and yet we think that song outlasts us all: wrecked devotion the wept face of desire, a kind of savage caring that reseeds itself and grows in clusters oh, you who are young, consider how quickly the body deranges itself how time, the cruel banker, forecloses us to snowdrifts white as god's own ribs what
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Jul 30 2018 to Aug 10 2018
Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute will be a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with extremely accomplished poets who have toured internationally, placed in National & Individual World Poetry Slams, and been published numerous places. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City.
The institute will run from Monday, July 30 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with creative field trips/experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be announced closer to the date.
Space is limited! We will select recipients based on their thoughtful responses to the questions in the application.
We will announce the students who have been selected for the program on May 31st.
11:00am to 3:00pm
Urban Word NYC
5 West 19th St, Buzzer Q Third Floor10011 New York, New York
Jul 31 2018
U35 is Mass Poetry’s bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other young poets. This July come hear Sam DeFlitch, Rodney Dominique, and Jaime Zuckerman perform their work at Remnant Brewing. Sign up at masspoetry.org/u35 to read your own work!
2 Bow Market Way02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Jul 28 2018
Join us for a FREE all ages event celebrating the arts and the people that make Chicago beautiful! The annual Chicago Poetry Block Party (CPBP) brings together poetry, music, art and community all on one stage. Guests can participate in writing workshops, visual art activities, poetry readings, games, and musical performances for a summertime experience unlike any other. Enjoy performances by Tasha, Brandon Markell Holmes, Danez Smith, avery r. young, and the CPBP House Band. Share your work during an open mic session and hear talented, up-and-coming poets from across the country will perform their work.
The event is hosted by Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, Austin Town Hall, and the Chicago Park District.
Austin Town Hall
5610 W Lake St60644 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 28 2018 to Jul 29 2018
Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.
Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival's very own poetry village.
By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.
The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will feature more poets than ever before. The festival headliners this year include Terrance Hayes, Nico Tortorella, Danielle Pafunda, and Ladan Osman. Our sponsors include Antrim House, Great Weather for Media, Green Mountain Energy, Indolent Books, The New School, Redfin, Rover, Audi Manhattan, Brooklyn Poets, Strange Fangs, The Writer's Studio, Brooklyn Brewery, New York Distilling Company, Collective Retreats, New York by New York, and Strand Books, among others. Our programming partners include Writopia, co-producer of the Youth Poetry Festival; Visible Poetry Project, co-producer of the Poetry Film Festival; and ThinkOlio, co-producer of The Pastoral Classroom.
For more details about the 2018 New York City Poetry Festival, visit newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.
10:00am to 6:00pm
Governors Island10004 New York, New York
Aug 21 2018
Red Hen Press presents a reading with Maurya Simon, Eloise Klein Healy, Debbie Clarke Moderow and Amber Flora Thomas, with dance by Sheetal Gandhi.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy90402 Santa Monica, California
Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
No one says it anymore, my darling, not to the green leaves in March, not to the stars backing up each night, certainly not in the nest of rapture, who in the beginning was an owl, rustling just after silence, whose very presence drew a mob of birds--flickers, finches, chickadees, five