Ohio

upcoming events

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Apr 28 2015
Poetry in the Garden 2015

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is celebrating National Poetry Month all of April with its 17th annual Poetry in the Garden series. Special programs will be held every Tuesday night ─ 7 p.m. on April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 ─ at the Main Library. Each night will feature local poets reading from their works as well as open mic time for anyone else who would like to read a poem. On April 28 the Greater Cincinnati Writers League will hold a read-around. 

7:00pm
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 27 2015
Talking Dead: Reading Late Poets Who Inspire

Celebrate National Poetry Month and the dead poets who inspire you at 7 p.m. in the Popular Library Lounge at the Main Library. Join Matt Hart—editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, and chair of the Department of Liberal Arts, Art Academy of Cincinnati—for our open mic session. Read a poem from a dead poet who has inspired your work, along with one or two of your own poems that reflect that inspiration. Sign-up for the open mic session begins at 6:30 p.m.

7:00pm
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 21 2015
Poetry in the Garden 2015

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is celebrating National Poetry Month all of April with its 17th annual Poetry in the Garden series. Special programs will be held every Tuesday night ─ 7 p.m. on April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 ─ at the Main Library. Each night will feature local poets reading from their works as well as open mic time for anyone else who would like to read a poem. On April 21, poets Madeleine Crouse, John Cruze and John Phillip Drury will read their poems.

7:00pm
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, Ohio

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poems

poem
Who would have thought the afterlife would 
look so much like Ohio? A small town place, 
thickly settled among deciduous trees. 
I lived for what seemed a very short time. 
Several things did not work out.
Casually almost, I became another one 
of the departed, but I had never imagined 
the tunnel of hot wind
poem

                        on my birthday

I want a future
making hammocks
out of figs and accidents.
Or a future quieter
than snow. The leopards
stake out the backyard
and will flee at noon.
My terror is not secret,
but necessary,
as the wild must be,

poem
It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and cornet razzes.
The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts.
The banjo tickles and titters too awful.
The chippies talk about the funnies in the papers.
     The cartoonists weep in their beer.
     Ship riveters talk with their feet
     To the feet of floozies under