NEW! 1:00-2:30 PM SUNDAYS:  February 11, 18, 25 and March 4 at Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive, 77006 ; food & drink available. The series invites four poets to reveal their passion for poetry. Read bios HERE. Tickets at the door.

February 11 – Visiting from Scotland, Andrew Clegg delves into the life of poet Robert Burns.  “BURNS – THE SONG CATCHER’ explores the poet’s work in rescuing Scot’s song from oblivion. Why he did it, how and what skills Burns brought to the dance are examined and illuminated with reference to three well-known songs – including that great international anthem – ‘Auld Lang Syne’

February 18 & March 4-  The two conversations with poets John Gorman and Kevin Prufer will focus on the ways poems communicate with readers.  What do we mean when we say that poetry is musical?  What does poetic music have to do with poetic meaning?  How, exactly, do poems mean, anyway?

February 25 – Mark Irwin illustrates how passion performs for him.  “I’m passionate about “green” as a metaphor for the natural world with all its living creatures, and what we can do to preserve it. I’m passionate about the present, which is the paradise many of us forget. Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that “The excess over the present is the life of the Infinite,” which reminds me that I’m passionate about “passion,” as in excess, all kinds of it—and its possibilities in language—for there is no art without passion. I’m passionate about art’s ability to remember and record, which of course pushes the past back into the present and all time, the ocean of it.  I will be discussing specific examples of these ideas in contemporary American poetry and contemporary painting.