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May 30 2019

Hands on Stanzas

Join the Chicago Poetry Center to celebrate a year of student poetry. The event, in which participants from elementary and middle school grades read original poems on stage, features teachers and students from each poet-in-residence classroom. The CPC's Hands on Stanzas program places Chicago poets/teaching artists in Chicago public school classrooms to spend a full year reading, writing, discussing, and performing poetry with students.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 23 2019

The Eloquent Poem Book Launch

From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets. Join us for the launch of this extraordinary volume. It is organized into sections according to poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and includes contributor stories about the inspiration behind each poem.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 19 2019

Charlottesville Reading Series: Valencia Robin and Debra Nystrom

Join us for the next installment of the Charlottesville Reading Series, featuring Valencia Robin, who will be reading poetry, and Debra Nystrom, who will be reading prose. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be free and open to the public.
 
Valencia Robin is the winner of Persea Books’ 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry; her collection, Ridiculous Light, will be published in April 2019. A visual artist as well as poet, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, The St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Foundry, Kweli, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the 2014 winner of the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry Competition. She holds an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia.
 
Debra Nystrom teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.  Her books include A Quarter Turn, Torn Sky, Bad River Road, and most recently Night Sky Frequencies: New and Selected Poems. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Slate, The American Poetry Review, VQR, Harvard Review, Narrative, Conjunctions, and Yale Review, and have received awards from The Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Shenandoah, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The Library of Virginia. She is currently at work on a memoir.
 
7:00pm
New Dominion Bookshop
404 E Main St
22901 Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr 16 2019

Bryant Park Winter Poetry with Spork Press

Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Spork Press.
 
Featuring the poets: Dorothy Chan, Rae Gouirand, Paul Legault, and David Welch.
 
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
 
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 
Readings are free and open to the public.
 
*Please note: programs are subject to change
 
6:00pm
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
10018 New York, New York
Mar 19 2019

Bryant Park Winter Poetry with Tupelo Press

Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Tupelo Press.
 
Featuring the poets: Chaun Ballard, Joseph Campana, Mario Chard, and Nomi Stone.
 
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
 
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 
Readings are free and open to the public.
 
*Please note: programs are subject to change
 
6:00pm
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
10018 New York, New York

poems

poem

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue

poem
When I was one-and-twenty  
  I heard a wise man say,  
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas  
  But not your heart away;  
  
Give pearls away and rubies
  But keep your fancy free.’  
But I was one-and-twenty,  
  No use to talk to me.  
  
When I was one-and-twenty  
  I heard him say again,
‘The heart out of
poem

and Susannah Nevison

Dear M—
I know there’s no going back,
no clearing to be found,
no curling ring of grass where
an animal, bedded down,
cries out and breaks me open
because she’s calling back
to me, wherever I