Poet, scholar and author Richard Howard, on a special visit from the Big Apple, will show us how words can transport us — reading samples of his poetic verses, to soothe the ear and invigorate the mind. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and 2009 National Book Award nominee for his compilation of poems, Without Saying , has traveled far and wide, studying at the world's most prestigious universities such as the Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia to become a master wordsmith. Translating hundreds of French poems by famed writers such as Camus, De Beauvoir and De Gaulle has provided plentiful fodder for his own eclectic creations. In one of Howard's poems entitled, “Like Most Revelations,” he evokes the spirit of movement as the epicenter of life–and no, he's not referring to the jolting movement from recent quakes. If upon hearing his musings, he can move even one listener, there might be hope for us yet.

Tue., June 2, 7 p.m., 2009

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