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May 2018

The Little Magazine

May 15, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018

Curated by Sophie Seita, this exhibition examines the contributions small press magazines have made to the development of poets and to national and international cultural & political movements.

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November 2017

Opening Reception for 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects

Nov 16, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Poets House, 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects mines the Poets House archives for objects of resonance, including handwritten correspondence between e. e. cummings and Elizabeth Kray; typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell; paintings, photographs, journals, and recordings; and much more.

Exhibition on view November 16, 2017-January 20, 2018.

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30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects

Nov 16, 2017 - May 12, 2018

On View: November 16, 2017-May 12, 2018

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Poets House, 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects mines the Poets House archives for objects of resonance, including handwritten correspondence between E. E. Cummings and Elizabeth Kray; typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell; paintings, photographs, journals, and recordings; and much more. The exhibition charts the evolution of this vibrant home for poetry, from a borrowed high school classroom…

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September 2017

Exhibition Opening: Prose Architectures Has Audio Source

Sep 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

6:00pm Exhibition Opening
7:00pm Reading with Renee Gladman and Fred Moten

Renee Gladman’s drawings regard language and narration as architectures with interiors that can be opened, enacted, or mapped. This exhibition features work from two of her drawings-for-books, Prose Architectures and Plans for Sentences, as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall.

Exhibition on view September 26-November 4, 2017

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Prose Architectures

Sep 26, 2017 | 12:00 am - Nov 11, 2017 | 12:00 am

On view September 26-November 11, 2017

Renee Gladman’s drawings regard language and narration as architectures with interiors that can be opened, enacted, or mapped. This exhibition features work from two of her drawings-for-books, Prose Architectures and Plans for Sentences, as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall.

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July 2017

The Poets House Showcase 25th Anniversary Celebration: A Pop-Up Show

Jul 27, 2017 | 12:00 am - Sep 16, 2017 | 12:00 am

On View July 27 – September 16

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Poets House Showcase, we have selected a sampling of the special, limited-edition items that have been shown over the years. This pop-up show features handmade books created by micropresses, fine editions, and other distinctive items displaying unique formats or unusual bindings. Together, these materials illustrate the ongoing relevance of the printed format and the handmade book, where…

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March 2017

Exhibition Opening for Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation

Mar 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Tour at 6PM, Talk at 7PM

Katherine Litwin and Fred Sasaki of the Poetry Foundation guide audiences on a walking tour of the Poets House exhibit, Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation followed by an oral history of Poetry magazine by editor Don Share. Audiences enjoy an up-close look at T.S. Eliot’s first published poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”;…

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Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation

Mar 22, 2017 | 12:00 am - Jul 8, 2017 | 12:00 am

On view March 22-July 8, 2017

An exhibit featuring books, periodicals, and ephemera from the working library of Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. Items include books inscribed to staff by great poets of the times, rare and seminal issues of the famed poetry magazine, and relics from the Foundation’s storied history.

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December 2016

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Comes to New York City

Dec 15, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Developed by Poets House and City Lore, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is an exhibit that has traveled to 11 cities—and finally opens here in Manhattan. The potential of poetry to extend the reach of language and express complex ideas and feelings through metaphor makes it a powerful force. In Muslim cultures poetry plays a central role in all aspects of life—intellectual, spiritual, social, and political. The exhibit—replete with artwork inspired by Muslim poetry and folk traditions—challenges…

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October 2016

Opening Reception for American Stanzas: 2006–2016

Oct 28, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opening reception for American Stanzas: 2006-2016, an exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Co-sponsored by Cave Canem.

Exhibit on view through February 25, 2017

RELATED: American Stanzas: A Reading

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her most recent collection, Lighting the Shadow

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