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Jun 04 2016

Evening Reading with 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinksy

Evening poetry reading by former US Poet Laureate and 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinsky. Refreshments will be served. Audience Q&A and Book Signing will be offered after the reading. A limited edition broadside will be available for purchase.

Admission:
$15 non-members
$10 WWBA members

Admission fee: $15.00
5:30pm
Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
11746 Huntington Station, New York
Jun 07 2016

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading, Funded in part by the Jerome Foundation

Ten poets from our Emerging Poets Fellowship read breathtaking new work that promises an exciting future for poetry. The fellowship, now in its fifth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2016 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Adam Fitzgerald.

This event is free and open to the public.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Jun 14 2016

24th Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception & Readings

Readings open the 2016 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

Preceded by the Showcase Opening Reception. Exhibition on view through August 20.

This event is free and open to the public.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Jun 22 2016

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: Heather McHugh

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington.  Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to all performances.  The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate.  Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails or attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Heather McHugh is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Eyeshot, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and Hinge and Sign, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and her work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2006, and is currently the Millman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Admission fee: $15.00
4:30pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington , Connecticut
Jun 30 2016

Longfellow: How a Poet Became a Millionaire

From the time he relinquished the Smith Professorship of Modern Languages at Harvard in 1854 until his death in 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a professional poet, a feat which no one in the United States had previously pulled off. He and the family not only survived, but thrived. Literary Historian Rob Velella joins us to tell the story of how Longfellow's popularity and business acumen made him a millionaire.

Please call (617)876-4491 or email reservationsat105@gmail.com to sign up!

6:30pm
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle St
02138 Cambridge , Massachusetts

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poems

poem
Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides;
And, broken ghosts with glow-worms in their heads,
The things of light
File through the flesh where no flesh decks the bones.

A candle in the thighs
Warms youth and seed and burns the seeds of age;
Where no seed
poem
Am I sadly cast aside,
On misfortune's rugged tide?
Will the world my pains deride
               Forever?
			   
Must I dwell in Slavery's night,
And all pleasure take its flight,
Far beyond my feeble sight,
               Forever?
			   
Worst of all, must hope grow dim,
And withhold her cheering beam?
Rather
poem
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
     And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
     And auld lang syne!

     Chorus: 
     For auld lang syne, my dear,
     For auld lang syne.
     We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
     For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp