The Day Lou Reed Set Me Free: An Exhibit by Tony Fitzpatrick

You can hear Tony Fitzpatrick talk about the Lou Reed drawings that we posted last week and read the essay that accompanies those drawings in the July/August issue of POETRY

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Parneshia Jones on Carolyn M. Rodgers: “She was one of the first writers who gave me validation to write about me…I can’t even begin to try to make anyone understand what it means to write about yourself and the people around you.”

"Carolyn— she was all woman. And a lot of people had a problem with that. Mainly men."

Parneshia Jones on Carolyn M. Rodgers: “She was one of the first writers who gave me validation to write about me…I can’t even begin to try to make anyone understand what it means to write about yourself and the people around you.”

"Carolyn— she was all woman. And a lot of people had a problem with that. Mainly men."

Calvin Forbes reading “a song in the front yard" by Gwendolyn Brooks:

I grew up in a tight-knit neighborhood and there were certain children that you were not allowed to play with. And I was one of those children that you were not allowed to play with.”

Joy Harjo started out by reading “Coal" when she talked about Audre Lorde at The Voice of Women in American Poetry on June 19, and later told the audience:

"The first time I saw her she read a love poem and when she was done I did something which I’d never done before. I called out ‘Read it again!’ and she did.”

“Does anyone remember read-ins? I guess this is a kind of read-in”
David Trinidad discusses Ann Stanford at The Voice of Women in American Poetry on June 19.
In the audience, from left: Robert Polito, Parneshia Jones, Susan Hahn tucked behind Calvin Forbes, Joy Harjo, and Stuart Dybek

“Does anyone remember read-ins? I guess this is a kind of read-in”

David Trinidad discusses Ann Stanford at The Voice of Women in American Poetry on June 19.

In the audience, from left: Robert Polito, Parneshia Jones, Susan Hahn tucked behind Calvin Forbes, Joy Harjo, and Stuart Dybek

"When I read critiques of her work I hear a lot of times that her poems don’t have a meaning. I think that’s a good thing!"

Stuart Dybek reading Elizabeth Bishop at Poetry off the Shelf: The Voice of Women in American Poetry on June 19

"If you perceive yourself as nobody too, I’d be happy to talk to you later."
— Susan Hahn, reading Emily Dickinson's “I'm Nobody! Who are you?” at Poetry off the Shelf: The Voice of Women in American Poetry on June 19.

"If you perceive yourself as nobody too, I’d be happy to talk to you later."

Susan Hahn, reading Emily Dickinson's “I'm Nobody! Who are you?” at Poetry off the Shelf: The Voice of Women in American Poetry on June 19.

Tony Fitzpatrick, “The Day Lou Reed Set Me Free”

Tony’s last show in Chicago, The Secret Birds, will be at the Poetry Foundation July 1- September 12

These pieces are pages 335-343 in Poetry magazine, July/August 2013

Walk on the Wild Side, 2013, gouache, ink, watercolor, and paper ephemera, 8 x 10 in.
Looking for Soul Food, 2013, gouache, ink, watercolor, and paper ephemera, 6 x 8 in.
Lady Eyebrows, 2013, gouache, ink, watercolor, and paper ephemera, 6 x 8 in.
Kid Apollo, 2013, gouache, ink, watercolor, and paper ephemera, 6 x 8 in.
Kid Hustle, 2013, gouche, ink, watercolor, and paper ephemera, 7 x 9 in.
Candy Came, from Out on the Island, 2013, gouache, ink, watercolor, and paper ephemera, 7 x 9 in.

Pegasus Awards! June 9, 2014

Nathaniel Mackey accepting his Ruth Lilly Prize from Don Share and Robert Polito

James Maynard and Peter Quartermain, editors of Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose and Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays, respectively, with Don Share and Robert Polito, accepting the inaugural Pegasus Award for Criticism on behalf of University of California Press

Artist Bernard Williams in front of his Pegasus Mural with Poetry magazine Art Director Fred Sasaki, Susan Fox from the Elastic Arts Foundation, and art appraiser Keon Parsons

Photos by Gerber Scarpelli

New US Poet Laureate Charles Wright the year he judged the Lilly Prize, with Poetry editor Joe Parisi and 1992 Prize winner John Ashbery

Vesper Journal from the October 1988 Poetry issue

The cover of the September 1969 issue, the first time Charles Wright appeared in Poetry, and “Addendum" from that issue

The announcement of Wright’s 1993 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize on the back cover of the July 1993 issue of Poetry

Sandra Gilbert, Billy Collins, and Charles Wright, the year Wright won the Ruth Lilly Prize