A Note from the Poets House Executive Director (Spring 2013)
Place situates time by giving it a local habitation.
— Edward S. Casey
Poets House is a place for poetry—a place of vision, reflection and affiliation.
So many people feel breathless in the crushing pace of our time. Poets House creates a cultural dimension of reflection. The Reed Foundation Library—50,000 volumes of poetry and counting—takes visitors to the realms of the possible in language, in a space that balances interiority with interaction
and connection to landscape.
While our sense of space and time are being transformed through new technologies, the gathering of books at Poets House embodies an intense physical and virtual presence for our art form. Poets and publishers from all over the nation have added their artistry and energy to the creation of one of the greatest participatory collections of poetry ever assembled. This spring, after years of work and goodwill, we launch our library catalog online, providing even greater visibility and “searchability” for all the poets gathered under our roof.
Programs come directly out of the ethos of inclusion and diversity embodied by our collections. The Spring 2013 season is particularly remarkable and energetic. From a landmark symposium bringing together a new generation of Native American poets, to the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s, there are so many opportunities for learning and for making a communal space through language.
We are also proud to display recent gifts to our permanent collection of artworks this spring, including pieces by Mary Frank; paintings by Darragh Park; alongside our ravishing poem-pictures by Philip Guston, based on Stanley Kunitz’s words. There are so many points of entry into the direct and
powerful rejuvenation that comes from artful articulation.
Please take pleasure in being part of this place.
—Lee Briccetti, Executive Director
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