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May 10 2018

Mark Doty and Rafael Campo

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rafael Campo teaches and practices medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The author of eight books of poetry, most recently Alternative Medicine (2013), Campo has a new and selected volume, Comfort Measures Only, which will be published by Duke University Press this year. His awards include the 2013 Hippocrates Open International Prize, one of the world's highest-value awards for a single poem, for original verse that addresses a medical theme. 

7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 08 2018

New Chords and Hauntings: A Reading

Join participants in R.A. Villanueva‘s workshop “New Chords and Hauntings” as they share new and “uniquely haunted” work honed in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
May 03 2018

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain‘s workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 28 2018

Safia Elhillo and sam sax

Safia Elhillo and sam sax read their poetry at the 19th annual Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest in celebration of National Poetry Month. Elhillo, who has recieved fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Incubator, is the author of The January Children (2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, Elhillo is co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University of African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. A two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, sax is the author of Madness (2017), winner of the National Poetry Series. His second book, Bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), won the 2017 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. 

12:30pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 26 2018

The Tenth Muse with Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles — “a kick-ass, counter-cultural icon,” wrote The New Yorker — takes on a longstanding Poetry Center tradition, curating and introducing readings by three of their favorite poets: Laura Henriksen, Tommy Pico, and Christopher Soto.

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Admission fee: $15.00
8:00pm
92nd Street Y (between 91st & 92nd street)
1395 Lexington Avenue
10128 New York, New York

poems

poem
It could have been the way the Southern man
in his navy suit and skin rocked
along the church wall, swaying to the tambourine
like an old man wobbling to blues.

Or the way Sister Nettie got the spirit
all in her feet and behind, quick-stepping
like an ant hill was under her toes,
shaking her head back and forth
poem
Color - Caste - Denomination -
These - are Time's Affair -
Death's diviner Classifying
Does not know they are -

As in sleep - all Hue forgotten -
Tenets - put behind -
Death's large - Democratic fingers
Rub away the Brand -

If Circassian - He is careless -
If He put away
Chrysalis of Blonde - or Umber -
Equal
poem

Caliban speaks to Stephano and Trinculo.

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,