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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://www.betsywritersroom.com/2014/12/15/a-call-to-poets-for-soapbox-poetry-2015/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=@thebetsyhotel&utm_campaign=%22Spring%20Offers%22

12am
1440 Ocean Drive
33139 Miami Beach, Florida

recent & featured listings

typesort ascending name state
Festival New York Poetry Festival New York
Festival Agnes Scott College Writers Festival Georgia
Festival Massachusetts Poetry Festival Massachusetts
Reading Series Poetry Festival New Jersey
Reading Series Indian Reading Series Montana
Reading Series Indiana University Calendar of Readings Indiana
Reading Series Mountain Writers Series Oregon
Reading Series Nuyorican Poets Cafe New York
Reading Series NYC–Urbana New York
Reading Series Village Square Booksellers/River Voices Poetry Reading Series Vermont

poems

poem
Obscurest night involved the sky,
     The Atlantic billows roared,
When such a destined wretch as I,
     Washed headlong from on board,
Of friends, of hope, of all bereft,
His floating home forever left.

No braver chief could Albion boast
     Than he with whom he went,
Nor ever ship left Albion's coast
poem
Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry
Took its place among the elements.

Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival.  New statue.
In a drafty museum, your nakedness
Shadows our safety.  We stand round blankly as walls.

I'm no more your mother
Than the
poem

The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long. –Horace




They are not long, the weeping and the laughter, 
Love and desire and hate: 
I think they have no portion in us after 
We pass the gate. 

They are not