It is very
A cave within us
Away in when it all
Seems hopeless. To cry
Tears of mostly blood.
To feed on the day-
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Sep 22 2017
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.
Each year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center hosts more than 20 authors for free readings. In their first 17 years, they've hosted over 400 authors, from first-time novelists to Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. Past guests have included such literary luminaries as Charles Simic, Ted Kooser, Cornelius Eady, Sapphire, Steve Almond, Dorianne Laux, Carl Dennis, and many others.
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
340 Montgomery St.13202 Syracuse, New York
Sep 21 2017
All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation library coordinator Maggie Queeney. In September, we will explore the ode, a lyric poem of address, praise, and celebration of a person, place, thing, or idea. After reading a wide range of poems, participants will be guided through composing original odes. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring texts that relate to a current creative project.
Albany Park Library
3401 W. Foster Avenue60625-4808 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 21 2017
A featured poet and open mic. One door west of Lestat's Coffee House. Host: Seretta Martin.
Lestat's Coffee House
3343 Adams Avenue92116 San Diego, California
Sep 21 2017
Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Brittany Perham, author of Double Portrait, and Matthew Siegel, author of Blood Work.
Brittany Perham's new book of poems, Double Portrait, was the winner of the 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Claudia Rankine, who says, "Double Portrait, by turns playful, mournful, indulgent, musical, insightful, and all the way human, comes clean about our most driving desires…imaginative and familiar, the result is full of humor that is both rueful and sensual." A Jones lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University where she was a Stegner Fellow, she is author of the previous collection The Curiosities and co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of the chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction.
Matthew Siegel's debut book of poems, Blood Work, was winner of the 2015 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Lucia Perillo, who says, "These poems resist the dualities of lyric versus narrative, confessional versus impersonal, real against surreal, formal/improvisational, comic/sad. Matthew Siegel manages to tick off all the boxes at once, while remaining compulsively readable. The trick that he's pulled off is to make a book that simultaneously tickles you and shakes you by the scruff of your neck." He, too, is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
2476 Telegraph Ave94704 Berkeley, California
Sep 22 2017
Scholars Erica Chu and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs and creative writers and scholars Ching-In Chen, Ailish Hopper and Prageeta Sharma will discuss “identity politics” in college classrooms.
1:00pm to 2:30pm
SAlem College LAR
601 S. Church St27101 Winston Salem, North Carolina
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It is very
Well, a great many things have been said
in the oven of hours. We have not been
shaken out of the magnolias. Today was another
hard day. And tomorrow will be harder. Well,
that sounds like our gong. But we’ll have
the boy’s birthday and we will have
music and cake. Well, I will think
There is a silence where hath been no sound, There is a silence where no sound may be, In the cold grave—under the deep deep sea, Or in wide desert where no life is found, Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound; No voice is hush'd—no life treads silently, But clouds and cloudy shadows wander