Friday, March 24, 2006

ED BARRETT Thursday March 30th at Writers House 

"This is poetry of amplitude whose arms are
spread wide, where sadness and fun are not
opposites but different sorts of intensification.
Ed's poems are not self-contained and smug. They
open out, unreeling to carry the reader along so
that you always end somewhere far from but
magically connected to where you began."
--poet William Corbett


a reading

Thursday March 30

5:30 PM at the Kelly Writers House

rsvp to rsvp@writing.upenn.edu

Ed Barrett is a poet who also teaches at MIT - in the Writing & Comparative
Media Studies Department.

His books of poems include "Theory of Transportation," "The Leaves Are
Something This Year," "Practical Lullabies for Joe," "Common Preludes,"
"Sheepshead Bay." There's also "Rub Out," a triology of experimental verse

For the off-Broadway stage, Ed has translated Antigone. And he was the
librettist for the opera "Coyote," premiered by the Manhattan Chamber Opera

He is very well known for his series of books on NEW MEDIA AND THE
HUMANITIES, including "Contextual Media," "Sociomedia: Multimedia,
Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Knowledge," "The Society of Text,"
and "Text, ConText and HyperText."

His next book in this field is "Digital Poetry," forthcoming from MIT Press.

He has a PhD from Harvard, where he studied Greek, Old Norse and Old Irish.
He lives in Cambridge, Mass.


As soon as you see someone in a cab at night
you want to look at them basically because of
the drama of something shiny in the dark
like a yellow taxi, the way
skylines are very nice to look at, or of course
those more fundamental kinds of skyline,
constellations--stars--which form an end to our
way of thinking. The city is a kind of constellation
if you want to get fancy:
picture a map of the U.S. in the dark
with the major cities against it with all
their lights on. I like that:
--from Ed Barrett's "Odeon"


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