The Annual Poets House’s Bridgewalk

Monday, June 09, 2014

Poets House procession over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1999 Poets House procession over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1999 (Courtesy of Poet's House/Poet's House)

Lee Briccetti, executive director of Poets House, and poet Mark Doty discuss Poets House’s Bridgewalk, an annual poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Great poets lead a grand procession, stopping along the way to read out poems that illuminate New York’s great poetic heritage and provide a fresh perspective on the city from atop one of its greatest monuments. The walk begins at 6:30 pm in the small park just outside of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street. Readings take place in the park and on the Bridge and culminate with a sunset reading of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Mark Doty near Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn.


Lee Briccetti and Mark Doty

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Daniela Gioseffi from Brooklyn Heights for 50 yrs.

Please read this info. and invite me to share poetry by accomplished professionally published poetry from re. climate crisis literature, Sept. 20-25th, 2014, the week of The GLOBAL CLIMATE MARCH and UN Summit on Global Warming in NY this fall. I'm an American Book Award winning author and member of PEN AMERICAN CENTER, who speaks and reads very well as a former broadcaster, classical actress, and widely traveled public speaker, retired professor, widely published author and editor. (When I did a program with Brian Leher, re. my book from Doubleday ON PREJUDICE; A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE in 1993, he replayed the program SIX times, because it was clear and good.) Please consider having me as a guest with the chief Latina Poet of NYC who is my assistant editor, Nancy Mercado, for the week of the People's CLIMATE MARCH, Sept 20-21. I will be producing a program at POETS HOUSE, SEPT.25th, at 7PM, a NON-PROFIT PROGRAM, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC as is my website www.Eco-Poetry, an e-anthology and a PUBLIC SERVICE FREE TO ALL. I am promoting the content of the site that is educational and also contains emotionally accessible easily understood poetry. Please have us on to read and talk of our PUBLIC SERVICE during the week of Sept. 20-25 when the PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH will occur and the UN Summit will be on. OUR PROGRAM IS SEPT. 25th at POETS HOUSE is a TIMELY EVENT, FREE TO THE PUBLIC, and it promotes an emotional as well as an intellectual response to reach the heart with caring, re. the suffering of super storms like Sandy and the extreme weather already effecting human lives. I also have much to offer in the way of HOPE for the future, and addressing the problem. The Week of Sept. 20-25th will be a GREAT and MEANINGFUL TIME TO HAVE US COME IN AND READ and TALK. I can also invite an Afro-Amer. poet from our site to come in with us. Please RSVP. My new book WAGING BEAUTY AS THE POLAR BEAR DREAMS OF ICE will soon be published in winter, 2014. I'm a Latino-Italian and feel neglected by the media DESPITE my myriad accomplishments. A documentary AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST is being made of my life as a Civil Rights worker and peace and social justice advocate in my many books and work. I was abused by the KKK when I was a 20 year old journalist in Selma, Alabama, 1961, WSLA-TV. See these links->
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Jun. 09 2014 01:21 PM
Andrea from Rockland

Art heals life and awakens the inner life. Poetry, literature, music, visual art, dance.... they're all very important!

Jun. 09 2014 12:58 PM
Daniela Gioseffi from Brooklyn Heights 50 yrs.

in 1971, I created the FIRST BROOKLYN BRIDGE POETRY WALK and it was featured in The NY Times and New York Magazine and on the front of Local Papers. Years later Poets House, which I've always supported took on the idea as a fund raiser. I've a letter from Betty Kray stating that I inspired her. re. poetry walks and celebrating The Great Bridge. I love Poets House as a free library promoting multi-cultural poetry. I've donated funds to Poets House and been a member since its inception. I've given a seminar on Transcendental Poetry there and several readings, donating funds and raising funds for Poets House. I just wish that a tiny bit of recognition for my FIRST BROOKLYN BRIDGE POETRY WALK with David Amram as Pied Piper in 1971, was acknowledged as an inspiration for their Annual Fund Raiser. I wish Poets House well and have donated many books and signed editions there, but I always feel a little hurt that my work in initiating The BB Walk is not acknowledged.
Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award Winner of 16 books, Editor of

Jun. 09 2014 12:58 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

This sounds amazing. Wish I could attend!

Jun. 09 2014 12:46 PM
andrea from Rockland

To A Log Floating Past A Pier On The East River ~ May 24, 1985

Ancient log
From which forest were you plundered?
Gone are your days as sapling and lovers lair.
Picnics beneath your boughs have long faded from memory.
Your second career brought forth from the edge of a blade.
Life cut from you.
Still, you continued to serve as pole or pylon.
Human inventiveness is nature's clarity.
Floating down the river
Ancient and rotting.

Jun. 09 2014 12:27 PM

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