September 05, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Irving Feldman will give a reading of his works Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The reading, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the English department at Bucknell.

In her review of Feldman's Collected Poems, Cynthia Ozick writes, "Irving Feldman's voice in this half-century collection is a choir of multiplicity, ranging from the cosmically Miltonic to the up-to-the-minute vernacular, he is psalmist and satirist, elegist and stand-up comic, mandarin and graffiti artist, philosopher and town crier, romantic and skeptic. His heartbreaking `Pripet Marshes' will stand, in its intimate and afflicted grandeur, with Auden's `September 1, 1939,' as one of the great poems of the 20th century."

Feldman's collections of poetry include Beautiful False Things: Poems; All of Us Here, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Leaping Clear and The Pripet Marshes, both finalists for the National Book Award; Works and Days; and The Life and Letters, a finalist for the Poets' Prize.

He is the recipient of a National Institute of Arts and Letters award as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Ingram Merrill Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation.

A graduate of the City College of New York and Columbia University, Feldman taught at the University of Puerto Rico, the Université de Lyon and Kenyon College before accepting a position as Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was poet-in-residence at Bucknell in 1989.

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