Valentine's Day 2008: This Time Don't Fail Me

Feb. 14, 2008 - Feb. 14, 2008

Opening reception Feb. 14, 2008, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

An interlocked reading of the poems of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Though separated by thirty-five years, perhaps no two books in the English language are more a part of one another than Sylvia Plath's "Ariel" and Ted Hughes's "Birthday Letters." Plath left the manuscript to "Ariel" sitting on her desk the night she killed herself in 1963, but it took Hughes, her husband of six years, until 1998 to answer questions about her death in his own poetry, in a collection titled "Birthday Letters." For the first time, poems from these these two books will be read in conjunction with one another, on Valentine's Day 2008, three days after the 45th Anniversay of Plath's death.

Complimentary Champagne

Curated by P. Scott Cunningham and Brook Dorsch

Presented in conjunction with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival


Richard Blanco's acclaimed first book, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American, and received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead won the 2006 PEN / American Beyond Margins Award for its continued exploration of the universal themes of home and place. Blanco's poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including, Best American Poetry 2000, Best American Prose Poems. He is recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship and a Florida Artist Fellowship. A former Assistant Professor, Blanco has taught at Georgetown, American University, and Connecticut State University.

Jennifer Bartman is an M.F.A. candidate at Florida International University, where she also teaches composition and creative writing. She has published interviews, articles, book reviews and poetry, and was the 2006 recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She recently completed her first collection of poems.