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August 29 Visual Update

More on the Marathon

William H. Gass Reads

Although the gods were in the distant skies,

Pythagoras drew near them with his mind . . .

We—the St. Louis Poetry Center and River Styx—were thrilled to meet with the Pulitzer staff this year to come up with ideas for literary programming to accompany the current exhibition and future ones. Visions of texts danced through our heads. Ovid alighted. Read the rest of this entry »

Representative Storch on Ovid Reading

Representative Rachel Storch serves the 64th House district in Missouri and will be marathon reading on Sunday. Read another post from her, about grassroots advocacy, on the Pulitzer’s 2buildings1blog.

The Metamorphoses–like the Bible, like Shakespeare’s plays (which, of course, rely heavily on Ovid), like Dante or Chaucer–has remained a seminal work across the centuries because it renders something fundamental and elemental in the human experience. The stories capture an essence that makes the universe comprehensible in terms we understand: terms which weave together the intricacies of human relationship–of love, of hubris, of pain–and bring a particular resonance to the old adage: “nothing new under the sun.” Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis is Buzzing about Ovid!

A Marathon Metamorphoses is 2 days away! As the manager of A Marathon Metamorphoses, I have been busy with last minute preparation for the Ovidian weekend ahead. My excitement and, unfortunately, my nerves are growing in anticipation for Saturday and Sunday.

I have contacted all of the readers to triple check their reading times, scheduled new readers (check the schedule to see when Paul Ha, Tyler Green, and David Dietrich are reading) and ease their concerns over pronunciation of the names, such as Leucothoe, Ocyrhoe, or Deianira. Never heard of Leucothoe before? She is a maiden who falls in love with Apollo. Of course, this could only be the set up for a tragedy, think Apollo’s infatuation with Daphne. If you want to hear more about why Leucothe morphs into a tree bearing frankincense, then come listen during the two o’clock hour on Saturday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Ovid recited not in translation

To piggy back on Amy’s interview with Carl Springer, I wanted to elaborate on what our Classicists, Carl and his wife, Avery will be doing on Saturday from 4:45-5:15 pm. Since our marathon is conducted in English and not the original Latin, I jumped at the opportunity to have some of our readers read Ovid in its true form. Avery will start reading at 4:45 pm in Latin for about seven minutes before switching to read the same passage in English. Carl will do the same thing for his reading slot at 5:00 pm. Read the rest of this entry »

“Tempus edax rerum,” he said.

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Carl Springer, Professor of Classics at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, describes Ovid, the Metamorphoses, and why he thinks it’s a good idea to revisit the 2,000-year-old poem. He and his wife, Avery Springer, Chair of the Classics Department at John Burroughs School, will both be reading this Saturday–in Latin.

Ovid: our secret

Chris King is creative director of Poetry Scores, which translates poetry into other media, and editorial director of The St. Louis American newspaper. He reads at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.

I suppose I am still not quite over the exceedingly pleasant surprise that The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is hosting a marathon reading of the Metamorphoses by Ovid. You see, I had thought Ovid was, if not my secret, then the secret of people like me, and I didn’t think there were all that many of us, at least not in St. Louis, and certainly not running august art institutions in St. Louis. Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

Ovid for the Halibut

Yesterday, August 20, 7-8pm, Pulitzer Senior Curator Francesca Herndon-Consagra and Kress Interpretive Fellow Hannah Fullgraf as well as St. Louis Poetry Center Consultant Lorin Cuoco were guests on KDHX 88.1FM’s Literature for the Halibut. They, along with hosts Ann Haubrich and Jane Ellen Ibur, read sections of the Metamorphoses and discussed A Marathon Metamorphoses. Stream in the show’s podcast here.