New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, Governor Cuomo appointed Marie Howe as the state poet laureate on August 29, 2012. Throughout her two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

upcoming events

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Sep 30 2015
Daniela Gioseffi Reads Poetry in AUTHOR and ACTIVIST: The Daniela Gioseffi Story

Doors open at 6:30 PM with refreshments. Preview screening of the film at 7PM with ecological poetry readings included and a live discussion with the audience follows at 8PM. There's a reception with refreshments until 9 PM. Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story tells of a poet's struggle to make art of  of civil rights, democratic equality, human rights and climate justice activism. Grace Paley, Galway Kinnell, Allen Ginsberg and George Plimpton appear briefly as do poets Nancy Mercado, George Guida, Angelina Oberdan and others. The film covers recent years of American history and infuses poetry within a life-affirming inspirational docu-drama followed with discussion with the audience and reception.

6:30am
32 Second Ave. at E. 2nd St. Lower Manhattan
#6 train to Bleedker St. or M15 Bus to 3rd St.
10003 New York City, New York
Aug 11 2015
Summer Reading Series: Parneshia Jones, Patrick Phillips, and Jean Valentine

This summer the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of offering poetry readings featuring a diverse lineup of poets sharing their latest work at the historic New York Public Library. Our readings are made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

6:00pm
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
2nd Floor, Room 227
10018 New York, New York

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Marie Howe
New York poet laureate

Marie Howe

Marie Howe was born in 1950 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University...

poems

poem

For Carl Solomon

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
     starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking 
     for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
     connection to the starry dynamo in the
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poem

1. Caught on a side street in heavy traffic, I said to the cabbie, I should have walked. He replied, I should have been a doctor. 2. When can I get on the 11:33 I ask the guy in the information booth at the Atlantic Avenue Station. When they open the doors, he says. I am home among my people.

poem
Long vast shapes... cooled and flushed through with darkness...
Lidless windows
Glazed with a flashy luster
From some little pert café chirping up like a sparrow.
And down among iron guts
Piled silver
Throwing gray spatter of light... pale without heat...
Like the pallor of dead bodies.