Free movies at the Oculus (Oct. 6-7)
The follow-up stars Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, and the story takes place 10 years after the events of Pacific Rim. The Jaeger program has now evolved and expanded into a massive global defense force after the Battle of the Breach, which comes in handy when the Kaiju threat returns.
It has been ten years since the Battle of the Breach and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes when the Kaiju threat returns.Into this is thrust ex-jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, son of the late Stacker Pentecost, who is given a chance by his adopted sister, Mako Mori to unite with the world and fellow Jaeger pilots to prevent humanity’s extinction.
- John Boyega as Jake Pentecost
- Scott Eastwood as Nate Lambert
- Cailee Spaeny as Amara Namani
- Adria Arjona as Jules
- Jing Tian as Liwen Shao
- Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
- Charlie Day as Dr. Newt Geiszler
- Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
- Karan Brar as Suresh
- Ivanna Sakhno as Vik
- Zhang Jin as Marshal Quan
- Mackenyu as Ryoichi
- Shyrley Rodriguez
- Levi Meaden as Ilya
- Rahart Adams
- Zhu Zhu as Juen
Come for the giant robots. Stay for John Boyega attempting to pull off the same mustache Idris Elba valiantly wore in the first Pacific Rim. It’s all good.
#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics
This panel, featuring Cameron Glover, Shauna Grant, Vita Ayala, Zora Gilbert, Fabian LeLay, Tee Franklin and Gail Simone, chats about the need for diversity and how people who feel underrepresented can get their voices out in the world of comics. (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 1A21)
Hulu and Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’
While Seth Rogen won’t be there, the stars of his new streaming action comedy — Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson and Haley Joel Osment — will be, joined by creators Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and showrunner Ben Karlin for this world premiere screening. On the Hulu show, Hutcherson plays a video gamer brought to the future to save the world. (1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A06)
Learn all about the new sci-fi series, a comedic riff on “Star Trek,” with stars Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki as well as producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga. (6-7 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.)
Cards Against Humanity: Live!
Join members of the Cards Against Humanity writers room — Jo Felder, Julia Weiss, Tom Dyke, Trin Garritano, Alex Cox and Kevin Reader — for this live show improvised around the popular and delightfully crude card game. (6:45-7:45 p.m., Room 1A10)
Hulu and Marvel Television present Marvel’s ‘Runaways’
Get a first look at the latest Marvel series “Runaways,” as show producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television show off some new footage from the Hulu series, which premieres Nov. 21. (7:45-9:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)
The cast and crew of Amazon’s “The Tick,” including creator Ben Edlund and stars Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman and Jackie Earle Haley, for a panel discussion, Q&A and some surprises. (11 a.m.-noon, Room 1A06)
‘Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe’: Screening & Cast Q&A
Be one of the first to see the new live-action digital series “Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe, the new collaboration between New York comic publisher Valiant Entertainment and popular YouTube series Super Power Beat Down. The panel includes Aaron and Sean Schoenke, Hunter Gorinson, Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani. (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 1A10)
DC Spotlight on Batman
If you see the Bat Signal shining, it’s to get you going to this panel about all things Dark Knight with some of the current crew of writers and artists working on the character, including Cully Hamner, Tom King, Sean Gordon Murphy, Tony Patrick, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. (1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A06)
World Premiere of ‘Batman vs. Two-Face’
The follow-up to the animated movie “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders,” “Batman vs. Two-Face,” set in the world of the 1960s “Batman” series, features the debut of the iconic villain Two-Face, voiced by the even more iconic William Shatner. The panel includes Burt Ward (Robin), Shatner, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic, Rick Morales and Damian Holbrook. (10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)
‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’
Director Angela Robinson and stars Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall discuss the upcoming film “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” a new biopic about William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman. (12:30-1:30 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.)
Get an advanced look at the new season of “X-Files” with stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi and show creator Chris Carter. (1-2 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)
Celebrating 25 Years of ‘Mortal Kombat’
“Mortal Kombat” co-creator Ed Boon hosts this celebration of the popular fighting game and how the game has evolved through the years. (1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A24)
Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio
DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio holds court at this chat that’ll give you an insider’s look at how the comics come together and more. Expect some special guests. (2:45-3:45 p.m., Room 1A24)
‘Batman: The Animated Series’ 25th Anniversary
Join producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett and voice actors Kevin Conroy and Tara Strong for this celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Batman: The Animated Series,” arguably the greatest interpretation of the Dark Knight on any screen. (4:15-5:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T)
These Awesome Blade Runner 2049 Posters Will Be Free at New York Comic Con
New York Comic Con, and nothing says Comic Con like free stuff. Most of the time, free stuff at conventions sucks, but that is decidedly not the case with these gorgeous Blade Runner 2049 posters.
Bottleneck Gallery has teamed up with Warner Bros. to give out these super cool Blade Runner 2049 posters, for free, at its booth (number 2160) at New York Comic-Con, during the final three days of the convention.
The second season will take place around Halloween (October 31) of 1984,about a year after the events of the first season, and will explore the “bigger mythology” of Will’s disappearance, according to the Duffers. Levy described the second season as being about the “determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins” for Will, his family, his friends, and the other residents in the town affected by the events. Will suffers from “some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder” from his time in the Upside Down, and has visions of a “shadow monster” that is reaching down from the sky, and which serves as a “singular threat” that connects the various narratives in the season.Joyce is attempting to help Will deal with it, while trying to date her old classmate Bob to cover up her own emotions. Nancy and Mike are mourning for the apparent losses of their friends Barb and Eleven, respectively; however, Eleven is still alive and is a “major part of the season”, according to Matt Duffer, and her backstory will be explored during the season. Chief Hopper struggles under the weight of having to cover up for the events of the first season to protect Will and Joyce;while some residents of Hawkins will be aware of these events, “certain people… don’t know what happened”, according to the Duffers.The laboratory, as well as the rift to the Upside Down, remains open and run by Dr. Owens. The characters will face “different kinds of horror” in contrast to the monster from the first season.Parts of the season will also take place outside of Hawkins, Indiana.
- The last person is reported missing in Hawkins, prior to Will Byers in 1983.
- Project MKUltra is officially sanctioned by the CIA. Experiments begin at Hawkins.
- The last time a person committed suicide in Hawkins.
- Sarah Hopper is born to Jim and Diane. She passes away from what is seemingly cancer at a young age.
- Terry Ives participates in MKUltra while unknowingly pregnant under the supervision of Dr. Martin Brenner.
- Will Byers is born to Joyce and Lonnie Byers.
- Eleven is born to Terry Ives and taken by Dr. Martin Brenner.
- Joyce Byers starts working as a retail clerk at Melvald’s General Store in Hawkins.
- MKUltra is exposed and halted.
- Jim Hopper returns to Hawkins and becomes Police Chief.
- Eleven breaks a Coca Cola can with telekinetic powers under the supervision of Dr. Brenner in Hawkins National Laboratory.
- Eleven is forced to kill a cat, but can‘t do it. As she is about to get locked up, she kills two guards with her powers.
- Eleven is made to repeat words a man in another room is saying, and manages to broadcast them on speakers.
June or later
- Joyce visits Will in Castle Byers and surprises him with tickets to Poltergeist.
- Jonathan introduces Will to his mix of rock music and they listen to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.
- Eleven is put in a sensory deprivation tank to watch a Russian spy in another location, and she encounters the monster.
Sunday, November 6
“The Vanishing of Will Byers”
- Eleven goes on a mission to make contact with the monster, and a gate to The Upside Down unexpectedly opens in Hawkins Lab, allowing the monster to pass through.Eleven escapes from Hawkins National Laboratory.
- The monster escapes Hawkins Lab and kills a scientist.
- Will Byers is abducted by the monster.
- Hundreds of homes in East Hawkins have surges and power outages.
Monday, November 7
“The Vanishing of Will Byers”
- Joyce Byers goes to the police station to report her son as missing, but is brushed off by Police Chief Hopper.
- An area of Hawkins National Laboratory is quarantined. Dr. Brenner and other scientists investigate the area and find that the gate is spreading into the lab.
- Eleven walks into Benny’s Burgers. Benny Hammond feeds her and calls social services.
- Hopper and his team search the woods and find Will‘s bike. They go to the Byers hometo investigate further, and Hopper experiences strange noises in the shed.
- Agents arrive to capture Eleven and Connie Frazier kills Benny. Eleven escapes, killing two agents in the process.
- Joyce receives a phone call where she hears only breathing and growling, and is electrocuted by the phone.
- Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair and Dustin Henderson search for Will in the woods, but stumble upon Eleven.
“The Weirdo on Maple Street”
- Mike brings Eleven to his home and lets her sleep in the basement for the night.
Tuesday, November 8
“The Weirdo on Maple Street”
- After searching for Will the entire night, the police and volunteers still have no clues, but continue their search throughout the day.
- Mike stays home from school with Eleven and she recognizes Will in a photo. She demonstrates her telekinetic abilities in front of Mike, Dustin and Lucas.
- Agents from Hawkins Lab, covering as Hawkins Power and Light, investigate the shed at the Byers’ residence and find material from The Upside Down.
- Jonathan Byers hangs missing posters at Hawkins High School and travels to his fatherto search for Will.
- There is an assembly on the football field of Hawkins High School for the disappearance of Will.
- Benny Hammond is found dead in his diner and it’s been staged to look like a suicide.
- Eleven says Will is hiding, flips the Dungeons & Dragons board upside down and places the Demogorgon game piece on the board to demonstrate that he’s hiding in The Upside Down and the monster is after him.
- Nancy Wheeler and Barbara Holland go to Steve Harrington‘s party, where Barbara, sitting alone by the pool, is dragged into The Upside Down. Jonathan Byers takes pictures from the forest.
- Joyce receives another phone call with strange noises. The lights intensify and the song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” plays from Will‘s room. The monster stretches through the wallpaper and Joyce runs out of the house.
- Barbara finds herself in The Upside Down where she is chased by the Monster.
- Nancy and Steve have sex and Nancy goes home some time in the night.
Wednesday, November 9
- Nancy discovers that Barb is missing. She goes to investigate around Steve’s house and is scared by something she sees in the forest.
- Jonathan is revealed to have taken pictures of Nancy and Steve breaks his camera.
- Chief Hopper and officers Powell and Callahan investigate at the Hawkins National Laboratory and discover that the employees are lying to them. They go to the library, where they discover that Dr. Brenner was involved in Project MKUltra.
- Joyce hangs Christmas lights all over her house and paints the alphabet on the wall so Will can communicate with her. He tells her to R-U-N, and the monster breaks through the wallpaper.
- Eleven leads Mike, Lucas and Dustin to Will‘s house and claims he‘s hiding there.
- A body claimed to be Will Byers is found in the quarry by state trooper David O’Bannon.
Thursday, November 10
- Eleven makes contact with Will through the walkie-talkie. The boys give her a makeover and go to school to make contact through the AV Club’s ham radio.
- Nancy and Jonathan look at the photos he took, and Nancy recognizes the monster in a picture of Barb.
- Shepard, a worker at Hawkins National Laboratory, enters The Upside Down attached to a security line, but is taken by the Monster.
- Hopper talks to state trooper David O’Bannon, who found “Will’s body” and discovers he’s lying. He breaks into the coroner’s, where he finds that the body is a fake, stuffed with cotton.
- Joyce sees Will through an opening to The Upside Down in her wall.
“The Flea and the Acrobat”
- Hopper breaks into Hawkins National Laboratory where he sees the gate.
Friday, November 11
“The Flea and the Acrobat”
- Will’s funeral is held. His father Lonnie returns to Hawkins, intending to make money from his death through a lawsuit.
- Hopper finds a bug in his place and teams up with Joyce.
- Mike, Dustin and Lucas try to locate the gate with their compasses, but Eleven distorts the compasses to lead them in the wrong direction. A fight breaks out, and Eleven knocks Lucas unconscious before escaping.
- Nancy and Jonathan go searching for the Monster, and Nancy enters The Upside Down.
- Nancy returns from The Upside Down. Jonathan sleeps over at Nancy’s place, which Steve sees when looking in her window.
Saturday, November 12
- Joyce and Hopper track down Terry Ives. Her sister tells them about Terry’s involvement in Project MKUltra, and her belief that she had a daughter.
- Nancy and Jonathan purchase weapons to kill the monster. A fight breaks out between Jonathan and Steve, resulting in Jonathan getting arrested.
- Agent Connie Frazier visits Mr. Clarke at his residence and finds out about Mike, Dustin, and Lucas.
- Lucas goes out on his own to locate the gate, and follows the false magnetic north indication to Hawkins National Laboratory.
- Mike and Dustin are cornered by Troy and James and Mike is told to jump off a cliff. They are saved by Eleven in the nick of time, and she breaks Troy’s arm.
- Mike, Dustin and Eleven flee from the agents that come to Mike’s home.
- Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Eleven, Joyce, Hopper, Nancy and Jonathan break into Hawkins Middle School and make a sensory deprivation tank for Eleven to use. She finds Barbara dead and Will weakened in The Upside Down, and he disappears as the monster approaches.
“The Upside Down”
- Joyce and Hopper are caught breaking into Hawkins National Laboratory, but Hopper reveals Eleven’s location and promises to never reveal anything about the agents, and they are allowed to go.
- Nancy and Jonathan set traps for the monster in the Byers’ home. Steve arrives and they assault the monster with a bat and set it on fire, but it disappears.
- The agents come to Hawkins Middle School to capture Eleven, but she kills them. The Monster arrives, and Eleven is able to defeat it but in the process disappears herself.
- Joyce and Hopper enter the Upside Down and find Will as a host to a long tendril which Hopper pulls out of his throat and through his mouth. Hopper and Joyce perform CPR on him and he begins to breath. Joyce puts her oxygen apparatus on him and he is brought to Hawkins General Hospital. He wakes up later in the night.
- Hopper is picked up by a government car.
Saturday, December 24
“The Upside Down”
- Mike, Will, Dustin and Lucas play Dungeons & Dragons in Mike’s basement again.
- Nancy gives Jonathan a new camera for Christmas.
- Hopper places Eggo waffles in a box in the forest.
- Will coughs up a slug-like creature and momentarily phases into the Upside Down.
“MadMax”, “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”, “The Pumpkin Patch”, “The Palace”, “The Storm”, “The Pollywog”, “The Secret Cabin”, “The Brain” and “The Lost Brother”
- In the fall of 1984, the adventure continues…
A poetry slam is a competition in which oral poets read or recite original work. Poetry slam began in Chicago in 1984 with its first competition designed to move poetry recitals from academia to a popular audience when American poet Marc Smith began experimenting with existing open microphone venues for poetry readings by making them competitive.The performances at a poetry slam are judged by a panel of judges, typically five, and usually selected from the audience, or sometimes judged by audience response. The judges usually give each poem a score on a scale of 0–10 (zero being the worst and ten being the best). The highest and lowest scores are dropped and the middle three are kept. The highest score one can receive is a 30 and the lowest one is a zero.
Slam poetry has found popularity as a form of self-expression among many teenagers. The World Poetry Bout Association sponsored the earliest slam poetry workshops for teenagers, through its “Poetry Education Project” in Taos, New Mexico, in the early 1990s.
In a 2005 interview, one of slam’s best known poets Saul Williams praised the youth poetry slam movement, explaining:
[H]ip-hop filled a tremendous void for me and my friends growing up… The only thing that prevented all the young boys in the black community from turning into Michael Jackson, from all of us bleaching our skin, from all of us losing it, just losing it, was hip-hop. That was the only counter-existence in the mainstream media. That was essential, and in that same way I think poetry fills a very huge void today [among] youth. And I guess I count myself among the youth.
In 2012, more than 12,000 young people took part in an England-wide youth slam Shake the Dust, organised by Apples and Snakes as part of the London 2012 Festival.An Open Letter to Honey Singh, a rap video featuring Rene Sharanya Verma performing at DelhiPoetry Slam, went viral on YouTube receiving over 1.5 million hits.
- Do Your Homework. To know what makes slam poetry effective, you need to see a lot of it performed. …
- Choose a Topic. …
- Put Your Words on Paper. …
- Edit yourself. …
- Add a Little Drama.
Marc Kelly Smith (born 1949) is an American poet and founder of the poetry slam movement, for which he received the nickname Slam Papi.
Smith was born in 1949 and grew up on the southeast side of Chicago. He attended/graduated Charles P. Caldwell Elementary School and James H. Bowen High School. Smith spent most of his young life as a construction worker, but has written poetry since he was 19. He considers himself a Socialist.
In the book, Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz describes the influential Smith:
|“||Extremely well-read and a disciplined, passionate writer, Smith did not think of poetry as something lofty, a refined ideal that people should strive to achieve. Rather, he believed that poetry should reflect the core of one’s being, that it was a raw part of humanity, and that a poet had to be both fearless and dogged to tackle it properly. His dedication to this belief was so evident that when Smithsonian magazine covered the poetry slam phenomenon in their September 1992 issue, the reporter described Smith as “almost visionary on the need to rescue poetry from its lowly status in the nation’s cultural life.”|
n 1990, the first National Poetry Slam was held in San Francisco (with three city teams attending including Chicago and New York City), and has continued to rotate among cities.The National Poetry Slam currently sees over 80 teams of poets vying for the title.Over the years, Smith has turned down offers to commercialize the slam, including movie offers and bids for corporate sponsorship.Smith says that what he considers to be Slam’s increased commercial exploitation, and Def Poetry Jam in particular, as having “diminished the value and aesthetic of performance poetry.” This, combined with a continuing lack of Slam’s recognition by “big literature festivals and institutions” in America, has led Smith to become more invested in performance poetry in Europe, where he says the “audiences are growing over there. And the aesthetic is growing and evolving.” Smith has published several books about the poetry slam movement, as well as publishing two books of his own work. He tours extensively, performing his own, blue-collar, Carl Sandburg-influenced poetry and hosting poetry slams. He also tours with a show titled Sandburg to Smith-Smith to Sandburg, which combines the work of both poets with live jazz.
Marc Smith Books
- By Someone’s Good Grace, CD 1993, Publisher Splinter Group Chicago
- Crowdpleaser, 1996, Publisher Jeff Helgeson
- The Spoken Word Revolution, 2003, Publisher Sourcebooks Publishing, advisor to the book/narrator of CD portion
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Slam Poetry, 2004, Penguin/Alpha Press (co-written with Joe Kraynak)
- The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, 2006, Publisher Sourcebooks Publishing, narrator of CD portion
- Quarters in the Jukebox, CD, 2006, Publisher EM Press (www.em-press.com), live and studio tracks, with bands and solo
According to Smith, who once attended a conventional reading with his manuscripts concealed inside a newspaper,
|“||The very word ‘poetry’ repels people. Why is that? Because of what schools have done to it. The slam gives it back to the people…. We need people to talk poetry to each other. That’s how we communicate our values, our hearts, the things that we’ve learned that make us who we are.|
Slam poetry uses this quote as unofficial mantra: The performance of poetry is an art — just as much an art as the art of writing it. Often performers of their poems use hand gestures, pace around the stage, and will their voices into excited crescendos only to throw the sounds off a cliff and hang in silence for effect. And it works… Impeccably. The silky lulls of Shakespeare’s sonnets formerly expressed by lovers have been temporarily replaced by these decrees of passionate opinion and emotional reaction.
How does one write this style of poetry?
1) Select a topic of your choice; it can be anything!
2) Choose a rhythm, using city sounds, natural pulses, or your own unique beats.
3) Research new vocabulary words and synonyms to incorporate into your speech.
4) Read your poem aloud, using the chosen beat to communicate your individual message.
Poetry Slam Spoken Word
2016 Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston delivered a powerful, inspirational and poetic speech during commencement. CBSN’s Josh Elliott has more on the spoken word that’s getting attention online.
New York, NY Poetry Slam Events
DATE: November 6, 2017 | 7PM
HOST: Poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne
MUSIC: DJ Jive Poetic
FEATURED POET: To Be Announced
The Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings together Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom, hosted by Mahogany L Browne and DJ Jive Poetic. The Slam is followed by an Open Mic, so come early to sign-up and make your voice heard. As Mahogany says, “These poets will make you feel things.”
OTHER FALL 2017 SLAM DATES:
- Monday, September 18 | 7PM
- Monday, October 16 | 7PM
- Monday, December 18 | 7PM
DATE AND TIME
Mon, November 6, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
GEARING UP FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL NYC TEEN POETRY GRAND SLAM FINALS @ THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER
We know you’ve been waiting for it — we’re (finally!) ready to bring you Urban Word’s 19th Annual Teen Poetry Slam!
Participate for a chance to:
- Perform on stage at the legendary Apollo Theater
- Join our Teen Slam Team and represent NYC at the Brave New Voices National Poetry Festival
- Win an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco to compete against teens from all over the country
Or, simply attend the Poetry Slam on April 22nd, 2017 at The Apollo Theater
Watch our talented artists compete for a slot on the 2017 Slam Team. Purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster or in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office (M, T, Th, Fri 10AM – 6PM; Wed 10AM – 8PM; Sat 12PM – 6PM). You may also call the Apollo Theater Box Office at 212-531-5305.
There are reduced rates for groups of 10 or more, so please contact email@example.com or call us at (212) 352-3495 for more information.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
For live poetry, visit the Nuyorican, which established itself as a well-known and highly respected poetry venue back in the 1970s. They host a plethora of events that tie into themes of the night, as well as slam poetry competitions. For those who wish to have their voices heard, most Wednesdays (and a few other evenings throughout the month) feature an open mic night. If you want prime seating, we recommend an early arrival, and tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Nuyorican, 236 East 3rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 505 8183
Bowery Poetry Club
The performances at Bowery Poetry Club are never the same. Take in the cozy, intimate atmosphere as you listen to a variety of readings, from open mic nights to slam competitions and music nights. They also offer workshops for aspiring poets and writers who wish to expand the limitations of their craft. The Bowery Poetry Club even offers a ‘summer camp’ for adults run by Amy Lawless (My Dead), and it’s called Camp Lawless – Summer Poetry & Writing on the Bowery.
Brooklyn Poets is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to create a community for poets in Brooklyn, which they believe is the birthplace of American poetry. This organization offers aspiring poets the opportunity to advance their skills through a network of mentors, teachers, and workshops conducted through their ‘Bridge‘ program. Brooklyn Poets offers a selection of events for people to showcase or watch poetry, including their free bi-monthly reading series at various locations and YAWP, a monthly reading workshop at 61Local in Cobble Hill.
The Poets House
The Poets House offers just about everything a poetry enthusiast could ask for. The library, featuring an overwhelming selection of books, offers its guests the chance to sit in a quiet, comfortable setting, and immerse themselves in poetry with outstanding views of the Hudson River. The Poets House does offer readings throughout the year, including their notable ‘Passwords’ program, where poets read and discuss the work of other poets. In July, they host free outdoor readings as part of their Showcase Reading Series. Whether you’re an an aspiring poet or you have experience but are looking for feedback from your contemporaries, they also offer workshops tailored to specific levels and needs.
The Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY, USA +1 212 431 7920
From the outside, this bar is pretty nondescript, but once you enter, it’s a whole different story. One of NYC’s most popular dive bars, Parkside Lounge has quite a bit to offer in terms of entertainment. They have a calendar filled with events, varying from comedy shows to live band performances. They also host The Inspired Word, a performance series that travels around different bars in the city, hosting open mic nights and poetry readings.
Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 673 6270
Because I could not stop for Death (479)Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886
Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality. We slowly drove – He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility – We passed the School, where Children strove At Recess – in the Ring – We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain – We passed the Setting Sun – Or rather – He passed us – The Dews drew quivering and chill – For only Gossamer, my Gown – My Tippet – only Tulle – We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground – The Roof was scarcely visible – The Cornice – in the Ground – Since then – ‘tis Centuries – and yet Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses’ Heads Were toward Eternity –
Valentine’s AfternoonMichael McFee
Four lanes over, a plump helium heart— slipped, maybe, from some kid’s wrist or a rushed lover’s empty passenger seat through a half-cracked car window— rises like a shiny purple cloudlet toward today’s gray mess of clouds, trailing its gold ribbon like lightning that will never strike anything or anyone here on the forsaken ground, its bold LOVE increasingly illegible as it ascends over the frozen oaks, riding swift currents toward the horizon, a swollen word wobbling out of sight.
Michael McFee is the author of numerous poetry collections, including We Were Once Here (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017). He lives in North Carolina.
She Walks in Beauty
To His Coy Mistress
Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 7, 1917, and raised in Chicago. She was the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Children Coming Home (The David Co., 1991); Blacks (The David Co., 1987); To Disembark (Third World Press, 1981); The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (The David Co., 1986); Riot (Broadside Press, 1969); In the Mecca (Harper & Row, 1968); The Bean Eaters (Harper, 1960); Annie Allen (Harper, 1949), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize; and A Street in Bronzeville (Harper & Brothers, 1945).
We Real Cool
THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.
won’t you celebrate with me
won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up here on this bridge between starshine and clay, my one hand holding tight my other hand; come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.
Melvin Dixon was born on May 29, 1950, in Stamford, Connecticut. He received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1971 and a PhD from Brown University in 1975. He published two poetry collections, Change of Territory (University of Virginia Press, 1983) and the posthumous Love’s Instruments (Tia Chucha Press, 1995). He was also the author of the novels Vanishing Rooms (Cleis Press, 1991) and Trouble the Water (Fiction Collective 2, 1989). Dixon taught English literature at Wesleyan University from 1976 to 1980, when he joined the English faculty at Queens College. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984. Dixon died of complications from AIDS in Stamford, Connecticut, on October 26, 1992.
Work out. Ten laps.
Chin ups. Look good.
Steam room. Dress warm.
Call home. Fresh air.
Eat right. Rest well.
Sweetheart. Safe sex.
Sore throat. Long flu.
Hard nodes. Beware.
Test blood. Count cells.
Reds thin. Whites low.
Dress warm. Eat well.
Short breath. Fatigue.
Night sweats. Dry cough.
Loose stools. Weight loss.
Get mad. Fight back.
Call home. Rest well.
Don’t cry. Take charge.
No sex. Eat right.
Call home. Talk slow.
Chin up. No air.
Arms wide. Nodes hard.
Cough dry. Hold on.
Mouth wide. Drink this.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
No air. Breathe in.
Breathe in. No air.
Black out. White rooms.
Head hot. Feet cold.
No work. Eat right.
CAT scan. Chin up.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
No air. No air.
Thin blood. Sore lungs.
Mouth dry. Mind gone.
Six months? Three weeks?
Can’t eat. No air.
It waits. For me.
Sweet heart. Don’t stop.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Yona Harvey is the author of Hemming the Water (Four Way Books, 2013). She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hurricane Yona Harvey
Four tickets left, I let her go—
Firstborn into a hurricane.
I thought she escaped
The floodwaters. No—but her
Head is empty of the drowned
For now—though she took
Her first breath below sea level.
Ahhh awe & aw
Mama, let me go—she speaks
What every smart child knows—
To get grown you unlatch
Your hands from the grown
& up & up & up & up
She turns—latched in the seat
Of a hurricane. You let
Your girl what? You let
Your girl what?
I did so she do I did
so she do so—
Girl, you can ride
A hurricane & she do
& she do & she do & she do
She do make my river
An ocean. Memorial,
Baptist, Protestant birth—my girl
Walked away from a hurricane.
& she do & she do & she do & she do
She do take my hand a while longer.
The haunts in my pocket
I’ll keep to a hum: Katrina was
a woman I knew. When you were
an infant she rained on you & she
do & she do & she do & she do
A poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes is known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties and was important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance.
The Weary Blues
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune, Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon, I heard a Negro play. Down on Lenox Avenue the other night By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light He did a lazy sway . . . He did a lazy sway . . . To the tune o’ those Weary Blues. With his ebony hands on each ivory key He made that poor piano moan with melody. O Blues! Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool. Sweet Blues! Coming from a black man’s soul. O Blues! In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan— “Ain’t got nobody in all this world, Ain’t got nobody but ma self. I’s gwine to quit ma frownin’ And put ma troubles on the shelf.” Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor. He played a few chords then he sang some more— “I got the Weary Blues And I can’t be satisfied. Got the Weary Blues And can’t be satisfied— I ain’t happy no mo’ And I wish that I had died.” And far into the night he crooned that tune. The stars went out and so did the moon. The singer stopped playing and went to bed While the Weary Blues echoed through his head. He slept like a rock or a man that’s dead.
fasting in milwaukee hunger strike protesting investments in south africa army surplus jackets and white armbands what do we want when do we want it end oppression pronounced like apart hate the poet said before she fainted on stage we were all dizzy and weak on the church steps waiting for a ride biko tortured and murdered we rode to the airport to greet donald woods who told me I reminded him of his daughter you have no idea what is happening the absolute evil that shows its face in one land after the next as they threw rocks yelling hippie dykes we promised each other we promised let’s not let them kill us
Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1970 and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016).
Last Sleep Best SleepBrenda Shaughnessy, 1970
Life, this charade of not-death.
Amnesiac of our nights together,
overheard talking in some other voice.
The great fruits of my failure:
silk milk pills with little bitter pits.
Who talks like that? Says we are
ever-locked, leaving everything
petalled and veined the way nature
pretended. Synthesized within
an inch of its life. O the many faces
of facelessness, breathing in the dark—
as if we could shape softness itself,
mold it around us like yams mashed
against a trough by a snuffling snout.
Our own. There’s no way out. Born
to such extra, we are born to lose.
No hairy fingers tapering to threads,
grasping for some lost last use.
Once we were hungry on earth,
soon buried like root vegetables—
to starve the soil as beets do,
growing in our graves.
But now we must remember
our way back to face-to-face,
to eye to eye and hand in hand,
and lock and step and key in hole.
Remembering how not to fall asleep,
we become so desperately drowsy,
and all cells strain to slow to a stop.
All desire to choose otherwise quiets.
No, no one can say we didn’t suffer,
that we weren’t swallowed whole.
A Red, Red Rose BY ROBERT BURNS
When Someone Says I Love You the WholeKaryna McGlynn
room fills up with iced tea, something gives: the sun peels from your window, a sugared lemon, whole, flaming, hanging there—You tell them they must: puncture your chest with a straw to suck all the empty out, but because they say love they think they can’t hurt you, even to save your life, which is why you float up up up knocking your curled toes and bedeviled breath hard against the tea-stained ceiling, why you swim sentry over the oxheart that flooded your bed, hollowed you out. See it there: big and bobbing wax fruit, sweating with the effort of its own improbable being, each burst of wetness a cry to which you are further beholden, a sweetness trained against your own best alchemy—Witch, you can only watch this bloodletting from above, can only amend the deed to your body: see it say it back, see it like a little rabbit with a twist on its neck and wish you could be that, being had, being held, but instead you grow wooden and spin on your back. Propeller? No, there is no getting away from this, and so: ceiling fan, drowning their hushed joy, going schwa schwa schwa in
the bed’s sheath of late afternoon light.
A JourneyNikki Giovanni, 1943
It’s a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . .
Though the rail has been ridden . . . winter clouds cover . . . autumn’s exuberant quilt . . . we must provide our own guide-posts . . .
I have heard . . . from previous visitors . . . the road washes out sometimes . . . and passengers are compelled . . . to continue groping . . . or turn back . . . I am not afraid . . .
I am not afraid . . . of rough spots . . . or lonely times . . . I don’t fear . . . the success of this endeavor . . . I am Ra . . . in a space . . . not to be discovered . . . but invented . . .
I promise you nothing . . . I accept your promise . . . of the same we are simply riding . . . a wave . . . that may carry . . . or crash . . .
It’s a journey . . . and I want . . . to go . . .
Maya Angelou was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.
Still I RiseMaya Angelou, 1928 – 2014
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
Yolanda Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1960, she entered Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked with the school’s Writer’s Workshop and edited the literary magazine. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree in 1967, she organized the Black Arts Festival in Cincinnati before entering graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.
Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why) Nikki Giovanni, 1943
I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad
I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman
I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me
For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on
My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save
I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents
I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended
except by my permission
I mean . . . I . . . can fly
like a bird in the sky . . .