Poet and scholar Jerry Harp will talk about his new book, For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice. Widely regarded as one of America's great experimental formalists, Justice influenced generations of writers with his own poetry, his writings about poetry, and as a longtime teacher at the University of Florida and at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Jerry Harp was Justice's student and friend, and is himself both a respected scholar and poet, who teaches at Lewis & Clark College. Harp's books include three volumes of poetry, the co-edited A Poetry Criticism Reader, and a study of cognition in the Renaissance, Constant Motion: Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding (Hampton Press).
In addition to describing the genesis and trajectory of his book, Harp will take questions about Justice, the poems, and the blend of critical thinking, scholarly research, and personal experience that comprise his illuminating book.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011. 238 Smith, 7:00 p.m.