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“Abraham and Isaac”

Poet and CAS lecturer David Ferry reads selections from his work


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Click on the video above to hear David Ferry read his poetry. Click here to watch the full lecture on BUniverse.

David Ferry, an Arts and Sciences lecturer in creative writing, joins Nobel Prize–winning poet Seamus Heaney and Peter Campion (GRS’00), for last fall’s semiannual Lowell Lecture, a series that honors poet and former BU professor Robert Lowell, who taught young poetsSylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and George Starbuck in the late 1950s.

In the video above, Ferry reads two poems, as well as his own translation of an Anglo-Saxon poem written before the year 1000. Ferry is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College. He has written several books of poetry andtranslation, including the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize–winning Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations, The Eclogues of Virgil, The Odes of Horace: A Translation, Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations, and Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse. Ferry’s awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets,the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, and a John Simon Guggenheim FoundationFellowship. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy ofArts and Sciences.

The Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture Serieswas established in 2005 to bring distinguished writers to campus toread their works alongside a member of the Creative Writing Programfaculty and a recent program graduate. The series is funded by NancyLivingston (COM’69) and her husband, Fred Levin, through the ShensonFoundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson.

Jessica Ullian can be reached at jullian@bu.edu.

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