Poetry Seminars with Judson Scruton: Jorie Graham's To 2040

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilton Library
Rimer Room

Event Details

Please join us for a seminar series in which Judson Scruton takes us through a selection of poems from Jorie Graham's new book To 2040. Because this is a new book, attendees will need to make their own copies of the selected poems but a master packet will be placed at the Reference Desk so that patrons may copy or scan/email the poems fairly easily.

Jorie Graham’s observations and reflections on trees, birds, steams, visual art, mythology, and history are captured in intriguing poetic lines that wander across the page sometimes speaking in the “uncanny idioms of artificial intelligence and machines” but with “precise descriptions of what she sees, hears, smells, and touches. The unfolding drama of consciousness is always an indispensable part of the poem.” (Walt Hunter in The Atlantic)

To 2040, Jorie Graham’s latest and 15th collection of poems “shows us multiple potential  futures—soundtracked by sirens among the ruins, contemplating the loss of those species who inhabited them and those who named them” (from a blurb on the back of the book).

Come join us for a lively discussion of these remarkable and accessible poems.
  • September 28, 2023: I “Are We” / “On The Last Day” / “To 2040”
  • October 5, 2023: II “Dis—” / “Day” / “Can You”
  • October 12, 2023: III “Time Frame” / “This Vase of Quince Branches You Sent Me” / “Dawn 2040”
  • October 19, 2023: CODA “Then The Rain”
Advance registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  There is no charge for this program.  By registering for the first session you will automatically be registered for all four sessions. This lecture series is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley.  Please email Andrea Sato with any questions at asato@wiltonlibrary.org. 

Judson Scruton M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations, and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and U.K. including the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Event Type(s): Literature Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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