The other four lectures which are part of the course on Poetry and the Language of Oppression, and which are open to the public are:
And, of course, a Poetry Reading with old friends, to celebrate being here at Michigan: https://events.umich.edu/event/55368
Last month I visited Gradara, the castle where the story of Paolo and Francesca took place, and this put me in the mind of Dante. Here are a few of my favorite verses from Paradiso, Canto XVII, lines 54-60:
Tu lascerai ogne cosa diletta
piu caramente; e questo e quello strale
che l’arco de lo essilio pria saetta.
Tu proverai si come sa di sale
lo pane altrui, e come e duro calle
lo scendere e’l salir per l’altrui scale.
My own translation reads:
You will leave everything you hold
dearest; this is what the bow
of exile will shoot first.
You will taste the salt of another’s bread
and learn the difficulty of your path as
you descend and mount another’s stairs.
Many thanks to the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Writing on the Wall Festival for inviting me to talk about Burying the Typewriter on May 2nd. I am very excited.