Galway Kinnell and Mark Doty are giants of the poetry world. Kinnell has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his 1980 Selected Poems; Doty was the first American to win the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. How would one describe their work? Like this: “In language that is sensual and intelligent, Galway Kinnell’s poetry rejoices in a reverent love for the natural world.” And this: “With lyricism that is descriptive and varied, Mark Doty’s poetry luxuriates in the pain and beauty that comes from our fragile but significant attachment to the world around us.” If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around all the rejoicing and luxuriating, the Folger Shakespeare Library is hosting a conversation between the two poets (moderated by Grace Cavalieri), which should put your feet back on solid ground and shed some light on their work.
Kinnell and Doty discuss their work at 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $12. (202) 544-7077.