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.

upcoming events

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Apr 16 2016
Firespitter: A Tribute to Jayne Cortez

Honoring the legacy of poet, performer and activist Jayne Cortez (1934-2012) with LaTasha N. Nevada DiggsMarty ErlichCamonghne FelixMagdalena GomezRobert HershonBob HolmanErica HuntPaolo JavierKarma Mayet JohnsonRosamond S. King, and Evie Shockley, each reading a favorite poem by Cortez and discussing her influence on their work.

Other Celebrating Jayne Cortez events:
Beautiful Sea of Waves: For Jayne
Thursday April 14, 2016
Location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, David Rubenstein Atrium

If the woman is a drum...
Saturday April 23, 2016
Location: The Highline

This event is free and open to the public. 

3:00pm
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Mar 23 2016
This Grubbing Art: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth

Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) was a Vermont original: critic, editor, essayist, jazz poet and "a Yankee pragmatist," as he referred to himself. Please join us for this discussion of a poet whose voice is authentic, humane, and never afraid to buck the status quo with Marilyn HackerJoe-Anne McLaughlinLynne Sharon Schwartz and Douglas Unger. Moderated by Shaun Griffin.

$10 General Admission; $7 Students and Seniors; Free for Poets House Members

7:00pm
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 New York, New York
Jun 14 2016
24th Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception & Readings

Readings open the 2016 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

Preceded by the Showcase Opening Reception. Exhibition on view through August 20.

This event is free and open to the public.

7:00pm
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
10282 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
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
poem
Under Grand Central's tattered vault
  —maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit—
    one saxophone blew, and a sheer black scrim

billowed over some minor constellation
  under repair. Then, on Broadway, red wings
    in a storefront tableau, lustrous, the live macaws

preening, beaks opening and closing
poem
It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don't know the people who will feed me

I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun
and have a hamburger and a malted