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The Poetry Center presents David Henderson reading a retrospective selection of poems, from his earliest published works to the present, and in conversation with the audience. Henderson reads from Felix of the Silent Forest (Poets Press, 1967), De Mayor of Harlem (E.P. Dutton, 1970), The Low East (North Atlantic Books, 1980), Neo California (North Atlantic Books, 1998), and newer work from manuscript, including a work-in-progress “For Gil Scott-Heron.” His reading is followed by a conversation with the audience.
The Poetry Center presents George Oppen reading two major sequences from his 1968 book Of Being Numerous, for which he would receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1969. The recording has no introduction. It picks up with Oppen reading from the middle of the poem "Route." Note: Occasionally throughout the recording, the audio becomes inaudible for a word or two, but most words can be heard through close listening and adjusting the volume.
The Poetry Center presents a return reading (following his early 1968 Poetry Center reading) by George Oppen, in honor of his receiving the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for his book Of Being Numerous. Oppen begins with "the last two poems from a new group of poems," the first a poem resembling "The Translucent Mechanics" only in its title, and the second, "But So As By Fire," the final poem in his sequence "Some San Francisco Poems," to appear in his successive book, Seascape: Needle's Eye3m>. He then reads the two long poems in sections, "Route" in its entirety and nearly all sections from "Of Being Numerous."
The Poetry Center presents Gregory Pardlo reading from his books Totem (Copper Canyon Press, 2007) and Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), the latter for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for 2015. The event was co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, and the Departments of Creative Writing, English, and Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.