Never Too Much Emily Dickinson

In September of 2009, in collaboration with The New York Botanical Garden, the PSA launched a reading series called "A Season in Poetry," featuring poets welcoming the arrival of each season with their own poems and classic favorites. The next installment of the series will take place at the Garden at three o'clock on May 15th with poets L.S.Asekoff, Ken Chen, and Eamon Grennan.

Our alliance  has led to further and exhilarating collaborations. From April 30th to June 13th, The New York Botanical Garden will be transformed into a poetry garden, as venues throughout its historic landscape become linked, visually and thematically, by one of America's most enduring poetic voices: Emily Dickinson. The exhibition, Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers, co-presented with the Poetry Society of America, will demonstrate the Botanical Garden's innovative approach to garden-wide displays that merge the arts and the natural world to produce stunning and thought-provoking results.

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a re-creation of Dickinson's quintessential 19th Century New England garden. While an array of the flowers she wrote about blooms outdoors  at the Garden and in the Conservatory, the LuEsther T.  Mertz Library Gallery will showcase materials designed to introduce visitors to the life and art of Emily Dickinson—among them facsimile portraits, rare editions of her poems, and 19th Century botanical prints. Continue Reading Post

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The Figure of Orpheus in Poetry and Performance, 1910-2010

On Monday, April 5th, renowned poets, celebrated actors, and a heralded pianist gathered at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium in honor of Lincoln Center's 50th anniversary and the PSA's Centennial anniversary. The New York City Ballet and the Poetry Society share the lyre of Orpheus as their symbol. Hence "The Figure of Orpheus in Poetry and Performance," spanning the years of the PSA's history so far. The evening featured John Ashbery and Mark Strand reading poems of their own, "Syringa" and "Orpheus Alone," respectively, and Cornelius Eady reading "Orpheus at the Second Gate of Hades" a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa, scheduled to appear in a forthcoming issue of The New Yorker. Actors Maria Tucci and Chandler Williams read poems by Steve Kowit, Linda Gregg, Jack Gilbert, and Donald Justice. In all, eight superb contemporary poems on the Orphic theme. A film clip from Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus was shown to represent the theme in cinema, and pianist Paul Barnes captivated the audience with The Orphee Suite for Piano, his amazing transcription of Philip Glass's symphony Orphee for solo piano. The evening was wonderfully recapped in The New Yorker Online, and Lawrence Schwartzwald captured some of its magic in the photographs below.

After reading, the evening's poets settled into the audience, enjoying a film clip from Black Orpheus and Barnes' masterful performance on the piano.  From L-R: Cornelius Eady, Mark Strand, and John Ashbery. (Image by Lawrence Schwartzwald) Continue Reading Post

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Awards Ceremony

On April 1st, 2010, the Poetry Society held its 100th Annual Awards Ceremony in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club. In keeping with a century of tradition, 13 Awards were handed out to contemporary poets from across the country. Lucille Clifton was named the 2010 Frost Medalist. Her daughter, Alexia Clifton, accepted the award on behalf of her mother, who passed away on February 13th of this year. Below are a handful of photographs that capture the tribute, ceremony, and joy. Read Full Post

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