Joinery: Poems on the Occasion of Martin Puryear

Related Exhibition Martin Puryear

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Interviewing Martin Puryear last year, Levi Strauss described the sculptor's work in terms of poetry: "I was taught poetics … as the study of how things are made, and I also think that much of poetics is about joinery. The place where things are cut and joined together or where they touch is really where meaning is made. And that holds true for poetry or writing as well as for sculptural objects." In this program, we explore poems that take up joinery and consider the intersection of matter and meaning.


David Levi Strauss, Michael Palmer, Aaron Shurin, Norma Cole, and Susan Thackrey, poets