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Apr 28 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Universe in Verse 2018: Livestream (April 28, live from Brooklyn)

Don't miss The Universe in Verse 2018, brought to you by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and astrophysicist Janna Levin of Pioneer Works. This celebration of the Earth—from the oceans and trees and volcanos to bees and kale and the armadillo—will feature poems by Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, Denise Levertov, Walt Whitman, and more, read by musicians Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating, and Sean Ono Lennon, astrophysicists Janna Levin and Natalie Batalha, authors A.M. Homes and James Gleick, artist Maira Kalman, bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, and actors, writers, and directors America Ferrera, Anna Deavere Smith, and John Cameron Mitchell. Diane Ackerman, Academy Chancellor Emeritus Jane Hishfield, and Academy Chancellor Marie Howe will read their own work. Gracing the evening will be an original poem by Neil Gaiman, composed for the occasion, and a special musical surprise.

The livestream is donated by Kickstarter Live. All proceeds of The Universe in Verse 2018 benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council.

watch livestream

7:00pm
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
11231 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 24 2018

Book launch for David de Young's A Flash of Insight and Other Poems

Nordic Moon Press announces the US Book Launch for David de Young's first collection of poetry, A FLASH OF INSIGHT AND OTHER POEMS at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m., along with Nordic Roots author Kari Tauring and musical guest Ben Connelly.

As part of the US launch of the book, de Young will make his first visit to Minneapolis in over 5 years to present poems from the collection as well as new poems and commentary. "I'm excited to share this work in the city where I lived for 25 years," said de Young, "but I'm also excited just to return and see dearly-missed friends and old colleagues. The BLB was a favorite entertainment venue when I lived in Minneapolis, so I am thrilled to hold our launch party there."

The early evening program will conclude with a social hour and book signing. Attendees will get $6 off the price of the book with their paid admission. This event is jointly sponsored by Nordic Moon Press and HowWasTheShow.com.

"In his collection of poetry that spans over three decades, de Young deftly reconstructs a captivating and familiar universe populated with keen at times, whimsical insights on love, loss, pain, delight, and personal growth." - Michael Leggs, author of Advance the Engine Summer

Admission fee: $6.00
12:00pm
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St.
55408 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 24 2018

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman reads for the Holloway Series in Poetry at UC Berkeley.
 
The Holloway Series in Poetry is sponsored by the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and is funded through an Endowment made by Roberta C. Holloway in 1981. This generous fund has enabled us to establish a tradition of poetry on campus to celebrate the works of renowned and rising contemporary poets, and provide an opportunity for graduate student poets from the UC Berkeley campus community to introduce and read alongside a featured poet.
 
 
6:30pm
University of California, Berkeley
315 Wheeler Hall
Maude Fife Room
94720 Berkeley, California

poems

poem

Your mother carried you
Out of the smoking ruins of a building
And set you down on this sidewalk
Like a doll bundled in burnt rags,
Where you now stood years later
Talking to a homeless dog,
Half-hidden behind a parked car,
His eyes brimming with hope
As he inched forward,

poem
No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five
poem

must balance; this risk; a tablet; peak plasma; the first alphabet;
with the clinical need; finger-sized; it makes sense; the fingers;
were the first; to make sense; this risk; 31 letters; the flower-visiting species;
as opposed to; dung-feeding; the terminal phase; and the;
distribution phase;