Poetic Responses To Crisis

Apr 17, 2020


It's a show about the gift of poetry in difficult times.

When Germany invaded Poland, igniting World War II, W.H. Auden wrote one of the great poems of the 20th century. To help him survive the war and its atrocities, Abraham Sutzkever wrote lovely and haunting poems about the Holocaust. And when terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, Galway Kinnell wrote a poem about the towers as they burned and fell. So as the world lives through a pandemic, what can poetry offer us now? We'll connect with three local poets to discuss poems of the past and how their current work is helping them make sense of this time.