"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beloved and admired poet, critic and teacher, Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008) inspired many with his passionate commitment to poetry, an art he viewed as inextricably connected to history, politics and everyday life. Raised in housing projects in the Bronx, he went on to publish five collections of poetry, two anthologies, and a collection of essays, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry.
From the perspectives of archivist, curator, editor, scholar, translator, writer and combinations thereof, a diverse group of poets (Catherine Bowman, Nancy Kuhl, Geoffrey O'Brien, Nathalie Stephens & Kevin Young) explores the vital role of the library in poetic creation and preservation as well as in the larger culture.