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Apr 26 2019 to Apr 28 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival

On April 26 to 28, 2019, join celebrated poets Anne Carson, Hala Alyan, Ilya Kaminsky, Matthea Harvey, and many others for Sarah Lawrence College's annual poetry festival in Bronxville, New York. The weekend includes craft talks, panels, book signings, receptions, open mics, and more.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested: slc.edu/poetry-festival

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6:00pm to 5:00pm
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Various venues within campus
10708 Bronxville, New York
Apr 19 2019

Charlottesville Reading Series: Valencia Robin and Debra Nystrom

Join us for the next installment of the Charlottesville Reading Series, featuring Valencia Robin, who will be reading poetry, and Debra Nystrom, who will be reading prose. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be free and open to the public.
 
Valencia Robin is the winner of Persea Books’ 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry; her collection, Ridiculous Light, will be published in April 2019. A visual artist as well as poet, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, The St. Petersburg Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Foundry, Kweli, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the 2014 winner of the Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry Competition. She holds an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia.
 
Debra Nystrom teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.  Her books include A Quarter Turn, Torn Sky, Bad River Road, and most recently Night Sky Frequencies: New and Selected Poems. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Slate, The American Poetry Review, VQR, Harvard Review, Narrative, Conjunctions, and Yale Review, and have received awards from The Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Shenandoah, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The Library of Virginia. She is currently at work on a memoir.
 
7:00pm
New Dominion Bookshop
404 E Main St
22901 Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr 20 2019

Revival: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight

"Revival: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight" will feature poets & writers María Luisa Arroyo, Jasmine Jina Ortiz, Shane Robitaille, Marilyn Márquez, Eilish Thompson, and Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría.

Open Mic after intermission. Books for sale by authors. Audience members (18+) warmly welcomed to this reading.

Curated and hosted by María Luisa Arroyo, Springfield's Poet Laureate (2014-2016).

For more information: www.marialuisaarroyo.com

12:30pm
Mason Square Branch Library | Community Room
765 State Street
01109 Springfield, Massachusetts
Apr 20 2019

Sidewalk Haiku

Tell our poets about yourself and they’ll write you a haiku-on-demand!
 
Shout Out Saugerties is pleased to sponsor a celebration of National Poetry Month in April throughout the Village of Saugerties. SOS partners with local groups, individuals, and businesses in offering workshops, discussions, and programs featuring music, literary readings, visual art, crafts, film, stand up comedy, and performance-based arts in an October Festival, as well as in selected events year round. www.shoutoutsaugerties.org
 
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Inquiring Minds Bookstore
65 Partition St
12477 Saugerties, New York
Apr 20 2019

Sonic Bloom

Join musician Ali Carter and the poets of Sweet Action Poetry Collective for a night of poetry and song at Prospect Height's newest gallery, Soapbox.

Admission fee: $5.00
7:00pm
Soapbox Gallery
636 Dean Street
11215 Brooklyn, New York

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Translated by Brian Holton

rot    holds the long rows of this great ship of stone
rot    holds your footstep    my footstep

walking the toppled waste where the Admiral gazes down upon the water

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When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful 
and terrible thing, needful to man as air,   
usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all,   
when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole,   
reflex action; when it is finally

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Six monarch butterfly cocoons
      clinging to the back of your throat—

      you could feel their gold wings trembling.

You were alarmed. You felt infested.
In the downstairs bathroom of the family home,
      gagging to spit them out—
            and a voice saying Don’t, don’t—
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