August 29, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Prismatic Park: Donna Masini

 

Poet, author, and educator Donna Masini will be at Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park from August 29-September 3 for her residency and will invite the public to write “postcard poems,” create a collaborative “Chain of Imagination,” participate in poetry readings, and celebrate Labor Day! See below for her schedule and for descriptions of what to expect at each event!

Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Masini and her artist residency schedule.

 

Tuesday, August 29, 12-3pm
12-2pm – CHAIN OF IMAGINATION (Help create a collaborative poetry sculpture that imagines the world we want to live in)
2-3pm – POSTCARD POEMS (Choose a prompt, write a poem to send out into the world)

Wednesday, August 30, 12-5pm
12-2pm – CHAIN OF IMAGINATION (Help create a collaborative poetry sculpture that imagines the world we want to live in)
2-4pm – POSTCARD POEMS (Choose a prompt, write a poem to send out into the world)
4-5pm – SPIN & READ (Spin the wheel, choose a poet—and join in a poetry reading)

Thursday, August 31, 5-7pm
5-6pm – POSTCARD POEMS (Choose a prompt, write a poem to send out into the world)
6-7pm – SPIN & READ (Spin the wheel, choose a poet—and join in a poetry reading)

Saturday, September 2, 12-5pm
12-2pm – WHAT WORK IS (Choose a prompt and write a poem to celebrate work and the workers in our lives)
2-3pm – CHAIN OF IMAGINATION (Help create a collaborative poetry sculpture that imagines the world we want to live in)
3-5pm – SPIN & READ (What Work Is) Participate in a reading of poems that honor and celebrate work and the workers in our lives.)

Sunday, September 3, 12-5pm Live reading
12-2pm – WHAT WORK IS (Choose a prompt and write a poem to celebrate work and the workers in our lives)
2-3pm – CHAIN OF IMAGINATION (Help write a collaborative poetry sculpture that imagines the world we want to live in)
3-4pm – SPIN & READ (What Work Is) Participate in a reading of poems that honor and celebrate work and the workers in our lives
4-5pm – Final Reading: Donna Masini and friends

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.


Donna Masini’s third book of poems, 4:30 Movie, is forthcoming (W.W. Norton and Co., 2018).  She is the author of Turning to Fiction (W.W. Norton and Co., 2004), That Kind of Danger (Beacon Press, 1994), and the novel, About Yvonne (W.W. Norton and Co., 1998).  Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Open City, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Pushcart Prize, Brooklyn Poets (forthcoming), Best American Poetry 2015.  A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, she is a Professor of English at Hunter College where she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program. She is at work on a novel, The Good Enough Mother.

 

Chain of Imagination: Writing the World You Want To Live in
Participants will choose a “prompt” and write one or two line poems. These will be fastened and assembled to create a coiling ribbon of lines that will be added to and on display throughout the week, then displayed at Poets House as a piece of sculptural poetry.

Postcards Poems
As Blake says, “What is now Proved, was once only Imagined.” With the aid of surprise “prompts”, postcards, and the park, participants will have a chance to imagine on the page (postcard), then chose the addressee of their postcard poem (Congress? White House? Mayor? Friend? Themselves? A child? sibling?). We’ll supply postage and send out the first 50 postcard poems. (With participant’s permission, poems will be photographed and posted on Instagram)

Spin and Read
Round and round she goes! Spin the Wheel, choose a poet, and participate in a reading of great poets, past and present: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Muriel Rukeyser, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, Mahmoud Darwish, Yehudi Amichai, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Carlos Williams, June Jordan, Nazim Hikmet, Pablo Neruda, etc.

What Work Is
In honor of Labor Day, we’ll be writing–and reading–poems that celebrate work and the workers in our lives.

 

 

 

 

2017-08-29 8:00:00 2017-09-03 16:00:00 America/New_York Prismatic Park: Donna Masini

  Poet, author, and educator Donna Masini will be at Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park from August 29-September 3 for her residency and will invite the public to write “postcard [Read More]

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