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Poet and professor Leonard Schwartz to discuss his recent publications, The New Babel: Towards A Poetics of the Mid-East Crises and Benjamin Fondane: Cinepoems and Others, on April 17, 2018

Poet and Evergreen State College professor Leonard Schwartz will discuss his two recent publications, The New Babel: Towards A Poetics of the Mid-East Crises and Benjamin Fondane: Cinepoems and Others, on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:00pm in Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Schwartz's The New Babel evokes and investigates—from a Jewish American perspective and in the forms of poetry, essays, and interviews—the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, America’s role in events in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the multiple ways that poetics can respond to political imperatives. Benjamin Fondane, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945, wrote poems that in secular and mystical Judaism confront the historical calamity—and imaginative triumph—of European Jewry.

Schwartz teaches poetics at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His many books of criticism and poetry include Salamander, a bestiary with artist Simon Carr, A Flicker at the Edge of ThingsLanguage as ResponsibilityGnostic BlessingThe Tower of Diverse ShoresA Message Back and Other Furors, and At Element. He is the host of the radio program Cross Cultural Poetics featuring interviews with poets, thinkers, performers, and artists from all over the world.

This event is sponsored by the English Department.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, February 8, 2018