A Tribute to Paul Violi (1944-2011)
Friday, December 2, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Paul Violi was a distinguished poet and esteemed member of the New
School faculty. Violi was a man of great integrity, a dear friend to
many, a generous teacher, an inspiring poet. Widely admired by his
peers, he is regarded as the most consistently inventive of the
generation of poets inspired by Ashbery, Koch, and O’Hara. Violi
taught poetry workshops and literary seminars for many years in the New
School’s MFA and Riggio programs. His classes were popular and, in
some cases, life changing.
With Kate Angus, Paul Auster, Star Black, Donna Brook, Billy Collins,
Alex Crowley, Bob Hershon, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Mark Hillringhouse,
Amy Lawless, Charles North, Ron Padgett, James Periconi, Michael
Quattrone, Helen Schulman, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Maggie Wells, and
Hosted by Robert Polito, director, and David Lehman, poetry coordinator
of the School of Writing.
You look like one Whom time has surprised, Though the perfect sense Of
what is final, The inmost view From behind the past, Beyond the long
slope,T he frost and tall grass, Is not new to you: You’ve played
along With it once or twice On your violio.
—“To Himself,” Paul Violi
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th
Street, 2nd floor