Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine who read at last year’s Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.
The weather is finally changing and lo and behold it is National Poetry Month. So what does one do to acknowledge this? Or better yet, how should one get back to poetry in general if it has been a while? Pick up that collected works by Robert Frost that’s been on your bookshelf for ages? Peruse the latest New Yorker for whatever offerings they have in their poetry section? Go on line to the Poetry Foundation http://bit.ly/1dv3Epe and plug into the state of poetry with its articles and audio recordings, from the obscure to the famous, to the international world of poetry, to those poet laureates from your home state? Set yourself up with a new and steady diet of poems sent to you every day from the website Poetry Daily- http://poems.com/ ? Or maybe take in a live reading? After all, poetry was meant to be heard aloud, since it was only stored in the memories of the first poets who learned poems from poets before them, and recitation was the only way it was passed along. Jussi Huovinen, 75 years old, is the last living singer of the Finnish epic The Kalevala which takes several days for him to recite from memory. It is still handed down. And the live experience is still just as exciting now when you hear great poets read their work beside kindred souls who also enjoy this most intimate of art forms. And maybe you experience something life changing in a room with others seeking the same. So try a live reading somewhere in the city this month. Verbal Supply Company has put together a few links below which you can use to find this month’s offerings.But first and foremost if you really want to get into the swing of things, its still a ways off but the mother of all poetry readings here in the United States is the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival held from October 23rd to October 26th in Newark , New Jersey’s downtown arts district. In its 26-year history, the Dodge Poetry Festival has involved more than 500 poets, including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and an unparalleled array of much-published and award-winning poets.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
The Poetry Society of New York
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The Poetry Brothel
March 30th, April 27th, May 11th, June 29th, July 13th
102 Norfolk Street, Manhattan
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The Ear Inn Series
Featuring John Casteen, Amy Lawless, and Jennifer Tamayo
Wednesday, April 30th
326 Spring Street
The Fourth Annual New York City Poetry Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & 27th, 2014
Governors Island, Colonel’s Row
Passwords: Tom Sleigh on Seamus Heaney
Thu, Apr 10, 2014, 7:00pm
NEW YORK CITY SPOKEN WORD EVENTS
FREE READINGS AND BOOK SIGNINGS
Poetry Reading | Iraq War vet Kevin Powers reads from his book Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting.
National Book Award finalist, Iraq War veteran, novelist, and poet Kevin Powers debuts a collection of poems about the various moments that comprise a soldiers life.
Barnes and Noble, Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway and 82nd St Wed, Apr 23rd 7pm- Free. No reservation required.