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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 [words] Bookstore New Jersey
ZYZZYVA California
Literary Magazine Zone 3 Tennessee
Small Press Zephyr Press Massachusetts
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Zandbroz Variety South Dakota
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Zandbroz Variety North Dakota
Literary Magazine Yemassee South Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Yawn's Books Georgia
Literary Magazine Yalobusha Review Mississippi
Small Press Yale University Press Connecticut

poems

poem
In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing
From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and
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The tomato plant is like a seven-story city hewn from the rock of the desert. 
It weeps.

It volunteered. I hate tomatoes and the way the plant smells
but it is alive so I let it be.

And so it towers haggard over other better December vegetables,
its top blacked by the first frost

despite my bed sheet.
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