Candor and Wisdom: the Poetry of Early Classical Greece

Brooks Haxton
Brooks Haxton

Brooks Haxton, author of six published collections of original poetry and professor of English at Syracuse University will present the Winslow lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 4:10 p.m. in the Science Center's Kennedy Auditorium. The lecture, titled “Candor and Wisdom: the Poetry of Early Classical Greece,” is sponsored by the Department of Classics and is free and open to the public.

Haxton has a master’s degree in creative writing from Syracuse University and has held teaching positions at George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and Syracuse University. His lecture will describe the impression of candor from the groundbreaking poetry of early Classical Greece, especially wisdom in fragments of Heraclitus.

Haxton’s published works include six collections of short poems and two book-length narrative poems. His translations, published by Viking Penguin include a selection of poems from the ancient Greek titled Dances for Flute and Thunder, a free-verse rendition of the sayings of Heraclitus titled Fragments, and a bicentennial translation of selected poems by Victor Hugo.

Haxton's collections of poems with Alfred A. Knopf include Dominion, Traveling Company, The Sun at Night, Nakedness, Death, and the Number Zero, and Uproar. His two book-length narrative poems are The Lay of Eleanor and Irene and Dead Reckoning.  His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and his poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Atlantic Monthly, and the New Yorker.

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