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Jun 23 2017

FAU Painters Forum & SoFloPoJo Friday Evening Poetry Reading

  • South Florida Poetry Journal Poetry Reading & Exhibition:
  • Presented with the Florida Atlantic University Painters Forum.        
  • Featuring Stacie M. Kiner, Rita Maria Martinez, Meryl Stratford, & Michael Mackin O’Mara reading from their own work; and the artwork of the FAU Painters Forum
  • Friday 6/23/17 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

5:00pm
Florida Atlantic University
Dorothy F. Schmidt Visual Arts Center
VA105
33431 Boca Raton , Florida
Jun 24 2017

Shore Thing Writing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers. 

Admission fee: $80.00
9:15am to 4:30pm
Dante Hall Theater
14 N Mississippi Avenue
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jun 25 2017

‘The Poet’s Voice’ Presents J.D. McClatchy

American poet and literary critic J.D. McClatchy will read his poetry at Greenwich Library on Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. as part of The Poet’s Voice series. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.
 
McClatchy is a former president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. His body of poetic work is wide-ranging. He has authored eight collections of poetry, the fifth of which, Hazmat, was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent poetry collection is Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf). He is also the author of four books of prose, the latest being Sweet Theft: A Poet’s Commonplace Book (Counterpoint).
 
In addition, McClatchy plays an increasingly prominent role in the opera house as a librettist. He has written 17 opera libretti, and his work has been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the San Francisco Opera, and other leading opera houses around the world. Many of his poems have been set to song by various composers.
 
McClatchy was named a New York Public Library Literary Lion and received the 2000 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award. He served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1996 until 2003. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. He has just retired from teaching at Yale and editing The Yale Review for thirty years. He lives in Stonington.
2:00pm
Library Meeting Room, Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Ave
06830 Greenwich, Connecticut

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poem
it came today to visit
and moved into the house
it was smaller than an elephant
but larger than a mouse

first it slapped my sister
then it kicked my dad
then it pushed my mother
oh! that really made me mad

it went and tickled rover
and terrified the cat
it sliced apart my necktie
and rudely crushed my hat

it
poem
Light the first light of evening, as in a room
In which we rest and, for small reason, think
The world imagined is the ultimate good.

This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous. 
It is in that thought that we collect ourselves,
Out of all the indifferences, into one thing:

Within a single thing, a single
poem

WHEREAS when offered an apology I watch each movement the shoulders
                        high or folding, tilt of the head both eyes down or straight through
                        me, I listen for cracks in knuckles