New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

upcoming events

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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
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.

7:00pm
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
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York

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Yusef Komunyakaa
New York poet laureate

Yusef Komunyakaa

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech...

poems

poem

In memory of Father Flye, 1884-1985

The strange and wonderful are too much with us.
The protea of the antipodes--a great,
globed, blazing honeybee of a bloom--
for sale in the supermarket! We are in
our decadence, we are not entitled.
What have we done to deserve
all the produce of the tropics--
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Under the separated leaves of shade
Of the gingko, that old tree
That has existed essentially unchanged
Longer than any other living tree, 
I walk behind a woman. Her hair's coarse gold
Is spun from the sunlight that it rides upon.
Women were paid to knit from sweet champagne
Her second skin: it winds and
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1. Caught on a side street in heavy traffic, I said to the cabbie, I should have walked. He replied, I should have been a doctor. 2. When can I get on the 11:33 I ask the guy in the information booth at the Atlantic Avenue Station. When they open the doors, he says. I am home among my people.