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The Ashbery Poetry Series Presents
introduced by Robert Kelly
Thursday, March 14
László Z. Bitó ’60
Open to the Public and Free of Charge
JEROME ROTHENBERG has been a dominant presence in American poetry and poetics for half a century. His poetry has always sought in the deepest realms of human experience to bring a clear word. His poems are marvels of colloquial immediacy and prophetic intensity. His explorations of ethnopoetics resulted in such game-changing anthologies as Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and America: A Prophecy, as well as studies and translations of Native American poetries. His commitment to exploring the world of Jewish experience produced his remarkable Holocaust-minded poems in the books Poland 1931 and Khurbn and other Poems, as well as A Big Jewish Book and Exiled in the Word; and he was the first translator of Paul Celan. Besides continuing his own work, he has edited (with Pierre Joris ’69) the first volumes of that immense anthology of modern poetics, Poems for the Millennium.
MICHAEL IVES is the author of The External Combustion Engine (Futurepoem Books) and Wavetable (forthcoming from Station Hill Press). His work will be included in the forthcoming Infiltration: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Innovative Poetics. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Conjunctions, Sulfur, Fence, and New American Writing. The language/performance trio F’loom, which he co-founded, was featured on National Public Radio and the CBC, on radio programs throughout South America and Europe, and in several international anthologies of sound poetry. He has taught in the Written Arts Program at Bard College since 2003.
For more information, call 845-758-7887, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building