I wanted to alert you to two happenings on campus, and, while I’m at it, encourage you to take a look at the Reporting on Atlanta’s Poetry Culture assignment, which is due in April. Chances are, the more you expose yourself to poetry off the page, the more adept you’ll be as a reader and a public speaker.
Eileen Myles will be performing tomorrow (Feb. 6) at 8 p.m. at the Harland Cinema. Myles is an icon of the punk movement and the New York School of poets and performers. She often works in hybrid genres, like the “poet’s novel,” and isn’t afraid to be brash (she coedited an anthology called The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading). More info on the Facebook event page.
In addition, Seamus Heaney will be giving a reading at Emory in March. Tickets–free ones–will be released tomorrow. Heaney is a Nobel Prize-winning poet, scholar and activist from Northern Ireland. (His Nobel lecture, “Crediting Poetry,” can be read as an answer to Auden’s “In Memory of W. B. Yeats.”) Heaney’s lyrics join the meditativeness of the best nature writing with the brutality of political conflict, and he produced an acclaimed modern translation of Beowulf. Read more about the event, and Heaney’s strong ties to Emory, here.
Two very different poets, both sure to draw a crowd…