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This series of radical poetry and political thought combines formal lectures and talks with poetry readings and moderated discussion. Through dialectical pairings that link the work of a significant poet (or community of poets) with broader questions concerning the politics of the poetic, it aspires to be a nexus of active learning open to interaction not only among poets but also comrades, fellow-travelers and the general public. The open-ended and collective dialogue that emerges through these seminars strives toward a critical orientation we hope extends beyond the series. As such, this series seeks, through its movement, to fully embody an ethos of participation that starts from contemporary social relations under capitalism and insists on the dire need for their transformation. If, as Hegel asserts, the spirit of poetry courses through and develops itself in all the arts—in, that is, every aspect of cultural production—then it is with an attention to poetry as a thoroughly social practice and material presence in the world that we properly begin.









Organized and moderated by Boyd Nielson, Richard Owens and Joe Ramsey, this series is sponsored by the Center for Marxist Education, Cambridge, MA, where all events within this series will take place unless otherwise noted.

Center for Marxist Education, 550 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.


6:00 pm, Friday, 25 July 2014: David Grundy, "The Life and (Social) Death of Metaphor in Amiri Baraka."

3:00 pm, Saturday, 24 May 2014: Ruth Jennison and Jordana Rosenberg. Further details TBA. This event has been cancelled.

6:00 pm, Friday, 25 April 2014: David Hadbawnik and Daniel Remein, “Radical Medievalism.”

6:00 pm, Saturday, 15 March 2014: Josh Stanley, "Immortality in Public."

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Center for Marxist Education, 550 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.


David Grundy on Amiri Baraka. 25 July 2014.

David Hadbawnik on Jack Spicer and the English Department. 25 April 2014.

Daniel Remein on Beowulf and the Berkeley Renaissance. 25 April 2014.

Josh Stanley, "Immortality in Public." 15 March 2014.