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American Idiom II: Poetry

American Idiom II

Gigi Bradford

Six Tuesdays:
Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19 (no class February 12), 3-4:30 p.m.

Price: $120/110 members

New Selected Poems, Galway Kinnell
Migration: New & Selected Poems, W.S. Merwin

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REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can only issue class refunds within seven (7) days of the first class session.

Join us as we continue our investigation into what makes contemporary American poetry distinctive in content and form. We will read two Pulitzer-Prize-winning poets active in the second half of the 20th century up to the present: Galway Kinnell and W.S. Merwin. Kinnell was born in Rhode Island and has honed his poetic voice in rural New England. Merwin lived as a youth in Scranton, PA, but has spent latter decades in Hawaii. Though they were Princeton classmates (1948) and have been friends since college, these poets write completely differently from each other. Kinnell is a devotee of Whitman’s long lines and plain speech; Merwin’s work reflects imagistic Chinese and Japanese poetry with American themes. You will find these poems accessible and perhaps even familiar. No previous poetry experience or expertise is necessary, just pleasure in mutual reading and exploration.


Gigi Bradford is the President of the Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Board.






Promotional Period: 
Jan 8 2013 - Feb 19 2013
ISBN-13: 9780618154456
Availability: Not currently in the store – Usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Mariner Books, 9/2001

ISBN-13: 9781556592614
Availability: Not currently in the store – Usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: Copper Canyon Press, 9/2007