Inaugural Lincoln Kirstein Lecture: “‘Life Is Motion': Motion in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens” presented by Helen Vendler

Event Date: Wednesday, November 4
Event Time: 6 p.m.

vendlerHelen Vendler, a leading poetry critic and A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, will discuss the themes of movement and motion in the poetry of Wallace Stevens at the inaugural Lincoln Kirstein Lecture, to be held annually by the Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA), New York University.

Entitled “Life Is Motion”: Motion in Wallace Stevens, the lecture will take place Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets.

In addition to being one of the world’s leading scholars on the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Vendler has written books on Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, John Keats, and Seamus Heaney, among others.

“Nobody but Stevens would call a poem ‘Life is Motion.’ And nobody, later in life, would write another poem called ‘Chaos in Motion And Not in Motion,’” said Vendler, who will be tracking the flux of poems where both nature and human beings reveal changes of motion and emotion in Stevens’ thought and language. His favorite natural symbol for our minds in motion is the weather; and of our life, he says:

It is not in the premise that reality
Is a solid. It may be a shade that traverses
A dust, a force that traverses a shade.


Read more about the event via NYU Press Release