Poetry Spotlight

Deborah Pease

Poets House mourns the loss of our dear friend Deborah Saltonstall Pease--poet, former publisher of The Paris Review and literary philanthropist. Deborah's books of poetry include: The Feathered Wind (1991), Did You Know? (1992), Into the Amazement (1993), Out of Nowhere (1994), The Lost Voice of Silence (1996), Another Ghost in the Doorway: Collected Poems (1999), At Ease with Mystery (2005), Out of Context (2007) and Pierrot and Peonies (2008). Deborah was passionate about small and independent poetry press publications and was a formative supporter of the Poets House Showcase, a program that annually gathers all of the new poetry books from across the nation into a single exhibit. Deborah loved the inclusion, democracy and abundant community of the Showcase. Born in Boston in 1943, Deborah Pease died peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2014.

The Soul selects her own Society—
Emily Dickinson

Cool Summer at Poets House

Lenelle Moïse, Spencer Reece, Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin
Poets Lenelle Moïse, Spencer Reece, Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin

Poets House Showcase Readings
Listen to work by exciting poets with titles in our 2014 Showcase:

Thursday June 26: Showcase Opening Reading with Meena Alexander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, David Lehman, and Rachel Zucker.

Wednesday July 23: Emily Abendroth, Brett Fletcher Lauer, Frances Justine Post, and Wendy S. Walters

Wednesday July 30:
Click here to listen to Part One of this reading with Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin.
Click here to listen to Part Two of this reading with Lenelle Moïse and Spencer Reece.

Wednesday August 6: Cathy Linh Che, Harmony Holiday, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Mark Wunderlich

NOTE: The Showcase will be CLOSED Tuesday, August 12

A PDF of the 2014 Showcase Catalog can be found here

A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

Visit Poets House to see this "lavish tribute" (New York Times) to artist George Schneeman (1934-2009), spanning 40 years of his work and curated by Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett, on view through September 20th.

Click here to listen to a Schneeman-inspired poetry reading with friends and artistic collaborators Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson.

The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

The Poetic Species book cover

I am encouraged by this call to action by both scientific and literary communities and curious about the possible responses. - Marla Johnson, Book Review Editor, World Literature Today

In this shimmering conversation (the outgrowth of a 2012 event co-sponsored by Poets House and the American Museum of Natural History), Edward O. Wilson, renowned scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the unity of knowledge, finds an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as U.S. poet laureate was “imagination makes communities.” A testament to how science and the arts can join forces to educate and inspire, it ends in a passionate plea for conservation of all the planet’s species.

The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating. - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Purchase your copy here

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