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

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Jul 14 2015
Summer Reading Series: Meena Alexander, Ross Gay, and January Gill O’Neil

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
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
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
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
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Flood-tide below me! I watch you face to face;   
Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I see you also face to face.   
   
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you
          are to me!   
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home
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