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TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL
Key West Literary Seminar

poetry 2003

the beautiful changes
poetry 2003

January 9-12, 2003


2003 Seminar Schedule
January 9 -16, 2003

Featuring: Kim Addonizio, John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Robert Creeley, Martín Espada, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Carolyn Forché, Forrest Gander, Dan Gerber, Jane Hirshfield, Carolyn Kizer, Dorianne Laux, Semezdin Mehmedinović, Sharon Olds, Charles Simic, James Tate, Quincy Troupe, Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, and C. D. Wright

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003
 7:30 p.m. This evening's event will be free and open to the public. Location to be announced.

To dream a poem awake

Reading and Musings with Quincy Troupe

eye fall asleep in order to dream a poem awake
it comes surreptitiously, sometimes it balks
holds back its mystery
so much so, sometimes, it reminds me of pulling teeth
or a roundabout, sly, back-door man
who is afraid of sunlight


from Poetry, As Process by Quincy Troupe in Weather Reports
Thursday, January 9, 2003 - The Pleasure of Writing Poetry
11:00 a.m.
     to
 1:00 p.m.
Registration

This special session is included in the price of the seminar. Limited local seating will be available to this event on a space available basis at a nominal cost of $15 per person. Students will be admitted free, upon the showing of a valid i.d.
1:00 p.m.
     to
1:15 p.m.
Welcome to Key West
The Key West writing scene with Rosalind Brackenbury
1:15 p.m.
     to
2:00 p.m.
How I write a poem

Inspiration? Habits? Where do I begin? How do I choose a form (or does the poem choose the form?) What's my line? How do I reach an audience? How do I know when its done?

Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Forrest Gander, C. D. Wright

Moderated by Rebecca Seiferle
2:00 p.m.
     to
2:30 p.m.
The influence of other arts on poetry

Quincy Troupe
2:30 p.m.
     to
2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 p.m.
     to
3:30 p.m.
The Pleasures of Writing Poetry

Kim Addonizio, Dorianne Laux
3:30 p.m.
     to
4:00 p.m.
The Art of Publishing

Sam Hamill
4:00 p.m.
     to
7:00 p.m.
Registration

5:00 p.m.
     to
6:30 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception at Lucky Street Gallery, 1120 White Street, featuring a special exhibit of Key West artists responding to the poems of our panelists.
7:30 p.m.
     to
9:00 p.m.
JOHN HERSEY MEMORIAL LECTURE

Derek Walcott
 9:15 p.m.
     to
11:00 p.m.
Gala Reception at the garden of the Wreckers' Museum/The Oldest House, 322 Duval Street (5 minute walk from the San Carlos) in honor of Derek Walcott, Bountiful food and refreshments (sufficient for a late night dinner), catered by Mangoes Catering.
Friday, January 10, 2003 - Poetry: Saying What Can't Be Said
 9:00 a.m.
     to
9:30 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 a.m.
     to
10:00 a.m.
Jane Hirshfield

“Entering the Mind of Poetry”

“Only when looked at from a place of asideness and exile does the life of the world fully step forward. There is a shyness at the core of existence, a hesitance to be seen.”
10:00 a.m.
     to
10:30 a.m.
Charles Simic

“Poetry is an orphan of silence”

“Silence, solitude, what is more essential to the human condition? ‘Maternal silence’ is what I like to call it. Life before the coming of language. The place where we begin to hear the voice of the inanimate.”
10:30 a.m.
     to
11:00 a.m.
Quincy Troupe

“words & sounds that build bridges toward a new tongue within the vortex of cadences, magic weaves there a mystery, syncopating music rising from breath of the young."
11:00 a.m.
     to
11:15 a.m.
Break
11:15 a.m.
     to
12:30 p.m.
Epiphanal moments

Each poet comes to the stage, reads one of his or her own "breakthrough" poems, sits down. (A "breakthrough" poem is one that either changed the way the poet worked, changed her work, changed the reader's understanding, changed poetics--the emphasis on how "the beautiful" changed in the poet's work)

Then a dialog:

How do you understand the poem?
What do you want the reader to feel?
Where did the poem come from?
How did it take form?
How did it change in its development?
Influences?
Relationship to body of work?
Surprises?
Delights?


(Poems will be circulated to other panel poets in advance for questions, reflections)

Martín Espada, Forrest Gander, Dan Gerber, Dorianne Laux, James Tate
12:30 p.m.
     to
 2:00 p.m.
Lunch
 2:00 p.m.
     to
 2:45 p.m.
Carolyn Kizer: Reading and Reflection
 2:45 p.m.
     to
 3:00 p.m.
Break
 3:00 p.m.
     to
 4:00 p.m.
The Body in Women's Poetry

The Beautiful Changes: Content, Language, and Form

Kim Addonizo, Lucille Clifton, Dorianne Laux, Sharon Olds
 4:30 p.m.
     to
 5:30 p.m.
Champagne reception, at theAudubon House and Tropical Gardens, 205 Whitehead Street. The reception will be held in the John Malcolm Brinnin Commemorative Butterfly Garden.
Friday Evening Readings
 7:30 p.m.
     to
 8:00 p.m.
James Tate
 8:15 p.m.
     to
 8:45 p.m.
Lucille Clifton
 9:00 p.m.
     to
 9:30 p.m.
Billy Collins
Saturday, January 11, 2003 - Engaging the World: Inside and Out
 9:00 a.m.
     to
 9:30 a.m.
Coffe, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 a.m.
     to
10:15 a.m.
Poets and their work: Poetry as Its Own Biography
(personal I vs poetic eye)

John Ashbery, Charles Simic, James Tate A conversation
10:15 a.m.
     to
10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 a.m.
     to
11:15 a.m.
Martín Espada

The Political Imagination: A Reading and Talk
11:15 a.m.
     to
12 Noon
The Poetry of Witness: Discussion
Can Poetry Be Used?

Carolyn Forché, Semezdin Mehmedinović, Quincy Troupe, Derek Walcott
12 Noon
     to
12:10 p.m.
Break
12:10 p.m.
     to
12:45 p.m.
Beats/Black Mountain : A Conversation

Robert Creeley and Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Guided by Alan Cheuse
12:30 p.m.
     to
 2:00 p.m.
Lunch
 2:00 p.m.
     to
 2:45 p.m.
Creatures & Places: Readings and Reflections

Dan Gerber, Jane Hirshfield
 2:45 p.m.
     to
 3:30 p.m.
Making It New: Readings and Conversation

Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright
 3:30 p.m.
     to
 3:45 p.m.
Break
 3:45 p.m.
     to
 4:30 p.m.
Favorite Poems: The Thrill of Reading Poetry

Each poet will read a favorite poem from someone else (a "breakthrough" poem in terms of its impact on the poet's work or on her understanding/appreciation of poetry) and offer explications and explanations.

Kim Addonizio, Robert Creeley, Sharon Olds, Charles Simic
 6:00 p.m.
     to
 8:00 p.m.
Artist Reception, Lenny Addorisio, Wooden Head Gallery, 907 Caroline Street. On display will be forty two paintings by Lenny Addorisio illustrating The Day Arrives, a book of twenty one poems by Jane Day.
 8:00 p.m.
     to
 9:00 p.m.
John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Reading

Richard Wilbur
 9:30 p.m.
     to
11:00 p.m.
Champagne Reception, in honor of Richard Wilbur, at The Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, 281 Front Street (15 minute walk) Coffee, cocktails, nibbles and lavish deserts, catered by Mangoes Catering (Not intended as dinner; please be sure to eat something before the 8:00 presentation.)
Sunday, January 12, 2003 - The Beautiful Changes
 9:00 a.m.
     to
 9:30 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 a.m.
     to
10:30 a.m.
John Ashbery, Sharon Olds, James Tate: Readings and Responses
10:30 a.m.
     to
11:30 a.m.
Classical Backgrounds: What is the role of conventional forms now that they're no longer obligatory.
How do you see "modern" poetry

Forrest Gander, Carolyn Kizer, Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur
11:30 a.m.
     to
11:45 a.m.
Break
11:45 a.m.
     to
12:30 p.m.
Translations

Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Jane Hirshfield, Charles Simic
12:30 p.m.
     to
 2:00 p.m.
Conch Chowder Luncheon at the Palm Garden of the Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street, sponsored by Friends of the Library
Sunday Afternoon Session -- Free and Open to the Public on a space available basis.
Strictly, first-come, first-served
 2:00 p.m.
     to
 2:30 p.m.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Reading
 2:30 p.m.
     to
 4:00 p.m.
The Beautiful Changes

How has your work changed over time
How has our notion of the beautiful changed
How has the use of language changed
The Beauty of Change


Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Dan Gerber, C. D. Wright

Moderated by Rebecca Seiferle
 5:00 p.m. A Celebration of Key West Poets
Tickets available at the Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval Street

Featuring the poems of Hart Crane, John Malcolm Brinnin, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Shel Silverstein and Tennessee Williams with a special tribute to current resident and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Richard Wilbur. With Joy Hawkins, George Keathley, George Murphy and Diana Verlaine.
 7:30 p.m.
     to
 9:30 p.m.
Orientation dinner, Writers' Workshops
Top of La Concha, 430 Duval Street
Monday, January 13, 2003
All Day Writers' Workshops
See Writers' Workshop Page.
 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Key West Poets
Tickets available at the Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval Street

Featuring the poems of Hart Crane, John Malcolm Brinnin, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Shel Silverstein and Tennessee Williams with a special tribute to current resident and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Richard Wilbur. With Joy Hawkins, George Keathley, George Murphy and Diana Verlaine.
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
All Day Writers' Workshops
See Writers' Workshop Page.
 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Key West Poets
Tickets available at the Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval Street

Featuring the poems of Hart Crane, John Malcolm Brinnin, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Shel Silverstein and Tennessee Williams with a special tribute to current resident and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Richard Wilbur. With Joy Hawkins, George Keathley, George Murphy and Diana Verlaine.
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
All Day Writers' Workshops
See Writers' Workshop Page.
Thursday, January 16, 2003
All Day Writers' Workshops
See Writers' Workshop Page.

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