An audience of twenty people braved drenching rains and high winds to attend a special evening event in the New Writing Series on Monday, 16 April. Poet Rosanna Warren drew from her recent Norton volume, Departure, in the first part of her set, then shifted to uncollected works such as “Man in Stream,” three poems from the sequence “Mistral,” two from the “Anne Verveine” sequence, and a poem about the experience of schizophrenia, “Fear,” in the latter part of the set. Her reading was followed by an informative question and answer session in which the poet discussed Fernando Pessoa‘s work, her own experiment in heteronymity with the “Anne Verveine” poems, the strong reaction of a New Yorker reader to her poem “Nightshade,” the political underpinnings of the Virgilian pastoral, and contemporary American lyric poetry.
Warren’s visit to UMaine was sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at whose year-end initiation ceremony Warren had spoken earlier on the same day about the relationship of the visual arts to poetic practice.
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 also made. Contact Steve Evans for more information about acquiring copies.