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Jun 04 2016

Evening Reading with 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinksy

Evening poetry reading by former US Poet Laureate and 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinsky. Refreshments will be served. Audience Q&A and Book Signing will be offered after the reading. A limited edition broadside will be available for purchase.

$15 non-members
$10 WWBA members

Admission fee: $15.00
Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
11746 Huntington Station, New York
Jun 07 2016

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading, Funded in part by the Jerome Foundation

Ten poets from our Emerging Poets Fellowship read breathtaking new work that promises an exciting future for poetry. The fellowship, now in its fifth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Adam Fitzgerald.

This event is free and open to the public.

Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Jun 14 2016

24th Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception & Readings

Readings open the 2016 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

Preceded by the Showcase Opening Reception. Exhibition on view through August 20.

This event is free and open to the public.

Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Jun 22 2016

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: Heather McHugh

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington.  Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to all performances.  The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate.  Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails or attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Heather McHugh is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Eyeshot, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and Hinge and Sign, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and her work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2006, and is currently the Millman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Admission fee: $15.00
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington , Connecticut
Jun 30 2016

Longfellow: How a Poet Became a Millionaire

From the time he relinquished the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages at Harvard in 1854 until his death in 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professional poet, a feat which no one in the United States had previously pulled off. He and the family not only survived, but thrived. Literary Historian Rob Velella joins us to tell the story of how Longfellow's popularity and business acumen made him a millionaire.

Please call (617)876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com to sign up!

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle St
02138 Cambridge , Massachusetts

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in his wide wide palm the reigns loose as a foundering
pulse the sky gone
the color of the dying too
and the night kneels
on the throat of the morning
the turkey is clocking and
the night is a preservationist
the morning is a revisionist and
the child is erasing her skin


A slow summer morning:
new light through a veil of green leaves, young leaves
that vibrate and tremble. The shadows are blurred in this light—
shadows once ourselves, they say. Clouds and a girl in
green trousers, three birds on the blacktop confer, between two
buildings a vacant lot, a


wretched thou art
wherever thou art

          I sit and work on a line and lean into the pain my mind
          trying to think and all I come up with is a texture without

and to whatever
thou turnest —