When I bend back to gaze at the satellite convulsions, I am an aqueduct for twilit rain. Quite literally I stand in the littoral zone: a lens--no an aqueous humor, my feet on the land below the high-water mark, my hand a glazed waver: hello light-purple lights, hello red spots, you've beaten the stars out
poetry near you
Mar 23 2017
The Poetry Society of America and City Lights Bookstore present a poetry reading and discussion as part of the Poetry Coalition's 2017 programming. Poets Jack Hirschman and Jack Marshall will read poems of theirs and others. Journalist Jeanne Carstensen will join them in conversation.
Jack Hirschman is the former Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco as well as a translator and editor. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, plus some 45 translations from half a dozen languages, as well as the editor of anthologies and journals. Among his many volumes of poetry are Endless Threshold, The Xibalba Arcane, and Lyripol (City Lights, 1976).
Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Jack Marshall now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle.
Jeanne Carstensen is a San Francisco based writer and radio reporter who is covering the refugee crisis in Greece for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. An editor at Salon, SFGate.com and the Whole Earth Review, and a National Arts Journalism Program fellow at Columbia University, her work has appeared in the New York Times, PRI's The World, Foreign Policy, Nautilus and Salon, among other publications.
Admission is free.
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave94133 San Francisco, California
Mar 23 2017
Feminist poet, photographer, and social activist Margaret Randall takes audiences on a linguistic journey through Cuba. Editor of Only the Road ⁄ Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership, Randall explores Cuban culture and landscape through its poetry and her own photographic documentation. Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Admission fee: $10.00
10 River Terrace10282 NYC, New York
Mar 24 2017
Featuring poets Kelli Allen (Missouri), Chris Jansen (Georgia), Norman Minnick (Indiana), and Katharine Rauk (Minnesota), with music by Midnight Choir
205 E. Hennepin Ave55414 Minneapolis, Minnesota
It’s true there were times when it was too much
and I slipped off in the first light or its last hour
and drove up through the crooked way of the valley
and swam out to those ruins on an island.
Blackbirds were the only music in the spruces,
and the stars, as they faded out, offered
for Trevor Winkfield
December 26, 1970
The wind tears up the sun and scatters it in snow. The sky smiles and out of its mouth drifts free a milk tooth which of itself glides under the pillow of a cloud. The Tooth Fairy knows where to look and when to lock away the leaves