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Poetry is honored every day at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square, the oldest continuous poetry book shop in the United States. We stock over 15,000 current volumes of trade, small press, and university publications as well as books related to prosody, poetry markets, and Broadsides.
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April 7, 2017
April 12, 2017
The Pirate Who Does
Not Know the Value of Pi
"The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi is a poem-novel about the relationship between a pirate and a parrot who, after capturing a certain quantity of prizes, are shipwrecked on a deserted island, where they proceed to discuss whether they would have been able to communicate with people indigenous to the island, had there been any. Characterized by multilingual punning, humor puerile and set-theoretical, philosophical irony and narrative handicaps, Eugene Ostashevsky’s new large-scale project draws on sources as various as early modern texts about pirates and animal intelligence, old-school hip-hop, and game theory to pursue the themes of emigration, incomprehension, untranslatability, and the otherness of others.
May 4th, 2017
and Craig Morgan Teicher
Reading from new books
May 19th, 2017
Reading from Fair Sun
Natlie Shapero is the professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of The Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child and No Object.
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author four books, most recently The Trembling Answers (BOA, 2017) and the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, 2016). He lives in New Jersey.
Susan Barba’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, The Harvard Review, and Poetry Daily. She has published book reviews in The Boston Review and translations from Armenian in Words Without Borders and Ararat. She participated in Consenses, a multi-genre, interactive art installation which opened in West Tisbury, Massachusetts and is now touring the country. She recently received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in poetry.
Robert Fanning is the author of five poetry collections, including three full-length collections: Our Sudden Museum (forthcoming, Salmon Press), American Prophet (Marick Press), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press), and two chapbooks: Sheet Music (forthcoming, Baby Elephant Press), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program "The Poet and the Poem." A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.
Andrea Cohen's latest collection is Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017). Her previous poetry collections include Furs Not Mine (Four Way Books, 2015), winner of the 2015 Golden Crown Award for Poetry, Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry, 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry, 2009), and The Cartographer's Vacation (Owl Creek Press, 1999). She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College.
Eugene Ostashevsky, born 1968, is the author of The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, a book of poems about communication challenges in pirate-and-parrot relationships, published by NYRB Poets, as well as The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, a book of poems about the shortcomings of rationalism, where philosophical superheroes fight monsters made of math, published by Ugly Duckling in 2008. His translations of Daniil Kharms and the writers of his circle include OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism, and Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think. The latter, also published by NYRB Poets, won the 2014 National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association.