Rosanna Warren at PSU April 12

March 1st, 2012 by Elizabeth

Photo by Joel Cohen

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Rosanna Warren, a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and a Lamont Poetry Selection writer, will read from her poetry at 7 p.m. April 12 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Writer and literary critic Harold Bloom said Warren is “an important poet … beyond the achievement of all but a double handful of living American poets.”

Warren is the author of four collections: Each Leaf Shines Separate, Stained Glass, Departure and her latest, Ghost in a Red Hat (2011).  She has won the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lavan Younger Poets’ Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Warren explores the political and the personal through myth, history, elegy and erotic lyric in Ghost in a Red Hat. Starting from a childhood memory of her mother, the poems contemplate wreckage and sorrow in family life, in Hurricane Katrina and in the Trojan War, but also moments of eerie blessing.

In “Mediterranean” she writes:

            There was something I wanted to say, at the age of twelve,

            some question she hadn’t answered,

            and yesterday, so clearly seeing her pace before me

            it rose again to the tip of my tongue, and the mystery was

            not that she walked there, ten years after her death,

            but that she vanished, and let twilight take her place-


Warren graduated from Yale University in 1976 with a degree in painting, and in 1980 earned a master of arts from The Writing Seminars at John Hopkins University.  She is the Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities and a university professor at Boston University.

Poet Anthony Hecht said Warren “lives in our tarnished, everyday, ramshackle world of loss, anguish and sacrifice, but she inhabits almost as vividly a realm of classic purity; and in some of her best, most moving poems, she dwells in both regions at once, and within, as it seems, the same breath.”

Warren’s reading is hosted by Plymouth State University’s Eagle Pond Authors Series. Now in its 14th year, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation’s most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus. Hall will introduce Warren, and will join her for a reception and book signing afterward.

Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

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