Monday, March 15, 2010

My Visit to Poets House

I don’t think Stanley Kunitz could have envisioned a space for poets this lovely.





Poets House is a fitting place for poets and poetry lovers to read, converse, share ideas, and just get lost in words.

Poet Colleen Michaels and I visited the new location, now in a newly renovated space near in Battery Park, near the World Trade Center.



The rooms are drenched with light, even on the cloudiest day (and the rain was torrential during our visit). Inside, it is crisp and white and serene. When you first walk into the main library area, there is poetry exhibit space, a collection of recently published journals, and a collection of books published in 2009.




Plenty of workspace and comfy chairs to settle in and thumb through a random poetry selection. (From the 2009 publications, I picked up books by Rick Barot, Alicia Ostriker, and G.E. Patterson. Colleen is reading Kim Addonizio.).

This is the reading room, filled with portraits of poets.





There’s also a hefty chapbook collection ...

... and a multimedia area.

Poets House has meeting spaces for classes and events, as well as a children’s poetry play area.

I’m sorry we couldn’t spend more time here. It really is a respite for weary poets searching for the right words.


Poets, contact Poets House to make sure they have a copy of your book or chapbook: info@poetshouse.org.





8 comments:

Jessie Carty said...

this is so utterly amazing! i have been debating sending my books there :)

January said...

Think of it this way: If someone in New York City wanted to read your work, they could find it easily on the shelves of Poets House. It’s one small way for someone to find your work.

I like the idea of being included in such a vast collection.

Valerie Loveland said...

Wow, that is the place of my dreams! I heard of it before and never got to visit it. Thanks for posting the virtual tour!

odessa said...

oh, i want to live here. or at least spend an entire day. will definitely bookmark this as one of the must-sees the next time i go to nyc. thanks for giving us a virtual tour!

odessa said...

oh, i want to live here. or at least spend an entire day. will definitely bookmark this as one of the must-sees the next time i go to nyc. thanks for giving us a virtual tour!

January said...

I know! It's a beautiful space. It's definitely worth it to dedicate a few hours and visit the space.

Carlin M. Wragg said...

January, thank you for posting such a gorgeous virtual tour of Poets House on your blog. All of us at Poets House send you our thanks and best wishes.

January said...

My pleasure, Carlin. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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