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Aug 08 2015

Asian-American Poetry Workshop with Tina Chang

This workshop will explore a wide range of Asian and Asian American poetry, examining culture, influence, dual-nationality, language, and heritage. The broad theme of this discussion will address the space between feelings like an Asian and feeling like an American. Students are also invited and encouraged to submit poems in their native tongue along with English translations for a discussion on the nuances, background, and history of each poem. Participants will encourage one another and work as a group toward a deeper understanding of language and its movement into song as they collectively prepare for a recitation on Sunday. 

Admission fee: $60.00
12:30pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Aug 08 2015

Poetry Writing Workshop with Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee will be leading a 2 hour poetry writing workshop on Saturday, August 8. Lee is the author of four books of poetry, including, most recently, Behind My Eyes. His earlier collections are Book of My NightsRose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitledThe Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and will be reissued by BOA Editions in 2012. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Admission fee: $60.00
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Aug 09 2015

Celebration of Asian-American Poetry at Hill-Stead Museum: Li-Young Lee and Tina Chang

Hill-Stead Museum presents a culturally rich weekend of Asian poetry, art, music, and conversation. On Sunday, August 9, Tina Chang will lead a community reading at 12 p.m.  with participants of her poetry workshop from the previous day. She will perform at 3, followed by a performance of Chinese classical and folk music by the Celadon Youth Ensemble at 3:30. Finally, Li-Young Lee will perform at 4:15. During this weekend, Hill-Stead will be open for self-guided tours. A special display will feature rarely-seen, original Japanese woodblock prints from the museum’s collection. Hill-Stead’s Asian collection also includes porcelain, fine and decorative arts, and other collectibles amassed by the museum’s founders during their travels. 

Admission fee: $12.00
12:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Aug 11 2015

Summer Reading Series: Parneshia Jones, Patrick Phillips, and Jean Valentine

This summer the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of offering poetry readings featuring a diverse lineup of poets sharing their latest work at the historic New York Public Library. Our readings are made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

6:00pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
2nd Floor, Room 227
10018 New York, New York
Aug 16 2015 to Aug 21 2015

Live Free and Write

Join us in New Hampshire for a supportive writing retreat. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, encouraging workshops, homemade meals and time to relax. Spend the week in either "Writing and Publishing Retreat" with Amanda Morris or "Free-Writing Intensive" with Douglas Goetsch; retreat hosted by Peter Murphy.Learn more: www.murphywriting.com/nh

Admission fee: $695.00
4:00pm to 11:00am
Dexter's Inn
258 Stagecoach Rd.
03782 Sunapee, New Hampshire

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poems

poem
Coming home with the last load I ride standing
on the wagon tongue, behind the tractor
in hot exhaust, lank with sweat,

my arms strung
awkwardly along the hayrack, cruciform.
Almost 500 bales we've put up

this afternoon, Marshall and I.
And of course I think of another who hung
like this on another cross. My
poem
(Song from an Unfinished Play)


My mother dandled me and sang,   
'How young it is, how young!'   
And made a golden cradle   
That on a willow swung.   
   
'He went away,' my mother sang,
'When I was brought to bed,'   
And all the while her needle pulled   
The gold and silver thread.   
   
She
poem
Bound, hungry to pluck again from the thousand 
technologies of ecstasy

boundlessness, the world that at a drop of water 
rises without boundaries,

I push the PLAY button:--

. . .Callas, Laurel & Hardy, Szigeti

you are alive again,--

the slow movement of K.218
once again no longer

bland, merely