Get Your Sugar and Shakespeare Fix

shakespeare_cake_1 shakespearesonnetpageshelflife

In a special Poetry on the Plaza event in honor of National Poetry Month, the Harry Ransom Center presents a marathon reading of “Shake-speares Sonnets” (1609) at noon on Wednesday, April 22. “Shakes-peares Sonnets” turns 400 this year, and to celebrate, Shakespeare scholars, poets, and others will read from “Shake-speares Sonnets” and “The Lovers Complaint.” Starting at noon, all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets and the poem “The Lovers Complaint” will be read on the Ransom Center plaza. Readers include Dean Young, the William S. Livingston Endowed Chair in Poetry; James Loehlin, director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program; Franchelle Dorn, the Virginia L. Murchison Regents Professor in Fine Arts; and Thomas Cable, the Jane Weinert Blumberg Chair in English. Cable will recite his series of sonnets from memory. Birthday cake will be served at this free event to honor William Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23. This program will be webcast live.

Poetry on the Plaza: Winter Landscapes

The Harry Ransom Center presents the free Poetry on the Plaza event “Winter Landscapes” this Wednesday, Dec. 3, at noon.

Find relief from an unseasonably warm December with poetry that evokes winter weather.

Hear poetry by E. E. Cummings, Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton from the center’s manuscript collections, and winter classics by Emily Dickinson, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Wittier and Robert Frost from the center’s rare book collection.

Readers include Brian Cassidy, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for Okkervil River and graduate of the Butler School of Music (’04), and Steven Hoelscher, chair of the Department of American Studies at the university.

What poems make you think of a winter landscape?