Skip to content
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Workshop: Ontogeny, Phylogeny and Poetry with Michael Broder

February 21, 2019, 6:00 PM8:30 PM EST

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM

One event on March 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM

One event on March 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM

One event on March 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

One event on April 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM

From workshop leader Michael Broder: “My eighth-grade biology teacher taught us that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” meaning that the embryo developing in the womb goes through stages of development that mirror the stages of human evolution. It turns out not to be an accurate theory, but I always loved the idea and the way the words sounded. And even as debunked science, it’s a beautiful way to think about being and becoming—who we are, how we grow, and how we change. Those are the ideas we will explore in this workshop. The path of being and becoming will also be our gateway to the fraught and freighted category of difference—how we can use our poetry to think and feel about the variety of human existence and experience, and especially how our poetry can make the invisible visible, the illegible legible, the inaudible audible, the opaque transparent—how poetry can allow us to reveal things we may not even know were hidden. To motivate and inspire us, we will read poems by Elizabeth Alexander, Tina Chang, Ada Limón, Terrance Hayes, Ocean Vuong, José Olivarez, and other poets.”

Learn more here.


February 21, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282 United States
+ Google Map