The Metaphysical Streetcar Conductor

A celebration of The Metaphysical Streetcar Conductor, a collection of translations of Luciano Erba’s poems by British and American poets, with the poet’s participation.

Vietnam: A Culture of Poetry

For thousands of years, poetry has been an integral part of the Vietnamese culture. Rural people who could not read or write composed oral lyric poetry, while kings wrote for their intellectual recreation. This seminar considers the literary tradition of a culture where, even today, poetry is used in courting, gambling and political debate.

Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose

To coincide with the publication of the landmark anthology Watermark, co-editor Monique T. D. Truong moderates a panel discussion on the development of a new generation of Vietnamese American poets. Readings will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Shinkichi Takahashi: Modern Zen Poet

Shinkichi Takahashi (1901 - 1987), who first gained recognition as a Dadaist poet and novelist, was one of the foremost Zen poets of this century. Poet and translator Lucien Stryk leads a discussion of Takahashi’s major works and their Zen content.

Passwords: Jean Valentine on Osip Mandelstam

Mandelstam, who died in a transit camp in Vladivostok in 1938, has been called the greatest Russian poet of the modern period. Jean Valentine reads and discusses his work, with an emphasis on the late poems.

Holiday Book Sale

Thursday, December 17, 11:00am-8:00pm
Friday, December 18, 11:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 11:00am-4:00pm

Poets House makes it easy to give the gift of poetry. With thousands of duplicate poetry books for sale, there is something here for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The prices are unbeatable and all proceeds benefit our permanent collection.

Holiday Book Sale

Poets House makes it easy to give the gift of poetry. With thousands of duplicate poetry books for sale, there is something here for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The prices are unbeatable and all proceeds benefit our permanent collection.

Third Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

"Discover the poetry “under your boot-soles” and join us in celebrating the confluence of poetry, water and the magnificent New York City skyline. Hear the words of Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore and Walt Whitman brought to life by Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty and Grace Paley who will join us for this year’s annual bridge crossing. The walk includes a Buffet Supper and poetry readings at City Hall Park, on the Bridge and at the Fulton Ferry Landing.

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