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Rebel Poet: Philippe Petit

  • Poetry Barn 1693 State Route 28A West Hurley, NY United States (map)
 Philippe Petit, WTC Walk, August 1974

Philippe Petit, WTC Walk, August 1974

“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.