Poetry: Peter Filkins ("Water / Music") & Vijay Seshadri ("That Was Now, This Is Then")

April 7, 2021, 7:30 PM

Peter Filkins, author of Water / Music, and Vijay Seshadri, author of That Was Now, This Is Then, join us to read from their new poetry collections. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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About Water / Music

Exploring the space between nature and culture, the poems of Water / Music anchor themselves in the timely and the timeless. Rich and diverse in their formal intricacy, they move with ease from narrative to meditation, from close physical observation to the haunts of memory, and from lyric sorrow to the pleasure of living in the world. Water / Music embraces and celebrates life's mystery and the soul's repose amid "talismans at twilight, the whir of birds."

About That Was Now, This Is Then

The brilliant new collection from Vijay Seshadri, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 3 Sections. No one blends ironic intelligence, emotional frankness, radical self-awareness, and complex humor the way Vijay Seshadri does. In this, his fourth collection, he affirms his place as one of America's greatest living poets. That Was NowThis Is Then takes on the planar paradoxes of time and space, destabilizing highly tuned lyrics and elegies with dizzying turns in poems of unrequitable longing, of longing for longing, of longing to be found, of grief. In these poems, Seshadri's speaker becomes the subject, the reader becomes the writer, and the multiplying refracted narratives yield an "anguish so pure it almost / feels like joy."

About the authors

Peter Filkins's new book, Water / Music, is his fifth collection of poetry. The translator of Ingeborg Bachmann's collected poems and three novels by H.G. Adler, he teaches writing and literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock and translation at Bard's main campus. His work has received a Berlin Prize, two NEH Fellowships, an ALTA Outstanding Translation Award, and a Best Book Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, The Threepenny ReviewThe NY Times Book Review, and numerous other publications.

Vijay Seshadri is the author of 3 Sections, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Long Meadow, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; and Wild Kingdom. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.