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Lunchtime Poems in Military Park

Join us for our new lunchtime poetry reading series held in the beautifully renovated Military Park in Newark. Every Thursday until the end of summer, you can get to know local poets with Brick City Voices, war veterans-turned-poets with Warrior Writers, and get a preview of some 2014 Festival poets. 

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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Archive project is planned to consist of 2,500 hours of audio and video recordings, which include never-before-seen and once-in-a-lifetime conversations by internationally recognized poets.

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Robert Pinsky September 13th, 2014 Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

In The Sounds of Poetry, three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky writes, “The medium of poetry is a human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense poetry is just as physical or bodily an art as dancing.” The medium is not language. It’s not merely the human voice, either. It’s the body that produ...

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: James Richardson September 12th, 2014 Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Only the most patient observer could write the kind of poems James Richardson writes.  Not patient the way we tend to think of it: “be patient,” the admonition, scold or punishment.  Or “waiting patiently,” which usually means waiting longer than you want and simmering about it but pretending not to.  His patience is a way of receiving the world—taking...

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