A Tribute to Paul Violi (1944-2011)
12/02/2011 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 Bill Zavatsky. 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
Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served