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Jul 07 2015

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE: Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard Siken

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE:
Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard SikenAs part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press.

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

6:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
90402 Santa Monica, California
Jul 09 2015

A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY: NEW GENERATION AFRICAN POETS

AMY LUKAU, TSITSI JAJI, LADAN OSMAN, VIOLA ALLO, AND WARSAN SHIREThe Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among many others.In this third installment, we will celebrate several emerging poets from Africa, Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo, and Warsan Shire, whose work has been recently published in the New Generation African Poets chapbook series. Editors Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, and Matthew Shenoda will discuss the project and introduce the emerging poets, who will then read from their work. 

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

7:00pm
The Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 10 2015 to Jul 11 2015

E.E. Cummings at Silver Lake~A Weekend of Celebration

Mark your calendars. Friends of Madison Library present a weekend of art, music, poetry, and history exploring the relationship between the American poet and artist E.E. Cummings and the people and town of Madison, New Hampshire. Friday night will feature a “non-lecture,” art show, and Cummings’ poetry set to music. On Saturday view eight local sites, including the Cummings Family Collection at the Madison Historical Society and the poet’s beloved “Joy Farm.”Tickets are $20 per person or $15 if purchased before June 30. Tickets include both the Friday night events and the Saturday tour.Joy Farm will host a Friday afternoon tea with limited seating by separate additional $10 ticket purchased in advance.All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of Madison Library.www.cummingsatsilverlake.com

Admission fee: $20.00
7:00pm to 3:30pm
Madison Library
1895 Village Road
03849 Madison, New Hampshire
Jul 12 2015

Poetry Writing Workshop with Marie Howe

New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe will be leading a poetry writing workshop prior to her performance on July 12. 

Admission fee: $60.00
10:00am to 12:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Jul 12 2015

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Presents Marie Howe

Marie Howe will be performing as a part of the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum. Marie Howe is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State. She is the author of three volumes of poetry; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, The Good Thief, and What the Living Do.  She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, AGNI, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and the Partisan Review, among others. The event includes a prelude conversation with Howe at 2, a performance by opening poet Ciaran Berry at 3, music at 3:30, and a performance by Howe at 4:15.

Admission fee: $12.00
2:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut

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poem
He gossips like my grandmother, this man
with my face, and I could stand
amused all afternoon
in the Hon Kee Grocery,
amid hanging meats he
chops: roast pork cut
from a hog hung
by nose and shoulders,
her entire skin burnt
crisp, flesh I know
to be sweet,
her shining
face grinning
up at ducks
dangling single
poem
Uncle Bob prayed over the groom:
"Let him establish Kingdom principles."
Aunt Shirley prayed for the bride:
"Father, I pray an anointing on her."
"Love," said Reverend Philips,

"is insensitive, love is invalueless."
He said that we merger together
in holy matrimony,
and the choir burst into song:
"He waits for
poem
Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light. 
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves, 
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows, 
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine 
and tomorrow's dust flares into breath.