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.

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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
May 29 2015
The Recluse #11 Launch Reading

Join us for a launch reading celebrating  issue #11 of The Poetry Project’s online journal, The Recluse. Contributors TBA in late spring 2015.2015 Editors: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, Nicole Wallace, and Simone White

8:00pm
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
May 07 2015
THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS: Yona Harvey and Afaa Weaver, with Charif Shanahan

Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in literary nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives in Pennsylvania, where she is assistant professor in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh.Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, most recently City of Eternal Spring. His twelfth collection, The Government of Nature, won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. His other honors include three Pushcart prizes in poetry, NEA and Pew fellowships, and a Fulbright appointment in 2002 to teach in Taiwan. Also a playwright, he received the PDI Award (1993), and his new play is GRIP. Weaver works in contemporary Chinese poetry as a translator and teaches at Simmons College and in the Drew University MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. His websites: plumflowertrilogy.org & afaaweaver.netCo-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

7:00am
58 West 10th Street
10011 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 memory of Father Flye, 1884-1985

The strange and wonderful are too much with us.
The protea of the antipodes--a great,
globed, blazing honeybee of a bloom--
for sale in the supermarket! We are in
our decadence, we are not entitled.
What have we done to deserve
all the produce of the tropics--
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Under Grand Central's tattered vault
  —maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit—
    one saxophone blew, and a sheer black scrim

billowed over some minor constellation
  under repair. Then, on Broadway, red wings
    in a storefront tableau, lustrous, the live macaws

preening, beaks opening and closing
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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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