"Islamic Spain is now remembered as a place where Muslims, Christians and Jews created a vibrant polyglot civilization. Hispano- Arabic poets sang of forbidden love in rhymes which drew on both Spanish and Arabic traditions. Lourdes Alvarez presents original English translations of Andalusian poems from the 10th-14th centuries, including Sufi verse and nostalgic laments for the waning of the golden years of that richly polyphonic society."
Since 1981, Sulfur has been a unique model of a multi-focused literary magazine, embracing international modernism and its various legacies. After publishing 11,000 pages and over 800 writers and artists, Sulfur will bring out its final issue in the spring of 2000. Founder Clayton Eshleman is joined by two of Sulfur’s correspondents, Allen S. Weiss and Marjorie Welish, to discuss the magazine’s history and its unique place in the literary world.
What are the possibilities or impossibilities for poetics at the present moment? Charles Bernstein and Douglas Messerli discuss the national, international, and imagined contexts within which poets write, and the most urgent issues facing poetry and poetry publishing.
Poet and art critic John Yau leads this walking tour of galleries that show artists’ books, collaborations between artists and writers, and art that includes language. The tour will end with coffee and discussion.
The Poets Coffeehouse Series, now in its third year, is organized for Brooklyn Public Library by Robert Hershon>. This year's series is co-sponsored by Poets House. All readings take place at the Central Library, Grand Army Plaza.