A Note from the Poets House Executive Director
A poem does invite, it does require. What does it invite? A poem invites you to feel, More than that: it invites you to respond. And better than that: a poem invites a total response. -- Muriel Rukeyser
Poets House is a place to rediscover your life in language.
Here, a 50,000-volume poetry library-with riverside views, free Wi-Fi and a lovely, lively atmosphere in which to experience one of humanity's great art forms-fills daily with visitors from all over the globe who read, write and converse. The camaraderie is palpable-rooted in a love of language and smart, feeling exchange.
The Reed Foundation Library is one of the great community expressions of our art form, built through the donations of books from poets, translators and publishers from all over the country. We are so delighted that, now, from the comfort of your living room, you can spelunk through the collection’s online public access catalog, which officially launched this spring—a project ten years in the making.
The Fall 2013 program season at Poets House is packed with international conversation. This season we come full circle as Tony Hoagland presents an evening on the work of Tomas Tranströmer, the first poet featured at a public Poets House event back in 1986. Join us for the dialogue during these remarkable programs and stay for the receptions that follow each event. And join us online, where so many terrific Poets House events from the past can be heard for the first time.
Meanwhile, Poets House is vigorously experimenting with additional, new offerings: exhibitions that emphasize relationships between language and the visual arts; speakers’ bureaus that build cultural bridges while traveling to partner-libraries all over the country; an Emerging Poets Fellowship that encourages the creation of new work; and so much more.
Come celebrate your life in language with us. In all that we do, we we emphasize poetry’s ability to make language new.
—Lee Briccetti, Executive Director
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