Many readers still think of HD (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961) as a minor poet, limited by the label “imagist.” Yet she is one of the most original poets in our language, especially in the long poems composed during and after World War II, which seek to reimagine history, mythology and spirituality, and the role of the poet in a shattered world, from a woman’s point of view. Alicia Ostriker will read from H.D.’s early and late work, and discuss the significance of her art for our time.
Poems By Heart brings people together to recite from memory the poems they love. These monthly gatherings include recitation and discussion, and sustain the energy of The People’s Poetry Gathering, Poets House and City Lore’s biannual festival celebrating poetry’s roots in oral traditions. Participants are encouraged to memorize a new poem each month that someone else has written.