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An Introduction to Poets House

Founded in 1985, Poets House is a 70,000-volume poetry library in the heart of Battery Park City. Every year, over 80,000 visitors walk through its doors. Poets House reaches over 10,000 children and teens through its youth poetry programs. It serves as a place for quiet contemplation and a literary center for all who read and write poetry.

Cathedral by Derrick Austin

A poem by Derrick Austin, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, selected by Mary Szybist for his debut collection, Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

The Portent of Silence by Jay Deshpande

A poem by Jay Deshpande, author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books, 2015), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

What Returns by Cameron Awkward-Rich

A poem by Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

Juice by Tusiata Avia

A poem by New Zealand poet, Tusiata Avia (Victoria University Press).

Post Elegy by Wayne Miller

A poem by Wayne Miller, author of Post- (Milkweed Editions, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.