A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
11 December 2011
Entering the last weeks of 2011, what’s very evident is that this has been a year of great stirrings on the part of many people worldwide, working toward what each recognizes as necessary real change. At the Poetry Center, we are made even more aware that we are working within a public institution that arises from and benefits the public.
The extraordinary audiences we’ve seen this year are evidence that there is real desire for the articulations that poetry can bring about. Yesterday we hosted a talk by scholar Peter Nicholls on the late work of George Oppen, which addressed among many fine distinctions Oppen’s insistence that the work at hand is to regain “the commonwealth of parlance,” that “poetry must recover a place to stand.” The talk was capstone to a remarkable year.
In the Archives we are at work recovering dozens of recordings that are making their way onto the World Wide Web. Poetry Center Digital Archive was launched in April 2011, as a new next step in our throwing open the work of many years to free public access. Anyone around the world with an Internet hookup can now listen to what the poets have been up to over the past 58 years in San Francisco. We’re presently at work on the 1960s, with great surprises on the near horizon. We’ve been compiling another remarkable season to come of poets and writers presenting their unique works.
Can I ask you to join us in supporting the Poetry Center? As we are continually called to remember, the efforts of individuals do matter.
We greatly appreciate your contribution, and look forward to the coming year.
Sincerely,Steven Dickison, Director
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