Saturday, Sep 19, 2:00pm
POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON: OCTAVIO PAZ POETRY WALK
The New York Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition Frida Kahlo's Garden is the first to examine Frida Kahlo's keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement also reimagines the iconic artist's famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City.
Curated by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a poetry walk will feature the poems of Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, a contemporary and friend of Kahlo's, many of which reference native plants and flowers. The poetry walk will be adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory amid the seasonal beauty of the Garden's own collections. At this afternoon reading, Griffiths will read a selection of Paz poems from the poetry walk, as well as original poems inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and others. Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including Callaloo, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle, Black Arts Quarterly, African American Review, American Poetry Review, and many others. Her recent full-length collection, Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose/2011), was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association.
Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road