Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens

The Twenty-Fifth Annual
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 3:00pm

We will miss the celebratory gathering together at the Hartford Public Library this year,
but we plan to carry off a virtual event that we hope you will enjoy...

Opening remarks by Dennis Barone, President of the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens.

A video: "The Blackbird" by Blair Thomas & Company.

Is there a latent love story in the poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking..."?
Blair Thomas is the Artistic Director of Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival.
Special guest speaker...


alfred corn
photo by Miriam Berkley

Alfred Corn—"The Difference a Phoneme Makes: Stevens's Homophonic Puns"

Alfred has published eleven books of poems, the most recent titled Unions (2014). His three collections of essays are The Metamorphoses of Metaphor, Atlas: Selected Essays: 1989-2007, and Arks & Covenants. He has received the Guggenheim, the NEA, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. He has published translations from classical Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Spanish. Last year he collaborated with Joanne Wang in a translation of classic Chinese poems, published under the title The Bamboo Pavilion, with Wang's paintings appearing beside the translations. In 2021 Norton will publish his translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies. <
Three poems, reading and comments

Glen MacLeod—"The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain."

Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, Glen is the author of Wallace Stevens and Modern Art (Yale UP 1993), editor of Wallace Stevens in Context (Cambridge UP 2017), and Vice President of the Wallace Stevens Society.

Karim Ahmed—"Sunday Morning"

Karim is a bio-medical, environmental scientist with a life-long interest in multi-cultural literature. At present, he teaches at UConn Health, and serves on the board of the National Council for Science and the Environment. His literary works include the verse-play, Hayy bint Yaqzan, the narrative drama, Rumi and Faust, and the epic poem, Amaterasu's Invitation.

Dennis Barone—"Dry Loaf"

Dennis is the editor of Garnet Poems: An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776 (Wesleyan Univ. Pres 2012) and author of Second Thoughts (Bordighera Press 2016).

Q&A with the speakers.

Jim Finnegan

You must RSVP with your name and email address.
Zoom link and meeting ID will be provided via email the morning of the event.

This event is presented by the
Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens

PO BOX 2482  ♦  HARTFORD CT 06146-2482