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Oct 09 2017

Yrsa Daley-Ward reads from and discusses "bone"

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated poet YRSA DALEY-SMITH for a reading and discussion of bone, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and the inner self. Daley-Smith will be joined by local poet JOSHUA BENNETT, reading from The Sobbing School. 
 
About bone
 
Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark.
 
The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence—so clear and pared-down, they become universal.
From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society’s expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward’s bone resonate to the core of what it means to be human. 
 
“You will come away bruised. 
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry.” 
 
Foreword by Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division
7:00pm
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Aug 28 2017

Yorkville Writing Center

Need a quiet space to write? Want to meet other writers in the neighborhood? Come join our writing circle at Yorkville! All writing styles, levels, and genres are welcomed. Participants will free write in our quiet Community Room and have the opportunity to discuss their work with other participants. No sign-ups required. 
5:30pm
Yorkville Library
222 East 79th Street
10075 New York, New York
Nov 15 2017

Writing and Revising in 3-D: A Reading

Join participants in Joel Dias-Porter’s workshop “Writing and Revising in 3-D” as they share new work honed in fall sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street
Suite 310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Sep 16 2017

WORDS: Hip hop & poetry Showcase & Open Mic with WiseGuy and Gaston

WORDS was created by Rocky LaMontagne & Bobbito the Barber to give young up-and-coming poets & emcees the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers. This showcase and open mic has featured Company Flow, Canibus, Mos Def, M.C. Search, Willie Perdomo, Saul Williams, and Suheir Hammad, among others. The open mic gives new artists a chance to perform in front of an audience. WORDS! is hosted by WiseGuy & Gaston and is held on the third Saturday of every month. $13 at the door, $10 with Student ID.

Admission fee: $13.00
10:00pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E. 3rd Street
10009 New York, New York
Nov 16 2017

Women Poets at Barnard: A Centennial Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks with Jericho Brown, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Erica Hunt, Darryl Pinckney, and others

A major American poet of the twentieth century, Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation. The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville (1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen (1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse.
  
Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100 with the Poetry Society of America, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Columbia Heyman Center for the Humanities.
7:00pm
Barnard, Held Lecture Hall
3009 Broadway
10027 New York, New York

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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
poem

Well, a great many things have been said
in the oven of hours. We have not been
shaken out of the magnolias. Today was another
hard day. And tomorrow will be harder. Well,
that sounds like our gong. But we’ll have
the boy’s birthday and we will have
music and cake. Well, I will think