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Apr 25 2015

After Sunset: Poetry Walk

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a stroll on the High Line at sunset and encounter a series of poetry performances along the park including ten blocks of traditional readings, spoken word, and ASL Poetry. Readings by Sarah Gambito, Saeed Jones, Taylor Mali, David Tomas Martinez, Leigh Stein, and featuring Mark Doty. For more information, visit: http://www.thehighline.org/activities/after-sunset-poetry-walk

6:30pm to 9:00pm
The High Line
West 14th Street
10014 New York, New York
Apr 28 2015

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH CELEBRATION (POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA)

The PSA joins Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in hosting a poetry bash for National Poetry Month, with support from media sponsors Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Poets, and Wave Books. Readings by Rickey Laurentiis, Cate Marvin, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Danez Smith, and Wendy XuCo-presented with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, and Wave Books.

7:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
10012 New York, New York
Apr 25 2015

LOS ANGELES RIVER POETRY READING (POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA)

LOS ANGELES RIVER POETRY READING
with Luis Rodriquez, Eloise Klein Healy, William Archila, and Lewis MacAdamsIn addition to a reading by renowned Los Angeles poets, the event features a variety of activities for adults and children (ages six and up) including a walking tour of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve led by Lewis MacAdams, poet and co-founder/president of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), and urban ecologist/educator/designer Kat Superfisky; art, poetry writing activities, and refreshments for children (ages six and up), sponsored by Red Hen Press; and a pop-up picnic: Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy a lovely luncheon in the idyllic setting of the Sepulveda Basin Park.

The LA River Poetry Reading has been made possible by Play the LA River (PLAR), and through the support of Red Hen Press and The Poetry Society of America.

All events begin at The Amphitheatre located within the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve.

The event is free and open to the public.

11:30am
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
6339 Woodley Avenue
91406 Lake Balboa, California
Apr 25 2015

LA River Poetry Reading!

Play by the LA River (PLAR), Poetry Society of America, and Red Hen Press present the LA River Poetry Reading!

In addition to a reading by renowned Los Angeles poets (Luis Rodriguez, Eloise Klein Healy, William Archila, Lewis Macadams, and Terry Wolverton the event features a variety of events for adults and children (ages 6 and up):

-A walking tour of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve led by Lewis MacAdams, poet and Co-founder/President of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) and urban ecologist/educator/designer Kat Superfisky.
-Art, poetry writing activities, and refreshments for children (ages 6 and up), sponsored by Red Hen Press.
-A pop-up picnic. Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy a lovely luncheon in the idyllic setting of the Sepulveda Basin Park.

All events begin at The Amphitheatre, located within the reserve. This event is free and open to the public!

 

11:30am to 1:30pm
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve
6339 Woodley Ave.
1335 N. Lake Ave
91406 Lake Balboa, California
Apr 25 2015

Poetry for the People

***An Invitation to gather with Hopkinton residents and share your favorite poem***

Join local poet Cheryl Perreault and your friends and neighbors to share your favorite great poems! Bring a favorite poem by a poet you admire to share with the group, or come just to listen. Please note: You don’t have to have participated in the poetry marathon to attend. Cheryl Perreault is a poet, writer, and spoken word artist who has a background in psychology. She is founder/host and co-producer of Wake up and Smell the Poetry at HCAM-TV Studios. Cheryl offers workshops and presentations for all ages on “awakening to life” through poetry and story-sharing. Her poetry and writing has been published in a number of journals and publications, she writes two columns for the Hopkinton Crier including “Creativity Matters” and “Wake up to Life,” and some of her spoken word poetry has been set to music and recorded by guitarist/producer Steve Rapson.

1:30pm
Hopkinton Public Library
13 Main Street
01748 Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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poems

poem
I'm the original two-hearted brawler.
I gnaw the scrawny heads from prawns,
pummel those mute, translucent crustaceans,
wingless hummingbirds, salt-water spawned.
As the Catalonians do, I eat the eyes at once.
My brawny palms flatten their mainstays.
I pop the shells with my thumbs, then crunch.

Just watch me
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Like moon-dark, like brown water you escape,
O laughing mouth, O sweet uplifted lips.
Within the peering brain old ghosts take shape;
You flame and wither as the white foam slips
Back from the broken wave: sometimes a start,
A gesture of the hands, a way you own
Of bending that smooth head above your heart,—
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He remains there for a long time, starting at the blue, motionless and stiff, as if in a
church, knowing nothing about what weighs upon his shoulders and holds him back,
so weak, hypnotized by the sea. He remembers what may have never happened. He
swims through his own life. He lightly feels its shape. He