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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 27 2015

Talking Dead: Reading Late Poets Who Inspire

Celebrate National Poetry Month and the dead poets who inspire you at 7 p.m. in the Popular Library Lounge at the Main Library. Join Matt Hart—editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, and chair of the Department of Liberal Arts, Art Academy of Cincinnati—for our open mic session. Read a poem from a dead poet who has inspired your work, along with one or two of your own poems that reflect that inspiration. Sign-up for the open mic session begins at 6:30 p.m.

7:00pm
Main Library - Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 27 2015

Mendi + Keith Obadike & Ronaldo V. Wilson

Mendi + Keith Obadike make music, art and literature. Their works include The Sour Thunder, an Internet opera (Bridge Records), Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records), Black.Net.Art Actions, a suite of new media artworks (published in re:skin on M.I.T Press), Big House / Disclosure, a 200 hour public sound installation (Northwestern University), Phonotype, a book & CD of media artworks, and a poetry collection, Armor and Flesh (Lotus Press). They have contributed sounds/music to projects by wide range of artists including loops for soul singer D’Angelo’s first album and a score for playwright Anna Deavere Smith. They were invited to develop their first “opera-masquerade” by writer Toni Morrison at her Princeton Atelier.  Their intermedia work has been commissioned by the NY African Film Festival and Electronic Arts Intermix, the Yale Cabaret, Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), and the Whitney Museum of Art, among other institutions. Their music has been featured on New York and Chicago public radio, as well as on Juniradio (104.5) in Berlin.Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. His latest books: Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other is forthcoming from Counterpath Press, and Lucy 72 will be released by 1913 Press.

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St. Mark's Church
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Apr 28 2015

Rush Hour Reading

In collaboration with the Poetry Society of America, we are pleased to present Los Angeles-based poets Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis J. Rodriguez, Robin Coste Lewis, Kate Gale and Eloise Klein Healy (2012 Poet Laureate of Los Angeles) who will give readings of their work in celebration of National Poetry Month. The poets will be available for conversation following the readings. Free copies of past Poetry in Motion/LA™ bookmarks will be available for the public. The free, all ages event will take place in Union Station East. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/968659523168715/

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Union Station East
800 Alameda St.
90012 Los Angeles, California
Apr 28 2015

RUSH HOUR READING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: POETRY IN MOTION

RUSH HOUR READING
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: POETRY IN MOTION/LA™
with Kate Gale, Eloise Klein Healey, Robin Coste Lewis, and Luis RodriguezThe PSA joins Los Angeles Metro, our partner in Poetry in Motion/LA™, for a celebration of National Poetry Month, featuring new LA Poetry in Motion poets Kate Gale and Robin Coste Lewis, as well as Eloise Klein Healey and Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis Rodriguez.Co-sponsored by Metro Art at LA Metro, as part of Metro Presentswhich showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station.

4:00pm
Union Station East
800 N Alameda St
90012 Los Angeles, California

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poems

poem

After Gail Wronsky
 

            Reading Colette
I am reminded that I, too
come from a culture steeped in taste
            variegated nourriture.

But being Mexican, I never made
much of it.  Amidst fancylesness
banqueting, savoring what couldn’t
be

poem
With fingers weary and worn,
   With eyelids heavy and red,
A woman sat in unwomanly rags,
   Plying her needle and thread—
      Stitch! stitch! stitch!
In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
   And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
She sang the "Song of the Shirt."

   "Work! work! work!
While the cock is crowing
poem

“Left this city for a day,” sings The Feeling. Shot of two men from the waist down on a sunny sidewalk. One in surf shorts holds a blue Powerade; one in white dress pants walks a Lhasa Apso. Shot of a crowd of people on the sidewalk from the waist up. Shot of two blonde girls in pink tank tops and short