David Thorburn has been a teacher of literature for 55 years. For 44 years, David has taught at MIT where he is Professor of Literature and Comparative Media and Director Emeritus of the MIT Communications Forum. Generations of MIT undergraduates have taken his lecture course, “The Film Experience,” which now reaches an international audience on YouTube. He led the inaugural sessions of Pleasures of Poetry and continues leading poetry sessions over IAP. He was born in Manhattan and grew up in an old farmhouse in Randolph, New Jersey, before it became a suburb. He’s written a book on Joseph Conrad and many essays and reviews on literature and media. Knots is his first book of poetry. To purchase on Amazon: amzn.to/2XkZsKi
Prior to the migration to digital learning, Comparative Media & Writing was proudly co-hosting David Thorburn’s reading in the William Corbett Poetry Series named in honor of William Corbett, renowned Boston poet, memoirist, art critic, publisher, and beloved teacher and mentor of students at Harvard, BU, Brown, and for the past two decades at MIT. Unfortunately, this has been postponed.
For more information on David Thorburn: https://lit.mit.edu/people/dthorburn/
Praise for Knots
“Poetic form here is as supple as the poet’s gaze: rhyme when it emerges is lightly shouldered, sweetly inplay with the vicissitudes of memory and the ceremonies of daily domesticity. Not a line goes slack, not a word is wasted.” —Linda Gregerson
“Precision and ardor. The blunt grace of compression. These qualities give David Thorburn’s Knots a distinctive authority. The title poem summons —and undoes— the intricate, oppressive, persistent and legendary bonds of patriarchal lore.” —Robert Pinsky