Pennsylvania

upcoming events

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Dec 07 2017
Ntozake Shange | Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems
“Extraordinary and wonderful” (New York Times), Ntozake Shange wrote the Broadway-staged Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the groundbreaking prose poem/theater piece hybrid that since 1975 has helped reveal what it is to be of color and female in America. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, she is also the author of many works of fiction, including her debut novel Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo and story of Liliane. In Wild Beauty, Shange presents more than 60 original and previously collected poems in English and Spanish as a call to action for a new generation of activists.
 
7:30pm
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
19103 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 28 2017
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Join us for a celebration of poetry for seniors and the community at Kingsessing Library!
Eugene Carrington will be reading and signing his book, Messenger Blues: Stories and Poems 
Mature adults are welcome to share their talents
4:00pm
1201 South 51st Street (5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)
19143-4353 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 08 2017
Black Futures: Mosley, Doyle, Harris, Kearney, and Wilson | Poets and Performers Honor Thaddeus Mosley
After a week in residence, poets and performers r. erica doyle, francine j. harris, Douglas Kearney, and Ronaldo Wilson will present short new works celebrating and honoring Thaddeus Mosley's long career in sculpture.
 
7:30pm
650 Schenley Drive
15213 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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poems

poem
Yardley, Pennsylvania, an expensive dump
and the van seats shake their broken bones.

Duty-free liquor and cigarettes,
the refineries and the harbor's cranes.

The moon digs its way out of the dirt.
The branches of an evergreen sway.

She's nice
the woman you don't love.

She kisses you hard and often
holding
poem
In all these rotten shops, in all this broken furniture
and wrinkled ties and baseball trophies and coffee pots
I have never seen a post-war Philco 
with the automatic eye
nor heard Ravel's "Bolero" the way I did
in 1945 in that tiny living room
on Beechwood Boulevard, nor danced as I did
then, my knives all
poem
We find out the heart only by dismantling what
the heart knows. By redefining the morning,
we find a morning that comes just after darkness.
We can break through marriage into marriage.
By insisting on love we spoil it, get beyond
affection and wade mouth-deep into love.
We must unlearn the constellations to see