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Saturday, October 19 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Poetry at the Extremes

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Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has been called “our finest living example of [the American civic poet]” by the New York Times. In his newest anthology, The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poetry at the Extremes of Feeling, Pinsky continues to champion poetry’s relevance, by presenting a sweeping overview of how poets both ancient and contemporary have used poetry to address the full range of human emotion—from despair to ecstasy. Pinsky will be joined by contributors Maggie Dietz, Martín Espada, and Jill McDonough to read their own poems from the collection, as well as other collected poems demonstrating poetry at the heights and depths of emotion. Obama inaugural poet Richard Blanco, author most recently of How to Love a Country, will host what’s sure to be a powerful session exploring how poets articulate our most visceral emotions. Sponsored by Mass Poetry.

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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is a poet, professor, public speaker, memoirist, and civil engineer. He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be a US inaugural poet when he read at President Obama’s 2013 inauguration. He is also the first... Read More →

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Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough is a poet and the recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program. Her books of poems... Read More →
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Maggie Dietz

Maggie Dietz is the author of poetry collections That Kind of Happy and Perennial Fall, which won New Hampshire’s 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her work has appeared widely in poetry journals like Poetry, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Agni, and Harvard... Read More →
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Martín Espada

As a poet, editor, essayist, and translator, Martín Espada has published close to twenty books including the poetry collections Vivas to Those Who Have Failed; The Trouble Ball; The Republic of Poetry, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Alabanza. He has received the... Read More →
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Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky is a poet, translator, critic, and essayist who served as US Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. His work—which has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos William Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
BPL McKim Exhibition Hall 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116