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Jul 10 2015 to Jul 11 2015
E.E. Cummings at Silver Lake~A Weekend of Celebration

Mark your calendars. Friends of Madison Library present a weekend of art, music, poetry, and history exploring the relationship between the American poet and artist E.E. Cummings and the people and town of Madison, New Hampshire. Friday night will feature a “non-lecture,” art show, and Cummings’ poetry set to music. On Saturday view eight local sites, including the Cummings Family Collection at the Madison Historical Society and the poet’s beloved “Joy Farm.”Tickets are $20 per person or $15 if purchased before June 30. Tickets include both the Friday night events and the Saturday tour.Joy Farm will host a Friday afternoon tea with limited seating by separate additional $10 ticket purchased in advance.All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of Madison Library.www.cummingsatsilverlake.com

Admission fee: $20.00
7:00pm to 3:30pm
Madison Library
1895 Village Road
03849 Madison, New Hampshire
Jul 09 2015
A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY: NEW GENERATION AFRICAN POETS

AMY LUKAU, TSITSI JAJI, LADAN OSMAN, VIOLA ALLO, AND WARSAN SHIREThe Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among many others.In this third installment, we will celebrate several emerging poets from Africa, Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo, and Warsan Shire, whose work has been recently published in the New Generation African Poets chapbook series. Editors Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, and Matthew Shenoda will discuss the project and introduce the emerging poets, who will then read from their work. 

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

7:00pm
The Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 07 2015
ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE: Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard Siken

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE:
Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard SikenAs part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press.

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

6:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
90402 Santa Monica, California
Jun 05 2015
Volunteer/Intern Reading & Potluck

The Poetry Project relies heavily on the generous work and dedication of our ​amazing volunteers and interns—many of whom are poets, writers,​ ​artists,​ and activists​. To festively round out the 2014-15 season, we’re throwing a potluck and a reading to celebrate, but more importantly, show our immense appreciation for our volunteers and interns. ​FREE​

8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Jun 03 2015
Spring Workshop Reading

Participants of The Poetry Project’s Spring 2015 writing workshops, led by Eileen Myles, Anselm Berrigan, and Martha Oatis, will gather to read work they produced.

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York

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Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Poetry Landmark: The Grolier Poetry Book Shop Massachusetts
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Landmark McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts
Colony Ucross Foundation Wyoming

poems

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the round spoon
with the curvature
of a concave mirror
scoops out my eye
and swallows it

poem

Somewhere between here and Belen,
the Rio Grande will narrow to a muddy bead,
no more than three feet across from shore to shore.
My friend, Nick Markulis, claims
he loves the river's color there, and will bathe
his toes in the water, and will go on and on
about a dry river in Athens

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In later life I retired from poetry,
ploughed the profits
into a family restaurant
in the town of Holzminden, in lower Saxony.

It was small and traditional:
dark wood panelling, deer antlers,
linen tablecloths and red candles,
one beer tap on the bar

and a dish of the day,