Public Poetry

Public Poetry Fall Series 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 2 PM
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning 1050 Quitman, 77009

Brandon Lampson 

Are the gates you live within / electrified or filmed as you sit / in a booth surrounded by screens, / can you breath there, / are you locked inside / a safe room or in a warm bath / with the curtain drawn, / fully dressed, shower head blasting?


From Eco-tones

David Leftwich 

A city of semblance, just the thing for growth. It’s / horizontal, broken, lavish, provides a variety of / disturbances, destinations, tests of solitude. The library / is a series of spiral staircases and empty commuter / trains. Anthems and carrier waves are the blood

From The City

Emmy Pérez 

at its source / in my mouth / adobe mud / bricks in my mouth / the earth / holes, the sources / the snow / avalanches / granizo / Río Conchos de México / grandmothers’ / cueva de la olla / at our face / Tarahumara / Rarámuri / Tidal confluences / in our face.

From With the River on Our Face

Choonwha Moon 

If tomorrow you notice a dancing light on the water, / it is me, bathed in a well of well-being. / I will be a porous vessel afloat on this sensation / taking the breath of these voices in my sails.


From Virginia Woolf’s Last Letter to Her Sister

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 2 PM
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning 1050 Quitman, 77009

Emily Bludworth de Barrios 

Having stumbled in a thicket / of shadowy desires / / One desire chooses us for a favorite // It stings our lips / / If we are lucky /one desire stings our lips / / And beckons us toward life


From It is Turbulent to be a Person

Craig Butterworth 

There is too much calm now / lingering in the air / in the corners of the room / like dust bunnies / tiny planets or galaxies of lint and dog hair / that, when the air conditioner kicks on / collect, intermingle, then / roll like tumbleweeds across the slate floor.

From On Turning 50

Laurie Clements Lambeth 

In the spine and brain’s night / stars blaze all day. Enough light to search by. / If I could unzip my skull, release stars to the sky / it wouldn’t be home in here. I get by all right.


From Upon Reading the Radiologist’s Report

Christopher Michael 

We buzzed with anticipation of judgements reached / but it was not the nectar we wanted. / Our honey is tainted, / we will swarm. / / We will not allow the bear to spill anymore of our honey.


From Swarm

Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 2 PM

Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning 1050 Quitman, 77009

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Lauren Berry 

Softly, I slip / / the red carnation further into my throat. / There must be hundreds / / of ways to be a girl. I’m just the kind / who has trouble parting her lips.


From The Just-Bled Girl Refuses to Speak

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Conor Bracken 

The only way to talk to the dead / is through your pillow, / ear pressed like a flower / into the novella of feathers / plucked from the promise of escape / each bird is hollowed with.


From Elegy for a Classmate

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Bruno Rios 

I like the way / I like / the sound of words, / the way those words make a sound / the way I like. / I also like the way I like / the sound a wave makes, / a single wave / in the middle of the sea.


From The Word Nothing

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Jordan Simpson 

I am more roadmap than tradition / Geography / Has made such a melting pot of me / I am more nomad than immigrant / I’ve been clicking my heels / For as long as I can remember.


From Jamerican

Public Poetry is an innovative monthly library reading series bringing the public and poetry community together, and creating a buzz about poetry.

Public Poetry library events feature outstanding local and visiting poets, plus a student reading and special guests, as well as a book signing at the end of each program.

This series is a partnership between Public Poetry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that collaborates with various community partners, and Houston Public Library. Join us for these free library programs, filled with creative language, held on the first Saturday of each month at 2 PM.