Berssenbrugge, Mei-mei. "A Context of a Wave." Conjunctions 17 (1991): 42-53.
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In his first appearance at the Poetry Center, Tomas Tranströmer reads widely from his work as translated by May Swenson, Robert Bly, and Samuel Charters. Given primarily in English, the reading opens with a bilingual performance of "Spår" <"Tracks"> in Swedish and English.
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge reads poems from her collection Empathy (1989), together with a poem that would appear in Sphericity (1993). She also reads an uncollected long prose piece, "A Context of a Wave," which considers relationships between individuals and place, as well as between life and literature.
Bei Dao reads from Old Snow (1991), Forms of Distance (1993), Landscape Over Zero (1996) and Unlock (2000). Dennis Evans reads the English translations.
Gloria E. Anzaldúa reads widely from her extensive body of work; this reading includes uncollected and unpublished poems.
David Wagoner reads primarily from Staying Alive (1966) and New and Selected Poems (1969).
In this reading, originally given with Eloise Klein Healy, Peggy Shumaker reads from the collection Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica (2013) and presents photographs from a series of residencies in Costa Rica.
Hilito is a short film that captures a performance by Cecilia Vicuña in the Sonoran Desert. It was filmed over the span of a week across various locations in Tucson. Vicuña created this film for the Poetry Off the Page Symposium.
Three celebrated British poets read poems from throughout their careers.
William Olsen reads primarily poems that would go on to be collected in Trouble Lights (2002), including "A Cat," "The Human Heart," "To A Fly," "Ruin Outlasting Sorrow," and "Black Globe."
Marcia Southwick reads poems from the second half of The Night Won't Save Anyone (1980), along with poems that would go on to be collected in Why the River Disappears (1990).
John A. Williams reads poems from an early manuscript that would eventually come to form his collection Safari West (1998). He then reads from his novel !Click Song (1982), investigating issues of race, colonialism, and diaspora. Both books are winners of the American Book Award.
Richard Siken reads poems from his collection War of the Foxes (2015). This reading was orginally given with Annie Guthrie.
Mark Doty reads from his collection of poetry Deep Lane (2015).
Essayist and poet Erik Reece reads poems from A Short History of the Present (2009) and essays from An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God (2009) as well as Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea (2016).
Camille Dungy discusses climate change and reads from What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (2006), Smith Blue (2011), and a forthcoming manuscript titled Trophic Cascade. This reading was given as part of the Climate Change & Poetry Series.
In this classroom session at Rincon High School, Terry Tempest Williams leads students in writing exercises that explore students' knowledge of their home places and environments. Williams also answers student questions and reads from two stories published in Coyote's Canyon (1989).