Tuesday 23rd May 7.30 pm Contemporary Poetics Research Centre: Larry Kearney and Yeats

Larry Kearney: talk on Yeats followed by conversation.

7.30-9.00 pm Room 317, 43 Gordon Square.

Larry Kearney’s talk on the poetry of WB Yeats will inquire into what is meant by vision and image, and what is the relation between the poet’s conscious decisions and the visions that present themselves.

Kearney writes: ‘The guiding notion is that in poetry one doesn’t read and evaluate, one recognizes and deals with the reality of the recognition, and that the one overriding requirement for the poet is to be willing to write what the poem wants written when it wants it written, to be capable of the writing, and to free the personal so that the poem can use it as it sees fit, no matter what the resistance, or embarrassment.’

Born of Scottish and Irish parents, Larry Kearney has spent most of his life in northern California, where he was a member of Jack Spicer’s circle. His many books of poetry include Magic Town, which was published by Veer Books in 2016.

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