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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Feb 09 2016
One Page Poetry Circle

The One Page Poetry Circle will meet on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street; #1 train at 79th and Broadway), 3rd floor. Come and bring a single page of poetry by a known poet with the theme of Poetry from Afar—with copies for others, if you can. Email: abigailbbloom@aol.com

5:30pm
444 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st Street
10024 New York, New York
Feb 10 2016
Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series Presents: Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley

The purpose of The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word is to explore the relationship between the actor and dramatic language, to celebrate dramatic and poetic language as a necessary but perhaps under-appreciated aspect of the actor’s art and craft, and to open channels of communication between poets, playwrights, actors, directors, voice specialists and critics in order to better understand issues of written and spoken language and the relationship between them. The Board of Advisors for this Center is Literary Critic Harold Bloom, Poet John Ashbery, Poet Grace Schulman, Voice Experts Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Deborah Hecht.

Saeed Jones and Evie Shockley
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7pm
Free and open to the public

 

7:00pm
31 West 27th Street, Floor 3
10001 New York, New York
Feb 23 2016
Poetry Reading Hosted by Scott Hightower

Hosted by Scott Hightower, poet, reviewer, translator, and faculty at NYU Gallatin.

Readers include:
* B.K. Fischer, author of St. Rage's Vault (Word Works, 2013)
* Patricia Spears Jones - author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015)
* Terese Svoboda, author of When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015).
* Jonathan Wells, author of The Man with Many Pens (Four Way Books, 2016)

6:00pm
726 Broadway
10003 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
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The
poem
     Night funeral
     In Harlem:

     Where did they get
     Them two fine cars?

Insurance man, he did not pay—
His insurance lapsed the other day—
Yet they got a satin box
for his head to lay.

     Night funeral
     In Harlem:

     Who was it sent
     That wreath of flowers?

Them flowers came
from
poem
         If I know my angels,
         I know what they would say
                  --Joe Henry

He came to me
In a whisky-blue dream
In midtown Manhattan.

He wasn't angry anymore.
He seemed happy to find
Me again, my old self.

Picking up his ghost guitar,
He played me a new song.
He played it sweet and