Monday, February 2, 2009

Stanley Kunitz: Poetry Reading of his work at Forbes Library this Wednesday at 7

This Wednesday night, February 4th at 7PM, there’s a celebration of Stanley Kunitz at the Forbes Library led by my friend and fellow poet Allegra Mira. Allegra worked with Kunitz and grew to know and love his work as well as anyone possibly could. I’m one of the six readers and was at the Sierra last night selecting my favorites...and writing some bad poetry of my own...but it kicked in on the second page!
Stanley Kunitz, one of the 20th century’s finest poets, died in May 2006. In addition to serving two terms as the United States Poet Laureate, Kunitz received many prizes for his poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, a National Medal of Arts, a Robert Frost Medal and a Bollingen Prize.

Kunitz published over 13 books of poetry and translations. In 1930, he published his first collection, Intellectual Things, and in 2005, The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden, which he coauthored with poet Genine Lentine.

An Evening in Celebration of Stanley Kunitz features 6 local poets reading from their personal Kunitz favorites. Allegra Mira, who worked as a transcriber and creative assistant for Kunitz’s final book, The Wild Braid, will introduce the reading and briefly share about her experiences while working alongside a true master of poetry.

This is the fifth monthly poetry reading during the library's 6th annual series that takes place on the first Wednesday of the month from October through June. Programming at Forbes Library is sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library. Free!

It's snowing tonight.

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