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Feb 25 2017

Short Talks On Large Legacies In Black History

In celebration of Black History Month, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, and Mónica de la Torre present short talks on poetic giants of the past and how the legacy of African-American poetry continues to shape their own craft. Join us as we pay homage to black writers and artists who have helped shape contemporary poetry and take one last look at our exhibition American Stanzas: 2006-2016 by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Admission fee: $10.00
3:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Mar 01 2017

Robert Lowell at 100—March 1 Lecture & Roundtable Discussion

New York University will host “Robert Lowell: Setting the River On Fire,” a lecture by Lowell biographer Kay Redfield Jamison, followed by a roundtable discussion celebrating the works of the acclaimed poet, on Wed., March 1, 7 p.m. at NYU School of Law’s Greenberg Lounge (40 Washington Square South [between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets]).

The event, which takes place on the 100th anniversary of Lowell’s birth, will feature: Kay Redfield Jamison, author of a new biography, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire; Katie Peterson, editor of Lowell's New Selected Poems; Frank Bidart, National Book Critics Circle-winning poet and longtime associate of Lowell; poet and The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon; and poet Ishion Hutchinson.

“Robert Lowell: Setting the River On Fire,” free and open to the public, will consider his impact on poetry and why he has remained a major presence in our literature after his death in 1977.

An RSVP is required—please register here. For more information, email transformative.lives@nyu.edu or call 212.998.4291. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.).

The event, which will include a book signing of Jamison’s and Peterson’s new works, is sponsored by the Biography Seminar at NYU; the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Lowell's publisher; Alfred A. Knopf, publishers of Kay Redfield Jamison; and the Poetry Society of America.

7:00pm
NYU School of Law’s Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
10012 New York, New York
Mar 01 2017

City Soul Cafe Open Mic

City Soul Cafe is the premiere spoken word poetry open mic in the triangle area. Come get on the mic and share your words with talented local poets from the Raleigh, NC area and hear nationally-known and award winning features from across the country. We are here at 44 Soul Cafe every Wednesday Night. Doors at 8:30 PM. Show at 9:00 PM.

Admission fee: $5.00
8:30pm
44 Soul Cafe
7361 Six Forks Road
27615 Raleigh, North Carolina
Mar 02 2017

Poets Dean Rader and Dana Levin Read from New Collections

Poets Dean Rader (Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry) and Dana Levin (Banana Palace) present their new collections from Copper Canyon Press. Wine and sparkling water will be served.

About Dean Rader’s Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry:

In Dean Rader’s newest work, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, the narrator considers the self and society as a Wikipedia page—forever unfinished, sculpted, and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and American’s fluctuating national identity. Rader’s innovative voice is full of humor and inquiry, inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.

Praise for Dean Rader:

“…few poets capture the contradictions of our national life with as much sensitivity or keenness.” —Publishers Weekly

Dean Rader’s collections include Works & Days (2010) and Landscape Portrait Figure Form, (Omnidawn, 2014). Rader’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry. He is the editor of the 2014 anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poems (99: The Press).  Rader writes about literature, culture and politics regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post. He is professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

About Dana Levin’s Banana Palace:

In her fourth collection, Banana Palace, Dana Levin confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement, incredulity, outrage, and hope. Observing the crisis of human appetite through the lenses of psychology and science fiction, she’s disquieted at a world “ruled by a bipolar father-god, unconscious, suicidal.”

Praise for Banana Palace:

“Images that are satisfyingly clear…and excitingly inexplicable.” —Robert Pinsky, Washington Post

 “The world may seem broken, but these poems don’t convey doom—Levin’s clear, grounded language leaves the reader hopeful in the end.” —Publishers Weekly

Dana Levin’s previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and Poetry. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.

10:00pm
Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts
1904 College Avenue
94705 Berkeley, California
Mar 03 2017

Poetry in the Park

POETRY IN THE PARK workshop at Zion Park with Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer, Poet Laureate of the Colorado Western Slope as visiting poet exploring Metaphors Everywhere in the beauty of Zion National Park in early Spring before the crowds and shuttles.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy eating at the Redrock Grill during the poetry workshop at Zion Park Lodge on Fri, Mar 3, from 8:30am to 4pm sponsored by Utah State Poetry Society, ZCFI and ZNHA funded by the UDAM and NEA. Fee-$50 includes free pass to the park and guided naturalist walk. Register at zionpark.org/class/poetry-in-the-park/ details at poetry-in-the-park.com Come early for a free lecture on Th Mar 2 at 7 pm sponsored by Z-Arts at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah. Bring a poem to share. Contact Director Lin Floyd lin@sunrivertoday.com for more info on overnight lodging available.

Admission fee: $50.00
11:00am
Zion National Park Lodge
1 Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
84767 Springdale, Utah

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flowers and helicopter share the sky with bombs

falling like turnips—he who makes light of other

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I hate the sea. I've always hated water 
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