The only event of its kind, the Poetry Publication Showcase is an annual exhibit of over 1,000 new poetry books and a festival of events celebrating the diversity of poetry in print. The Showcase exhibit features all the year’s new poetry books from commercial, university and independent presses across the nation.
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 Bob Holman, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa and others who will join us for this year’s annual bridge crossing which honors Stanley Kunitz, our co-founder. The walk includes a Buffet Supper and poetry readings on the Bridge and at the Fulton Ferry Landing.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) is considered the greatest Urdu poet of the second half of this century. A two-time Nobel nominee, he was an outspoken public figure whose readings drew thousands of listeners. Agha Shahid Ali will read Faiz’s poems, examine his use of classical forms such as the ghazal, and discuss the difficulties of translation.
A controversial American writer, Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was a noted patron of the arts, host of a famous Paris salon and leader of the Modernist movement. What is the challenge Stein makes with her remarkably provocative, vital and radical oeuvre? She seems to ask us nothing less than to reconsider everything. Carole Maso reads and discusses Stein’s poetry, exploring her use of language and narrative.