Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito, French Consul Général Vincent Floreani, Poetry Foundation architect John Ronan, and ARTE Radio's Silvain Hirsch and Samuel Gire spoke before a presentation of Hirsch and Gire's audio installation, C’est la Ville!: Urban Voices from Paris and Chicago on Saturday at Open House Chicago

While driving home from the brewery
one night this man from Quebec heard a radio program
about purple martins & the next day he set out
to build them a house
in his own back yard. I’ve never built anything,
let alone a house,
— From Srikanth Reddy's Fundamentals of Esperanto
While driving home from the brewery
one night this man from Quebec heard a radio program
about purple martins & the next day he set out
to build them a house
in his own back yard. I’ve never built anything,

let alone a house,

— From Srikanth Reddy's Fundamentals of Esperanto

"The wetback mice need the gringo cheese."

– Daniel Borzutzky reading his piece that is a companion to the second episode of Speedy Gonzales, the Fastest Mouse in All of Mexico.

Daniel Borzutzky read with Valerie Mejer and Luis Felipe Fabre on Wednesday for the MAKE Exchange, the kick-off event for Lit & Luz.

Still a few Lit & Luz events left this weekend— check them out!

"The Funny thing about Hum is that people didn’t seem to notice all the birds in it”
– Jamaal May, about to read “There Are Birds Here

Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito and Craig Davis, the director of Cultural and Civic Engagement at Chicago Public Library introduced Jamaal May and Carolyn Forche at Poetry Day yesterday evening.

On reading “Sanctuary,” Forché told us: “My grandmother wants to be in every book. I can feel her standing behind me while I’m writing, carrying a rolling pin and saying “I want to be in the book!”

Jamaal May stopped by Poetry Foundation this afternoon to chat with the ghost of Poetry Magazine founder Harriet Monroe.

"The birds are here
to root around for bread
the girl’s hands tear
and toss like confetti. No,
I don’t mean the bread is torn like cotton,
I said confetti”

— From “There Are Birds Here" by Jamaal May, who will be reading with Carolyn Forché tomorrow at 6PM at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) for Poetry Day

Attendees will receive the pictured broadside, which features a Teresa Pankratz drawing.
"The birds are here
to root around for bread
the girl’s hands tear
and toss like confetti. No,
I don’t mean the bread is torn like cotton,
I said confetti”
— From “There Are Birds Here" by Jamaal May, who will be reading with Carolyn Forché tomorrow at 6PM at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) for Poetry Day
Attendees will receive the pictured broadside, which features a Teresa Pankratz drawing.

Poetry Foundation architect John Ronan, who won a national design award for the building in 2011, rides a Poetry Cab! 

You can see him at the reception for Open House Chicago on Saturday 10/18 at 4:00 PM.

"It turns out, I didn’t actually make up the word ‘disingenuity’ in my Harriet blog post last year: it’s actually an old form no one’s used for centuries.’

Lucy Ives lectured at Poetry Foundation last night in front of a slideshow of blindfolded strangers.

Poetry Cab Staff Picks!
Ydalmi Noriega, Manager of President’s Initiatives and Board Relations, shared her top two poems: “Sweeping the States” by Jacob Saenz and “Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther” by A.E. Stallings, who will be reading at Poetry Foundation on October 27. 
Finance and Administration Associate Dylan Swisher, who leads Children’s Poemtime every Wednesday morning, rides in the back seat.

Poetry Cab Staff Picks!

Ydalmi Noriega, Manager of President’s Initiatives and Board Relations, shared her top two poems: “Sweeping the States by Jacob Saenz and Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther” by A.E. Stallings, who will be reading at Poetry Foundation on October 27

Finance and Administration Associate Dylan Swisher, who leads Children’s Poemtime every Wednesday morning, rides in the back seat.

Poet and activist Ko Un came to the Poetry Foundation after his event to sign his books, see our exhibit, take a tour of the building, and check out our Emmys.

You can look at his books in our library Monday-Friday 11AM-4PM, and see the gallery exhibit and building during our library hours or during any of our evening or weekend events. If you come during Open House Chicago, you can listen to an audio installation by Silvain Gire and Samuel Hirsch of ARTE Radio while viewing our building.

Poetry Cab Staff Picks!
Program Director Stephen Young chose “Hymn to Life" by Timothy Donnelly, who will be giving a talk on Meaningfulness and Homesickness at Poetry Foundation on October 8. 

Program Associate Justine Haka loves “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poetry Cab Staff Picks!

Program Director Stephen Young chose “Hymn to Life" by Timothy Donnelly, who will be giving a talk on Meaningfulness and Homesickness at Poetry Foundation on October 8

Program Associate Justine Haka loves “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins