Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton and W.D. Snodgrass — these names represent some of the most prominent figures in American poetry during the mid-20th century. Poet-in-residence Andrew Mulvania plans to link them all together with his Brown Bag lecture, called “The Kaleidoscopic Self: The Autobiographical Sequence” at 12:15 p.m. today on the front porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.
The Chautauqua Writers’ Center workshops for Week Five will center on heightening emotions, the basics of poetry and playwriting.
Gaze backward into the gaping maw of time, and be sure to make it personal.Stephen Haven thinks it can help create a better poem.
Poet Shara McCallum thinks there’s a wave of fear sweeping through society.
Jim Daniels brings a group of this year’s winners to Chautauqua to share and discuss their writing. The presentation will take place at 12:15 p.m. today at the Literary Arts Center.
Daniels will channel his enthusiasm for inter-arts collaboration into his Brown Bag lecture, “Taking Writing Off the Page,” at 12:15 p.m. on the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall porch. Daniels’ lecture will focus on how writers can connect their work with other art forms and how they can use technology to aid that collaboration.
Like most children, Rick Hilles’ mother read to him at a young age, but few consider that experience to be archetypal.
Hilles, poet-in-residence for Week Nine, compared reading and writing poetry in his life to a newborn drinking his or her mother’s milk — they are vital nutrients in surviving.
Hilles, an assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will present a Brown Bag lecture, “On Poetry and Sustainability,” at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.
obert Frost once said free verse is like playing tennis without a net.
Gabriel Welsch, poet-in-residence for Week Eight, will keep that in mind during a Brown Bag Lecture, “Finding the Net: The Urge for Order in Contemporary Poetry” at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.
His lecture will focus on how contemporary poets have come of age in a time when there are not as many dominant modes to work with — as a result, poets tend to work in “received forms,” which already exist.
Poet-in-residence Julia Kasdorf will present a Brown Bag lecture, “Metaphor, the Artful Lie,” at 12:15 p.m. today at the Alumni Hall porch.
Kasdorf, whose poems have won a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, said she often returns to metaphor in her own writing and will examine how language can deceive readers and reveal truth.
“I’m going to be talking about metaphor as a principle that structures our thought, and as the basis of poetic imagination, and as a way of thinking that is not literally accurate as we think of it,” Kasdorf said.
Joan Murray was traveling on an Amtrak train a few days after Sept. 11, and as it headed to New York City, she felt “gripped by sorrow, fear and uncertainty about the future.”
She ventured to the cafe car for a coffee and noticed a group of men. Their clothing was casual, but their demeanor had a sense of mission.
It dawned on her that they were firefighters, which they confirmed when she asked, and they were on their way “to dig” at ground zero.
“I hope you find some survivors,” Murray said.
She went back to her seat and wrote “Survivors — Found.”