You have until September 8, 2019, to take in Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at the Jewish Museum in New York City.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montréal, Canada. The exhibition includes commissioned works by a range of international artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and recurring themes in his work, a video projection showcasing Cohen’s own drawings, and an innovative multimedia gallery where visitors can hear covers of Cohen’s songs by musicians such as Lou Doillon; Feist; Moby; and The National with Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Richard Reed Parry, among others.

Poetry. Music. Inspiration.

In case you miss it in New York, the exhibit will be on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, September 17, 2020 – January 24, 2021.


going on now

July 16, 2019

If you happen to be in — or traveling to — Los Angeles, New York, or Moscow, between now and August 3, 2019, check out the goings-on at The Film and Video Poetry Symposium

over 30 international films and will screen in three cities: Moscow, Los Angeles, and New York City. In addition, the symposium will feature 9 guest speakers, educational workshops, poetry readings, and a gallery exhibit celebrating the work of 18 artists and poets. Our audience will experience poetry films, performing arts, videopoetry, experimental media, poetry readings, essay films, media installations, and films from the avant-garde.

The Symposium is a program of The Film and Video Poetry Society (FVPS), which encourages film and video poets to further their ongoing explorations by providing a platform for these artists to activate, collaborate, discuss, and maintain creative work developed through the convergence of these art forms.

See the complete Symposium schedule here.

Located in the poet’s home village of Bellaghy, County Derry, Ireland, Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrates the life and literature of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Open daily, the HomePlace offers exhibitions, talks, performances, and workshops related to Heaney’s life and work.

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Reasons to go to… Madrid

November 27, 2018

A couple of years ago, we published a guest post by poet Jeremy Voigt, who shared his experience as part of the Unamuno Reading Series at Desperate Literature bookshop in Madrid.

In May/June 2019, Desperate Literature will host Madrid’s first English-language poetry festival, bringing over 50 poets and scholars to the city. There will be a week of readings and lectures from poets and non-fiction writers as well as a collaboration with the Latinx Writers Caucus to launch the García Lorca prize for an emerging Latinx author.

Learn more about The Unamuno Author Festival 2019 and see the impressive list of attending poets, including Jeremy Voigt.

If you’re interested in poetry, in language, then on some level you interact with letters. Not the epistolary kind, but the alphabetic kind. And if the shape, variety, history, or possibility of letters interests you, make an appointment to visit the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. A nonprofit center for inspiration, education, publishing, and community, the Letterform Archive hosts visits and public events, and serves a global community through social media, state-of-the-art photography, and publications. They offer courses and workshops in type design, calligraphy, and typography, they curate exhibitions, organize lectures by visiting artists and designers, and host salons and receptions to showcase collections or celebrate out-of-town guests. Go.

Currently on view at the Poetry Foundation, in Chicago, is a free interactive poem and poetry exhibit: “On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens” by Khaty Xiong. In the exhibit, readers/viewers are invited to respond to Xiong’s poem with lines of their own (pictured). The installation will continue through Friday, September 14, 2018.

If you are planning a trip to Manhattan, schedule a visit to the Transit Museum at Grand Central Terminal to see Poetry in Motion at 25. The exhibit celebrates 25 years of poetry displayed on subways and buses and features a broad range of the original Poetry in Motion car cards that have appeared in the New York City Transit system. See it by October 28, 2018.

More about Poetry in Motion here.

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