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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's Illuminated Verse, Lawrence Schwartzwald, photographer For many New Yorkers and for many who have only passed through, Grand Central Terminal is one of their favorite places in New York City. My late father-in-law in pre-caller-ID days, with rare exception, answered his telephone "Grand Central Station, Lower Level" -- immediately charming and disarming. Entering Grand Central Terminal from the S subway around noon on the last Saturday in April, I passed the amazing, ever-smiling counter staff at the Hot n Crusty, the usual lines of MetroNorth ticketbuyers, demographically different on the weekends from midweek's hubbub, a red-capped tour guide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
Portrait of Seamus Heaney by Tai-Shan Schierenberg, oil on canvas, 2004. National Gallery of London On Monday, November 11, an overflow crowd gathered in Cooper Union's Great Hall to honor the great poet Seamus Heaney, who died last August. In opening the evening of readings from Heaney's work, Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America noted Heaney's "scrupulous generosity and grace, his infinite kindness and warmth, and his miraculous art." As the evening progressed, the stage and auditorium filled with words and music from the uillean pipes of Ivan Goff and the harp of Marta Cook. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
For each of the last ten years, the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship Reading has produced four of the most beautiful books printed that year. Between the covers of the chapbooks -- designed by Gabriele Wilson and featuring patterns selected from Susan Meller and Joost Elffers’s 2002 Textile Designs:Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns -- are the words of four New American Poets chosen each year by four poets invited to judge. This year, Vijay Seshadri, Dara Wier, and Matthew Rohrer joined Alice Quinn and the staff of the Poetry Society -- Brett Fletcher Lauer, Elsbeth Pancrazi,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
photo: copyright Lawrence Schwartzwald Everywhere people are longing for a deeper life. Let’s hope some acrobat will come by And give us a hint how to get into heaven. Jan Karetnick, Marilyn Nelson, Lizza Rodriguez Robert Bly, awarded the 2013 Frost Medal, read from his work to an enthusiastic overflow crowd at the Poetry Society of America’s 103rd Annual Awards Ceremony hosted by Alice Quinn on April 5th. These closing lines, read toward the end of the evening, from Bly’s “Longing for the Acrobat” echoed Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s citation honoring the first reader, Lizza Rodriguez, the high school student winner of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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