Poet, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator
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Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

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In the city, Battery Park, woke up to clouds, impending rain. But I have a walk to look forward to in an area I have walked before, and love, along the Hudson River to Poets House on Riverview Terrace, passing a view of the Statue of Liberty, passing the ferry, through bright parks of spring bulbs in bloom, past Sunday morning joggers. Today is the IWWG Spring Big Apple Writing Conference, and I will attend and participate on our author's panel, representing poetry. This is our second year at Poets House, having relocated from another venue, and I'm personally thrilled to have our NYC conference i a space that honors poets and poetry. 

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Founded in 1985 by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth (Betty) Kray, Poets House has created a home for all who read and write poetry. The library was modeled on The Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London – England’s national poetry library that is open to visitors – and established itself modestly in a New York City public high school. In 1986, the library officially opened with a collection of 600 books from Paul Zweig. Betty envisioned a place for poetry that would nurture poets and invite the public into the widest tradition of the art. She approached Stanley Kunitz and he said, “Let’s call it Poets House. ‘House’ is so much bigger than any institution.”
— http://www.poetshouse.org
From Left: Janet Lombardi, Kelly DuMar, Cathleen O'Connor, Author Panel, IWWG Writing Conference, Poets House, NYC

From Left: Janet Lombardi, Kelly DuMar, Cathleen O'Connor, Author Panel, IWWG Writing Conference, Poets House, NYC

After the panel, and lunch, in the afternoon, I write a very rough first draft of a poem in Yun Wei's workshop on "What Poetry and Fiction can teach each other." And, at the very end of the day, in the open mic, I read a poem inspired by a photo I took on one of my daily walks, a small piece of pink tree bark I found on the forest floor, and wrote into a poem called "Pinked" about my mother sewing a May Day dress for me: 

"I’m picked, among the countless

cottoned, blossomed, from bolts, I am one here. . . '

And now, I am heading home.


Poets House is located at Ten River Terrace (at Murray Street)
New York, NY 10282
212-431-8131 (fax) 

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