Library: Johnson Neighborhood Library
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Age Group: adults
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.
Everything in its reverse — / the April trees wake up with red and crumbling buds. / The field mouse chases the cat through the grass which bends / the wind which shaves the mountain which smears / its pigment through the sky.
From All About Shadows
The Bayou City drizzle - glazes / another century's windows. / The drooping glass tenuosly holds / the rain at bay from drenching / the concrete floor of a warehouse, / where metal beams cross the ceiling / and drive jagged holes into bare brick walls.
From Through a Window Through a Poem
Take care of them. If they want water, / Dump them in the river. If they crave / Freedom, let them loose among rattlesnakes. / If they want to breathe, let them breathe dust. / / Let the desert mouse nest in their white bones. / Give them shelter with your greed. With your rape.
From Sonnet for Human Smugglers
The smell of lard and corn is in the air. / I am five years old in the front yard / with the bougainvillea. My father / never remembers me, but I can see him / in the sky, in the negative space
From My Father & Dali Do Not Agree