The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent.
NYPL presents #LiteraryMarchMadness, a daily pairing from one of four conferences: Triple Threats (3-named authors), Real-Life Feuds (guess which author punched his rival!), Kid Favorites (but you adults love them too), and Cult Following (self-explanatory). Visit our Facebook page to vote!
Librairan Miranda at Grand Concourse Library shares a favorite book with… wait for it… cat poems! Happy Caturday!
I love the cat breed illustrations on the inside of the front and back covers of this book. All of the cats look so happy! The book is full of poems that indicate the nature of cats, and anyone who has experience with cats or who has lived with cats knows exactly what Crawley is talking about in these cat poems.
Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday!
Summer Poetry Reading with Eduardo C. Corral, Matthea Harvey, and Jennifer Militello | The New York Public Library →
We will admit
this poem’s the pits,
which is why we say,
visit NYPL Tuesday.
You will see
and hear without fee,
poetry that is
much more celebratory.
(Forgive us.)Eduardo C. Corral , Matthea Harvey, and Jennifer Militello converge in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum of The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to share their poems. The Academy of American Poets Summer Poetry Reading Series is being co-sponsored with New York Public Library on August 13 and September 10, 2013.
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: LIVE from the NYPL’s Fall 2013 Schedule, LIVE announces the new line-up featuring exciting authors, personalities and speakers. You won’t want to miss it
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Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen (Tuesday September 17) here
Adam Fitzgerald, John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly (Thursday, September 19) here
Jesmyn Ward (Monday, September 30) here
Jaron Lanier (Thursday, October 10) here
The Moth [featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and more] (Tuesday, October 15) here
Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, Howard W. Buffett (Wednesday, October 23) here
Lorrie Moore: Watching Television (Friday, October 25) here
Nico Muhly and Ira Glass [Co-Presented by The Metropolitan Opera] (Tuesday, October 29) here
Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch (Monday, November 18) here
Michael Connelly (Wednesday, December 4) here
Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert (Tuesday, December 10) here
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Thursday, December 12) here
Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats! Born in 1865 in Dublin, this poet was the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. You can check out the works of this Nobel Prize winning poet from the Library.
On June 13, LIVE from the NYPL's Spring 2013 season closes with a powerful final installment. Liao Yiwu and his translator Wenguang Huang will join Paul Holdengräber for a conversation about poetry, protest and prison in honor of the English-language release of Liao's memoir, For A Song and A Hundred Songs, which The Daily Beast calls “one of the most important documents of political imprisonment and torture about China ever written.”
Liao Yiwu will also play music on the xiao (Chinese flute) and read his poem “Massacre” - the work that lead to his arrest in China - when he takes the stage next week. Purchase tickets here.
LIVE from the NYPL will be celebrating Federico García Lorca’s life and legacy on June 4, the day before what would have been the Spanish poet and playwright’s 115th birthday. The program features poetry and performances from a powerhouse lineup of guests, including John Giorno, Will Keen and María Fernández Ache, Philip Levine, Christopher Maurer, Paul Muldoon, Patti Smith, and Tracy K. Smith.
So if you want to see not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prize-winning poets plus Patti Smith plus other renowned guests all in one night, grab your tickets for Tuesday’s event here.
And be sure to check out NYPL’s exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet In New York,” which includes the original Poet In New York manuscript, and other events happening throughout the city as part of Lorca in New York: A Celebration.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was born today in 1803. Happy Birthday!
The Library has Emerson’s work available for checkout at our branches, so borrow one soon (we’re actually closed this weekend for Memorial Day, but we’ll be back Tuesday).