75 at 75: Writers on Recordings
A special project for 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary and beyond, “75 at 75” invites authors to listen to a recording from our vast archive and write a personal response. In most instances, these recordings are being made available to the general public for the very first time. Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Boyd on Vladimir Nabokov, Rick Moody on W. G. Sebald, A. L. Kennedy on E. E. Cummings, Cynthia Ozick on W. H. Auden, Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley, Helen Vendler on Wallace Stevens, Yiyun Li on William Trevor and Tom Stoppard on Harold Pinter—these are just some of the exciting pairs of recording-responses you’ll find in the anthology.
This project is supported by a generous gift from Helen S. Rubinstein.
75 at 75: Tom Stoppard on Harold Pinter
Posted on Jan 15, 2014
I listened to the recordings of two evenings with Harold Pinter at the...
75 at 75: Norman Rush on Saul Bellow
Posted on Jul 8, 2015 A special project for 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary, 75 at 75...
75 at 75: Rachel Cohen on Italo Calvino
Posted on Oct 15, 2013
If I were trying to explain to someone what happens when you are...
75 at 75: Mark Strand on Joseph Brodsky
Posted on Dec 3, 2014
I was there on the evening of November 20, 1978. I read aloud the...
75 at 75: Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop
Posted on Jul 18, 2013
The tone is neutral, oddly fearful, and it could be mistaken for casual. It...
75 at 75: Henri Cole on Robert Lowell
Posted on Nov 11, 2013
When Robert Lowell read at the 92nd Street Y on December 8, 1976,...
75 at 75: W. S. Merwin on Jorge Luis Borges
Posted on May 1, 2015
Having been invited to send a comment on Jorge Luis Borges and the evening...
75 at 75: Megan Marshall on Elizabeth Bishop
Posted on Mar 27, 2014
As a student poet at Harvard in the mid 1970s, I heard Elizabeth...
75 at 75: David Kirby on Allen Ginsberg
Posted on March 6, 2015
I first heard Allen Ginsberg read at Johns Hopkins when I was a...
75 at 75: Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley
Posted on Feb 24, 2015
What a jolt—suddenly to hear Grace’s voice, her cough, her footsteps. She’s alive....
75 at 75: Pura López-Colomé on Seamus Heaney – 1971
Posted on April 13, 2015
I was fortunate enough to hear Seamus Heaney read his poetry many, many times....
75 at 75: Clare Cavanagh on Czesław Miłosz
Posted on April 20, 2015
A man who dies at the age of thirty-five remains forever a man who...
75 at 75: Edith Grossman on Pablo Neruda
Posted on Nov 21, 2013
The impact of Pablo Neruda on my life has been immense. Reading his...
75 at 75: Pico Iyer on Leonard Cohen
Posted on Feb 14, 2014
Leonard Cohen took the stage of the 92nd Street Y on February 14,...
75 at 75: J. D. McClatchy on John Malcolm Brinnin
A special project for 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s 75th anniversary and beyond, 75 at 75 invites authors to...