Thursday, December 10th, 6-8 PM
East Pyne Lower Level o1o
To reserve a spot at this event, please RSVP to Poetry@Princeton or to the English department
In honor of C.K. Williams, Michael Dickman, Jeff Dolven, James Richardson, Susan Stewart, Tracy Smith, and Susan Wheeler will each read a poem from Williams’ Selected Later Poems, which appeared in September.
Michael Dickman will also read from his book Green Migraine
Acclaimed poet Dorianne Laux will read from her work on Wednesday, November 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Laux, best known for her poetry book The Book of Men, has had poems included in The Best American Poetry in 1999, 2006 and 2013. The event, part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, is free and open to the public.
Marie Howe is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State and an award-winning author of three volumes of poetry. Her most recent book, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other titles include What the Living Do (1997), which was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the five best poetry collections of the year, and The Good Thief (1988), selected by Margaret Atwood for the 1987 National Poetry Series. Howe also co-edited (with Michael Klein) the essay anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994).
Having earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1983, Howe was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1988, with Kunitz referring to her poetry as “luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life.” She was a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and the Fine Arts Work Center, and she has also been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Howe teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and New York University.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:30 PM
James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.
This event, the 2015-16 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes Lecture presented by the Program in Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.
Next Thursday, two of Brooklyn’s most exciting young poets will be visiting Princeton’s English Department for a reading of their work.
Please join us for the reading in McCosh room 40 at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 22nd (reception to follow in the Thorp Library).
The event, sponsored by Princeton’s Contemporary Poetry Colloquium, is free and open to the public.
MATTHEW ROHRER is the author of numerous highly acclaimed and much loved books of poetry, including A Hummock in the Malookas (selected by Mary Oliver for the National Poetry Series), Satellite, A Green Light (Short listed for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize), Rise Up, They All Seemed Asleep, A Plate of Chicken, Destroyer and Preserver, Surrounded by Friends (published just this year by Wave Books), as well as a collaborative works, Nice Hat, Thanks, and Gentle Reader! (an erasure of Romantic era texts).
Rohrer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and has published work in The New Young American Poets: An Anthology (2000), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006). He teaches in the Creative Writing program at New York University. (selected from poets.org).
MORGAN PARKER is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful things than Beyonce, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Morgan received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books). She has done editorial work for Apogee Journal, No, Dear Magazine, and The Atlas Review. Winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an Editor for Amazon Publishing’s imprint Little A, and moonlights as poetry editor of The Offing. She also teaches Creative Writing at Columbia University and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With poet and performer Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius. (bio from http://www.morgan-parker.com/about/).
Poet Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy, author of Facts for Visitors: Poems, and Voyager, and Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the English department and the Program in Poetry and Poetics will be lecturing at Princeton on Monday, October 5th, 4:30 PM, in a very exciting event sponsored by the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.
“The Unfinished”– A Lecture About Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Brueghel’s “The Fall of Icarus”
Monday, October 5, 2015
Hinds Library, McCosh Hall
Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.
Birds, Beasts, and Flowers, by D.H. Lawrence (1923)
A “rush of cochineal” in a patch of scarlet runner beans the other day returned me not only to E.D., but also to D. H.– Lawrence’s near-perfect, truly summery, 1923 book, Birds, Beasts and Flowers. Every poem there opens up perspectives of line and looking–his plan reaches from the heraldry of the Evangelists to the just-vanished glimpse. And each poem closes with a notation of its “place”–of observation? of composition? The two moments come very close. Here are two of them:
I can imagine, in some otherworld
Primeval-dumb, far back
In that most awful stillness, that only gasped and hummed,
Humming-birds raced down the avenues.
Before anything had a soul,
While life was a heave of Matter, half inanimate,
This little bit chipped off in brilliance
And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems.
I believe there were no flowers, then
In the world where the humming-bird flashed ahead of creation.
I believe he pierced the slow vegetable veins with his long beak.
Probably he was big
As mosses, and little lizards, they say were once big.
Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster.
We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time,
Luckily for us.
And, from the same book, a far less rare, and far more pesky summer visitor, can be found on the Poetry Foundation website:
They forgot to include the place: it’s Siracusa
Susan Stewart is a poet, critic, and translator. She is the Avalon Foundation University Professor of the Humanities, the Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, a member of the associated faculty of Princeton’s department of Art and Archaeology, and a Professor in Princeton’s English department, where she teaches the history of poetry, poetics, and issues in aesthetics. Her award-winning books of poetry include The Forest (1995), Columbarium (2003), and Red Rover (2008), Her collection Cinder: New and Selected Poems will appear with Graywolf Press in early 2017. Stewart’s books of criticism, which have received numerous awards, include The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making (2011); The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics (2004); Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (2002), Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation (1991); On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection (1984), and Nonsense (1979). Her translations of poetry include Milo De Angelis’s Theme of Farewell and After-Poems, and Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini. Stewart is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. This fall, Professor Stewart will teach English 205: Reading Poetry.
My god is this a man, by Laura Sims (Fence Books, 2014)
Each time I read the news of another horrific mass shooting in the United States, I return to Laura Sims’ haunting third book My god is this a man. With a skill for artful repetitions reminiscent of Gertrude Stein, Sims isolates and mixes single statements from Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and mass murderer Bill Heirens and other sources, shaping their voices into poems of paralyzing familiarity. On each rereading, I find the questions subtly posed in My god is this a man about isolation and connection feel ever more urgent and central to the century ahead. –Idra Novey
Idra Novey is a member of Princeton’s creative writing faculty and the author of the poetry collection Clarice: The Visitor, as well as Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, and The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award in poetry. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the Leonard Lopate Show, and in Slate, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Guernica, and Poetry. She has received awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, and the PEN Translation Fund. Her most recent translation is Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. This fall, she will be teaching an undergraduate course on Literary Translation.
The Odes to TL61P, by Keston Sutherland
Keston Sutherland will be teaching a graduate course at Princeton this fall on Kapital and modern poetry, and this book– named for a “bygone Hotpoint washer-dryer”– would make an excellent primer and aftermath. –Jeff Dolven
Jeff Dolven is a poet and professor in Princeton’s English department who specializes in poetry and poetics of the English Renaissance. Professor Dolven is also the director of Princeton’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities. His first book, Scenes of Instruction, explores poetry’s entanglement with schooling at the end of the sixteenth century. He is the author of Speculative Music, and his poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere.
The Wilderness, by Sandra Lim
Winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, Sandra Lim’s second book The Wilderness reads like a master class in parataxis. Her end-stopped lines have resonance and weight, confident in the subtlety of their rendering. They move like stone doors — each seemingly massive, but perfectly balanced, swinging open at a touch to reveal insights that are often dramatic in their understatement.
— Monica Youn
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (forthcoming Graywolf Press 2016) Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003), a member of Princeton’s creative writing faculty, and a Princeton graduate herself. This fall she will be teaching Introductory Poetry and Advanced Poetry.