Shinkichi Takahashi: Modern Zen Poet

Shinkichi Takahashi (1901 - 1987), who first gained recognition as a Dadaist poet and novelist, was one of the foremost Zen poets of this century. Poet and translator Lucien Stryk leads a discussion of Takahashi’s major works and their Zen content.

Passwords: Jean Valentine on Osip Mandelstam

Mandelstam, who died in a transit camp in Vladivostok in 1938, has been called the greatest Russian poet of the modern period. Jean Valentine reads and discusses his work, with an emphasis on the late poems.

Holiday Book Sale

Thursday, December 17, 11:00am-8:00pm
Friday, December 18, 11:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 11:00am-4:00pm

Poets House makes it easy to give the gift of poetry. With thousands of duplicate poetry books for sale, there is something here for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The prices are unbeatable and all proceeds benefit our permanent collection.

Holiday Book Sale

Poets House makes it easy to give the gift of poetry. With thousands of duplicate poetry books for sale, there is something here for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The prices are unbeatable and all proceeds benefit our permanent collection.

Third Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

"Discover the poetry “under your boot-soles” and join us in celebrating the confluence of poetry, water and the magnificent New York City skyline. Hear the words of Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore and Walt Whitman brought to life by Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty and Grace Paley who will join us for this year’s annual bridge crossing. The walk includes a Buffet Supper and poetry readings at City Hall Park, on the Bridge and at the Fulton Ferry Landing.

Sixth Annual Poetry Publication Showcase

Join us for celebration, refreshments, and a walk-in survey of the most current poetry scene.

Sixth Annual Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception

Join us for celebration, refreshments, and a walk-in survey of the most current poetry scene. A book party for the whole field!

Sixth Annual Poetry Publication Showcase

Showcase On View March 28-May 9
A walk-in survey of the most current poetry scene

Straw, Feathers & Dust: The Radical Poetics of William Stafford

Marvin Bell, one of the great contemporary teachers of the craft of poetry, reads and discusses the poems of William Stafford, with whom he co-authored Segues: A Correspondence in Poetry.

Passwords: John Felstiner on Paul Celan

Paul Celan, emerging from the European Jewish catastrophe with nothing but his (radically questioned) German mother tongue, challenges his translator too. John Felstiner discusses Celan’s poems and their embeddedness in the poet’s life.

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