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
She is perfectly ordinary, a cashmere scarf
snugly wrapped around her neck. She is
a middle age that is crisp, appealing in New York.
She is a brain surgeon or a designer of blowdryers.
I know this because I am in her skin this morning
riding the bus, happy to be not young, happy to be
thrilled that it is cold
poem
Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root
     Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
     Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Sat in the window, bringing memories
     of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical skies
     In benediction
poem
Now that our hero has come back to us
in his white pants and we know his nose
trembling like a flag under fire,
we see the calm cold river is supporting
our forces, the beautiful history.

To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile
and