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Saturday, October 19 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Don't Read Poetry

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When a respected Harvard English professor, literary critic, and poet with several published collections of her own tells us “Don’t Read Poetry,” should we take her at her word? In Don’t Read Poetry, Stephanie Burt brings her trademark wit and enthusiasm to bear on the essential—but sometimes intimidating—prospect of reading poems. “Don’t assume poetry ever means only one thing,” writes Burt, “other than maybe a set of tools for making things with words.” In this lively, entertaining, and educational session, Burt will encourage us to let go of our assumptions about poetry and invite us to seek out poems and poets, both classic and contemporary, whose styles speak to us—and to share the poems we love with others. Joining Burt to discuss what Publishers Weekly calls an “eloquent literary primer” is poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, whose most recent collection is How Narrow My Escapes. Sponsored by Mass Poetry.

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Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She was recently named the new director of the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival. Bertram has published poetry, prose, and essays in numerous journals... Read More →

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Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt is an expert in American poetry, both in its composition and its critique. She has been called “one of the most influential poetry critics of a generation” by the New York Times. Burt also teaches at Harvard University, sharing with students not only her expertise... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
BPL McKim Exhibition Hall 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116