Folger Poetry: Gerald Stern & Ross Gay Read and Discuss Their Work
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Celebrate Emily Dickinson's 183rd birthday with Peter Gizzi (Threshold Songs), a poet who has been called Dickinson's modern-day heir. Gizzi will be discussing the great American poet's legacy, in addition to reading from his own work. Hovering between grief and joy, the abstract and the concrete, Gizzi's poetry explores the hardships and pleasures in life. A former poetry editor for The Nation, Gizzi has garnered numerous awards and fellowships, and has taught at Brown and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- "(Stern's) poems are not only great poems, memorable ones, but ones that get into your heart and stay there." ---Toi Derricotte
- "What a hammer, what a velvet wrecking ball, what a rip tooth saw (Ross Gay's) Against Which is!" --Thomas Lux
Rich in metaphor, Gerald Stern's poems brim with light and darkness, sing with personal history and revelation, and teem with praise and mourning for the everyday life. His books of poetry include Everything Is Burning, American Sonnets, Last Blue: Poems, and This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award. In 2005, he received the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry.
In Ross Gay's first book, Against Which, his poetry embraces the physicality of a violent and dark world with emotionally searing language. Evocative and vibrant, his is a new and welcomed voice.
Conversation moderated by Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser. A reception with wine, cheese, and chocolate will follow.
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