“Journey is a word trembling at a platform’s edge,”
- Chris Abani, Quest, Smoking the Bible
“Journey is a word trembling at a platform’s edge” Chris Abani writes in his poem “Quest” from his latest collection Smoking the Bible. Poetry itself is a journey with language that dives into our interior moments only to resurface, making deeper connections to the present. This year, the poetry series is taking that journey and reconnecting with the outside world. The past two seasons have been virtual by necessity, safeguarding the health of our poets and our audience. This season we, like so many other organizations, are taking tentative steps back into the public with three in-person readings. We too miss that moment when one can hand a poet a book and get it signed- the charged connection of touch, the electricity of being there.
Each poet who joins us this season has work that takes the reader on a journey – be it into our interior world or through the connections we make to each other. Embark on this journey with the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at Folger Shakespeare Library for the fifty-fourth season of poetry.
With poets Jan Beatty, Joel Dias-Porter, Alice Fulton, Naomi Shihab Nye and more reading this season, we hope that poetry will continue to provide you with a guiding light as the country navigates new terrain. The poets joining us this season range from debut books to a large collection of published work, each of their voices unique and their craft exquisite.
The word awaits, trembling on the platform, join us.
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