Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet to Read at Yale

Poet Jorie Graham will present a reading from her work on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 8:30 p.m. in the Byers Hall Common Room of Yale University’s Silliman College, 505 College St.

Ms. Graham is author of seven volumes of poetry including “The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994,” winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. Her newest book of poems, “The Errancy,” appeared this year. She has also edited two anthologies, most recently “Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language,” Ecco Press. She is on the faculty of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

The Library Journal’s review of “The Errancy” called Ms. Graham “One of the most important living poets,” and the Times Literary Supplement concurred, saying she is “One of the best, and most intelligent, poets in the language… She is like no one else, nether in her rhythms nor in her insistence on opening up, scrutinizing, and even reversing our experience of time and space.” A review in The Nation notes “Jorie Graham stands among a small group of poets – Dickinson, Hopkins, Moore – whose styles are so personal that the poems seem to have no author at all: They exist as self-made things.”

A recent full-length article in The New Yorker titled “Big Poetry” was subtitled, “Why Jorie Graham is the most celebrated American poet of her generation.” The author, Stephen , wrote, “Typically, Graham’s poems begin with a mundane incident or observation – she brings her daughter a forgotten leotard; she finds two juncos trapped in her house; she examines a painting or reexamines a myth – and then go shooting off into heady realms of metaphysical questioning.”

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