The next Princeton Makes Second Sunday Poetry Reading, set for May 8 at 4 p.m., at the Princeton Shopping Center, features Rachel Hadas and Keith O’Shaughnessy.

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Rachel Hadas

Hadas is the author of “Pandemic Almanac,” published by Ragged Sky Press, and numerous other collections of poetry and essays. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the poet lives in New York City and is a professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. The following is a sample of her work:

Ides of March MMXX

New York, March 2020

Nothing new,

but it feels like an end.

An end that’s new.

This end is now?

No, I said new.

But who

could hear me through my mask?

Don’t ask.

Love

wears a glove.

I want to touch my friend.

This fear feels new.

We’ve all forgotten how

to live with it, to live it

day by day. And each

day begins anew,

begins a new

now we do not know,

oh no,

do not yet know.

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Keith O'Shaughnessy

Keith O’Shaughnessy’s newest book is the Ragged Sky Press release “Petrushka,” a collection of poems and fables set in a Russia-like dreamscape. A resident of Princeton, he teaches English at Camden County College and is the author of the Grolier Discovery Award-winning book “Incommunicado” and the following poem:

The Ballerina & Her Maestro

The more refined one is, the more unhappy.

She listens to the aria

to hear something that isn’t in it,

just as he watches the ballet

to see something that isn’t there.

But the sound beneath the song

and the vision behind the dance

have a being and a presence

that he knows as a thought

and she feels with a sense

of drifting off in white wind,

of floating out on black waves,

falling silent, swaying still.

The monthly poetry reading is cosponsored by the Princeton Makes artists collaborative and the Princeton-based Ragged Sky Press.

The free reading will be held at Princeton Makes, located in the Princeton Shopping Center, next to Metropolis Hair Salon. The event includes an open mic limited to the first 10 readers to sign up, and COVID protocols are in effect.

For more information, contact Jim Levine: princetonmakes@gmail.com.

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