Archive for April, 2009

Flush or Faunus

You see this dog; it was but yesterday
I mused forgetful of his presence here,
Till thought on thought drew downward tear on tear:
When from the pillow where wet-cheeked I lay
A head as hairy as Faunus thrust its way
Right sudden against my face, two golden-clear
Great eyes astonished mine, a drooping ear
Did flap me on either cheek to dry the spray!
I started first as some Arcadian
Amazed by god in ghostly twilight grove:
But as the bearded vision closelier ran
My tears off, I knew Flush, and rose above
Surprise and sadness, – thanking the true PAN
Who by low creatures leads to heights of love.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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We’ve hit 50,000 here ninaalvarez.net! And it’s poetry month! How perfect.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, here are some events going on:

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Free Library Festival! All weekend long, stop by the Independence Foundation Poetry Corner (Room 108 of Parkway Central Library) to listen to readings by acclaimed poets, including:

Raymond Luczak
Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life

Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 PM

In Assembly Required, essayist, poet, and playwright Raymond Luczak meditates on what it means to be a gay man living between the deaf and hearing worlds.

Amiri Baraka | Transbluesency
Saturday, April 18 at 4:00 PM
Transbluesency collects many of poet, playwright, and political activist Amiri Baraka’s poems into a single volume, combining “the personal and political in highly charged ways” (Publishers Weekly).
More info>>

Daniel Hoffman | The Whole Nine Yards
Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 PM
Former United States Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman recently received the Arthur Anse Prize for “a distinctive poet” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
More info>>

Kevin Young | Dear Darkness
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 PM
Inspired by the blues and the history of Black America, Kevin Young’s poems appear in the New Yorker and the Paris Review, and Publisher’s Weekly calls him “perhaps the most prominent African American poet of his generation.”

Susan Stewart | Red Rover
Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 PM
National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Susan Stewart explores the changing cycles of life in her new poetry collection, beginning with the fall of man and lofting into praise for the green and turning world. More info>>
Poetry for the Whole Family
Jen Bryant
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 PM, Story Hour Room

Jen Bryant is the author of more than a dozen books for children and young adults, including The Trial, Pieces of Georgia, and Ringside 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial, an Oprah’s Book Club Kid’s Reading List pick. Her children’s biography, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, artfully captures the life of the poet and was named one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2008. A former French and German teacher, Bryant currently teaches children’s literature at West Chester University.
Exhibitor Spotlight
The Free Library Festival’s Street Fair & Literary Marketplace is the place to check out what’s happening in the literary and arts world.

American Poetry Review, Booth #32
America’s Best Poetry Magazine

Philadelphia-based American Poetry Review was founded in 1972, and over the past 30 years has grown to become one of the most widely circulated poetry magazines, with subscribers in 55 countries. Author Cynthia Ozick writes, “[APR] renews our sense that poetry is urgent, the emergency room of our culture where night and day give way to meticulous and powerful attention.”
Free Library Festival
Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2009
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, both days

The Free Library Festival–a burst of books, music, and inspiration on the Parkway! Join us at the Parkway Central Library for two days full of stimulating talks by award-winning writers, live music, children’s entertainment, and a bustling literary marketplace thronged with booklovers and booksellers. A fun, free way to spend the day, the Free Library Festival connects booklovers from throughout the mid-Atlantic region with the culture makers of the literary world.

Festival events are free and open to the public. Seating begins 15 minutes prior to event start times. Seating is first come, first seated. Space is limited in some venues. Signings with the authors and performers take place after most events.

Visit us online at www.freelibrary.org/festival!

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from MACBETH Act. 5, Scene 5

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

-William Shakespeare

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