The Poetry Center presents Dale M. Smith speaking on Robert Duncan and Charles Olson, reading briefly from his own poetry, and in conversation. Smith presents two pieces drawing on his research into the relationship between poets Duncan and Olson, as involved in his work on two books: An Open Map: The Correspondence Between Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan's Lectures on Charles Olson, both volumes co-edited by Smith and the late Robert J. Bertholf (University of Mexico Press, 2017). Smith also reads briefly from his recent book Sons (Knife Fork Book, 2017). The reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents Roberto Tejada delivering the 31st annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture. Tejada focuses on the Oppens’ time living in Mexico during the years 1950 to 1958. Images are reproduced courtesy of the Mandeville Special Collections and Archives, University of California, San Diego, with particular thanks to Rob Melton at the Archive of New Poetry. The Oppen Memorial Lecture series benefits from the support of the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.