Nightboat Books Reading with Gervitz, Halpern, & Nathanaël

Join Nightboat Books to celebrate the publication of:

Coming Events (Collected Writings) by Susan Gevirtz
Music for Porn by Rob Halpern
Sisyphus, Outdone. Theatres of the Catastrophal by Nathanaël

Moderated by Douglas A. Martin

Brief readings to be followed by discussion.

Booksale and reception will follow.

2012: Showcase Reading with Naomi Replansky and Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Full Audio)

Lynne Sharon Schwartz reads from See You in the Dark and Naomi Replansky reads from her Collected Poems and as part of Poets House’s 2012 Showcase.

Mermaid Song: Sonnets from the Land and Sea

The evening will feature a reading by Ama Codjoe beginning at 7:30pm. Reception to follow.

RSVPs appreciated: please email robynewm@yahoo.com. All are welcome.

"Mermaid Song" is a thirty-three sonnet cycle of love, mythology, and transformation. Ama Codjoe is a poet and Cave Canem fellow with roots in Memphis and Accra. Her work has been published in the Tidal Basin Review, Cave Canem Anthology XII (Willow Books), and on the Feminist Wire.

The Fist Clenched Round My Heart

On view February 13 through March 13, 2010

This intimate exhibition of love poetry is drawn from The Reed Foundation Library at Poets House.

Writing Away from the Surface with Patricia Smith

This workshop will be composed of discussion and exercises designed to write toward darkness, secrecy, trauma, regret and, eventually, insight. Few poets actually heed the time-worn advice to "write what you know." Instead, we scrape stories from the surface of our lives, while ignoring the uncomfortable truths that we mistakenly believe have been paved over and forgotten. Writers are among the fortunate few who have access to the whole of their lives. This workshop will teach us not to be afraid of that blessing.

Breaking Through: A Generative Workshop for All

Do you want to begin writing poetry for the first time? Or resume writing after a period of silence? Or write in a different way than you have been? Or, do you want to write but can't find the time or way to begin? Then register for this class. We'll experience some peaceful silence and practice receptivity. We'll also write together in class and read amazing poems written by other people. Employing syntax, diction, image, metaphor—techniques learned by reading—we'll write poems that bring us somewhere we never thought to go.

Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration

This pre-house-warming party celebrates our almost-ready, eco-friendly home in Battery Park City (see “The Green Future of Poets House” on page X) and the grand metropolis of New York, which has attracted poets to its shores for generations. Come gather on our new front lawn, just steps from the Hudson River, for a reading by poetic luminaries. A pre-reading tour of local literary and cultural sights begins at 6:00pm in Rockefeller Park at the pavilion, the same site as the reading.

The House That Jack Built: A Jack Spicer Symposium

6:30pm: A panel with Dodie Bellamy, Samuel Delaney, Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian & Jennifer Moxley

8:00pm: A reading with Dodie Bellamy, Julian T. Brolaski, CA Conrad, Samuel Delaney, Peter Gizzi, Kevin Killian, Douglas A. Martin, Rod Smith, Lewis Warsh & Karen Weiser

Dark Surrealist: A Reading of Unica Zürn’s Poetry & Fiction

Acquainted with Henri Michaux, Hans Bellmer and various members of the Parisian circle of Surrealists, Unica Zürn (1916-1970) broke ground with her own anagrammatic poetry, expressionistic prose and chimerical drawings and paintings. Acclaimed novelists and poets read from her writings in conjunction with the exhibition, “Unica Zürn: Dark Spring,” on view at The Drawing Center from April 17 to July 23.

Celebrating Constantine P. Cavafy

This reading of Constantine P Cavafy's (1863-1933) elegiac, modernist poetry will feature new translations by essayist Daniel Mendelsohn, including the first English-language renderings of the poet’s unfinished works.

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