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30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects

On View: November 16, 2017-January 20, 2018

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Poets House, 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects mines the Poets House archives for objects of resonance, including handwritten correspondence between e. e. cummings and Elizabeth Kray; typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell; paintings, photographs, journals, and recordings; and much more.

Prose Architectures

On view September 26-November 4, 2017

Renee Gladman’s drawings regard language and narration as architectures with interiors that can be opened, enacted, or mapped. This exhibition features work from two of her drawings-for-books, Prose Architectures and Plans for Sentences, as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall.

Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation

On view March 22-July 8, 2017

An exhibit featuring books, periodicals, and ephemera from the working library of Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. Items include books inscribed to staff by great poets of the times, rare and seminal issues of the famed poetry magazine, and relics from the Foundation’s storied history.

American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

On view October 28, 2016-February 25, 2017

An exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Griffiths’ work lyrically orbits the politics of imagination, black womanhood, and history, offering a charged and complicated visual narrative of poetry. American Stanzas: 2006-2016 includes a curated folio of Griffiths’ early work as a photographer. Co-sponsored by Cave Canem.

The Poets’ Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising

On view May 4 - June 21, 2016

On April 24, 1916, Irish poets, actors, teachers, and citizens armed themselves and took control of key locations throughout Dublin, then under British rule. This rebellion, known as the Easter Rising, set in motion a war for independence, a civil war, the partition of Ireland, and, ultimately, the creation of the Irish Free State. It also reinforced the connection between poetry, politics, and possibility still present in Ireland today.

Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner

On View February 20-October 15, 2016

Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the 1990s, this exhibition charts the creative collaboration and friendship between the New York School Poet Barbara Guest (1920- 2006) and painter Fay Lansner (1921-2010). Included in the exhibit are drawings, paintings, collages and portraits of Guest that depict the progressive transformation of the creative process. This is the first time that these works have been brought together in an exhibition.

Seeking the Glyph: Edward Sanders

On view: Tuesday, March 31–Saturday, May 23, 2015

During the course of a long and diverse career as a poet, musician, historian, publisher, activist, and pacifist, Edward Sanders has invented a glyphic alphabet, a colorful script of hand-drawn characters, symbols, and graphemes; in his words, "a Glyph is a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic, and poetic intensity."

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