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Mar 23 2018

Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

7:30pm
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street
78640 Kyle, Texas
Dec 21 2017

New Alchemy Poetry Series

A featured poet and open mic. One door west of Lestat's Coffee House. Host: Seretta Martin.
 
7:00pm
Lestat's Coffee House
3343 Adams Avenue
92116 San Diego, California
Dec 19 2017

First and Last Word Poetry

Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
 
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
 
Tickets: $4
Admission fee: $4.00
7:00pm
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Dec 08 2017

NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series: Lidia Yuknavitch

Julia Elliott is the author of The Wilds (Tin House Books, 2014), and The New and Improved Romie Futch (Tin House Books, 2015). A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. ​
7:00pm
KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
10003 New York, New York
Dec 07 2017

Ntozake Shange | Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems

“Extraordinary and wonderful” (New York Times), Ntozake Shange wrote the Broadway-staged Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the groundbreaking prose poem/theater piece hybrid that since 1975 has helped reveal what it is to be of color and female in America. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, she is also the author of many works of fiction, including her debut novel Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo and story of Liliane. In Wild Beauty, Shange presents more than 60 original and previously collected poems in English and Spanish as a call to action for a new generation of activists.
 
7:30pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
19103 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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poems

poem
They know that death is merely of the body
not the species, know that their putrid chitin
is always memorable. We call them ugly
with their blackened exoskeletons,
their wall-crawlings as we paw at them.
Extreme adaptability, we say.
And where there’s one there’s probably a million
more who lie and laugh
poem
The crunch is the thing, a certain joy in crashing through
living tissue, a memory of Neanderthal days.
   —Edward Bunyard, The Anatomy of Dessert, 1929


Teeth at the skin. Anticipation.
Then flesh. Grain on the tongue.
Eve's knees ground in the dirt
of paradise. Newton watching
gravity happen. The
poem

Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent—
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—