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The Holloway Series in Poetry: Jorie Graham [01:17:16]
@ UC Berkeley (2007-04-20)
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From the UC Berkeley Webcast site: A reading from a Pulitzer Prize winner and "remarkable voice" in contemporary poetry. With graduate poet Jennifer Reimer.

In poems that blend sensuous lyricism with intellectual rigor, Jorie Graham "press[es] language to the breaking point" and forms it into a poetics "so personal that the poems seem to have no author at all: they exist as self made things" (The Nation). Her imaginitive rhetoric investigate a world that keeps slipping, shifting and rearranging itself into a new set of puzzles. It is with curiosity that we follow her down these unexpected portals, emerging into a particular poetry marked by the "charge of the ecstatic and the restraint of the ruminative." Reading Graham's work, what one finds is a poetry full of "clarity, ambition, heart" (jubilat).

Jorie Graham is the author of many books of poetry including Overlord (2005), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), The Errancy (1997) and many others. In 1996 she recieved the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994. In addition, she was appointed as the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1997, whee she served until 2003. She has been honored with numerous fellowships and awards, including a MacArthur "Genius" grant. A long-time teacher at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Grahm is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard.

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