Feltges, Di Nardo and McLeod at the art bar poetry series

Title: Feltges, Di Nardo and McLeod at the art bar poetry series

Date: September 15, 2015

art-barLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Kenneth Feltges, Antony Di Nardo and Shawn McLeod.

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Fiorito, Ross and Bullis at the art bar poetry series

Title: Fiorito, Ross and Bullis at the art bar poetry series

Date: September 8, 2015

art-barLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Joe Fiorito, Stuart Ross and Nancy Bullis.

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Fall Conversation Series: Sharon Olds and Cynthia Nixon

Title: Fall Conversation Series: Sharon Olds and Cynthia Nixon

Date: December 11, 2015

academy-american-poetsLocation: New York, New York, US
Description: This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. This evening’s event features Sharon Olds and actor Cynthia Nixon.

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Fall Conversation Series: Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton

Title: Fall Conversation Series: Kevin Young and Gabrielle Hamilton

Date: November 19, 2015

academy-american-poetsLocation: New York, New York, US
Description: This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. This evening’s event features Kevin Young and chef Gabrielle Hamilton.

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Fall Conversation Series: Mark Doty and Bill T. Jones

Title: Fall Conversation Series: Mark Doty and Bill T. Jones

Date: October 19, 2015

academy-american-poetsLocation: New York, New York, US
Description: This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. This evening’s event features Mark Doty and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

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Fall Conversation Series: Claudia Rankine and Carrie Mae Weems

Title: Fall Conversation Series: Claudia Rankine and Carrie Mae Weems

Date: September 9, 2015

academy-american-poetsLocation: New York, New York, US
Description: This fall, The New York Public Library and the Academy of American Poets will present a free series of four conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations will pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. This evening’s event features Claudia Rankine and artist Carrie Mae Weems.

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Theme: Love // Lust

Title: Theme: Love // Lust

Date: September 10, 2015

theme-logoLocation: London, England
Description: (The[m)e] is a boundary-crossing arts event, which invites poets, comedians and musicians to interpret a changing monthly ‘theme’. This month sees Ben Pope, Sophie Crawford, Beard, Mona Arshi, AK Blakemore, Anna Kahn, Callum Nott and more take on the theme of Love & Lust.

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karen-solie

The Girls

They stayed at home. They didn’t go far.
Trends do not move them.
From picture windows of family homes

they cast wide gazes of manifest pragmatism:
hopeful and competent, boundlessly integrated,
fearless, enviable, eternal.

Vegas, Florida, Mexico, Florida, Vegas.
With children they travel backroads
in first and last light to ball fields

and arenas of the Dominion.
We have no children. We don’t own,
but rent successively, relentlessly,

to no real end. The high-school reunion
was a disaster. Our husbands got wasted
and fought one another, then with an equanimity

we secretly despised, made up over
anthem rock, rye and water. Our
grudges are prehistoric and literal.

It seems they will survive us. The girls
share a table, each pitying the others their looks,
their men, their clothes, their lives.

alan-shapiro

Stone Church

A space to rise in,
made from what falls,
from the very mass
it’s cleared from,
cut, carved, chiseled,
fluted or curved
into a space
there is no end to
at night when
the stained glass
behind the altar
could be stone too,
obsidian, or basalt,
for all the light there is.

At night, high
over the tiny
galaxy of cancles
guttering down
into dark chapels
all along the nave,
there’s greater
gravity inside the
the grace that’s risen
highest into rib
vaults and flying
buttresses, where
each stone is another
stone’s resistance to
the heaven far
beneath it, that
with all its might
it yearns for, down
in the very soul
of earth where it’s said
that stone is forever
falling into light
that burns as it rises,
cooling, into stone.