Poetry at Beinecke Library

A reading of letters between psychoanalyst and patient

Posted in Announcements, Beinecke Collections, Exhibitions, Readings at Beinecke by beineckepoetry on March 27, 2011
Psyche and Muse
image A. A. Brill and
Mabel Dodge Luhan:
A Reading from their Correspondence
 

by Patricia Everett and Paul Lippmann

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Psychoanalyst A. A. Brill maintained an active correspondence with his patient Mabel Dodge Luhan, a writer and New York salon hostess. Luhan’s analysis began in June 1916 and continued until she moved to Taos, New Mexico, in December 1917, after which analyst and writer corresponded for nearly thirty years. This reading from the Mabel Dodge Luhan Papers presents a selection of letters that reflect the highly personal, expressive, and exploratory nature of their correspondence. Luhan recounted her dreams and reported on her current mental states. Brill responded with advice, warmth, and forceful interpretations. These letters provide views into often inaccessible aspects of analytic relationships.

 

image Psyche & Muse:
Creative Entanglements
with the Science of the Soul
 

An exhibition on view through June 13

Web Exhibition

Psyche & Muse explores the influence of cultural, clinical, and scientific dialogues about human psychology on twentieth-century writers, artists, and thinkers. Tracing important themes in the lives and work of key figures and artistic communities represented in the Beinecke Library’s Modern European and American Literature collections, the exhibition documents a range of imaginative encounters involving the arts and the study of the mind. The books, manuscripts, and visual works in Psyche & Muse represent aesthetic and philosophic lineages from the late nineteenth century to the post-war era; the exhibited materials reveal ways in which the study of psychology and core concepts of psychoanalysis were both intertwined with and opposed to artistic production throughout the twentieth century.

Psyche & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul features materials from the Beinecke Library’s twentieth-century collections, including the Modern European Books and Manuscripts Collection, the Yale Collection of American Literature, and the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters; figures represented in the exhibition include: Lou Andreas-Salomé, Antonin Artaud, James Baldwin, Andre Breton, A. A. Brill, Herman Broch, H. D., Mable Dodge Luhan, Max Ernst, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Moss Hart, Carl Jung, Jacques Lacan, George Platt Lynes, Eugene O’Neill, Jean Toomer, Glenway Wescott, Richard Wright, and Gregory Zilboorg.

 

All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | 121 Wall Street | New Haven | Connecticut

 

Freud’s Impossible Life

Posted in Announcements, Beinecke Collections, Exhibitions, Readings at Beinecke by beineckepoetry on February 17, 2011

Freud’s Impossible Life: An Introduction
A Lecture by Adam Phillips

Friday, February 25, 2011, 5:00 pm

Writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips is the author of more than ten books, including Side Effects; On Terrors and Experts; Promises, Promises: Essays on Poetry and Psychoanalysis; and On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the London Review of Books, and The Observer. Dr. Phillips is the general editor of the Penguin Classics Freud series; he is currently at work on a new biography of Sigmund Freud to be published in the Yale University Press Jewish Lives Series.

Free and open to the public
121 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut

Psyche & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul on view at Beinecke Library until June 13, 2011

Image: Hans Casparius, [Photograph of Sigmund Freud with two Chow dogs], no date. From the H. D. Papers.

Psyche & Muse: Events

Posted in Announcements, Beinecke Collections, Exhibitions, Readings at Beinecke by beineckepoetry on January 20, 2011

Please join us at the Beinecke Library for the following events to be held in conjunction with Psyche & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul, an exhibition exploring points of contact between the arts and the study of the mind. All events are free and open to the public.

Freud’s Impossible Life: An Introduction
A lecture by Adam Phillips
Friday, February 25, 2011, 5:00 pm
Writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips is the author of more than ten books, including Side Effects; On Terrors and Experts; Promises, Promises: Essays on Poetry and Psychoanalysis; and On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the London Review of Books, and The Observer. Dr. Phillips is the general editor of the Penguin Classics Freud series; he is currently at work on a new biography of Sigmund Freud to be published in the Yale University Press Jewish Lives Series.

Withdrawal Slips or The Psychopathology of Paperwork
A lecture by Ben Kafka
Thursday, March 17, 2011, 4:00 pm
Ben Kafka is an assistant professor of the history and theory of media at New York University and a candidate at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPA). His first book, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork, will be published by Zone Books. He is currently working on a history of graphology. His talk points to the intersections of mind and medium, psychoanalysis and book history, in an examination of Freud and paperwork. Withdrawal Slips is a featured event in the Beinecke Lectures in the History of the Book Series.

A. A. Brill and Mabel Dodge Luhan: A Reading from their Correspondence
by Patricia Everett & Paul Lippmann
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 5:00 pm
Psychoanalyst A. A. Brill maintained an active correspondence with his patient Mabel Dodge Luhan, a writer and New York salon hostess. Luhan’s analysis began in June 1916 and continued until she moved to Taos, New Mexico, in December 1917, after which analyst and writer corresponded for nearly thirty years. This reading from the Mabel Dodge Luhan Papers presents a selection of letters that reflect the highly personal, expressive, and exploratory nature of their correspondence. Luhan recounted her dreams and reported on her current mental states. Brill responded with advice, warmth, and forceful interpretations. These letters provide views into often inaccessible aspects of analytic relationships. Patricia Everett, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the author of A History Of Having A Great Many Times Not Continued To Be Friends: The Correspondence Between Mabel Dodge and Gertrude Stein, 1911–1934 (University of New Mexico Press, 1996). A 2005 Beinecke Library A. Bartlett Giamatti Visiting Research Fellow, she recently completed a book manuscript entitled The Dreams of Mabel Dodge and is currently editing the correspondence between Mabel Dodge Luhan and A. A. Brill. Paul Lippmann, Ph.D. is a fellow, a member of the faculty, and a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. He is in private practice in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and is director of the Stockbridge Dream Society. He is the author of Nocturnes: On Listening to Dreams (The Analytic Press, 2000).

For more information, contact Rebecca Martz: rebecca.martz@yale.edu.

Image: Sigmund Freud, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, G. Stanley Hall trans., NY: Boni and Liveright [1920]; manuscript notes by Scofield Thayer (Za T3384 Zz920F).

Poet Jean Valentine Reading

Posted in Announcements, Poetry at Yale, Readings at Beinecke, Readings at Yale, Readings in New Haven by beineckepoetry on September 22, 2010

Jean Valentine, Poetry Reading
Wednesday, September 29th, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965; her tenth and most recent book of poetry, Little Boat, was published in 2007. In 2004, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 – 2003, was the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. A chapbook, Lucy, was published by Sarabande Books in 2009. A new collection, Break the Glass, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Books. She was awarded the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets; she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Council for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. For more information visit http://www.jeanvalentine.com/home.html. For more information contact nancy.kuhl@yale.edu.

Fall 2010 Readings at Yale University

Posted in Announcements, Poetry at Yale, Readings at Beinecke, Readings at Yale by beineckepoetry on September 14, 2010

Jean Valentine, Poetry Reading
Wednesday, September 29th, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu; Event Information

Nick Reding, Reading and Discussion
Thursday, October 7, 8:00 pm
Branford Master’s Residence, 80 High Street
Francis Conversations with Writers and Editors/Poynter Fellowship Series
Contact: clare.schlegel@yale.edu

Matthea Harvey, Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 14th, 7:00 pm
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

Thomas H. Troeger, Poetry Reading and Musical Performance
Thursday October 21, 5:15 pm
Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect Street
Yale Literature & Spirituality Series
Contact: ismevents@yale.edu

Hédi Kaddour, Poetry Reading
Wednesday, October 27th, 4:30 pm
Whitney Humanities Center, room 208
Contact: jessica.holahan@yale.edu

Christian Wiman, Poetry Reading
Thursday October 28, 5:15 pm
Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect Street
Yale Literature & Spirituality Series:
The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature
Contact: ismevents@yale.edu

Timothy Donnelly, Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 4th, 7:00 pm
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

Micheal O’Siadhail, Poetry Reading
Thursday November 4, 5:30pm
Neibuhr Hall, 409 Prospect Street
Yale Literature & Spirituality Series
Contact: ismevents@yale.edu

Mark Helprin, Reading and Discussion
Wednesday, November 10, 4:00 pm
Branford Master’s Residence, 80 High Street
Branford Master’s Tea
Contact: anne.fadiman@yale.edu

Yale Student Poets: April 7th, 4pm

Posted in Announcements, Poetry at Yale, Readings at Beinecke, Readings at Yale by beineckepoetry on March 18, 2010

Please join us for a Yale student poetry reading on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 4:00pm. Student poets reading their work include:  Alice Baumgartner, Edgar Garcia, Amy Lee, Laura Marris, Caitlin Mitchell, Rosanna Oh, Sarah Stone, Justin Sider, Katy Waldman, Eric Ward, and Jeffrey Zuckerman.

This event is free and open to the public. The Beinecke Library is located at 121 Wall Street, New Haven. For information about events in the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series visit: Readings at Beinecke Library.

Performance: Souls of the Labadie Tract

Posted in Poetry at Yale, Readings at Beinecke, Readings at Yale, Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on January 21, 2009

Susan Howe and David Grubbs
Poetry Reading
& Musical Performance
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series

Poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs perform their collaborative work, “Souls of the Labadie Tract.” Based on Howe’s poem of the same name, the performance features Howe’s reading accompanied by Grubb’s musical performance. Bennett Simpson described the collaborative work in Artforum International:

Souls of the Labadie Tract is neither traditional recitation nor music-with-words. But once the red herring of categories is dispatched, the [piece] reveals a confrontation with history, community, language, and sound that is truly harrowing. Pairing Howe’s reading voice with Grubbs’s arrangements for synthesizer and khaen (Laotian mouth organ), the work hinges on the former’s [long poem], a sifting, shifting archaeology of a quietist sect known as the Labadists. …  Souls of the Labadie Tract is, first and foremost, a poem about time and loss. … Poetry may be the truest form of history writing if what one wants from history is an image of the present (Ezra Pound called this “news that stays news”). And in Howe’s imagination, the past becomes a very current stake. … Grubbs’s sonic architecture is a striking accompaniment to the text. The rumbling disruptions and deep breath drones that mount and fall around Howe’s speech present him in fine electroacoustic form. Especially suited to the poem and its subject matter is the combination of reeds and machines, which suggests the powerful open textures of a church organ or calliope: an invocation to the collective experience of mystery.” (Artforum International 46.2 (Oct 2007): 135).

Poet Susan Howe is the author of numerous books of poems including: Souls of the Labadie Tract, The Midnight, Pierce-Arrow, and Singularities.

Musician David Grubbs has made ten solo records, played in a number of groups (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr del Sol, Red Krayola, Wingdale Community Singers), and frequently collaborates with writers and artists. He is an assistant professor of Radio and Sound Art at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and director of Brooklyn College’s graduate programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts.

Image: Susan Howe and David Grubbs performing in Cork, Ireland; photograph by Keith Tuma.

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Poet Joy Harjo Reading: April 9th

Posted in Poetry at Yale, Readings at Beinecke, Readings at Yale by beineckepoetry on March 25, 2008

Please join us for a poetry reading by poet Joy Harjo on Wednesday, April 9th, at  4 pm, at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street (please note venue change). This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Library and the Native American Cultural Center at Yale. The reading is free and open to the public.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, poet Joy Harjo is an enrolled member of the Muskogee Tribe. She is the author of many collections of poetry, including How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, A Map to the Next World: Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award, and In Mad Love and War, which received an American Book Award. She has received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

 

For more information about Joy Harjo and examples of her work visit:

http://www.joyharjo.com/

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/60

http://www.nativewiki.org/Joy_Harjo

 

 

Poetry Reading: Donald Hall, February 6

Posted in Readings at Beinecke by beineckepoetry on February 4, 2008

Please join us for a poetry reading by former United States Poet Laureate Donald Hall on Wednesday, February 6th, at 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public. The Beinecke Library is located at 121 Wall Street, New Haven.

Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He is the author of many collections of poetry including recent titles such as White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006, Painted Bed, and Without: Poems. In 1988 Hall’s The One Day (1988), won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Hall has been awarded two Guggenheim fellowships, the Poetry Society of America’s Robert Frost Silver Medal, a Lifetime Achievement award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project, and the Ruth Lilly Prize for Poetry. In June 2006, Hall was appointed the Library of Congress’s fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He lives in Danbury, New Hampshire.

For more information about Donald Hall and examples of his work visit:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/264
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/more_hall.html
http://www.identitytheory.com/interviews/birnbaum178.php

January 17, 4pm — Janet Malcolm Reading, Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Posted in Beinecke Collections, Readings at Beinecke by beineckepoetry on January 15, 2008

Please join us at 4pm on Thursday, January 17th for a reading and discussion by scholar Janet Malcolm, about her new book Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice published this fall by Yale University Press. Malcolm researched this work in the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers at the Beinecke Library. Janet Malcolm is the author of The Journalist and the Murderer, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and Reading Chekhov, among other books. She writes for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books and lives in New York City. This event is free and open to the public.

Two Lives is a work of literary biography and investigative journalism exploring the lives of modernist writer Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas. The portrait of the legendary couple that emerges from this work is unexpectedly charged. As Malcolm pursues the truth of the couple’s charmed life in a village in Vichy France, her subject becomes the larger question of biographical truth. “The instability of human knowledge is one of our few certainties,” she writes. Two Lives is also a work of literary criticism. “Even the most hermetic of [Stein’s] writings are works of submerged autobiography,” Malcolm writes. “The key of ‘I’ will not unlock the door to their meaning—you need a crowbar for that—but will sometimes admit you to a kind of anteroom of suggestion.” Whether unpacking the accessible Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, in which Stein “solves the koan of autobiography,” or wrestling with The Making of Americans, a masterwork of “magisterial disorder,” Malcolm is stunningly perceptive.