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In The Library by Tatsuro KiuchiPaired: Tatsuro Kiuchi + Charles Simic 
In the LibraryThere’s a book called "A Dictionary of Angels." No one has opened it in fifty years, I know, because when I did, The covers creaked, the pages Crumbled. There I discovered The angels were once as plentiful As species of flies. The sky at dusk Used to be thick with them. You had to wave both arms Just to keep them away. Now the sun is shining Through the tall windows. The library is a quiet place. Angels and gods huddled In dark unopened books. The great secret lies On some shelf Miss JonesPasses every day on her rounds. She’s very tall, so she keeps Her head tipped as if listening. The books are whispering. I hear nothing, but she does.Charles Simic

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re introducing a new series called Paired, which will feature a 20x200 edition alongside a poem selected by a team member, friend, or collector each day in April. Submissions are welcome! Please write us at hello@20x200.com.

jenbekmanprojects:

In The Library by Tatsuro Kiuchi

PairedTatsuro Kiuchi + Charles Simic 

In the Library

There’s a book called 

"A Dictionary of Angels." 
No one has opened it in fifty years, 
I know, because when I did, 
The covers creaked, the pages 
Crumbled. There I discovered 

The angels were once as plentiful 
As species of flies. 
The sky at dusk 
Used to be thick with them. 
You had to wave both arms 
Just to keep them away. 

Now the sun is shining 
Through the tall windows. 
The library is a quiet place. 
Angels and gods huddled 
In dark unopened books. 
The great secret lies 
On some shelf Miss Jones
Passes every day on her rounds. 

She’s very tall, so she keeps 
Her head tipped as if listening. 
The books are whispering. 
I hear nothing, but she does.

Charles Simic



In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re introducing a new series called Paired, which will feature a 20x200 edition alongside a poem selected by a team member, friend, or collector each day in April. Submissions are welcome! Please write us at hello@20x200.com.

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Apr 18, 2014
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anticipatedstranger:Poetry Bike Spoke Cards for the O Miami Poetry festival 2014:http://www.omiami.org/

anticipatedstranger:

Poetry Bike Spoke Cards for the O Miami Poetry festival 2014:

http://www.omiami.org/


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Apr 15, 2014
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Apr 15, 2014
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Vijay Seshadri on his poem “The Descent of Man” from his Pulitzer Prize winning book 3 Sections.

"The Descent of Man"

 
My failure to evolve has been causing me a lot of grief lately.
I can’t walk on my knuckles through the acres of shattered glass
     in the streets.
I get lost in the arcades. My feet stink at the soirees.
The hills have been bulldozed from whence cameth my help.
The halfway houses where I met my kind dreaming of flickering lights
     in the woods
are shuttered I don’t know why.
"Try," say the good people who bring me my food,
"to make your secret anguish your secret weapon.
Otherwise, your immortality will be
an exhibit in a vitrine at the local museum, a picture in a book.”
But I can’t get the hang of it. The heavy instructions fall from my hands.
It takes so long for the human to become a human!
He affrights civilizations with his cry. At his approach,
the mountains retreat. A great wind crashes the garden party.
Manipulate singly neither his consummation nor his despair
but the two together like curettes
and peel back the pitch-black integuments
to discover the penciled-in figure on the painted-over mural of time,
sitting on the sketch of a boulder below
his aching sunrise, his moody, disappointed sunset.

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I wrote “The Descent of Man” after a long layoff from writing—or, to be more accurate, from trying to write, which is largely what I do. Poems written after a long layoff in my case usually turn out baroque, or more baroque than ones that are the result of working habitually. Read More.

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Apr 8, 2014
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artsfortransit:

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 we’ll be partnering with Poetry Society of America to bring an amazing and FREE poetry weekend. Poetry in Motion Springfest, inspired by the New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, will be held in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from 11AM to 6PM on both days and will feature a variety of poets, artists, music and interactive poetry activities. More information about all the events (including a young poet workshop, ages 6+) is found here. Please join us!
Image artwork: Amy Cheng, Rediscovery (detail), 2012.

artsfortransit:

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 we’ll be partnering with Poetry Society of America to bring an amazing and FREE poetry weekend. Poetry in Motion Springfest, inspired by the New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, will be held in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from 11AM to 6PM on both days and will feature a variety of poets, artists, music and interactive poetry activities. More information about all the events (including a young poet workshop, ages 6+) is found here. Please join us!

Image artwork: Amy Cheng, Rediscovery (detail)2012.


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Apr 1, 2014
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Happy National Poetry Month.

Happy National Poetry Month.


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Apr 1, 2014
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Here they are. The new chapbook covers. The chapbooks launch tomorrow: 

Wednesday, Apr 2, 7:00pm / New York, NY
2014 PSA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP READING

Come celebrate the 11th Anniversary of the PSA Chapbook Fellowship with readings by 2014 Chapbook Fellows Xavier CavazosMRB ChelkoTyler Flynn Dorholt, and Alicia Salvadeo, alongside three of this year’s poet-judges  Nick Flynn, and John Yau, and poets Bob Holman and David Rivard.

The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Avenue


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Mar 26, 2014
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Photographs of William Carlos Williams from the William Carlos Williams Papers at the Yale Library.


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Mar 19, 2014
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