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Apr 26 2017

Soul Sister Revue

Join Soul Sister Revue for its 4-year anniversary with Mahogany L. Browne, LeRonn P. Brooks, Janel Cloyd, Noel Quiñones, and Ed Toney. Soul Sister Revue highlights those established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

Admission fee: $10.00
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Apr 26 2017

Necessary Cuts: Rickey Laurentiis on Revision at Poets House

Though Paul Valéry claimed “a poem is never finished, only abandoned,” what happens between a poem’s creation and its abandonment is revision. Poet Rickey Laurentiis unpacks what it means to return and revise, until, like Michelangelo, you find the angel in the marble and set it free. Presented as part of the Emerging Poets Fellowship public lecture series, with support from the Jerome Foundation. Co-sponsored by BMCC.

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Apr 27 2017

National Poetry Month open-mic event

Poetry is a powerful vehicle for celebrating and sharing our personal narratives.  This April we’re joining Minneapolis-based Milkweed Editions and other independent booksellers across the state to commemorate the fusion of art and history.  We’re inviting poets of all ages and experience levels to share their favorites –published or original– during our first annual Poem in Your Pocket Day open-mic event.  

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks and workplaces.  We’d love to hear you recite your selection at the History Center.  

7:00pm
Beltrami County History Center
130 Minnesota Ave SW
56601 Bemidji, Minnesota

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poem
He hid in plain sight 
his own highest hopes 
wearing the red scarf

They had rehearsed it 
blue ski parka 
clutch of photographs
the formative event of his childhood 
taken to the railroad station

He maintained a journal 
his real name 
safely stashed in Scarsdale 
Most of the spoken words 
modest wooden
poem

After Gail Wronsky
 

            Reading Colette
I am reminded that I, too
come from a culture steeped in taste
            variegated nourriture.

But being Mexican, I never made
much of it.  Amidst fancylesness
banqueting, savoring what couldn’t
be

poem

The years are a falling of snow,
Slow, but without cessation,
On hills and mountains and flowers and worlds that were;
But snow and the crawling night in which it fell
May be washed away in one swifter hour of flame.
Thus it was that some slant of sunset
In the chasms of piled cloud—