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Jun 03 2019

Cafe Muse: Lisa Lewis & Margaret Mackinnon

Poets Lisa Lewis and Margaret Mackinnon will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis and includes refreshments, followed by the featured readers at 7:30 pm. The Writer’s Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail’s Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicap accessible. There is ample, meter-fed or pay-by-app parking on a lot across the street.
 
Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (www.wordworksbooks.org) and hosted by The Writer's Center (www.writer.org). The Word Works is a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry, including translations, and sponsoring programs and contests for more than 40 years. The Writer’s Center has been hosting and providing literary porgrams and workshops in the Washington DC area since 1976.
 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Writer's Center Bethesda
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
May 30 2019

Hands on Stanzas

Join the Chicago Poetry Center to celebrate a year of student poetry. The event, in which participants from elementary and middle school grades read original poems on stage, features teachers and students from each poet-in-residence classroom. The CPC's Hands on Stanzas program places Chicago poets/teaching artists in Chicago public school classrooms to spend a full year reading, writing, discussing, and performing poetry with students.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
May 23 2019

The Eloquent Poem Book Launch

From the New York Times best-selling anthologist Elise Paschen comes The Eloquent Poem, a groundbreaking collection of new poems by 128 contemporary poets. Join us for the launch of this extraordinary volume. It is organized into sections according to poetic approach—some formal, some occasional, and includes contributor stories about the inspiration behind each poem.
 
Readers include Rosanna Warren, Angela Jackson, Calvin Forbes, Christina Pugh, Chris Green, Tony Trigilio, Simone Meunch, Erika T. Wurth, Valerie Wallace, Helen Spica, Sebastian Bitticks, and Phillip James Cozzi.
 
7:00pm
Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois

poems

poem

Here I am so selfish I only remember my reaction. Each fact loosening falling away like icicles along the eaves. I once saw one so large & the earth so soft that it pierced

poem

I kindled my eight little candles,
     My Hanukkah candles, and lo!
Fair visions and dreams half-forgotten
     Were rising of years long ago.

I musingly gazed at my candles;
     Meseemed in their quivering flames
In golden, in fiery letters
     I read the old, glorious

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Bountiful Givers,
I look along the years
And see the flowers you threw…
Anemones
And sprigs of gray
Sparse heather of the rocks,
Or a wild violet
Or daisy of a daisied field…
But each your best.

I might have worn them on my breast
To wilt in the long day…
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