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956). A ground-breaking playwright and committed Marxist, Brecht expanded the boundaries of verse by combining biting political satire with such diverse influences as the 16th-century ballad, popular song and the writings of Rudyard Kipling.