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Necessary Cuts: Rickey Laurentiis on Revision at Poets House

Rickey Laurentiis
Date and Time: 
April 26, 2017 - 7:00PM
Event Location: 
Poets House
Admission: 
$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members

Though Paul Valéry claimed “a poem is never finished, only abandoned,” what happens between a poem’s creation and its abandonment is revision. Examining "Southern Cross" by Carl Phillips, "Look" by Solmaz Sharif, "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton and bits of Sappho and Whitman, besides the spiritual "Wade in the Water," Ma Rainey's "Prove it On Me Blues," and, finally, the art of Basquiat, poet Rickey Laurentiis examines how writers can enact revision in their language, politics and lives via a poem. Laurentiis unpacks what it means to return and revise—connecting, crossing, and shaping context— until, like Michelangelo, you find the angel in the marble and set it free.

Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation

Event Sponsored By: 
Co-sponsored by BMCC and Poets House
Event Type: 
Readings and Conversations
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