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Dec 09 2015

The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

The New School, Wollman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Dec 05 2015

The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Poetry Reading, December 5, 2015, Saturday, 7 PM

Baron Wormser, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, and Bitite Vinklers

Launch of Newly Redesigned Manhattan Review, Vol. 17 #1

The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. His latest book of poetry, Unidentified Sighing Objects (CavanKerry Press), came out in September, 2015. His essay on Willem de Kooning appeared in Best American Essays 2014.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Burning of the Three Fires, Curious Conduct, and Placebo Effects. Her fourth book, Letters from Limbo, is forthcoming in 2016. Recent work has appeared in Ploughshares, Cave Wall, Gulf Coast, Southern Poetry Review, and Conduit. She lives in Manhattan and teaches for the Stonecoast MFA program and at the 92nd Street Y.

Bitite Vinklers has just published a brilliant new translation of the work of Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis, Each Day Catches Fire (Red Dragonfly Press). 

121 Ludlow Street
(2nd floor)
10002 New York, New York
Dec 04 2015

Poetry Reading with Rosamond King

Join the ongoing conversation between the literary and visual arts as Rosamond S. King performs evocative, interdisciplinary poems within the setting of the Musical Instruments permanent collections galleries.

Free with museum admission.

Event sponsored by: Poets House, presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments- Gallery 681, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
10028 New York, New York
Dec 12 2015

Passwords: Miriam Nichols on Robin Blaser

Miriam Nichols’s expertly edited The Astonishment Tapes (2015), a transcript of twenty autobiographical audiotapes recorded in an attic room in Vancouver by poet Robin Blaser in 1974. Thirty years prior, Blaser, along with Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, formed the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Reminiscent of the perfect mix attained by Blaser’s legendary martinis, this talk by Nichols blends gossip and literary legacy into a balanced representation of this mythic poet.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members. 

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Feb 10 2016

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

The purpose of The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word is to explore the relationship between the actor and dramatic language, to celebrate dramatic and poetic language as a necessary but perhaps under-appreciated aspect of the actor’s art and craft, and to open channels of communication between poets, playwrights, actors, directors, voice specialists and critics in order to better understand issues of written and spoken language and the relationship between them. The Board of Advisors for this Center is Literary Critic Harold Bloom, Poet John Ashbery, Poet Grace Schulman, Voice Experts Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Deborah Hecht.

Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm
Free and open to the public


Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 West 27th Street, Floor 3
10001 New York, New York

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Miss Helen Slingsby was my maiden aunt,	
And lived in a small house near a fashionable square	
Cared for by servants to the number of four.	
Now when she died there was silence in heaven	
And silence at her end of the street.
The shutters were drawn and the undertaker wiped his feet—	
He was aware that this sort
Sweetest love, I do not go,
         For weariness of thee,
Nor in hope the world can show
         A fitter love for me;
                But since that I
Must die at last, 'tis best
To use myself in jest
         Thus by feign'd deaths to die.

Yesternight the sun went hence,
         And yet is here today;

There was love and there was trees.
Either you could stay inside and probe your emotions
or you could go outside and keenly observe nature.
Describe the sheen on carapaces,
the effect of breeze on grass.

What's the fag doing now? Dad would say.
Picking the nose of his