poetry

Mon 6.29.15 | Whitman on Democracy

John Marsh, In Walt We Trust: How a Queer Socialist Poet Can Save America from Itself Monthly Review Press, 2015

 

 

 

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Democracy today is in a sorry state. Can Walt Whitman help us resuscitate it? John Marsh thinks so; he reveals how the thousands of visits Whitman paid to sick and wounded soldiers in Civil War army hospitals restored the poet's faith in ordinary people's ability to fashion a robust democracy. Marsh also shows how Whitman modeled an ethics of comradeship and affection in his poetry.

Wed 10.29.14 | Aimé Césaire and the Poetics of Anticolonialism

Natalie Melas, All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison Stanford U. Press, 2007

 

 

 

 

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Francophone poet, playwright, intellectual, and politician, Aimé Césaire was a fierce critic of the colonial condition and a modernist trailblazer. Scholar Natalie Melas considers the politics and poetics of the Martiniquan writer, arguably the greatest poet of anticolonialism and decolonization. She discusses Césaire's central involvement in the Négritude movement, his celebrated poem "Notebook of a Return to the Native Land," and his influence on Frantz Fanon.

Tues 1.14.14 | Opinionated Poets

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For nearly six decades, writers from near and far have come to read their work and, in many cases, expound on social issues at events sponsored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. Steve Dickison, the center's director, selected for this program audio highlights of James Baldwin, Robert Duncan, Jessica Hagedorn, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Margaret Randall, and Tomas Tranströmer. Dickison also provides commentary and analysis.

Tues 12.18.12 | Opinionated Poets

For nearly six decades, writers from near and far have come to read their work and, in many cases, expound on social issues at events sponsored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. Steve Dickison, the center's director, selected for this program audio highlights of James Baldwin, Robert Duncan, Jessica Hagedorn, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Margaret Randall, and Tomas Transtromer. Dickison also provides commentary and analysis.

Wed 11.21.12 | Berardi on Finance, Poetry, and Autonomia

Franco "Bifo" Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance Semiotext(e), 2012

 

 

 

 

 

What might finance capitalism have to do with poetry?  And how might resistance to the former come from the latter? Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Italian political philosopher, writer, and media theorist, discusses money, precarious labor in an age of information and heightened alienation, and why a mantra might be a powerful weapon. He also talks about the autonomist movement in Italy in the 1970s and his involvement in the iconoclastic pirate radio station based in Bologna, Radio Alice.

 

Tues 4.03.12 | Adrienne Rich

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A week ago, one of America's greatest poets and public intellectuals died. Adrienne Rich was in her twenties she was selected by WH Auden for the Yale Younger Poets award and subsquently won all the most prestigious awards in poetry.  In the ferment of the 1960s and 70s she moved away from formalism, as her politics became more radical. In an extensive interview conducted with Rich at the height of her powers, she reflected on her early life and poetry, as well as the personal politics of race and sexuality.
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