Event Cancelled: Claremont Discourse Lecture: Pomona Poet/National Poet: Robert Mezey Reads from His Works

This event has been cancelled--we regret any inconvenience.

Wednesday. February 6th at 4:15PM
Robert Mezey, Professor Emeritus of English, Pomona College
Honnold/Mudd Library -- Founders Room
Lecture is free and open to all, refreshments and discussion to follow

Winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize and the PEN Poetry Award, among many other garlands, with over fifty years of publishing poetry, Robert Mezey is a poet of impressively wide-ranging experience, erudition, voice, and form. He held jobs as social worker, probation officer, and advertising copywriter before working in academia, where his openness and politics -- he once described himself as a semi-hippie -- made tenured positions somewhat hard to secure and led him on an itinerant circuit. His talents as a teacher finally found a welcoming home at Pomona in 1976 (he retired in 1999). The topics of his poems include everything from Thomas Hardy to Charles Starkweather to reflections on being a Jewish son. A master explorer of poetic forms, he has written in blank verse, syllabics, ballads, sonnets, terza rima --even a haiku and a blues. He is also a translator and anthologist of note (particularly for Naked Poetry and Poems from the Hebrew). In April of 2008 he will be awarded an honorary degree from Kenyon College, which he attended for two years but considers his literary alma mater (it is there that he met fellow poet James Wright). Professor Mezey will read from his works and talk about the art of teaching poetry. He has given hundreds of readings nationally and internationally, so it is a great honor for us to host him here in what was for many years his main academic community.

For more information, please email adam.rosenkranz@libraries.claremont.edu

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