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Jan 27 2017

Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) with poets Angela Jackson and Quraysh Ali Lansana, who will read Brooks’ work and engage in a conversation on her legacy. A Shelley Memorial Award winner, Jackson is the author of numerous plays, novels and poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (Northwestern University Press, 1998). Lansana is the author of numerous poetry collections, including mystic turf (Willow Books, 2012) and They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004);  with Nate Marshall and Kevin Coval, he edited The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). Co-hosted by the NYU Creative Writing Program. Free and open to the public.

5:00pm
NYU Lillian Vernon Writers House
58 W. 10th St
10011 New York, New York
Jan 27 2017

Couplet Reading Series: The Winter Edition

“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social at The Delancey (lower level), Lower East Side, NYC
Winter 2017 Edition: Friday, January 27th, 2017. 7—10 PM.

Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.

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This edition’s featured readers:
 Rachel Eliza GriffithsAilish HopperMeghan PrivitelloCamille RankineTerese SvobodaOcean Vuong

7:00pm
The Delancey
168 Delancey Street
10001 new york, New York
Jan 29 2017

Book Party for MELANCHOLIA; HINGE AS INNOMINATE LIMINA

Please join us for a Reading, Mini-Exhibition, and Celebration Melancholia: Hinge as Innominate Limina by Will Alexander, Heller Levinson, Linda Lynch, and Mary Newell
Sunday, January 29 from 7 - 9 pm at The Red Room,  85 E. 4th Street, NY, NY (above KGB)

The collection includes:- two poetic essays and drawings by poet/ artist Will Alexander,
   the recent winner of the Jackson Prize

- a section of Hinge poetics by Heller Levinson

- integrated poem/drawings by Levinson and visual artist Linda Lynch

- a meditation on the “Shades of Melancholy” by Mary Newell
 extra: Jazz interludes with guitarist Joe Giglio 

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Red Room (above KGB)
85 East 4th Street
second floor
10003 New York, New York

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poem

The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way, he’ll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you’ll be
such good friends
you don’t care.
 

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poem

It was not penitence I sought, standing outside
the bedroom in the old apartment

where you had spent the night alone.
To bend, to kneel before some greater force—

that was no longer what I wished.
Clouds blew in from the coast, and I felt

the sun abandoning the window behind me,

poem

                          is dark
a neglected mansion

with vanishing court
rats in the empty pool

and antiquated actress
languishing

as ghost of her famous self
flickers in the projector’s beam

or framed in silver
haunts every room

Face unrecognizable?

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