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Defying Convention: A Reading by Poet Terrance Hayes

Oct 14, 2021, 7:00 PM-8:15 PM

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Terrance Hayes (New York University)
Phil Memmer (YMCA Downtown Writers Center)

How do poets play with the conventions both of traditional form and society? Acclaimed poet Terrance Hayes explores both, through this evening of poetry readings and Q&A moderated by Phil Memmer.

Hayes is the author of such celebrated books of poems as American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (a National Book Award finalist), How to Be Drawn, and Lighthead (winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry). He has received many other honors and awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation.

In a citation for his 2014 Genius Award, the MacArthur Foundation wrote, “Terrance Hayes is a poet who reflects on race, gender, and family in works marked by formal dexterity and a reverence for history and the artistry of crafting verse. Employing an almost improvisational approach to writing, Hayes conjoins fluid, often humorous wordplay with references to popular culture both past and present in his subversion of canonical poetic forms.”

CART transcription provided. Please contact Phil Memmer by 10/7 with any additional accessibility accommodation requests.

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Part of the Syracuse Symposium series!

Convention and Craft: A Conversation with Terrance Hayes

Oct 15, 2021, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

virtual

Terrance Hayes (New York University)
Phil Memmer (YMCA Downtown Writers Center)

All poets must, in some way, confront the long tradition of the art; decisions of whether, why, and how to work within (or against) the conventions of poetic form remain as central to contemporary poets as they have been to every generation of writers since at least the Modernists. These decisions--perhaps now more than ever, given our current cultural moment--go far beyond simple questions of taste, style, or the pleasures the poetic tradition may provide. For many poets, the choice to use (or reject, or adapt) received poetic models may be connected to concerns about colonization, race, gender, privilege, and other societal issues.

In this craft discussion moderated by Phil Memmer, acclaimed poet and National Book Award winner Hayes discusses how he, and other poets, have used, recycled, expanded, and exploded poetic conventions--especially traditional form--for their own artistic purposes. 

CART transcription provided. Please contact Phil Memmer by 10/7 with any additional accessibility accommodation requests.

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