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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