The Twenty-Fifth Annual
We will miss the celebratory gathering together at the Hartford Public Library this year,
WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 3:00pm
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...
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.
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