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Join us for the 11th Bi-Annual Stanley Burnshaw Lecture by poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch. Today, poets usually assume that there is no tension between poetic values and political ones--that the poet is naturally in the party of progress and peace, that is, on the left. But this consensus defies the long history of thinking about poetry and politics, from Plato to the twentieth century, which has always emphasized the opposition between them. Surveying the history of that conflict leads to new questions about the role of political poetry in our time.

Kirsch writes articles regularly for Slate, The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, and Poetry. Currently, Kirsch is a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Tablet and is co-ordinator of the graduate program at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia.

Stanley Burnshaw was an influential poet, critic, translator, editor, publisher and novelist. Amongst his many publications is The Seamless Web, on the origins of poetic creativity. The Stanley Burnshaw Lecture is hosted every other year by The Harry Ransom Center for Research in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin.

Cosponsored by the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities, University of Texas, Austin.