Donald Hall, Charles Simic and Cynthia Huntington will continue the 4th annual Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State College at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11.
The three will reprise “How to Peel a Poem,” an event that was hosted by Harper’s Magazine in 1999 and at Plymouth State last year. Inspired by a Chinese proverb, “Recite poetry only with a poet,” Harper’s invited five poets for dinner and discussion of their favorite poems by any author (see Harper’s, Sept. 1999).
Poems they will read and discuss are “They fle from me,” by Thomas Wyatt; “The Fish,” by Elizabeth Bishop and “Cellar Stairs,” by Thomas Lux. Copies of each will be available at the reading, and the audience will also be invited to ask questions and comment.
Donald Hall is the author of fifteen books of poetry, the latest of which, “Without,” received the 1999 PEN-Winship Award for the best book of 1998 by a New England writer. He resides at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead which has inspired much of his writing.
Cynthia Huntington is professor of English and director of creative writing at Dartmouth. Hall describes her work as “a poetry of wit, surprise, observation and exemplary intelligence.” She is the winner of the 2001 Four Way Books Levis Poetry prize for her as yet unnamed collection of poems. Her first book of poems, “The Fish-Wife,” won the Pacific Poetry Series Award. Her second collection, “We Have Gone to the Beach,” was awarded the 1996 Beatrice Hawley Award. Last year, the N.H. Writers’ Project presented her the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry.
Charles Simic is the author of 25 books, including his most recent collection of poetry, “Jackstraws.” Simic’s many honors include the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The World Doesn’t End, two International PEN Awards for translation, and the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry for “A Wedding in Hell.”
Simic was born in 1938 in Yugoslavia and emigrated to the U.S. in 1954. He says, “My travel agents were Hitler and Stalin. Being one of the millions of displaced persons made an impression on me. In addition to my own little story of bad luck, I heard plenty of others. I am still amazed by all the vileness and stupidity I witnessed in my life.”
Other authors and dates in the 2001-2002 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series are:
Joyce Peseroff, Sunday, February 3 at 4 p.m.
Mike Pride and Mark Travis, Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m.
The November 11 reading is sponsored by the Plymouth State College Bookstore (Barnes and Noble). There is no charge for admission but seating is limited. Call the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office at (603) 535-ARTS for free tickets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon – 6 p.m. If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please call in advance.