75 Years Of ‘Colossal Poets’ And Live Literature At NYC’s 92nd Street Y

by Rachel Baker on October 29, 2014

In case you are interested, New York’s 92d Street Y Poetry Center is celebrating its diamond anniversary with a project that is making rare recordings of poetry readings over the last 75 years available and free online. They are pairing these recordings with essays by some of the today’s most acclaimed writers.

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Seventy-five years ago on Sunday, writer William Carlos Williams helped inaugurate what would become this country’s most famous literary reading series, at New York’s 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. The center is celebrating this diamond jubilee with a project called “75 at 75,” which pairs rare recordings of readings from its archives (now available, free, online) with contemporary essays by some of today’s most acclaimed writers.

Cynthia Ozick is one of those writers. She was in her 20s and fresh out of grad school when her husband bought her a $20 season subscription to the reading series at the 92nd Street Y. There, she heard T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Marianne Moore and W.H. Auden. She calls the time “the age of colossal poets,” and she says the 92nd Street Y was their cathedral.

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