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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May 16 2016
Reading with Lera Auerbach at the Poet NY series at Bowery Poetry

Renowned Russian-American composer, writer, visual artist and concert pianist Lera Auerbach will be reading from Excess of Being, a book of aphorisms and original artwork, by turns provocative, dark, ironic and humorous.

http://archstreetpress.org/excess-of-being
http://www.thepoetinnewyork.com/

6:30pm
308 Bowery
10012 New York, New York
May 17 2016
Reading with Lera Auerbach and David Lehman at KGB Bar

Renowned Russian-American composer, writer, visual artist and concert pianist Lera Auerbach will be reading from Excess of Being, a book of aphorisms and original artwork, by turns provocative, dark, ironic and humorous.

Poet David Lehman is a prominent editor, author and literary critic. He serves as the editor of The Best American Poetry series, which he initiated in 1988, and teaches at The New School. His many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award.

http://archstreetpress.org/excess-of-being
http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/
http://kgbbar.com/

7:00pm
85 E 4th St.
10003 New York, New York
May 04 2016
Leabhar na hAathghabhála/Poems of Repossession: A Reading of Modern Irish Poetry

Join us for the launch of the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish Gaelic with English translations. Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession, edited by Louis De Paor, consists of poems in the Irish language written since 1900 with translations by Valentine IremongerMichael HartnettPaul MuldoonEiléan Ní ChuilleanáinBernard O’DonoghueMaurice Riordan, Peter SirrDavid Wheatley and Mary O’Donoghue. Most of the poems have not previously been available in English. Poems will be read in Irish Gaelic and English.

$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

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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
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
poem

for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center

Alabanza. Praise the cook with the shaven head
and a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye
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--