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Dec 01 2015 to Dec 15 2015

TEEN Poetry Programat Lincoln Center! Apply Now-Dec 15

Please tell any teen poets about this wonderful opportunity!

POET-LINC! Calling all poets, rappers, songwriters, performers, writers and everything in between!   This is a FREE spoken word program for teens between the ages of 13 and 19.

Last year’s Poet-Linc program was wonderful and we can’t wait for this upcoming season with an even more diverse mix of poets.

Check out this video slideshow from last year’s exciting season and the exclusive book of poetry that poets will create and publish together. https://vimeo.com/141908784

Students must apply by December 15, 2015 using the online form:  https://lincolncenter.wufoo.com/forms/poetlinc-application-201516/

Highlights from Last year:o Last year’s showcase had 300 audience members filling Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium to watch 26 teens perform live. With engagement through social media channels, the performance reached an additional 96,500 people around the world. o Three alumni competed in the 2015 NYC Teen Poetry Grand Slam Finalso Four poets performed at the St. Louis Shakespeare Festivalo Four poets shared their poetry at a conference for youth workers at John Jay College and then at “One Culture of Creative Expression” at the Queens Museum. o Poets from our sister program at Passages Academy shared their poetry at conferences at John Jay College and the Queens Museum and were featured on Chirlane’s McCray’s blog #FLONYC.o Poets participated at the Teens Take the MET events.o Two Poets opened for the Former Youth Laureate at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

For more information about the program, visit the Poet-Linc page: http://lincolncentereducation.org/community#poet-linc

For questions, please email poetlinc@lincolncenter.org.  

11:59pm to 11:57pm
Lincoln Center Education
Rose Building 165 WE 65th St
11206 New York, New York
Dec 04 2015

Poetry Reading with Rosamond King

Join the ongoing conversation between the literary and visual arts as Rosamond S. King performs evocative, interdisciplinary poems within the setting of the Musical Instruments permanent collections galleries.

Free with museum admission.

Event sponsored by: Poets House, presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments- Gallery 681, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
10028 New York, New York
Dec 05 2015

The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Poetry Reading, December 5, 2015, Saturday, 7 PM

Baron Wormser, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, and Bitite Vinklers

Launch of Newly Redesigned Manhattan Review, Vol. 17 #1

The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. His latest book of poetry, Unidentified Sighing Objects (CavanKerry Press), came out in September, 2015. His essay on Willem de Kooning appeared in Best American Essays 2014.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Burning of the Three Fires, Curious Conduct, and Placebo Effects. Her fourth book, Letters from Limbo, is forthcoming in 2016. Recent work has appeared in Ploughshares, Cave Wall, Gulf Coast, Southern Poetry Review, and Conduit. She lives in Manhattan and teaches for the Stonecoast MFA program and at the 92nd Street Y.

Bitite Vinklers has just published a brilliant new translation of the work of Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis, Each Day Catches Fire (Red Dragonfly Press). 

121 Ludlow Street
(2nd floor)
10002 New York, New York
Dec 09 2015

The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Dec 09 2015

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night in Yakima meets every 2nd Wednesday, Sept. thru May, 7 pm.  Each event is hosted by a local poet who will begin the evening with several poems.  Poets are then asked to the mic from the evening's sign-up sheet, first-come, first-read, original poems only.  Donations to cover our use of the space are welcome.  Information:  Ed Stover 509 225 9941 or email Yakima Coffeehouse Poets at augusta03@earthlink.net.

The Seasons Reception Hall
102 North Naches
98902 Yakima, Washington

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To summarize the past by theft and allusion
With a parasong a palimpsest
A manuscreed writ over
A graph of consciousness at  best
A consciousness of   felt life
A rushing together 
Of the raisins of wrath
Of living and dying
The laughter and forgetting
Long after you have swung back
away from me
I think you are still with me:

you come in close to the shore
on the tide
and nudge me awake the way

a boat adrift nudges the pier:
am I a pier
half-in half-out of the water?

and in the pleasure of that communion
I lose track,
the moon I watch goes down, the

It's so quiet now the children have decided to stop 
being born. We raise our cups in an empty room.
In this light, the curtains are transparent as gauze. 
Through the open window we hear nothing-- 
no airplane, lawn mower, no siren
speeding its white pain through the city's traffic. 
There is no traffic. What