October 13, 2012

Sunday at Dodge Poetry Festival


Dodge Poetry Festival
October 14, 2012
SUNDAY

9:00-10:10

Festival Poet Readings
Sharon Dolin, Terrance Hayes, Joseph Millar, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Prudential Hall

Conversation: Poetry and Presence
Henri Cole, Jane Hirshfield, Arthur Sze
Victoria Theatre

There is a quality of mindfulness, of staying present in the present, that poetry can foster in us, can sometimes require of us.  Even a four hundred year old poem requires this kind of presence from us.  This may have been what Mark Strand had in mind when he wrote that we must “slow down for poetry.”  Festival Poets explore how this slowing down, this quality of presence and attentiveness, is essential to poetry, and also seems deeply connected to how we remain alive in the world with open eyes, ears, heart and mind.     
Festival Poet Readings
Adele Kenny, Taylor Mali, Narubi Selah, Raúl Zurita
CAE Auditorium

Festival Poet Readings
Richard Blanco, Dorianne Laux, Timothy Liu, Thomas Lux
North Star Academy Gym

Storytelling
Queen Nur and Dwight James
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art

Conversation: On Craft
Nikky Finney
Newark Museum


10:30-11:40

Festival Poet Readings
Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Salgado Maranhão, C. K. Williams
Prudential Hall

Shuffle, Cramproll, Paradiddle and Stomp
Ras Baraka, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kurtis Lamkin, Rachel McKibbens, with tap dancer Maurice Chestnut
Victoria Theatre

These are only a few of the names of dance steps in rhythmic tap, a form of the dance that treats the dancer’s feet as a percussion instrument.  Newark resident and world-class tap dancer Maurice Chestnut accompanies Festival Poets in a duet of poetic and tap rhythms.
Giving Voice to Lucille Clifton
Nikky Finney, Natasha Trethewey, Clifton's Daughters (Moderator: Maria Mazziotti Gillan)
Chase Room

In this special tribute, family members, friends and fellow poets will read from the just published Complete Poems of Lucille Clifton.  The author of twelve collections of poems, Clifton appeared at eleven Dodge Poetry Festivals and became, for many, the embodiment of the spirit of the Festival itself.  
Festival Poet Readings
Dan Bellm, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Paul Legault, Ada Limón
CAE Auditorium

Conversation: Going Public with Private Feelings
Nicky Beer, Thomas Lux, Idra Novey, Gregory Orr
North Star Academy Gym

Festival Poet Readings
Brian Barker, Eduardo C. Corral, Emari DiGiorgio, John Murillo
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art

Conversation: On Craft
Terrance Hayes
Newark Musem

Open Reading
General Public/ Moderator
New Jersey Historical Society

12:00-1:10

Blood Dazzler at the Octoroon Balls
Patricia Smith & NJSO String Quartet
Prudential Hall

Poet Patricia Smith reads selections from Blood Dazzler, her book-length sequence of poems on Hurricane Katrina, to the accompaniment of the New Jersey Symphony’s String Quartet playing passages from Winton Marsalis’ At the Octoroon Balls, a musical history of New Orleans. 
Conversation: When Politics Is Personal
Nikky Finney, Juan Felipe Herrera, Fanny Howe, Raúl Zurita
Victoria Theatre

Some poets take the position that poetry must address the political and social issues of its time.  Others believe political debate has no place in poetry. Most, even those who don’t write political poems themselves, agree that if a political matter is of personal importance to a particular poet, it is a valid topic for their poetry.  Festival Poets consider how and when poetry might/might not be called upon to bear witness.
Conversation: On Craft
Henri Cole
Chase Room

Festival Poet Readings
Nicky Beer, Idra Novey, Gregory Pardlo, Arthur Sze
CAE Auditorium

Conversation: Where We're From: A Sense of Place
Eavan Boland, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Philip Levine
North Star Academy Gym

Some poets’ work bears the indelible stamp of where they came from: that can be a geographic place, a type of environment, a particular family, a socio-economic position, a race, a sex, a sexual orientation, or a sense of entitlement or isolation.  Others discovered a place later in life that inspired them, and many have been challenged by society’s admonitions that they “know their place.”  This conversation will look into the many ways poetry explores our sense of place.
Storytelling
Queen Nur and Dwight James
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art

Conversation: American Poetries
Sharon Dolin, Kurtis Lamkin, Ada Limón, C. K. Williams
Newark Museum

Open Reading
General Public/Moderator
New Jersey Historical Society

1:30-4:40

Readings & Music
Juan Felipe Herrera, Natasha Trethewey, Gregory Orr, Eavan Boland, Amiri Baraka, Philip Levine
Prudential Hall                                                                                                                                                                                             

No comments: