Photos by G.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets presented the 8th Annual program Poetry and the Creative Mind at Alice Tulley Hall in New York on April 20, 2010. The all-star event was mind-blowing, to say the least.
More pix and the “set list” after the jump.
As a poet myself, seeing this all-star ensemble read their favorite poems with either an explanation of why they chose what they read or historical information about the piece was such a treat. Unfortunately, nothing from my book Sketches of Verbal Alchemy made the cut, but I still had a wonderful experience.
Actor Gabriel Byrne read:
Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
Gaelic Poem by Anonymous
Singer/Songwriter Roseanne Cash read:
Poetry by Pablo Neruda
Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
After Making Love We Hear Footsteps by Galway Kinnell
Actor Alan Cumming read:
Cultural Operations by Jayne Cortez
Actor Matt Dillon read:
True Love by Barry Gifford
Something for the Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks and You… by Charles Bukowski
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri read:
Route Six by Stanley Kunitz
After the Fourth by Mark Doty
Mussels by Mary Oliver
Artist Julian Schnabel read:
Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden
Singer Sting read:
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
Alan Cumming and Meryl Streep read:
The Witch of Coos by Robert Frost
Actress Meryl Streep read:
A Cold Spring by Elizabeth Bishop
I highly encourage you to check out these poems for yourself. Of course, you won’t get to hear the inflections the way these world class actors, actresses, writers, singers and artists presented them, but these poems just might awaken the poet in you. According2g, that is always welcomed!