Last night, Monday, December 14th, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, Lucie Brock-Broido read from and discussed her second book, The Master Letters inspired by three heartrending drafts of letters Emily Dickinson addressed to "Master" from 1858-1862, found in a box after her death by her sister Lavinia. Read Full Post
Last Tuesday, December 1st, at The Fraunces, New York's oldest tavern, Ron Padgett and Katha Pollitt read in the Poems & Pints series, curated by the Poetry Society of America and presented in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and its endlessly creative and energetic president, Maggie Boepple.
After soliciting and pursuing, savoring, and relying upon jacket blurbs to trumpet the pleasures of the poetry Knopf published, which I did, in fact, do for my fifteen years there while speaking for myself on the front flap of each book of poems from those years, you might think that I would not readily clasp these important but ready made remarks to introduce poets. But I found the comments printed on these two books irresistible, because they are so clearly heartfelt and so sweetly composed and because I have such fondness for the authors and for their poems, too. Continue Reading Post