Poet Lorine Niedecker (1903–1970) lived most of her life on Blackhawk Island in rural Wisconsin. However, she was not isolated from the avant-garde poetry practices of her time. A life-long correspondent of Louis Zukofsky’s, Niedecker established her own “condensory” of poetic language.
Showcase On View June 27- August 17
There is no better way to get an overview of the art of poetry than at this free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.
A reading by the 10 poets in Poets House’s second annual Emerging Poets Fellowship program: Mahogany Browne, Jessica Elsaesser, Paul Hlava, Rosamond King, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Montana Ray, Andrew Seguin, Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Purvi Shah and Ocean Vuong (Full Audio, approx. 1 hr. 20 mins)
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.