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“…Poets House, that hybrid of library, study hall and exhibition space, floating like a utopian mirage over the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan…”

—Holland Cotter, The New York Times

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A Message to Our Community

Poets House joins with all people of conscience to express outrage and pain as crisis grips our nation.

Police brutality continues unabated: Jacob Blake, shot seven times in the back. Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery—just a few of the countless victims of systematic racism in our nation. At the same time the death toll from Covid-19 surpasses 180,000, inordinately impacting communities of color.

Over and over again racism expresses itself in lethal violence—and systemic racism expresses itself in ruined lives and death. Now is the time for all voices to be raised to demand our justice system be remade and inequity throughout our culture be redressed.

What can poetry do in the face of these calamities—calamities not equally shared among us? Poets House acts on the belief that poetry bears witness, incites a language of mutuality and care, and by so doing insists on individual and collective action to bring about change. Poetry helps us find ways to stand in solidarity against brutality.

As the great Caribbean poet Édouard Glissant wrote, We cry our cry of poetry. Our boats are open and we sail them for everyone.

With love and solidarity,

Nicholas Potter, President
Linda Earle, Vice President
Lee Briccetti, Executive Director

 


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Oct1

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Craft Talk with Carl Phillips

Oct 1, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Carl Phillips gives a craft talk on “Pale Colors in a Tall Field” reflecting on his poetics, process, and mentoring next generation poets.

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