Branching Out Lake Charles: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

The Children's Poetry Book Show Opening Celebration

Readings to celebrate National Poetry Month and the opening of this display of the best poetry for children from the past year.

Branching Out New Orleans: Mary Jo Salter on Marianne Moore

A prim and proper representative of the avant-garde. A private, single woman who lived with her mother, counted many (misbehaving) great writers as her friends, and famously influenced the course of American letters. A modest person who saluted boldness. A city-dweller who was a close observer of animals. An artist who embraced science. A punctilious failure at punctuation. A writer of prose that sounded like poetry and of poetry that sounded like prose. A woman writer revered by male writers in her lifetime, when women were often dismissed (at least until they were properly dead).

2006 Poets House Showcase

On view April 1 - 29
View the dazzling Poets House Showcase, a cornucopia of the poetry published in the United States since last year. Not to be missed.

Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & 20th Anniversary Birthday Cake Bash

Sip champagne and bite into sugary confections from New York’s finest cake bakers as you view the dazzling Poets House Showcase, a cornucopia of the poetry published in the United States since last year. Not to be missed.

Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & 20th Anniversary Birthday Cake Bash

Sip champagne and bite into sugary confections from New York’s finest cake bakers as you view the dazzling Poets House Showcase, a cornucopia of the poetry published in the United States since last year. Not to be missed.

Versions of the Erotic with Patrick Rosal

In her essay, "Uses of the Erotic," Audre Lorde clarifies the definition of the erotic, describing its rich and natural relationship to poetry. She emphasizes the empowering nature of our obsessions, our needs, our abiding sorrows, our daily (and often secret) delights. For Lorde, sensation and feeling are essential in understanding our human "capacity for joy." In this workshop, we'll look at poems by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, June Jordan, and others whose work provides us versions of the erotic.

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