Gathering: An Exhibition of Poems & Prints by Ed Colker

On view June 28 through Saturday, October 9, 2010

Creating art in response to poetry since the 1960s, Ed Colker has "produced pure expressions, stirring symbols of inner truths or imaginings that can sometimes be inspired by or incite poetry" (New York Times).

Afterwards, in between, and since: A Charles Olson Centennial Exhibition

On view December 7, 2010 through March 23, 2011

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Charles Olson’s birth, Poets House presents a selection of books by and about Olson, along with Charles Alexander’s set of ten broadsides entitled “Charles Olson: Language as Physical Fact.” The broadsides were drawn from The Maximus Poems and printed in an edition of 15 copies in 2008 at Chax Press in Tucson.

Insolent Grace: An Exhibition on the Transatlantic Life of Alberto de Lacerda

On view April 6 through June 18, 2011

This exhibition unveils treasures from the archive of Alberto de Lacerda (1928–2007), one of Portugal's most admired poets, who spent the majority of his adult life in England and the United States. On display are the fruits of his friendships with world-renowned writers and artists: letters to de Lacerda, inscribed books, handwritten poems and other gifts from the likes of John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Marianne Moore, Octavio Paz and Anne Sexton, among many others.

Community-Word Project Mural Exhibit

On view February 7 through 28, 2004

"Unlocking the door I see the blue large sky and I feel golden wings growing out of my back so I can fly."—4th graders, P.S. 79, Bronx, NY

Vibrant murals that feature the poetry and artwork of participants in the Community-Word Project.

Founded in 1997, The Community-Word Project is a New York City based arts-in-education organization that seeks to increase the literacy and leadership of at-risk public school children.

The New Millennium Chapbook

On view April 2 through April 30, 2004

While occupying the margins of the literary world, the small press and the chapbook are often vehicles for defining historic poetry communities and shifts in poetics. This exhibit highlights new works published by contemporary small presses that continue this dynamic tradition while exploring the possibilities of the chapbook form.

The Art of Reading

On view October 8 through November 22, 2004

A Poet’s Eye for Collage

On view March 11 through April 29, 2005

These works on paper bring together text and image in what Black describes as “visual pages,” which, like linguistic acts of creation, are “brief and bounded by space.”

Poet and photographer Star Black is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Ghostwood. Her photographs are in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress. Her collages have been exhibited in various galleries in New York City and Long Island.

“Walking, Poems & Buildings” A Poetry & Architecture Collaboration

On view January 7 through February 25, 2005

The exhibit “Walking, Poems & Buildings” features poems and architectural models of a bus shelter, a “writer’s hut” and a nature observation center created collaboratively by students of poet Annie Finch and architect Ben Jacks at Miami University. This show explores the ways in which architects and poets build and inhabit durable and harmonious forms, and how walking creates a rhythmic link between the two pursuits.

Poets of the Non-Existent City: Los Angeles in the McCarthy Era

Join us for a panel discussion with editor Tom Viertel, three poets—Gene Frumkin, Estelle Gershgoren Novak, and Mel Weisburd—and scholar Kimberly Bird, as they address the relationship between politics and poetry, with a special focus on the role The California Quarterly and Coastlines played in Los Angeles during the McCarthy years. Naomi Replansky will join the panelists for a poetry reading to close the evening.

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