Public Poetry

Library: Johnson Neighborhood Library

Date: 8/6/2016

Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Type: Poetry

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.


Featured Poets

Chris Brunt

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


Adam Holt

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 


Octavio Quintinilla

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


Analicia Sotelo

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