Experience the breadth and diversity of contemporary poetry today with this exciting display of all the poetry books published in the United States during the last year. From micro-press chapbooks to CDs to volumes from major commercial publishers, over 2,000 poetry titles are gathered together at Poets House. In conjunction, Showcase Readings will feature poets reading from newly published books.
The 2012 Showcase will include all of the year's new poetry and poetry-related books, chapbooks and multimedia titles published in the United States. More than 2,100 titles were in last year’s exhibition, representing close to 650 U.S. publishers—commercial, university, independent, small and micro-presses.
The only event of its kind, the Poetry Publication Showcase is an annual exhibit of over 1,000 new poetry books and a festival of events celebrating the diversity of poetry in print. The Showcase exhibit features all the year’s new poetry books from commercial, university and independent presses across the nation.
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 Bob Holman, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa and others who will join us for this year’s annual bridge crossing which honors Stanley Kunitz, our co-founder. The walk includes a Buffet Supper and poetry readings on the Bridge and at the Fulton Ferry Landing.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) is considered the greatest Urdu poet of the second half of this century. A two-time Nobel nominee, he was an outspoken public figure whose readings drew thousands of listeners. Agha Shahid Ali will read Faiz’s poems, examine his use of classical forms such as the ghazal, and discuss the difficulties of translation.