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The O. B. Hardison Season Opening Reading: Jorie Graham

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Dates Tue, Oct 03, 2023, 7:30pm

Tickets Pay What You Will, starting at $5 (suggested price $15)

Duration 60 minutes

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We start the season with a reading from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Following this virtual reading will be a conversation moderated by Rep. Jamie Raskin.

About Jorie Graham

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including [To] The Last [Be] Human, which collects four extraordinary poetry collections—Sea Change, Place, Fast, and Runaway; From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Place, winner of the Forward Prize in 2012, and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her other poetry collections include Overlord, Never, Swarm, The Errancy, Materialism, Region of Unlikeness, The End of Beauty, Erosion, and Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003 and has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language and Best American Poetry 1990. She is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University, the first woman to be awarded the position.



The earth said
remember me.
The earth said
don’t let go,

said it one day
when I was
listening, I

heard it, I felt it
like temperature,
all said in a
whisper—build to-

morrow, make right be-
fall, you are not
free, other scenes
are not taking

place, time is not filled,
time is not late, there is
a thing the emptiness
needs as you need

emptiness, it
shrinks from light again &
again, although all things
are present, a

fact a day a
bird that warps the
arithmetic of per-
fection with its

arc, passing again &
again in the evening
air, in the pre-
vailing wind, making no

mistake—yr in-
difference is yr
principal beauty
the mind says all the

time—I hear it—I
hear it every-
where. The earth
said remember

me. I am the
earth it said. Re-
member me.

Source: Poetry (January 2020)