FSG Celebrates 75 Years of Poetry: Frank Bidart & Yusef Komunyakaa
Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm
In Against Silence: Poems, Frank Bidart writes of the cycles we cannot escape and the feelings we cannot forget. Our history is not a tabula rasa, but a repeating, refining story of love and hate, of words spoken and cruelties enacted. Moving among the dead and the living, the figures of his life and of his past, Bidart calls forth – with nothing settled and nothing forgotten, we must speak. Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021 brings together selected poems from the past 20 years of Yusef Komunyakaa’s work, as well as new poems from the Pulitzer Prize winner. Komunyakaa’s masterful, concise verse conjures arresting images of peace and war, the natural power of the earth and of love, his childhood in the American South and his service in Vietnam, the ugly violence of racism in America, and the meaning of power and morality. Moderated by Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and editor of The FSG Poetry Anthology (75th Anniversary).