on poetry

June 5, 2019

“A poet must be a professor of the five senses and must open doors among them.”
Federico García Lorca
(June 5, 1898 – August 18, 1936)

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Federico García Lorca by Marcelle Auclair

If The Economist is not your typical go-to source for poetry news, they’ve made a fine exception for this week’s article, “The resurrection of Federico García Lorca.” In addition to offering background on Lorca’s short life, the article celebrates a new staging of his play, “Yerma,” at the Young Vic in London. Yerma runs through September 24, 2016.

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Federico García Lorca, photographed in the 1930s by French writer Marcelle Auclair

Should you find yourself in New York between now and August 21, stroll through the New York Botanical Garden and revel in Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, including the Poetry Walk: “In the gardens surrounding the Conservatory, sixteen poetry boards present Federico García Lorca’s poems, many of them referencing plants, flowers, and gardens, taking visitors through some of the most beautiful Garden collections during the spring and summer seasons.”

On Saturday, August 20, the Poetry Society of America presents the My Lorca Poetry Series, in which American poets read their favorite Federico García Lorca poems and discuss the poet’s influence on their own work.

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