This House of Books 224 N. Broadway Billings MT 59101 406-534-1133 What Makes It Poetry? A Panel Discussion at This House of Books Billings - March 8, 2018 Six experts will be at This House of Books on March 24, starting at 4:00 PM MDT where they will address the question of what makes a piece of writing a poem. The panelists, moderated by Billings Public Library Director Gavin Woltjer, will tackle the question in a manner that is accessible to a general audience, including non-scholars. Our expert panel is made up of an all-star cast: classical languages specialist Victoria Cech, poet and performer Dave Caserio presenting Beowulf in Old English, retired professor Bill Kamowski presenting selections in Middle English, 2013-2015 Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland reading from her own work, 2017-2019 Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger reading from his work, poet Bernard Quetchenbach outlining the changes we see in poetry The presentation is free and open to the public. The Question Poetry has traditionally been considered to be an oral art form, but if you hear a written work read out loud, can you recognize it is a poem? Our panel will present examples of traditional and contemporary poetry, beginning with brief selections of ancient poetry in their original forms. Although now only scholars understand these now dead languages, we all can hear that we are listening to poems. The selections will move to modern language, and will feature some outstanding contemporary poetry. The challenge is the same if you hear an author reading a new work, can you tell it is a poem just from listening to it? Why this panel Even before This House of Books opened its doors, the plan was to feature author readings, especially for poetry. The thinking was that anyone can read prose silently to themselves without diminishing the experience, but poetry is an oral art form that requires out- loud recitation. In practice, though, much of what we hear in poetry reading today sounds more like prose. But if we read poetry in the way people normally speak, why is it not prose? This is a very basic question, but it turns out to be controversial. Nobel prize winning poet, W. B. Yeats, was challenged on his traditional style of recitation. He replied, "It gave me a devil of a lot of trouble to get into verse the poems that I am going to read, and that is why I will not read them as if they were prose.” Discussion The definition of "poetry" has never been more wide open, but it remains a signficant art form that profoundly reflects what makes us human. We find that there is a deep hunger for poetry in Billings and the region. We expect there will not be answers to the questions that we ask in this program, but it’s all about encouraging people to think and share, to learn diverse perspectives, and to grow in appreciation of poetry. Co-sponsoring the program is Billings Public Library and Humanities Montana, through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations. Contact For more information, please call This House of Books at 406-534-1133.
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This House of Books 224 N. Broadway Billings MT 59101 406-534-1133 What Makes It Poetry? A Panel Discussion at This House of Books Billings - March 8, 2018 Six experts will be at This House of Books on March 24, starting at 4:00 PM MDT where they will address the question of what makes a piece of writing a poem. The panelists, moderated by Billings Public Library Director Gavin Woltjer, will tackle the question in a manner that is accessible to a general audience, including non-scholars. Our expert panel is made up of an all-star cast: classical languages specialist Victoria Cech, poet and performer Dave Caserio presenting Beowulf in Old English, retired professor Bill Kamowski presenting selections in Middle English, 2013-2015 Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland reading from her own work, 2017-2019 Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger reading from his work, poet Bernard Quetchenbach outlining the changes we see in poetry The presentation is free and open to the public. The Question Poetry has traditionally been considered to be an oral art form, but if you hear a written work read out loud, can you recognize it is a poem? Our panel will present examples of traditional and contemporary poetry, beginning with brief selections of ancient poetry in their original forms. Although now only scholars understand these now dead languages, we all can hear that we are listening to poems. The selections will move to modern language, and will feature some outstanding contemporary poetry. The challenge is the same if you hear an author reading a new work, can you tell it is a poem just from listening to it? Why this panel Even before This House of Books opened its doors, the plan was to feature author readings, especially for poetry. The thinking was that anyone can read prose silently to themselves without diminishing the experience, but poetry is an oral art form that requires out-loud recitation. In practice, though, much of what we hear in poetry reading today sounds more like prose. But if we read poetry in the way people normally speak, why is it not prose? This is a very basic question, but it turns out to be controversial. Nobel prize winning poet, W. B. Yeats, was challenged on his traditional style of recitation. He replied, "It gave me a devil of a lot of trouble to get into verse the poems that I am going to read, and that is why I will not read them as if they were prose.” Discussion The definition of "poetry" has never been more wide open, but it remains a signficant art form that profoundly reflects what makes us human. We find that there is a deep hunger for poetry in Billings and the region. We expect there will not be answers to the questions that we ask in this program, but it’s all about encouraging people to think and share, to learn diverse perspectives, and to grow in appreciation of poetry. Co-sponsoring the program is Billings Public Library and Humanities Montana, through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations. Contact For more information, please call This House of Books at 406- 534-1133.
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What Makes It Poetry? A Panel Discussion at This House of Books