“I love my funny poems, but I’d rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that’s the best.” —James Tate, 1943-2015. Five poets read and explore the work, life, and craft of James Tate, whose funny, heartbreaking, and chilling poems thwarted expectations of what poetry is and does. As Tate’s distinctive style made imitation impossible and even embarrassing, our panelist discuss the influence of one of America’s most celebrated surrealists on their widely diverse styles.
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Earlier Event: June 23Art Week in Des Moines at Zanzibar with Rustin Larson and Shelly Reed
Later Event: June 2An Evening in Bryant Park with Ada Limón and Jason Schneiderman