Sept. 7   4pm    Screening Godard’s Notre Musique CFA. Part poetry, part journalism,

part philosophy, Jean Luc-Godard’s most recent film is a meditation on war as seen through the prisms of cinema, text, and image. It is structured into three Dantean kingdoms: “Hell,” “Purgatory,” and “Heaven.”  Real-life literary figures (including Arab poet Mahmoud Darwish, Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo, and Godard himself) intermingle with actors; and documentary meshes with fiction.


Sept. 9    7pm    What is Poetics?  (Poetics Program orientation.)  Rust Belt Books.


Sept. 13  3.30pm James Longenbach. In conversation.  412 Clemens.  Susan Howe’s

Seminar. Logenbach’s focus will be on WWI and its effect on Pound’s early poems concentrating of “Hugh Selwyn Mauberly.” Later echoes in The Pisan Cantos, and early poems by Moore and Stevens.


Sept. 14  4pm  James Longenbach. Reading, Poetry Collection. Longenbach’s most

recent collections are Fleet River (poems) and and The Resistance to Poetry, Essays on contemporary American poetry.   A new book of poems, Draft of a Letter, will be published next year. He has taught at Princeton and Oxford Universities, the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and is currently the Joseph Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.


September 16  7pm  Reading: Robert Halpern and Michael Cross. Rust Belt Books.

Rob Halpern’s first book of poems, Rumored Place, was published by Krupskaya (2004). Recent work appears in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Books), as well as Antennae, Chain, and Submodern Fiction. His translation of Georges Perec’s “For A Realist Literature” is forthcoming, together with work on the politics of Perec’s early essays. He teaches at the University of San Francisco, and at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Michael Cross was the founder of the New Brutalism reading series in Oakland, California, and editor of Involuntary Vision: after Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Avenue B). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Poetics Program, where he edits Atticus/Finch Chapbooks. New poems are forthcoming in Gam, P-Queue, and Magazine Cypress.


Sept. 22  412 Clemens.  3.30pm   Elizabeth Willis, “A Public History of the

Dividing Line: H.D., Freud, The Bomb and the roots of the Postmodern,”

Elizabeth Willis is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Turneresque

(Burning Deck, 2003).  The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995) was selected for the

National Poetry Series. Currently she teaches creative writing and literature at Wesleyan University.


Sept. 23  4 pm  Elizabeth Willis. Reading, (Gender Week) 120 Clemens Hall


Sept. 28  4pm Michael Palmer.  Reading, Poetry Collection.

Michael Palmer’s work includes numerous translations and collaborative dance works.  Among his recent books of poetry are At Passages (recipient of the America Award for Poetry 1995), The Lion Bridge (Selected Poetry 1972-1995)1998, The Promises of Glass, 2000 and Codes Appearing (Poems 1979-1988) 2001.  He received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2001, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for poetry and was a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry during 1989-90.  In 1999, Palmer was appointed a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.  He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Cardiff.


Sept. 29 3.30pm  Michael Palmer. In Conversation. Susan Howe’s Seminar. 412 Clemens.  Palmer will discuss his work, particularly his most recent collection Company of Moths.


Oct. 5-7   4-6pm (October 7 1pm-3pm) Michael Davidson (Scholar-in-Residence). 438 Clemens.

 Poetics and the Cultural Sphere 

Seminar 1 “Poetry and the Public Sphere”

Seminar 2 “Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf performance”

Seminar 3 “On the Outskirts of Form: Cosmopoetics in the Shadow of


Michael Davidson is professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century (1989), Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word (1997), and Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (U of Chicago, 2003). He is the editor of The New Collected Poems of George Oppen (New Directions, 2002) and the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Arcades (1998). Davidson has written extensively on disability issues, most recently “Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance” and is completing a book on disability and cultural studies in an age of globalization.


Oct. 8  7pm   Michael Davidson.  Reading.  Big Orbit Gallery, 30d Essex St.


Nov. 3   1pm   Craig Dworkin. Talk, “Andy Warhol’s Lost Portraits.” Poetry Collection.

4pm    Reading. Poetry Collection.

Craig Dworkin is the author of Signature-Effects (Ghos-ti), Dure (Cuneiform), Strand (Roof), and the critical collection Reading the Illegible (Northwestern).  A book, Parse (Atelos), and his edition of the early writings of Vito Acconci (MIT Press) are forthcoming.


Nov. 4    Anne Carson (Oscar Silverman Reading). 8pm Baird Hall.


Nov. 10   4pm Tony Lopez. Reading. Poetry Collection.

Tony Lopez is best known as the author of False Memory (Salt, 2003) the acclaimed book-length poem that was best poetry collection in The Guardian 2003 and a New Statesman 2003 book of the year. Author of twenty books of poetry, his work has featured in many anthologies including Twentieth-Century British & Irish Poetry (Oxford, 2001) and Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (Salt, 2005). Meaning Performance: Essays on Poetry is to be published by Salt in 2005. He teaches in England at the University of Plymouth, where he was appointed the first Professor of Poetry in 2000.


Nov. 11  Writer Interrupted: the poetics of instability: Sarah Ann Cox and Elizabeth Treadwell.   2pm Poetry Collection.

Working with the mutable, volatile, and sedimentary qualities of words to discover, experience and communicate new and or obscured dimensions of history, reality and humanity, panelists will address the forms and recuperative potentials of both inclusivity and interruption. Special attention will be given to notions of narrativity and the lyric, the democratization of content and poetic agency within an

ever-expanding field.

Reading: 7pm Sarah Ann Cox and Elizabeth Treadwell. Rust Belt Books.

Elizabeth Treadwell’s books include two poetry collections, Chantry and Lilyfoil + 3 (both 2004); a collection of stories and prose poems, Populace (1999); and a novel, Eleanor Ramsey: the Queen of Cups (1997). She was born in Oakland, California in 1967, and lives there now with her husband and daughter.

Sarah Ann Cox is the author of Arrival (2002), Home of Grammar (1997), and definite articles (a + bend 1999). Her work has also appeared in Technologies of Measure, an anthology of bay area women poets. She lives in San Francisco.