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Jun 22 2017

25th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & Reading

Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a quarter-century of the Poets House Showcase and surround yourself with poetry published in the last 18 months. Spend time with your favorite books and discover new favorites.

6:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 12 2017

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

As Poets House convenes the celebration of its 30th year, join us for our annual poetic pilgrimage across the East River by way of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Celebrated poets including Billy Collins and Gregory Pardlo are joined by actor and poetry lover Bill Murray to read New York City-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge. Poets lead the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where dinner, wine, conversation, and poetic inspiration await. Proceeds help to make possible the many events and public programs Poets House presents each year, including its over 100 yearly programs for children and teens.

Tickets begin at $250 general; $225 for Poets House members. Reservations are required.

Admission fee: $250.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 07 2017

Emerging Poets Fellowship hosted by R. Erica Doyle

Join us as we journey into the future of poetry. 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship under their workshop leader, poet r. erica doyle. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its sixth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources and programming. Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 01 2017

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke On Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100.

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
May 04 2017

Poetry and Desire: A Reading and Conversation

Poets Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body. Co-sponsored by PEN World Voices Festival.

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York

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poem
He hid in plain sight 
his own highest hopes 
wearing the red scarf

They had rehearsed it 
blue ski parka 
clutch of photographs
the formative event of his childhood 
taken to the railroad station

He maintained a journal 
his real name 
safely stashed in Scarsdale 
Most of the spoken words 
modest wooden
poem
The obvious is difficult
To prove. Many prefer
The hidden. I did, too.
I listened to the trees.

They had a secret
Which they were about to
Make known to me—
And then didn't.

Summer came. Each tree
On my street had its own
Scheherazade. My nights
Were a part of their wild

Storytelling. We were
Entering dark
poem

Concerto no. 7: Condoleezza {working out} at the Watergate

Condoleezza rises at four, 
stepping on the treadmill. 

Her long fingers brace the two slim handles
of accommodating steel. 

She steadies her sleepy legs for the long day ahead. 
She doesn't get very far. 

Her knees buckle wanting