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Apr 25 2015
After Sunset: Poetry Walk

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a stroll on the High Line at sunset and encounter a series of poetry performances along the park including ten blocks of traditional readings, spoken word, and ASL Poetry. Readings by Sarah Gambito, Saeed Jones, Taylor Mali, David Tomas Martinez, Leigh Stein, and featuring Mark Doty. For more information, visit: http://www.thehighline.org/activities/after-sunset-poetry-walk

6:30pm to 9:00pm
The High Line
West 14th Street
10014 New York, New York
Apr 28 2015

The PSA joins Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in hosting a poetry bash for National Poetry Month, with support from media sponsors Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Poets, and Wave Books. Readings by Rickey Laurentiis, Cate Marvin, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Danez Smith, and Wendy XuCo-presented with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, and Wave Books.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
10012 New York, New York
Apr 21 2015
Cave Canem Poetry Reading: Bettina Judd, Christopher Stackhouse, Venus Thrash

Cave Canem and the MFA in Creative Writing Program at The New School present a poetry reading by Bettina Judd, Christopher Stackhouse, and Venus Thrash.

Admission fee: $5.00
The New School
66 W. 12th Street
Orozco Room, 7th floor
10011 New York, New York
Apr 21 2015
Poetry in the Garden 2015

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is celebrating National Poetry Month all of April with its 17th annual Poetry in the Garden series. Special programs will be held every Tuesday night ─ 7 p.m. on April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 ─ at the Main Library. Each night will feature local poets reading from their works as well as open mic time for anyone else who would like to read a poem. On April 21, poets Madeleine Crouse, John Cruze and John Phillip Drury will read their poems.

Main Library - Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 21 2015
Red Hen Press at Book Soup!

Red Hen Press presents an evening of potent poetry at Book Soup! This events features: Jeffrey Harrison, Jim Tilley, and Amy Uyematsu. Moderated by: Brendan Constantine

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
90069 Los Angeles, California

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Often now as an old man 
Who sleeps only four hours a night, 
I wake before dawn, dress and go down 
To my study to start typing: 
Poems, letters, more pages 
In the book of recollections. 
Anything to get words flowing, 
To get them out of my head 
Where they're pressing so hard 
For release it's like a kind
Masters, the mock orange is blooming in Syracuse without
       scent, having been bred by patient horticulturalists
To make this greater display at the expense of fragrance.
But I miss the jasmine of my back-country home.
Your language has no tenses, which is why your poems can
       never be translated whole
Now that our hero has come back to us
in his white pants and we know his nose
trembling like a flag under fire,
we see the calm cold river is supporting
our forces, the beautiful history.

To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile