In celebration of the centenary of May Swenson’s birth, this reading showcases the breadth of her poetic output—from nature poems displaying her keen observation of wildlife, to exuberant, erotic love poems, to place poems recording her travels to the American Southwest, France and Italy and her residence in New York.
Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most revered and influential poets of the Arabic-speaking world. In honor of his 80th birthday, Adonis reads from and discusses the newly published translation into English by (Khaled Mattawa) of his Selected Poems. Adonis is joined by poets and translators Marilyn Hacker, Pierre Joris and Lawrence Joseph. (Full Audio, approx. 1 hr)
On View April 6 - May 4
Open during regular library hours through the end of April, the Showcase exhibit offers a once-a-year opportunity to browse through the nation’s most comprehensive gathering of new poetry books.
Join us for our annual tribute to the art we celebrate and the city we love. Poets Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Willie Perdomo and Galway Kinnell will read their poems and invoke the words and spirits of Crane, Whitman, and Moore. The walk features poetry readings on the bridge and Fulton Ferry Landing, the presentation of the biennial Elizabeth Kray Award, and it concludes with a convivial dinner that engages Manhattan as a spectacular backdrop.
From US Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz’s opening night reading, to rock balladeer Patti Smith’s closing concert, the Gathering explores poetry’s roots in oral traditions. With over 100 events at venues throughout lower Manhattan, the Gathering brings together poets from across the aesthetic spectrum, as well as over 40 other presenting organizations. The following events will take place at Poets House. All are $5, free to Poets House members and those with PPG passes, unless otherwise noted.