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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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American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Oct 28, 2016 | 12:00 am - Feb 25, 2017 | 12:00 am

On view October 28, 2016-February 25, 2017

An exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Griffiths’ work lyrically orbits the politics of imagination, black womanhood, and history, offering a charged and complicated visual narrative of poetry. American Stanzas: 2006-2016 includes a curated folio of Griffiths’ early work as a photographer. Co-sponsored by Cave Canem.

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June 2016

Night at the Museums

Jun 21, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spend a summer evening visiting 15 excitingly diverse museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan — all for free. Learn about New York City’s history, discover new heritages, and enjoy discounts at local restaurants.
Poets House is pleased to be part of Night at the Museums:

Stop in between 4:00pm and 8:00pm and view The Poets’ Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising on its final day. Complete a special scavenger hunt throughout the space…

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May 2016

Curator’s tour for The Poet’s Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising

May 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A tour of this special exhibition of rare books and papers on loan from Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University, with curators Sarah Harsh and Kevin Young.

On April 24, 1916, Irish poets, actors, teachers, and citizens armed themselves and took control of key locations throughout Dublin, then under British rule. This rebellion, known as the Easter Rising, set in motion a war for independence,…

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The Poets’ Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising

May 4, 2016 | 12:00 am - Jun 21, 2016 | 12:00 am

On view May 4 – June 21, 2016

On April 24, 1916, Irish poets, actors, teachers, and citizens armed themselves and took control of key locations throughout Dublin, then under British rule. This rebellion, known as the Easter Rising, set in motion a war for independence, a civil war, the partition of Ireland, and, ultimately, the creation of the Irish Free State. It also reinforced the connection between poetry, politics, and possibility still present in Ireland…

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February 2016

Opening Reception for Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner

Feb 20, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the 1990s, this exhibition charts the creative collaboration and friendship between the New York School Poet Barbara Guest (1920-2006) and painter Fay Lansner (1921-2010). Included in the exhibit are drawings, paintings, collages and portraits of Guest that depict the progressive transformation of the creative process. This is the first time that these works have been brought together in an exhibition.

Proceeded by Curator tour and conversation

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