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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
From the Poetry Center Archive: Adrienne Rich: What Kind of Times Are These?

We’re celebrating National Poetry Month by sharing audio or video from the 92Y archive each week this month. Today’s podcast features Adrienne Rich at 92nd Street Y on October 14, 1991.

“I believe,” she began, “that poetry is one of our great human resources, and often a strangely wasted resource, like so many others in the United States. At a time when extremely sophisticated tactics are being employed to disinform and demoralize us as a people, I believe that poetry speaks not from a separate sphere but in a different voice.”

Stay tuned to the 92Y Blog for other readings featuring James Earl Jones and Lucille Clifton.

Coming up next at 92Y Poetry on April 27 is Revolutionaries in the Middle East with Rula Jebreal, Ghassan Salamé, Abdelkader Benali and others, part of the Pen World Voices Festival.


  • 92Y Podcast: From the Poetry Center Archive: Leonard Cohen In 1966
  • Bei Dao Reads From “The Rose Of Time”

    In an ongoing effort to share with our readers some of the great literary moments which the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this blog has begun to feature regular postings of archival recordings. For access to these recordings, please click here. To look at the rest of the season’s live readings, please click here.

    Unterberg Poetry Center webcasts and access to our archive are made possible in part by the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

    You can also download the MP3. [2 MB]
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