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Dec 11 2016

Riverfront Readings Annual Holiday Open Mic

It's time for the annual Riverfront Readings Holiday Open Mic!

Read a seasonal poem or two, original or not, or one (very) short story, or come to listen!

Acoustic musicians also welcome. 

To sign up to play or read, please email contact@riverfrontreadings.com.

Co-hosted by Riverfront Readings and The Writers Place Salon.See our website for details.

3:00pm
Prospero's Books
1800 W.39 th Street
64111 Kansas City, Missouri
Dec 14 2016

The Manhattan Review: Issue Release & Reading

Presentation of new issue, Vol. 17 #2 of The Manhattan Review.

Readings by Philip Fried, Neil Shepard, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, and Margaret Ryan.

Admission fee: $8.00
5:45pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St.
10014 New York, New York
Jan 10 2017

Quiet: A Poetry Reading for Agnes Martin

Three poets will respond to the Agnes Martin retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum with readings from their own work: Ari Banias, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Souvankham Thammavongsa. The readings, which have been curated by poet Jen Bervin, will be followed by an exhibition view and reception. 

Admission fee: $15.00
6:30pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
10128 New York, New York

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And who has seen the moon, who has not seen
Her rise from out the chamber of the deep,
Flushed and grand and naked, as from the chamber
Of finished bridegroom, seen her rise and throw
Confession of delight upon the wave,
Littering the waves with her own superscription
Of bliss, till

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Pulling out of Union Square station, the subway
sounds the first three notes of There's a place for us,
somewhere a place for us. A woman sits on me, shoves
her dim planet-face at mine and blames me
for not moving. My face half numb—
post-root canal. I want to incinerate

poem
Extraordinary efforts are being made
To hide things from us, my friend.
Some stay up into the wee hours
To search their souls. 
Others undress each other in darkened rooms.

The creaky old elevator
Took us down to the icy cellar first
To show us a mop and a bucket
Before it deigned to ascend again
With a sigh of