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Poetry Center programs for 2021–22 are kindly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sam Mazza Foundation, the Poetry Coalition (via a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the John F. Norton Trust, the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust, San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Anonymous Donors, and Friends of the Poetry Center. Join us!

From the Director

December 2021

Dear Friend,

My greetings to you, near the end of this year with its welcome turn of the calendar as we consider the prospects of 2022. I’m writing, briefly, to ask for your donation to support The Poetry Center’s work.

It’s our tradition to host the George Oppen Memorial Lecture to conclude the year’s events, and I want to look a moment to what scholar and poet Chris Nealon finds for us in Oppen’s poems. The talk (you can watch online) he titles “George Oppen and the Future.” Nealon focuses in close on structures of sounds and recursive symbolic oppositions (wood/glass, great/small, age/youth, etc.) in Oppen’s famously whittled down pallet to locate natality—being born—as a place of return in this music across its span. So Oppen’s thinking with the poem, weighing what weights our collective prospects, even so can open on futurity:

          For the people of that flow 
          Are new, the old

          New to age as the young
          To youth

Considering this speedily flowing year with all its challenges at every scale, I do get to see and say that it’s your kind support—at whatever measure you’re able to bring it—that lets The Poetry Center convene the many poets, writers and thinkers, organizers, translators, artists and musicians, historians we help bring together with audiences. The pandemic has moved us to unforeseen spaces: all Poetry Center events we now are posting to the internet as live-streamed video, even as since September we’ve shifted tentatively to being ‘in-person’ together (masked and vaccinated to be sure), holding readings and talks in public spaces once again. And really, however it happens, it’s thanks to you.

I believe you know that all your donations to The Poetry Center go directly to paying our guest artists. More than in recent years we’re relying on personal donors (you) to keep things rolling—between the on-and-off support from private foundations and public arts funders. We shall continue, as ever, to bring new work and new poets and company your way. And, as of the new year, we’ll be dedicating some of our time and some new resources to moving our historic video archive online. More on that crucial project to come.

I’m grateful to Poetry Center staff, who’ve held it together with good spirited labors even when we went to a skeleton crew this Fall. Our stellar poet Advisory Group—Brandon Brown, Norma Cole, alex cruse, Tonya Foster, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta—keep on bringing their presence and brilliance, thank you!

To our poets and artists we owe basically everything. And deep gratitude to you, among all of us, for considering a donation, by check or online, to help keep things happening.

See you somewhere this new year. Warm good feels, like they say, for you and yours.

Thank you, thank you!

Steve Dickison, Director

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