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What is the role of violence and shock in poetry today? Or, as English professor and critic Stephen Burt asked at the “In Extremis” poetry panel Oct. 1, “What does a poet gain or lose by having blood all over the page?”
Afternoon sunshine twinkles off the Charles River’s tiny blue waves and warms the grass on its shores. Beneath the nearby trees, students lay out on towels with their laptops and textbooks. Some people on the walking path seem hurried, others are enjoying a leisurely jog or stroll. Several, however, have stopped to read the mysterious string of poems stapled to a nearby tree.
Irini Spanidou of New York University talks about various Greek poetry on Wednesday evening in Harvard Hall.
Ruth Lepson (left) introduces Penelope Creeley (right) during "The Creeley Collective", a community gathering in the Thompson Room of the Barker Center to celebrate the late Harvard poet Robert Creeley. The talk included sporadic readings of Creeley's poems; many participants expressed their love of The Creeley Letters because they are easy to understand and relatable.
Poet Sarah Kay performs one of the poems in her new poetry collection, "No Matter the Wreckage," on Sunday night at the Oberon Theater. Kay is known for her spoken word TED Talks and involvement in Project V.O.I.C.E., a movement dedicated to the use of spoken word poetry as a form of self-expression.
Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet known for her TED talks, performed some of her latest work in honor of the official release of her new book for a full house at the Oberon theater Sunday night.
Herbie Hancock, jazz pianist and keyboardist, speaks about melding technology and music in a lecture at Sanders Theatre on Monday. The lecture was the fourth installment of the Norton Lecture series.
Herbie Hancock, jazz pianist and keyboardist, speaks about melding music and technology at the fourth lecture in the Norton Lecture series Monday afternoon in Sanders Theatre.
Born out of the adaptation of the class for online education platform HarvardX, a new policy implemented in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 12: “Poetry in America” prevents students from asking questions in lectures and has prompted the course instructor, English professor Elisa New, to foster student-teacher interaction in new ways.
Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1997-2000, reads his poem "Creole" to an audience in the Sackler Museum on Feb. 6.
“Clinical psychology and poetry are very different axes to the same ambiguous and complex human experience,” Tadmor says.
I think you’re always trying to reach back, because she’s reaching back. I think one of the points of her text is this idea of how the ancient fuses into our modern understanding of the world, and that what’s inescapable about “Antigone” is the recurrence.