Passwords: Coleman Barks on Rumi

Poet and preeminent translator of the mystic poet Rumi, Coleman Barks reads from his translations of the poet and discusses the power of 13th - to 14th - century mystical Sufi poetry.

Page Meets Stage

Joseph O. Legaspi meets Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Joseph O. Legaspi received a 2001 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Recent poems have appeared and are forthcoming in the Seneca Review, Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard Review, Puerto Del Sol, Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Tilting the Continent, an anthology of Southeast Asian literature.

Page Meets Stage

Thomas Lux meets Jon Sands

Acclaimed poet and teacher Thomas Lux is a veteran of Page Meets Stage and the author of over a dozen books of poetry. He began publishing haunted, ironic poems that owed much to the Neo-surrealist movement in the 1970s. Critically lauded from his first book Memory’s Handgrenade (1972), Lux’s poetry has gradually evolved towards a more direct treatment of immediately available, though no less strange, human experience.

The Art of Reading from the Donald & Patricia Oresman Collection

Please join us for an exceptional exhibit of images culled from the Oresman collection. Rodney Phillips curates a selection of over thirty works of art, from Magritte to Brainard, Diebenkorn to Warhol, representing wildly different styles and mediums but collectively focused around the theme of people reading.

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

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.

•5:00pm Opening Reception

Radiance: An Exhibition of Paintings by James Walton Fox

The paintings of James Walton Fox find inspiration in the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Rumi, A.R. Ammons and others, combining lines of poetry with the gesture of handwriting, saturated colors and dynamic compositions. His work "treats the concrete reality of language as place," as Fox says, and "create[s] a dimension where the radiance of life is not separate from forms; text is not separate from space, but actually generates space; and the Poetry—the very music of creation—is made visible, physical, and local."

The Green Man: An Exhibition

This series of paintings by British-born poet and painter Basil King depicts the Green Man, the pre- Christian archetypal figure of creation and the earth, emerging in the guise of British historical figures, such as Guy Fawkes and Walter Raleigh.

Part of Ecopoetic Futures, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment. Programs in this series are funded, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Robert Frost's Annual Christmas Cards: An Exhibition & Celebration

This intimate exhibition features beautiful, illustrated chapbooks of Frost's poetry published by Spiral Press and sent out as holiday greetings by the revered poet as well as by his publishers, collectors and friends.

The display at Poets House comprises a gift from Frank Platt, long-time Vice President (and founding member) of the Poets House Board, and augmented by a loan from Ward Smith, a collector of Frost books, manuscripts, pamphlets and letters. Platt's gift consists of holiday chapbooks sent to him personally by Robert Frost.

The Fist Clenched Round My Heart: An Exhibition of Love Poetry at Poets House

On view February 13 through March 13, 2010

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


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