The Confluence of Poetry and Art

B.A. Van Sise, Dana Levin
Photographer B.A. Van Sise, whose work is featured in the Library exhibit One Second, discusses the convergence of art and poetry in his book Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry. It spotlights notable contemporary poets including St. Louis’ Dana Levin, who joins Van Sise and reads from her work.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Program: 
6:30 pm

Photography, and poetry, are in B.A. Van Sise’s blood.

The fine art photographer, whose work is featured in the Library exhibit One Second, is a descendant of Walt Whitman, to whom he pays homage in his recently released book Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth in 1819, it pairs conceptual photographic portraits of 80 of America’s most notable contemporary poets with selections of their work.

Van Sise is joined by poet Dana Levin, whose “School of Flesh” is featured in the anthology, in a discussion of art, poetry, and where the two converge. Levin, a distinguished writer in residence at Maryville University in St. Louis, also reads from her work.