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upcoming events

date
Apr 15 2015
Poetry & the Creative Mind

The Academy of American Poets presents Poetry & the Creative Mind at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City on April 15, 2015. A gala celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture and its impact on the lives of readers, the eventfeatures leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems. 

6am
1941 Broadway
10023 New York, New York
Apr 01 2015
PoemCity

The sixth annual PoemCity event in Montpelier, Vermont, will take place this April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Along with displaying poetry on local business storefronts, PoemCity will also offer poetry workshops, public readings, panel discussions, and visual poetry and art displays throughout downtown. All events and programming are free and open to the public. www.kellogghubbard.org

12am
Montpelier, Vermont
Apr 01 2015
2015 Soapbox Poetry Program

O, Miami and The Writer’s Room at The Betsy in Miami invite poets to participate in their 2015 Soapbox Poetry Program during National Poetry Month. http://ht.ly/Epa6K

12am
1440 Ocean Drive
33139 Miami Beach, Florida

recent & featured listings

type name state
Landmark Robert Frost Stone House Museum Vermont
Landmark McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Poetry Landmark: The Grolier Poetry Book Shop Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program Indiana
Literary Magazine Black Warrior Review Alabama
Conference O, Miami Florida
Festival New York Poetry Festival New York
Conference University of North Dakota Writers Conference North Dakota
Colony Ucross Foundation Wyoming
Conference Litquake: San Francisco Literary Festival California

poems

poem
The Osage family moved slowly to the beat,
circling the drum with sons and daughters,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends joined behind and beside.
We outside the dance stood quiet,
solemn as the dancers in tribute.
To have a song with Grandfather's name,
a tribute for a whole tribe to know,
respect
poem
Oh, the coming-out-of-nowhere moment

when,   nothing 

happens 

no what-have-I-to-do-today-list 


maybe   half a moment  

the rush of traffic stops.  

The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be 

slows to silence,

the white cotton curtains hanging still.
poem
To the night I offered a flower
and the dark sky accepted it
like earth, bedding
for light.

To the desert I offered an apple
and the dunes received it
like a mouth, speaking 
for wind.

To the installation I offered a tree
and the museum planted it
like a man, viewing 
his place.

To the ocean I offered a seed