The Poetry Society of New York

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Celebrity poets join poetry fans, food trucks, art vendors, and Brooklyn Brewery beers for two days of poetry-centric summer fun

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Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, according to a rule Sylvia Plath made up when she first discovered how delicious oranges are. Mind your words with this Groupon.

The Deal

$10 for a poetry package for two (up to a $30 value)

  • Two beverages per person (a $20 value)
  • One private poetry reading per person (a $10 value)<p>

The New York City Poetry Festival returns to Governors Island for its 2013 edition on Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Spread across three stages, more than 200 poets — including luminaries such as Lara Glenum, Cornelius Eady, and Dorothea Lasky — will share pieces during engaging readings. Attendees can also get in on the act at the festival’s Spontaneous Generation House; overseen by poet Ashton Winslow, the space will host workshops and free-writing sessions geared towards producing a work of collective, multidisciplinary verse as a reflection of the festival itself.<p>

Brooklyn Brewing will keep the emotions flowing freely with drafts of its signature beers, which can be paired with healthy, delicious food prepared by local vendors.<p>

Admission to the festival is free, but Groupon holders are encouraged to kick in a suggested $10 donation.<p>

The Poetry Society of New York

Layers upon layers of press clippings—three from the New York Times, others from Ploughshares and Time Out—cling to The Poetry Society of New York, whose diverse projects and events in the name of poetic excellence can't help but attract attention. After all, this is the organization behind the New York City Poetry Festival, whose poets and poetry fans gather annually on Governor's Island to cite verse, hone imaginations, and pole-vault using nothing but giant quill pens.

The Poetry Society of New York also pilots Brothel Books, a small publisher aiming to "[b]ring orange groves to New York City" by printing epic, affecting work. The society's other programs include an ongoing reading series that's hosted poets well-known and obscure since 1978, an immersive theatrical experience called The Poetry Brothel, and a video literary journal. It's all in support of the organization's mission statement, whose three-item list of goals concludes with a simple promise: "to never bore you."

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