Public Poetry

Library: Johnson Neighborhood Library

Date: 9/3/2016

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

Carolyn Dahl

The backward turned spoon rakes / the thick-bodied fish.  Scales fly up, / stick like pale scars / to your arms and eyelids / as if the fish wanted you / to become what it had been.  

From Cleaning Spring Pike


Vincent 'BlackBluez' Johnson

Tongue salivating for recipes / That denial has mixed for danger / She just wanted to savor the sweetness of being skinny / Determined to shed every extra pound / So she just gulped a burp for dinner / And swallowed her spit to wash it down

From Dying to Be Thin


Paul Klinger

I had hoped to make an alphabet of teeth, all the forms resting in boxes suggested it, as the roots of teeth bend in ways that suggest meanings / can be distinguished.  The linguistic capabilities of a carnassial or incisor.

From (Untitled)


Varsha Saraiya-Shah

I arrived at the port of angels with a trousseau / of silk saris and blouses, a rolling pin / and round board just like mother's to make rotis, containers / of spices like asafetida and fenugreek, home-ground / cumin-coriander I may not find in my new homeland.  

From A Still Life