Poetry Off the Shelf: Seeing Things
Czeslaw Milosz’s Luminous Things
Friday, January 21st, 6:00 PM
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Nobelist Czeslaw Milosz’s classic anthology, A Book of Luminous Things, serves as a source for celebrating poems about “things” by a diverse range of writers, from ancient Chinese sages to 20th-century American poet William Carlos Williams. Live music by Yang Wei complements the images and poems.
Beautiful and very young are Philo-Sophia
And poetry, her ally in the service of the good.
As late as yesterday Nature celebrated their birth,
The news was brought to the mountains by a unicorn and
Their friendship will be glorious, their time has no limit.
Their enemies have delivered themselves to destruction.
—From “Incantation,” by Czeslaw Milosz,
translated by Milosz and Robert Pinsky
Co-sponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago
A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Ellis, Clay Hickson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Krista Franklin, Julia Goodman, Jenny Kendler, Kate McQuillen, Jessie Mott, Julie Murphy, Diana Sudyka, and Shoshanna Weinberger.