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Jul 28 2016

Showcase Reading Series: Laurel Blossom, Tyehimba Jess, Anna Moschovakis, and Wayne Miller

Readings by Laurel Blossom (Longevity - Four Way Books), Tyehimba Jess (Olio - Wave Books), Anna Moschovakis (They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This - Coffee House Press), and Wayne Miller (Post-: Poems - Milkweed Editions), part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase.

http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-events/readings-and-conversations...

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Aug 04 2016

Pino Masnata, Futurist: A Life in Science and Art

The Poetry of Pino Masnata from 1919 to 1968 took the Futurist parole in liberta (free-word style) into a psychological depth that was unusual for the Futurist artists and very different from the poetry of the movement’s founder F. T. Marinetti. Roberto Masnata will talk about his father’s poetry and show images of the graphic poems never before seen in the United States.

Poet Andrew Joron will open the program with a demonstration of the theremin, an electronic music instrument invented by Léon Theremin in 1920. The performer creates sound by means of two radio frequency oscillators, without touching the instrument.

After the talk: Andrew Joron; composer Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic director of radiOM and Other Minds, San Francisco; and Margaret Fisher, translator of Pino Masnata's Gloss of the 1933 Futurist Radio Manifesto, RADIA (not radio) will join Roberto Masnata to discuss the legacy of Futurist art in poetry and the electronic arts. A reception follows.

6:30pm
San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Avenue
94102 San Francisco, California
Aug 04 2016

Poets House Showcase Reading Series: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Derek Austin, Rickey Laurentiis, and Simone White

Readings by Cameron Awkward-Rich (Sympathetic Little Monster - Ricochet Editions), Derek Austin (Trouble the Water - BOA Editions), Rickey Laurentiis (Boy with Thorn - The University of Pittsburgh Press), and Simone White (Of Being Dispersed - Futurepoem Books), as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase.

http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-events/readings-and-conversations...

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Aug 05 2016 to Aug 07 2016

Just ADD Sound (House on the Waterfront weekend opener)

Just ADD Sound #JASradio:

The vision of Just ADD Sound is to promote established as well as up and coming artists and DJs by providing a physical and virtual performance space to showcase their talents.

Just ADD Sound is an opportunity for an audience to enjoy learning more about artists and participating in a live show within an artist friendly space or from the comfort of the digital medium during the week. The greater vision of Just ADD Sound is to inspire the global community to let the passion of their ART motivate them to have their voices heard.

CyberJamz Radio, RealWomen House, Houseology and Just ADD Sound have teamed up for a poetry event Friday, August 5, 2016 to kick off the weekend of House Music/World Music and Poetry. This collaboration is tapping into the Maryland/DC area for artists and encourages local poets/spoken word artists to participate in the open mic segment. Just ADD Sound features a local poetry feature MJG Speaks and DJ Val, in addition to world renowned Poet/Activist Tantra-zawadi (New York), National Poet/Vocalist Camille Veronica (Miami) and Acoustic Poetic Soul artists Julie & Makeda (San Diego/New Jersey).

This show is produced by RescuePoetix™, Cyberjamz, Real Women House and Houseology

House on the Waterfront event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1006673292720408/

Admission fee: $5.00
9:00pm to 8:00pm
Bird Kitchen & Cocktails
3801 34th St
20712 Mount Rainier, Maryland
Aug 07 2016

Rhizomes: Caribbean Poetic Texts

Join Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges, poets Patrick Sylvain and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, and percussionist Cornell Coley for a program of texts and sound created within the geographic and political boundaries of the Caribbean and in its diaspora.

Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University.  She also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun) and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott).  She is the author of two volumes of poems Maroon (Curbstone Press, 2001) and The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Books, 2016).

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, essayist and poet, and instructor of Haitian language and culture at Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  He is the author of four books of poems including the bilingual Haitian/English volume Love, Lust & Loss/ Lanmou, anvi, pedans, (Memoire d'Encrier, 2005) and the Haitian-language Masuife (Trilingual Press, 2013).  His poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and reviews, including African American Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Haitian Times, Ploughshares, and The Boston Haitian Reporter for which he serves as an opinion editor.

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a spoken-word artist, poet, actor, singer, and an adjunct professor of English at Endicott College.  She has been recognized for her work by organizations including the Roxbury Community College Teaching and Learning Center, the Boston Public Health Commission Adolescent Wellness Program, and American Idol Underground.  Mhlaba-Adebo has performed internationally and at venues including the Boston Opera House, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Scullers Jazz Club, the Book Cafe in Zimbabwe, the Horror Cafe in South Africa and Bogobiri in Nigeria.  Her most recent work is a volume of poems, Soul Psalms (She Writes Press, 2016).

Cornell Coley is a drummer, dancer and teaching artist whose work draws upon the traditions of West and Central Africa, Cuba and Brazil.  He directs the Afro-Latin jazz band Afrika Gente.  Coley has a background in arts administration, arts education and arts therapy with long-term clients including the Hyde Square Task Force, Boston Public Schools and Lesley University, where he teaches as an adjunct professor.  Coley’s work has been recognized with numerous local and national grants and awards.  His solo interactive program A Fascinating Rhythm is popular throughout New England. 

3:00pm
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Because speaking to the dead is not something you want to do
When you have other things to do in your day
Like take out the trash or use the vacuum
In the edge between the stove and cupboard
Because the rat is everywhere
Crawling around
Or more so walking
And it doesn’t even

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In the late spring of 1985,
we met in the weedy lot of the Orchid Pavilion Nursery
for a little ritual purification.

Everyone came, all the half-brothers and half-sisters,
the children not yet born,
and men so old they were young again.

We sat beside the aqueduct, and gold cans of

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While you walk the water's edge,
turning over concepts
I can't envision, the honking buoy
serves notice that at any time
the wind may change,
the reef-bell clatters
its treble monotone, deaf as Cassandra
to any note but warning. The ocean,
cumbered by no business more urgent 
than keeping open old accounts
that