“Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.
I begin again with the smallest numbers.”
- From Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye
Begin again. We are not new to this thing called life—yet many of us are starting over. Some may be starting from scratch or beginning again somewhere new or with someone new; perhaps we are returning to familiar places with all new faces or maybe we are trying, simply, to learn how to start again. As we start anew, we look back at all and who we lost, and we look forward at the blank page before us, pencil in hand, ready to make our mark, erase it, and make it again.
Poetry knows the art of revision is hard to master, but it can be done. This season, the poets of the O.B. Hardison Poetry series explore grief, explore reinventing the sonnet, explore the role of music as muse, and unearth traditions that are overdue in seeing the light of day. There is a future and a forgiveness in a new page.
Come turn that page with us and join us to begin again.
The O.B. Hardison Poetry program welcomes the best writers and speakers to the Folger in this unique and dynamic reading series. In the 2021–22 season, we will welcome the artistry of Diane Seuss, Victoria Chang, t’ai freedom ford, Martín Espada, Shara McCallum, Tamiko Beyer, LeAnne Howe and so many more. The writers in this season’s Hardison Poetry series will engage you with language that lives beyond the first moment one hears them, that returns again and again stretching itself out for clarity, for sustenance.
We invite poetry lovers from across the nation and the world to connect with the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series as a subscriber to this series of readings presented live online.
Subscribers also have access to these readings which are also recorded, throughout the year. These recordings will be automatically added to your account for you to enjoy (or enjoy again) at your leisure. Before each event, you will receive reminders and information about joining the reading and moderated conversation online.
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