Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kick Off National Poetry Month with a New Professor's Corner on Wednesday, April 9th

Dr. Haj Ross of the University of North
Texas will present A Peek into the Workshop
of the Poet: Dylan Thomas and Stephen Dunn
on April 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. at 
the South Branch
of the Denton Public 
Have you made your Poetry Month plans yet?  If not, the next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens on Wednesday, April 9th.  All are invited.

A Peek into the Workshop of the Poet: Dylan Thomas and Stephen Dunn

Two poems will be looked at in great depth:  Dylan Thomas’s In My Craft or Sullen Art and Stephen Dunn’s The Sacred (for your convenience, both works are linked to their respective titles.)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  MapQuest map and directions available here.)

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Haj Ross of the University of North Texas is the presenter for this session.  Dr. Ross is Distinguished Research Professor in the Linguistics Section of the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas.  He is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner.

As a linguist, Dr. Ross takes an approach to poetry that gives new meaning to the concept of dissecting a poem.  You will never be able to read poetry the same way after this session.  He is interested in poetics “and” semantax [the interfield of syntax/semantics].  He does not see the sense in trying to keep “them” separate.  Studying the structural beauties of language without simultaneously watching how the great writers make use of the structural capabilities of their languages to hint at the ineffable--such a limitation leads to joyless linguistic science.  Language becomes flat, grey.  Studying the incredible intricacies of the verbal art of the greatest masters of language without having the most subtle of linguistic tools to do one’s literary criticism--this is as successful as doing astronomy with an inexpensive telescope.  The fundamental point to be kept in view is that a language is alive.  Chloroforming it and pinning it to a board to make it easier to talk about is no less distressing than seeing a luna moth in a museum exhibit.  Without this liveness, there could be no verbal art.

See here for more background on Dr. Ross.

The reading made available in advance by the presenter can be found on the calendar page of the Denton Public Library’s website [(from the homepage, click calendar and then the session title (Professor's Corner on April 9th)]. Reading in advance is encouraged but not required.

Dylan Thomas on POETS.org
Dylan Thomas on Wikipedia
Stephen Dunn on POETS.org
Stephen Dunn on Wikipedia

This session is part of the free series entitled Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group, the purpose of which is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list, send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library; Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com; 940-349-8752.

Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University; SSouris@twu.edu; 940-898-2343

May 14, 2014     
Contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative (Dr. Gretchen Busl)
June 11, 2014     
Poems by Thomas Gray (Dr. Ashley Bender)
Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.
~Dr. Stephen Souris

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