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 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

date
Apr 28 2015
I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Poetry after Auschwitz

Part of the "Helpers, Heroes and Liberators" season, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. More information at http://annefrank.com/helpers-heroes-and-liberators/The event is free for Holocaust survivors.Space limited. Reservations recommended.info@annefrank.com 

6:30pm
44 Park Place
10007 New York, New York
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
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.

8:00pm
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 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
In the wild soft summer darkness 
How many and many a night we two together 
Sat in the park and watched the Hudson 
Wearing her lights like golden spangles 
Glinting on black satin. 
The rail along the curving pathway 
Was low in a happy place to let us cross, 
And down the hill a tree that dripped with bloom
poem
The instructor said,

    Go home and write
    a page tonight.
    And let that page come out of you—
    Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill
poem
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory