The Xavier University Department of English

Ryan Writers Series presents

Henry Weinfield

Thursday, March 22nd, 8:00

Conaton Learning Commons 413

Poet, critic, and translator, Henry Weinfield is a Professor in the Program for Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  His new book is A Wandering Aramaen, from Cincinnati’s own Dos Madres Press. He is also the author of Without Mythologies: New & Selected Poems & Translations(Dos Madres Press, 2008), The Sorrows of Eros and Other Poems (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999) and of three other collections of poetry. His translations include Hesiod’s Works and Days and Theogony (University of Michigan Press) and the Collected Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé(University of California Press, 1995).   He has also written two critical studies, The Poet without a Name: Gray’s Elegy and the Problem of History(Southern Illinois UP, 1991) and The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk (University of Iowa Press, 2009). His study of the blank-verse tradition in English poetry from Milton to Stevens is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

“A poet of exquisite formal control, Henry Weinfield writes lyrical and narrative poems that have a rich, sad music for which the ear and the heart hunger. This is a poetry to provoke and console, a poetry that has many roots in the Classical and Hebraic traditions and that combines and extends both in a unique way. His translations are superb, marking a level of achievement above that of all other American translators of European lyric poetry.”
– Kevin Hart

“Henry Weinfield’s poems startle us with their formal beauty and mesmerizing cadence. Their intense clarity is at once moving and richly polyvalent. Legacies abound, from the Metaphysicals through Mallarmé and on to Stevens and Bronk. Weinfield writes that “to be is but the form of to desire.” With immaculate diction and often biting wit, these poems exhibit an almost paradisical perfection of that desiring.”
– Michael Heller

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