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Feb 06 2016

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society's Beyond the Blues

Baltimore Poet Steven Leyva will read from his work, centered around the his tuneful hometown of New Orleans, accompanied by drummer Josh Soto on congas and drum set. Coffee and snacks will be served before and during the performance with a question and answer session to follow. General Admission is $15, students and seniors are $10.

Admission fee: $15.00
Kittleman Room of Duncan Hall at Howard County Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Feb 09 2016

One Page Poetry Circle

The One Page Poetry Circle will meet on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street; #1 train at 79th and Broadway), 3rd floor. Come and bring a single page of poetry by a known poet with the theme of Poetry from Afar—with copies for others, if you can. Email: abigailbbloom@aol.com

St. Agnes Branch Library
444 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st Street
10024 New York, New York
Feb 09 2016 to Feb 10 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera Residency

Tuesday, February 9Wednesday, February 10
US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will share his La Casa de Colores project and conduct workshops with elementary, middle, and high school groups at the Poetry Foundation. Herrera’s books include CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse (1999), Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (2014), and Notes on the Assemblage (2015). Space is limited. For further information, please email library@poetryfoundation.org.
Cosponsored with the Library of Congress

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 10 2016

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

The purpose of The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word is to explore the relationship between the actor and dramatic language, to celebrate dramatic and poetic language as a necessary but perhaps under-appreciated aspect of the actor’s art and craft, and to open channels of communication between poets, playwrights, actors, directors, voice specialists and critics in order to better understand issues of written and spoken language and the relationship between them. The Board of Advisors for this Center is Literary Critic Harold Bloom, Poet John Ashbery, Poet Grace Schulman, Voice Experts Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Deborah Hecht.

Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm
Free and open to the public


Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 West 27th Street, Floor 3
10001 New York, New York
Feb 12 2016

Library Book Club: Juan Felipe Herrera

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In February, the book club discusses Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems by Juan Felipe Herrera. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please reserve your spot by emailing library@poetryfoundation.org.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois

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When the panther came
no belfrey rang alarums,
no cleric spat his tea.
When the panther came
the sky and lawn were still.
The panter came
through forest, 
through field,
up to the wall
and my one blossoming cherry tree.

I had constructed 
the world as it was
and had pared the body
from the customs of languor.
I have painted a picture of a ghost
Upon my kite,
And hung it on a tree.
Later, when I loose the string
And let it fly,
The people will cower
And hide their heads,
For fear of the God
Swimming in the clouds.