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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Apr 27 2017
The Poetry Brothel at The Strand

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges, and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel needs a good cover; The Poetry Brothel's is an immersive cabaret, offering live music, burlesque, magic, vaudeville, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances, and installations at each event.

Line Up will be announced soon, and you can get more details here

Come for the happy hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., where your first drink is on The Strand. The show will start at 8 p.m.

The event is presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month, the world's largest literary celebration, now in its 21st year.

You can purchase a $50 ticket, which will include a $10 gift card to Strand, a small book of poetry, and admission to the event. You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $75 and include a gift bag, 2 private readings, and more. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room. Guest entry at 826 Broadway at 12th Street. 

7:00pm
828 Broadway
10003 New York , New York
Apr 03 2017
Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald at 92Y

A reading by two of our finest performers of poetry.

Frank Bidart's new book is Half-light: Collected Poems. "No other poet sounds like Bidart," wrote Garth Greenwell. You can hear the muscular physicality of his language, the way the sentence twists around the line breaks, never quite as expected. His work is one of the unfolding wonders of the literature of our time."

Alice Oswald's new collection is Falling Awake. "Hers is a mystical work, and when she writes you can hear the long heritage of English verse behind her," wrote The Economist. "Her poems have a rhythmical tightness. They are propulsive, forward-pulsing, knitting oneline to another. She is acutely alive in the world."

8:00pm
1395 Lexington Avenue
10128 New York, New York
Apr 03 2017
Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald at 92Y

A reading by two of our finest performers of poetry.

Frank Bidart's new book is Half-light: Collected Poems. "No other poet sounds like Bidart," wrote Garth Greenwell. You can hear the muscular physicality of his language, the way the sentence twists around the line breaks, never quite as expected. His work is one of the unfolding wonders of the literature of our time."

Alice Oswald's new collection is Falling Awake. "Hers is a mystical work, and when she writes you can hear the long heritage of English verse behind her," wrote The Economist. "Her poems have a rhythmical tightness. They are propulsive, forward-pulsing, knitting oneline to another. She is acutely alive in the world."

8:00pm
1395 Lexington Avenue
10128 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

poem

For Naomi Ginsberg, 1894-1956

Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets & eyes, while I walk on
   the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village.
downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up all night, talking,
   talking, reading the Kaddish aloud, listening to Ray Charles blues
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--
poem
I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o'erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.
The luminous