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Sunday, May 1 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
A Many Sided Reality: The Poetic Sequence and the Book-Length Poem

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The poetic sequence has become a staple of contemporary poetry from its beginnings in the work of Whitman and Dickinson, Yeats and Eliot, and a great many others, over the course of the 20th and into the 21st centuries. Likewise, the book-length poem has found renewed purchase in the culture over the past decade or more. This panel of five prominent poets—Christine Casson, Martha Collins, Steven Cramer, and Daniel Tobin--will discuss the subject and read from their work in these two important and dynamic sub-genres of the art.

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Daniel Tobin

Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
Daniel Tobin is the author of six books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry), and The Net (2014). His seventh book of poems, From Nothing, is forthcoming in 2016. He is the author... Read More →


Christine Casson

Scholar- /Writer-in-Residence, Emerson College
Christine Casson is the author of After the First World, a book of poems. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and she has also published critical essays on the work of Leslie Marmon Silko and the poetry of Linda Hogan and Robert Penn Warren. She is currently... Read More →
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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s ninth book of poetry, Night Unto Night, was published by Milkweed in 2018. Her earlier books include Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also... Read More →
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Steven Cramer

Steven Cramer’s poetry collections include Listen, Clangings, and Goodbye to the Orchard, a Sheila Motton Prize-winner, and a Massachusetts Honor Book. Published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Poetry, et al., and recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council and NEA fellowships... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM East India Marine Hall Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970