University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

"What is a Poem?" Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Poetry and Poetics

March 17, 2017

Is a poem more like a song or a shipping container? What was a poem in the seventeenth century, and what is it in the digital age? Why poetry, anyway? Join our world-class speakers as they explore these and other questions. The symposium will conclude with a conversation with former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Visit the Center for Poetry & Poetics website for more information. 



Friday, March 17, 2017

The Rotunda Dome Room



10am - Noon - Panel 1
     Roland Greene
         “Apollo Barroco: What Was a Poem in the Seventeenth Century?” 
     Anjali Nerlekar
         “The Poem and the Ocean-Encircled Earth" 
     Marjorie Perloff
         “Reading the Verses Backward: Poetry for the Digital Age”      


1:30pm - 3:30pm - Panel 2
     Stephen Burt
          "Shipping Containers"
     Nikki Skillman
          "The Song of the Harpies"
     Don Share
          "Why Poetry"


4:00pm - 5:00pm – A Conversation with Rita Dove

Homer Statue
Rotunda Dome Room
10:00 am