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upcoming events

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Apr 15 2015
Poetry & the Creative Mind

The Academy of American Poets presents Poetry & the Creative Mind at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City on April 15, 2015. A gala celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture and its impact on the lives of readers, the eventfeatures leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems. 

6am
1941 Broadway
10023 New York, New York
Apr 01 2015
PoemCity

The sixth annual PoemCity event in Montpelier, Vermont, will take place this April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Along with displaying poetry on local business storefronts, PoemCity will also offer poetry workshops, public readings, panel discussions, and visual poetry and art displays throughout downtown. All events and programming are free and open to the public. www.kellogghubbard.org

12am
Montpelier, Vermont
Apr 01 2015
2015 Soapbox Poetry Program

O, Miami and The Writer’s Room at The Betsy in Miami invite poets to participate in their 2015 Soapbox Poetry Program during National Poetry Month. http://www.betsywritersroom.com/2014/12/15/a-call-to-poets-for-soapbox-poetry-2015/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=@thebetsyhotel&utm_campaign=%22Spring%20Offers%22

12am
1440 Ocean Drive
33139 Miami Beach, Florida

recent & featured listings

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Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Personally Recommended Books/The Second Story Wyoming
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Literary Organization Wyoming Arts Council Wyoming
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Valley Bookstore Wyoming
Literary Organization Wyoming Writers, Inc. Wyoming
Conference Jackson Hole Writers Conference Wyoming
Small Press High Plains Press Wyoming
Literary Magazine Owen Wister Review Wyoming
Writing Program University of Wyoming Wyoming
Colony Ucross Foundation Wyoming

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Outweighing all, heavy out of the souvenir bundle
The German bayonet: grooved steel socketed in its worn 
   wood handle,
Its detached and threatening silence.
Its gun-body lost, the great knife wrested to a personal 
   particular violence--
Now bared shamelessly for what it is, here exposed on the 
   American
poem
A woman's breasts
for beauty
A man's delights
for charm

The rod and cups
of duty
to stave us
from harm!

A woman's eyes
a woman's 
thighs and a man's
straight look:

Cities rotted to
pig-sties
will stand up by
that book!