Item Details

Voices in Remembrance of the 1918 Influenza: Kyrie

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Online; Online Video; Video
Filmed Lectures
The 1918 influenza pandemic was a global calamity that brought death on an unprecedented scale and intensified the devastating impact of World War I even as the armistice was signed in November 1918. Statistics tell the tale of this flu in one way, science tells it in another, but this Medical Center Hour—the third in a mini-series marking the pandemic's centenary—lets poetry speak to the human toll exacted by the 1918 H1N1 virus. In 1995, Virginia native and distinguished poet Ellen Bryant Voigt published Kyrie, a book-length sequence of poems in which small town speakers live through the harrowing epidemic and remember, defy, and mourn. Kyrie's fierce, moving poetry brings the global calamity home. In this Medical Center Hour, Voigt (on video) reads selections from Kyrie and discusses with poet Marianne Boruch the making and meaning of this American masterpiece. Co-presented with the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Historical Collections in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, and Influenza! 1918-2018
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Voigt, Ellen Bryant, 1943-
Boruch, Marianne, 1950-
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
Terms of Use
IN COPYRIGHT - EDUCATIONAL USE PERMITTED This Rights Statement can be used only for copyrighted Items for which the organization making the Item available is the rights-holder or has been explicitly authorized by the rights-holder(s) to allow third parties to use the Work for educational purposes without first obtaining permission. URI:
Logo for Copyright Not EvaluatedCopyright Not Evaluated