Core of the Core

This discussion group is intended for alumni who miss the analysis and stimulation of classes like “Poetry and the Human”.

This discussion gshield_logoroup is intended for alumni who miss the analysis and stimulation of classes like Poetry and the Human and the timeless works encountered there. It is a cross between a class and a book club, where members of the group read great compositions and related works and gather together to exchange insights and thoughts.

The group began meeting in March 2018, and read works from the Human Being and Citizen classes in the first two series, starting with The Iliad and ending with Kafka’s “Before the Law."

The readings for the 1/21 gathering are:

  • A. K. Ramanujan, The Interior Landscape: Classic Tamil Love Poems (79-102)
  • Vamilki, Ramayama, Book 1, Cantos 1-4
Month/Year Date Readings

February 2020


Rumi:  The Book of Love

Song of Songs

March 2020


Homer’s Iliad, Book 24, translations by Richard Lattimore, Alexander Pope, George Chapman

C. Logue, “Pax” and “Iliad, Book 24”

Recommended:  A Oswald, A Version of Homer’s Iliad

April 2020


Sappho, 1, 16, 31 and 94

Catullus, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 51, 85

Frank Bidart, “Catullus:  Excrucior” and “In memory of Joe Brainard.”

May 2020


Langston Hughes, “The negro speaks of rivers”

Gwendolyn Brooks “Boy breaking glass.”

Adrienne Rich “Tonight no poetry will serve”

Audre Lorde “Poetry is not a luxury”

Vladimir Mayakovsky “Love” “Conversation with a taxman about poetry” “At the top of my voice”

Aime Cesaire “In the Guise of a Literary Manifesto” “Keeping Poetry Alive”

Slavoj Zizek “The Poetic Torture-House of Language.”

June 2020



If you are interested in coming, please contact Bill Funk, AB’93, at for more details on the readings and for any other questions you have.


Event Information

Cost: $10


7:00PM - 9:00PM Tue 21 Jan 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Law Office of William M. Funk
275 Madison Ave 14th Floor
New York, NY 10016 USA

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