“Others will enter the gates of the ferry, and cross from shore to shore,” Whitman once meditated, somewhere afloat on the East River. One hundred and twenty-something years later, the NYC Poetry Festival invites you to live out Walt’s vision, ferry and all, with just such poetic purposes. Returning to Governors Island for a second year, the gathering will bring more than 50 reading series, collectives, and publications out of the dark back barroom and into the open for a weekend of alfresco events (and ice cream and beer). Hop among performances by venerably verbose institutions, such as PEN American, Cave Canem, KGB, and Poets House, or test your own chops at the Ring of Daisies open mic. If the sun is too much, the ever-intimate Poetry Brothel will be on hand to offer private bedroom readings.
Sat., July 21, 11 a.m., 2012