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Dec 11 2018

Poetry Off the Shelf: Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell is the author of eight books of poetry, including Things As It Is and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, which won a Kingsley Tufts Award from Claremont Graduate University and a Balcones Poetry Prize.

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7:00pm
The Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Dec 06 2018

A Reading by Natalie Eilbert, Monica Ferrell, & Donna Masini

Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press's 2016 Poetry Prize, as well as the poetry collection Swan Feast. She received the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison and is the founding editor of The Atlas Review
 
Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of fiction and poetry, most recently the collection You Darling Thing (Four Way, 2018). Her novel The Answer Is Always Yes (Dial Press/Random House) was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Debut Novels of the Year. Her first collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase, was a finalist for the Asian American Writers Workshop Prize in Poetry and won the Sarabande Books Kathryn A. Morton Prize. She has been recognized with residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. She has taught fiction and poetry for the MFA Program at Columbia University, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Purchase College (SUNY). She was born in New Delhi, India, and lives with her husband and children in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
 
Donna Masini is the author of three collections of poetry, That Kind of Danger; Turning to Fiction; and most recently, 4:30 Movie (W. W. Norton, 2018), as well as the novel, About Yvonne.
 
Event is free and open to the public.
 
 
7:00pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th St.
10003 New York, New York
Dec 03 2018

Cafe Muse Reading Series: Hope Snyder and Michael Collier

Poets Hope Snyder and Michael Collier will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments. The Village of Friendship Heights Center is a five-minute walk from the Friendship Heights Metro Rail station on the Red Line.

Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly poetry series in the Friendship Heights Neighborhood of Chevy Chase, MD, featuring nationally and internationally recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works: www.wordworksbooks.org

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Village of Friendship Heights
4433 S. Park Avenue
20815 Chevy Chase, Maryland
Dec 01 2018

Cave Canem

Join us for an evening of exceptional poetry with Cave Canem fellows Hafizah Geter, Cynthia Manick and Nicholas Nichols, who read as part of a celebration of Brooklyn-based artists and the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.

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7:00pm
Brooklyn Museum, The Americas Galleries
200 Eastern Parkway
11238 Brooklyn, New York
Nov 30 2018

Correspondences: Readings with Etel

Correspondences: Readings with Etel invites poets and critics Ammiel Alcalay, Sarah Riggs, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie to discuss the significance of Etel Adnan’s multifaceted work on their own practice and thinking. A joint conversation will follow individual readings. Collaboratively curated, the Friday night series brings writers, artists, critics, performers, and audiences together in an uncontainable assembly. We host readers from here and elsewhere to invite resonances across practices, open and press urgent dialogues, and build a space for shared struggles. We’re holding out for writing which has the potential to make things otherwise.
 
Online tickets are available at the link above until an hour before this event. Unless otherwise noted, tickets will continue to be available at the door.
 
 
Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York

poems

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The drizzle-slicked cobblestone alleys 
of some city; 
                      and the brickwork back 
of the lumbering Galapagos tortoise 
they'd set me astride, at the "petting zoo"....

The taste of our squabble still in my mouth 
the next day; 
                      and the brackish puddles sectioning 
the
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Now the dead past seems vividly alive,
    And in this shining moment I can trace,
Down through the vista of the vanished years,
    Your faun-like form, your fond elusive face.

And suddenly some secret spring’s released,
    And unawares a riddle is revealed,
And I can read like

poem

Only one complete poem remains. The rest of it is berries left in the bramble after a visit from midday starlings. For years I couldn't understand how this redaction moved anyone to tears. She was a dampness in the matchbook. But the world is patient. Eventually the diamond travels from the mantle to the finger of