NWS Event Report – Jonathan Skinner & Annie Finch

The poets Jonathan Skinner and Annie Finch read to an audience of approximately twenty-five people in a special evening event in the New Writing Series on 8 February 2007. Skinner’s set included four poems from the title sequence of his book Political Cactus Poems, several pages of his chapbook length collaborative poem with Jane Sprague, Entropic Liberties, and a substantial preview of his work in progress, “Wetlands,” including the long sequence on New Orleans called “A Natural History of Levees.” Finch recited a poem from Encyclopedia of Scotland from memory to start off her set, then read several poems from Eve, before settling in with numerous poems from Calendars. She also read from and discussed her translations from the French of Louise Labé. After the reading, the poets entertained questions from the audience and spoke on topics including environmentalism, pagan spiritual practices, the relationship of meter to magic, ecological “edge effects,” the Troubadors, and bird song.

Archival record. A digital videotape recording was made of the event. In addition to the dv masters, vhs and dvd duplicates will be available shortly. An 8-bit mp3 recording of the reading was made, as was a standard audiocassette recording. Contents: event introduction by Steve Evans, reading by Jonathan Skinner, reading by Annie Finch, questions and answers with the audience.

The poets discuss their work with audience members: Poets Jonathan Skinner and Annie Finch discuss their work

Annie Finch talks about the special wedding rings she and her husband exchanged: Poet Annie Finch Reading at UMaine in February 2007

Jonathan Skinner at the start of his reading: “iPod, youPod,” he quipped: Poet Jonathan Skinner reading at UMaine in February 2007

Photo credits: Jennifer Moxley (all three).

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