Ellen Bryant Voigt, one of our most acute poetic thinkers, delivers the annual lecture on the craft of poetry, in honor of Paul Zweig—poet, critic, and one of Poets House’s original inventors. This lecture will trace the techniques that Jarrell employed to “stiffen” the rhythms of idiomatic speech as he “brought them to book,” making the music that makes his poems so moving.
In the words of Carol Conroy, the memorization of a poem invokes "all the myriad acts of attention that create a poem. For that reason, memorization ranks as a profound cognitive, psychic and spiritual journey." Poems by Heart invites people to share that journey by reciting from memory the poems that they love. Each month participants memorize a new poem that someone else has written.