Drury Brennan working on ulteriori ombre at the Poetry Foundation. 

The work is a calligraphic reaction to the libretto “Freedom of Shadow,” in honor of Douglas Kearney, in tribute to Terry Adkins—in conversation with both. The work is in part a reverberation of Adkin’s and Kearney’s first one-on-one conversation about their collaboration, in particular the first note Douglas took, which served as mooring: “behavioral feeling of performed ethnicity.”

See it this evening at The Open Door Reading featuring DePaul University’s Chris Green with his student Clare Stuber and Loyola University’s Aaron Baker with student Lucy Schoyer

Or tomorrow at Poetry off the Shelf: Ana Castillo, Cristina Correa, & Paul Martínez Pompa

Or Thursday at Graywolf Press 40th Anniversary with Claudia Rankine, Matthea Harvey, and Katie Ford

And you can meet Brennan, Kearney, and Jeanty at the reception for Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins.

Photos by Chelsea Avery

Ana Castillo rides a Poetry Cab!

See her read next Wednesday at Poetry Foundation in “Poetry off the Shelf: Ana Castillo, Cristina Correa, & Paul Martínez Pompa

Sept 17, 7 PM, 61 West Superior St

This week is your last chance to visit Tony Fitzpatrick’s The Secret Birds

If you can’t make it during our daytime hours (11 am- 4 pm) , come to CAIC’s Salon Concert: Robert & Clara Schumann, Friedrich Rückert & Heinrich Heine at Poetry Foundation on Thursday at 7 pm.

And don’t forget to pick up a button and a free issue of the magazine while you’re here!

Fig 1. Telettrofono Cross-Section and no. 122478 Effervescent Drinks from Matthea Harvey’s TELETTROFONO, from her new book If the Tabloids Are True, What Are You?

Read an article about Harvey’s new book, then come see Harvey at the Graywolf 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 18, then talk about her book on September 19th at the Poetry Foundation Library Book Club

Artist zkonqü photographed Val Jeanty and Douglas Kearney rehearsing Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins at Jeanty’s studio in Brooklyn, NY.

If you’d like a soundtrack to the photos, listen to Kearney and Jeanty perform "Blanche Bruce Does the Modernism"

See you at the performance of the oratorio at Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, on September 20 at 6:00 PM! 

Papermaking at our Chicago 77 event last week. Read more about The Chicago 77 project, a 77-line poem comprised of found text and objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas.

Papermaking at our Chicago 77 event last week. Read more about The Chicago 77 project, a 77-line poem comprised of found text and objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas.

Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins by Douglas Kearney

If you liked our ‘sneak peek’ of Douglas Kearney’s poems, notes, & drafts, “preemptive ekphrasis” relating to his oratorio Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins, your can read Kearney’s essay from the portfolio in the September issue of Poetry magazine, live on our website now.

And don’t forget to come to the Poetry Foundation for a performance of the oratorio on Saturday, September 20, 

1 week ago - 4

From the car, 
Landscapes momently recede; the trees
Are an arcade of motion
Sweet, reasonable and fast.

— from Robert Pinsky’s “The View from the Road" published in Poetry in 1971

Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito driving former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky around after the presentation of Favorite Poem Project: Chicago

to upend drawersslam doors, to shatterthe glass of you,— from “Litany" by Elise Paschen

to upend drawers
slam doors, to shatter
the glass of you,

— from “Litany" by Elise Paschen