Poets House Spring Street

2005: Poetry in the Branches National Institute Keynote Address by Robert Hass

Former U S Poet Laureate Robert Hass talks with librarians about the Laureate position, and ways in which to engage library users and the community with poetry. Part of the 2005 Poetry In The Branches National Institute
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 30 mins)

2006: Catalan Poetry Reading (Full Audio)

Readings by Manuel Forcano, Francesc Parcerisas, Melcion Mateu, Marta Pessarrodona, and Jaume Subirana, with English translations read by Mary Ann Newman and Christopher Whyte

Full Audio, Approx 1 hour

2002: Epics and Ballads 101 - A Public Seminar on Oral Traditions with John Foley (Full Audio)

John Foley, the author of How to Read an Oral Poem, introduces a season of programs on epics and ballads by discussing the ways oral and literary forms move through culture and time.
Full Audio, Approx 1 hour 20 mins.

1989: Passwords: Ruth Whitman on Abraham Sutzkever and Living Yiddish Poetry (Full Audio)

Poet and translator Ruth Whitman discusses the art of translation, the work of Abraham Sutzkever (1913 – 2010) and Yiddish poetry
Full Audio, approx 40 mins.

2006: Harold Bloom - "The Catalan Poetic Tradition, from Ramon Llull to the Present" (Full Audio)

Harold Bloom discusses the work of Salvador Espriu, Ramon Llull and Arnau March in his keynote address to Poets House's Catalan Poetry Symposium: A Day Long Festival, an exploration of eight centuries of Catalan poetry.
Full Audio, approx 1 hour

2003: David Antin: The Politics of Poetry

Internationally known for his “talk pieces”— improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary that have been described as a mix of Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, poet David Antin will explore how language can be regarded as essentially political.

2007: Simon Armitage on Ted Hughes (Full Audio)

Simon Armitage, one of the pivotal voices in contemporary British poetry, explores the influence of childhood and landscape on the work of fellow Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes (1930-1998).

(Full Audio, approx. 50 mins)

Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities

2007: Dick Davis on Persian Poetry (Full Audio)

Poet and translator Dick Davis expands our understanding of the period that gave rise to such voices as Rumi and Omar Khayyam by exploring several poems from the canon of Medieval Persian literature, including the Sufi allegory The Conference of Birds.

(Full Audio, approx. 1 hour)

2006: Patricia Spears Jones on Lorenzo Thomas (Full Audio)

Poet Patricia Spears Jones discusses the life and work of Lorenzo Thomas (1944-2005), a pivotal figure in the Black Arts Movement and author of such poetry books as Chances are Few and Dancing on Main Street.

(Full Audio, approx. 50 mins)

1996: The Gift of Tongues: An Evening of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press (Full Audio)

Copper Canyon Press editor Sam Hamill introduces readings by Heather Allen, Erin Belieu, Stephen Berg, Timothy Liu, Jane Miller, Karen Swenson, Elaine Terranova in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Copper Canyon Press and the release of the anthology The Gift of Tongues, chronicling one of the finest poetry presses in the nation.

(Full Audio, approx 1 hour)

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