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Celebrating Brooklyn Poets, Past and Present

Dip into the Center for Brooklyn History’s collection and you will find a vast range of poetry. There are works by household names like Walt Whitman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Marianne Moore, as well as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poems by writers whose works live in the nooks and crannies of the archives. Hand-written or published in zines, tucked away in acid-free boxes labeled “Brooklyn Poetry Circle Collection” and “Rioghan Kirchner Civil Rights in Brooklyn Collection”, these poems give voice to former times and lived experiences of Brooklyn. Join CBH at the historic Othmer library for an evening of readings that bring the past and present into dialogue, as contemporary poets share examples from the CBH archive and from their own work. A pop-up display of poetry selections from the CBH Collection, curated by Special Collections and Outreach Librarian Kevina Tidwell, will be on display for the event.


Wed 4/24

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street

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