|Ethan Hawke and Tree Swenson|
On April 11, 2007, the Academy of American Poets held its fifth annual benefit, Poetry & The Creative Mind, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Some of America’s leading artists, scholars, and public figures participated in this extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture. Poetry & The Creative Mind kicks off National Poetry Month, established by the Academy in 1996 and now the largest literary celebration in the world.
This year, our special guest readers were Lauren Bacall, William F. Baker, Glenn Close, David Halberstam, Ethan Hawke, Jules Feiffer, Simon Schama, John Simon, Wendy Whelan, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson, Alfre Woodard. Each read poems by some of America’s best-loved poets, including Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, E. E. Cummings, and Wallace Stevens.
With the generous support of our friends and donors, Poetry & The Creative Mind raised approximately $150,000 for the Academy and our National Poetry Month activities. We are very grateful for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in April 2008 for the sixth annual Poetry & The Creative Mind.
—Tree Swenson, Executive Director
Academy of American Poets
Tree Swenson, Executive Director, Academy of American Poets
Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
W. H. Auden, As I Walked Out One Evening
Elizabeth Bishop, Filling Station
Elizabeth Bishop, In the Waiting Room
Robert Frost, Birches
William F. Baker
Charles Reznikoff, Te Deum
Emma Lazarus, Long Island Sound
William Stafford, The Star in the Hills
Marianne Moore, What Are Years?
Langston Hughes, Warning: Augmented
Philip Levine, Coming Home, Detroit, 1968
W. S. Merwin, The Unwritten
Theodore Roethke, I Knew A Woman
Theodore Roethke, The Apparition
Wallace Stevens, A Postcard from the Volcano
Thomas Valez, I Am the Demon
Charles Bukowski, 3:16 and One Half …
William Stafford, With Kit, Age 7, at the Beach
Emily Dickinson, This quiet dust
Emily Dickinson, Dear March
Langston Hughes, Freedom's Plow
Kenneth Patchen, Do the Dead Know What Time It Is?
Tennessee Williams, Life Story
E. E. Cummings, somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
Muriel Rukeyser, from Nine Poems for the unborn child, IX
Sylvia Plath, Black Rook in Rainy Weather
T. S. Eliot, from Four Quartets, East Coker, III
E. E. Cummings, in Just-
Ogden Nash, Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man
May Swenson, Analysis of Baseball
Jane Kenyon, Three Small Oranges
Czeslaw Milosz, Ars Poetica?
Elizabeth Bishop, Salem Willows
Dorothy Parker, Coda
Dorothy Parker, Just a Little One
Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Eunice J. Panetta, Chairman, Academy of American Poets
|David Halberstam and Simon Schama||(Front row) Patrick Wilson, Glenn Close, and Ethan Hawke; (Back row) Jules Feiffer, Dianne Wiest, Wendy Whelan, Alfre Woodard, Simon Schama, David Halberstam, William F. Baker, and John Simon|
All photos © Brian Palmer