The Poetry of Eros with Marie Ponsot

"Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of love poems, from ancient Greece to New York now. Readings will include Sappho, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Djuna Barnes, W.H. Auden, and a variety of contemporary poets. Special attention will be paid to the shifty mysteries of resonance in the words “I,” “love,” and “you.”"

Poems By Heart with Carol Conroy

Poems By Heart brings people together to recite from memory the poems they love. Participants are asked to memorize a new poem each month that someone else has written.

Passwords: Cyrus Cassells on Salvador Espriu

Salvador Espriu (1913-1985) was Catalan Spain’s leading contender for the Nobel Prize. Before the Spanish Civil War, he was a literary prodigy in fiction. When Franco came to power and banned the Catalan language from public use, Espriu turned almost exclusively to poetry and plays. As he struggled to preserve his censored language and culture, his work achieved a spare intensity and a bare-bones beauty, reminiscent of Beckett. Cyrus Cassells will read from his own translations and from Magda Bogin’s Selected Poems of Salvador Espriu.

Family Romance with Cyrus Cassells

This two-part workshop will explore the rewards and pitfalls of writing about family, using Louise Glück’s trenchant volume, Ararat, as a guide. Home is often the site of the keenest experiences of love and communion, and the source of the deepest wounding. How do poets reconcile this fact in their work? The first session will be a discussion of Ararat and key issues in writing about family, including truthtelling, self-censorship, family skeletons, and sentimentality. The second session will be devoted to student work.

People's Poetry Gathering

April 9 - 11, 1999
This year, the Showcase provides a context for The People’s Poetry Gathering, a festival of over one hundred events celebrating our nation’s oral traditions. This ‘Woodstock for Words’ brings practitioners of a wide range of oral poetries––including cowboys, decimeros and griots––to explore the relationship between popular recitation traditions and contemporary poetry.

Does Poets House hold open mics?

Poets House does not hold Open Mic events as part of its regular schedule. Here are a few suggestions of other venues to contact.

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
(212) 614-0505
Price: Varies

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St. (between Bleecker & W. 4th St.)
(212) 989-9319
(Holds open mics infrequently)

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