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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Sep 16 2017
Red Hen Press at KGB Bar

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of non-fiction and poetry readings at KGB Bar. Featuring two Red Hen non-fiction authors, Pope Brock and Florencia Ramirez, along with poet Catherine Woodard.

To find out more about these performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/ybpck4sr

10:00pm
85 East 4th Street
10003 New York, New York
Sep 15 2017
Red Hen Press at Poets House

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of reading at Poets House. Featuring Red Hen poet Elise Paschen, along with Edward Hirsch and Ellen Rachlin.

General admission is $10, $7 for students, and $5 for Poets House members.

To find out more about these performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/y9sru9l3

9:00pm
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Sep 13 2017
Red Hen Press at The Cornelia Street Cafe

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of reading at Cornelia Street Café. Featuring Red Hen authors Chelsey Clammer, Sebastian Matthews and Kathline Carr.

General admission is $10, and includes one free drink.

To find out more about the performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:
http://redhen.org/events/rhp-in-new-york-2/

Facebook event page:
https://tinyurl.com/ydxvkh86

9:00pm
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, 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

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To Mary Jo Salter

Beyond the ice-bound stones and bucking trees, 
past bewildered Mary, the Meer in snow, 
two skating rinks and two black crooked paths

are a battered pair of reading glasses 
scratched by the skater's multiplying math. 
Beset, I play this game of tic-tac-toe.

Divide, subtract. Who can
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Dressed in an old coat I lumber
Down a street in the East Village, time itself

Whistling up my ass and looking to punish me
For all the undone business I have walked away from,

And I think I might have stayed 
In that last tower by the ocean,

The one I built with my hands and furnished
Using funds which came
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Long vast shapes... cooled and flushed through with darkness...
Lidless windows
Glazed with a flashy luster
From some little pert café chirping up like a sparrow.
And down among iron guts
Piled silver
Throwing gray spatter of light... pale without heat...
Like the pallor of dead bodies.