Talk about Songs and Poems Set for Feb. 18

February 15, 2008

February 15, 2008 — Writer and musician Charles O. Hartman of Connecticut College will give a talk on "Innings and Quarters: Meter in Poems and Songs," at the University of Virginia on Monday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Described as a poet, essayist, theorist, jazz guitarist and hacker, Hartman will speak in the faculty lounge on the second floor of Bryan Hall.

Author of more than 10 books, Hartman will give a comparison of the differing functions of measure in two kinds of "lyric" — art poem and popular song — that "should interest alike the readers, writers, listeners and singers among us," said Herbert "Chip" Tucker, U.Va. English professor.

Hartman's books of poetry include "Island," "Glass Enclosure" and "The Long View." He is also author of "Free Verse: An Essay in Prosody" and of "Virtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry," which both analyzes and exemplifies the emergent genre it names.  

Hartman's visit is sponsored by U.Va.'s English Department and Creative Writing Program. For information, contact Tucker at (434) 924-6677 or

— By Catherine Conkle