Poems for humans’ use

I have always said that April is cruel to poets month.  Poets are reading everywhere. Some are writing a new poem each day–oh you productive ones.  Sometimes, we just post each others’ work on Facebook elsewhere.  It is that feast more than famine moment month.  But as a poet, I am pleased for the feast.   It is good to hear poets as diverse as Cyrus Cassells, , Scott Hightower, Julie Patton, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Anne Waldman, Simone White and that’s just the first two weeks in New York City.  At the end of March, I was pleased to launch my new chapbook Living in the Love Economy Berl’s Poetry Shop, a wonderful space for poetry books and all who read them in DUMBO, beneath the Manhattan Bridge and to attend the Center for Black Literature’s National Black Writers Conference.  I look forward to readings and events in April.  

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photograph by John Casquerelli

This past week I led a Master Class at the 12th National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College and I used “Mourning the Queen of Sunday” by Robert Hayden as the prompt. It is Hayden’s centenary and I envy Tony Medina and others who attended a conference in Detroit at Wayne State University.  Whether it Academy of American Poets poem-a-day; your local library’s Poem in a pocket Day or if in NYC, you visit the luminous as in daylight Poets House in Tribeca, open your mind and heart to the efforts of we would be bards.  You never know what you find there.  Some time powerful, forceful, feelingforce, thinkingforce, beingforce. Poems can generate great light or deep darkness.  That is good.  Poems are human made for humans’ use.

 

2014 Readings and Events

MARCH 2014

March 16  Bowery Women Anniversary Reading

Organized by Marjorie AltmanTesser, co-editor

w/ Fay Chiang, Nancy Mercado, Jan Heller Levi, et al

308 Bowery

1-3 p.m.

$5.00 Donation

Manhattan, NY

 

March 26   Solo Reading  SUNY  Stony Brook

Organized by Rowan Ricardo Philips

Dedicated to Kofi Awonoor

SUNY English Department

4 p.m.

Stony Brook, NY

 

March 28   Reading/Book Party

Living in the Love Economy

Organized by Overpass Books

w/ Anselm Berrigan and Erica Hunt

Berl’s Poetry Shop

126A Front Street

Brooklyn, NY

Free

347-687-2375

 

March 30, NBWC Poetry Talk Shop

National Black Writers Conference

Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Free

Brooklyn, NY

www.centerforblackliterature.org

 

APRIL EVENTS

 April 7,  RUTH MALECZECH ART + IMPACT

Tribute to Ruth Malaczech

w/ Lee Breuer, Joanne Akalits, Sharon Fogarty, et al

Co-curated by Dr. Jessica Silsby Brater

6:30 p.m.

Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center

34th & Fifth Avenue

Manhattan

 

 

April 13 Housing Works Downtown Literary Festival

Tribute to Alice Notley

Group Reading organized by Alice Whitwam

2-3 p.m.

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery

Manhattan

 

 

April 17,  Dante Alghieri’s Inferno Reading

9-midnight after Maundy Thursday Service

Group Reading organized by Marilyn Nelson, et al

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street

Manhattan

 

April 22, Brownstone Poets

Organized by Patricia Carragon

w/ Yuyutsu Sharma, et al

7:30 p.m.

Donation

Café Dada

57 Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn NY

 

April 27, Sunday Salon

Organized by Nita Noveno

w/ Terence Degnan, Kim Friedman & Sweta Vikram

7 p.m.

Free

Jimmy’s No. 43

43 E. 7th Street

Manhattan

www.sundaysalon.com