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Holiday Greetings from the Poets House Library

A members-only “behind the scenes” look at items related to friendship and the holidays from the Poets House Library Special Collections and archives. Featuring holiday cards from poet Robert Frost, among others. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

Space is limited, please RSVP to Gina Scalise gina@poetshouse.org.

Beyond Bhakti: Contemporary Spiritual Poetics Across Europe and The Americas

Join us for a reading and discussion of devotional poetry gleaned across expanses of time and geography with Ravi Shankar, Drunken Boat’s founding editor. Claire Cavanagh reads new work and discusses the articulation of spirit in the Eastern European tradition and the role translation plays. Ellen Doré Watson reads and discusses her translations of the Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Patty Crane discusses the mysticism at the edges of poet Tomas Tranströmer’s work.

Bhakti: The Art of Devotion

Archana Venkatesan, Rafiq Kathwari, and Ravi Shankar engage in a discussion concerning the poetics of Bhakti, the Sanskrit word meaning “to participate in, to share in, and to have love and devotion for.” Together, they examine Indian art and spirituality, spanning the linguistic worlds of Tamil and Urdu literature, and how it manifests in their own work in translation. Join Poets House as we unpack the complex prosody, rich cultural history, and rhetorical nuance of Indian verse.

Murder, Prison, Suicide, and Joy: A Craft Talk with Jericho Brown

Poet Jericho Brown, author of The New Testament, examines male beauty, immanent violence, and the necessity of sin versus the desire for redemption in a world marked and tormented by racial tensions and religious traditions.

The Art of Awareness with Steve Zeitlin

Steve Zeitlin, founding director of the nonprofit cultural center City Lore, presents The Poetry of Everyday Life, stories from everyday citizens who transform the streets of New York City and its daily occurrences into poetry.

Love, H: The Letters of Hettie Jones & Helene Dorn

“We’d fled the norm for women then, because to live it would have been a kind of death,” writes Hettie Jones in Love, H, a selection from the forty-year correspondence between poet Jones and sculptor Helene Dorn. Revealing the intimacy of lifelong friends, these letters explore the battlegrounds of women’s rights, tenants’ rights, marriage, motherhood, and a shared past that kept the two irrevocably connected in the Beat bohemia of the 1960s.

Absolute Splendor: A Tribute to Cynthia Macdonald

Join us as we pay tribute to the life and work of acclaimed poet, psychoanalyst, and former opera singer Cynthia Macdonald (1928-2015), known for her humor and her ability to draw poetry from the strange and grotesque. Poets Rosellen Brown, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Phillip Lopate, and Jennifer Macdonald, among others read her work

Black Love: A Reading and Craft Talk with Joshua Bennett

Weighing the work of Thylias Moss, Frank Ocean, Robin Coste Lewis, and George Moses Horton, among others, against Thomas Jefferson’s claim in Notes on The State of Virginia that, “among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry,” poet and scholar Joshua Bennett explores the politics of black love throughout the African diasporic literary tradition

50 Years of Hanging Loose: An Anniversary Celebration

From its magazine origins of mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope to one of the premier publishers of poetry, Hanging Loose Press celebrates 50 years. The evening will feature readings from Hanging Loose authors Jen Benka, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, Robert Hershon, Dick Lourie, and Mark Pawlak.

Hideous: A Reading and Conversation with Sylvia Legris & Will Alexander

Canadian poet Sylvia Legris, winner of the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Los Angeles poet Will Alexander, winner of the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize, discuss how language operates to amputate, dissect, and reveal the most intimate secrets of the human and animal body.

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