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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Literary Magazine Painted Bride Quarterly Pennsylvania
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Literary Magazine American Poetry Review Pennsylvania
Literary Organization Ligonier Valley Writers Pennsylvania
Writing Program Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets Pennsylvania
Writing Program Temple University Pennsylvania

poems

poem

I burn your Highland Park. I acid your Carnegie
car dealerships. Your Squirrel Hill, sheer terror
in winter. But most of all, I hate your Liberty Avenue,
the last place, one night, I saw my closest friend
saying, Wait here, outside the after-hours club. I wait,
hating your Strip,

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Driving alone at night, the world’s pitch, black velvet 
stapled occasionally by red tail lights
on the opposite highway but otherwise mild 
panic when the eyes’ habitual check 
produces nothing at all in the rearview mirror,
a black blank, now nothing exists 
but the dotted white lines of the road, 
and the car
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