Reading and Book Signing: Laurance Wieder - After Adam, Isaiah’s Closing Arguments, and Poetry History Music Art
Laurance Wieder will read excerpts from his three recently published books—After Adam, Isaiah’s Closing Arguments, and Poetry History Music Art.
After Adam A story told in prose and verse. Mortality is its theme. Populated by rabbis, storytellers, mystics, poets, travelers and philosophers, this Jewish saga belongs to the same tribe as Dante's Vita Nuova, Sir Philip Sidney's Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, and Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire.
Isaiah’s Closing Arguments A New Translation, contains all the prophet’s farewell speeches that conclude the Torah service. Isaiah’s words transcend place, time, and doctrine, and these orations stand alone as a series of poems on error, defiance,and hope.
Poetry History Music Art: Essay 1996-2017 Explores the space where word and image, experience and belief converge. Crossing disciplines, the collection begins with a description of ordinary worship in an extraordinary time, and ends contemplating messianicunease
"In After Adam, Laurance Wieder invents a new genre for talking about the Bible, distilling its wonders and weaving them together," (Dr. Ira Bashkow, University of Virginia)
Isaiahs sacred poetry transcends place, time, and doctrine. Isaiah's Closing Arguments is a new translation of all the prophet's Haftorot (singular: Haftarah) chanted on Sabbath mornings and on special occasions. Part one contains Isaiah's verses which accompany the first three chapters of Genesis, two chapters of Exodus, the first chapter of Leviticus, and the opening of Deuteronomy.
In 23 essays published over the last quarter-century, Laurance Wieder considers Homer, Lao-tzu, Valmiki, and Lady Murasaki, medieval Hebrew poems for Yom Kippur and 20th-century American poetry, Orhan Pamuk and Evliya elebi, Miguel de Cervantes and Roberto Bola o, William Blake and John Milton, Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Wagner.