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Apr 19 2015
10th Annual National Poetry Month Celebration

Join us on Sunday, April 19, 2-4:30 for our 10th Annual National Poetry Month Celebration. As usual, attendees will win prizes (books, posters, etc.), so we hope you'll join us. There will be NO featured performer—everyone who wants to perform will have up to 10 minutes. Don't forget that we not only welcome poets but also musicians, singers, dancers....anyone who wants to express themselves "poetically."We hope to see you there. But even if you can't attend because of a conflict, please notify any of YOUR friends you think would be interested, by FB and/or by email. The FB link for this event is https://www.facebook.com/events/788604874542031/  Refreshments served. Admission is FREE; donations to support Rochester Poets are gratefully accepted. 

2:00pm
Ross Gallery, Skalny Welcome Center, St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
14618 Rochester, New York
Apr 20 2015
THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON: Olena Kalytiak Davis & Morgan Parker

Olena Kalytiak Davis is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, The Poem She Didn't Write And Other Poems (2014), which was a 2014 Lannan Literary Selection. Her first book, And Her Soul Out Of Nothing, won the Brittingham Prize. Her second book, shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities (2003), was recently republished by Copper Canyon Press (2014).Morgan Parker is the author of Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). Her poetry and essays have been featured in numerous publications as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos Books) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (forthcoming, Haymarket Books). A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine, she also contributes writing to Weird Sister and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. She lives in Brooklyn and at www.morgan-parker.com.Admission is free.

7:00pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
10012 New York, New York
Apr 20 2015
Elizabeth Willis & Peter Richards

Elizabeth Willis is the author of Alive: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from New York Review Books in April 2015. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan, 2011); Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); and The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995).Peter Richards is the author of OUBLIETTE (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2001); NUDE SIREN (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2003); and HELSINKI (Action Books, 2011).

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Apr 21 2015
Cave Canem Poetry Reading: Bettina Judd, Christopher Stackhouse, Venus Thrash

Cave Canem and the MFA in Creative Writing Program at The New School present a poetry reading by Bettina Judd, Christopher Stackhouse, and Venus Thrash.

Admission fee: $5.00
6:30pm
The New School
66 W. 12th Street
Orozco Room, 7th floor
10011 New York, New York
Apr 21 2015
Poetry in the Garden 2015

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is celebrating National Poetry Month all of April with its 17th annual Poetry in the Garden series. Special programs will be held every Tuesday night ─ 7 p.m. on April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 ─ at the Main Library. Each night will feature local poets reading from their works as well as open mic time for anyone else who would like to read a poem. On April 21, poets Madeleine Crouse, John Cruze and John Phillip Drury will read their poems.

7:00pm
Main Library - Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, Ohio

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poem
Often now as an old man 
Who sleeps only four hours a night, 
I wake before dawn, dress and go down 
To my study to start typing: 
Poems, letters, more pages 
In the book of recollections. 
Anything to get words flowing, 
To get them out of my head 
Where they're pressing so hard 
For release it's like a kind
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Masters, the mock orange is blooming in Syracuse without
       scent, having been bred by patient horticulturalists
To make this greater display at the expense of fragrance.
But I miss the jasmine of my back-country home.
Your language has no tenses, which is why your poems can
       never be translated whole
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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