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Director's Lecture

Peter Cole, “The Poetry of the Influence Machine”


Event Summary

Peter Cole, the recipient of a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, has published four books of poems and translated major works of medieval and modern Hebrew and Arabic poetry. His lecture addressed the mysteries of poetic inspiration and the challenge of "translating one self into another." The talk was preceded by a reading at the Logan Center, co-sponsored by the Program in Poetry and Poetics and the Committee on Social Thought, at which Cole read selection from his most recent book of poems, The Invention of Influence.