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April 2017
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Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald

April 3 @ 8:00 pm

A reading by two of our finest performers of poetry. Frank Bidart’s new book is Half-light: Collected Poems. “No other poet sounds like Bidart,” wrote Garth Greenwell. You can hear the muscular physicality of his language, the way the sentence twists around the line breaks, never quite as expected. His work is one of the unfolding wonders of the literature of our time.” Alice Oswald’s new collection is Falling Awake. “Hers is a mystical work, and when she writes you…

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Mary Gaitskill: First Reads

April 13 @ 8:00 pm

Upon publication of her new collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, Mary Gaitskill takes on a special assignment: to read a work she’s never read before (we’ll announce the title in 2017), then discuss the experience of this literary encounter. “Her brand of brainy lyricism, of acid shot through with grace, is unlike anyone else’s. And it constitutes some of the most incisive writing around,” wrote Meghan O’Rourke.       Somebody with a Little Hammer Veronica The…

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The Tenth Muse with Anne Carson

April 27 @ 8:00 pm

Renowned as a poet and classical translator, Anne Carson continues a long-standing Poetry Center tradition by introducing readings by three of her favorite translators: Mike Lala (Catullus), William Levitan (Seneca, the letters of Abelard and Heloise) and Emily Wilson (Euripides, Homer). “You’re down in the roots of where words work,” wrote Carson of translating Greek and Latin. “In English we’re at the top of the tree, in the branches, bouncing around. It was stunning to me, a revelation. And it…

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