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Rebel Poet: Philippe Petit

  • Poetry Barn 1693 State Route 28A West Hurley, NY United States (map)

“Suspended between the tangible and the ephemeral, I find myself pondering: Would anyone but a crazed bicephalous being, half engineer, half poet, willingly shackle himself to a venture of such magnitude? I am a prisoner of my dream.”

—Philippe Petit, Man on Wire

“Creativity takes courage.”

—Henri Matisse

Join renowned high-wire artist Philippe Petit in a lively impromptu conversation on creativity and risk-taking, and to hear him read his first published poem!

As chronicled in his Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, Mr. Petit is best known for accomplishing what has been called the “artistic crime of the century,” a breathtaking, illegal high-wire walk between New York City’s former Twin Towers.

Petit says walking on that cable was an effort to “extend the boundaries of poetry.” Petit’s book Creativity: The Perfect Crime reveals new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor—from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the coup itself—executing a finished work.

A limited number of tickets are available. Directions/parking Information provided upon registration.