Is world-changing inherent in poetry? Are there poems that change the world for the worse? These working poets share a concern for the environmental crisis and for issues around societal agreement. They’ll discuss the premise behind Hirshfield's title: not only how great poems transform the world, but whether poems should do that and if, in fact, these poets think that they do.
Jane Hirshfield Is the author of poetry collections including "The Beauty," "After," and "Given Sugar, Given Salt." Her new anthology of essays is "Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World." Hirshfield has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, Bennington College, and elsewhere.
John Shoptaw's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Common Knowledge, A Smartish Place, and elsewhere. He is the author of a critical study of John Ashbery's poetry, a libretto for an opera on Lincoln's assassination, and the new book of poetry, "Times Beach." He teaches at UC Berkeley.
giovanni singleton is a founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal committed to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. Her debut collection, "Ascension," is informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane. She coordinates Lunch Poems, the monthly poetry reading series at UC Berkeley under the direction of Robert Hass.