This week the library is thrilled to host volunteers from the People’s Poetry Festival visiting to deliver a rapid fire look at what poetry is, how it’s written, why people write it, and how it’s evolved over time.
Saturday, August 20
Central Library, 4th Floor North
(Space is limited.) Register here.
The festival then roars forward Saturday afternoon with two FREE feature films screening at the Plaza theatre in Kensington.
1:15 Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965) A National Film Board, fly-on-the-wall documentary of Canada’s favourite poet at the age of 30, roaming the streets and parks of Montréal by day and living in $3 francophone motels by night.
2:15 Howl (2010) James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg during the 1957 obscenity trial that nearly got his classic text, Howl and Other Poems, banned. His defense lawyer, Jake Ehlrich, is played by Mad Men star Jon Hamm.
Keep up to date on all the People’s Poetry Festival updates at http://peoplespoetryfestival.com/. Or on Facebook. If you can’t make it to the Plaza theatre for the double feature, find all your favorite poetry films on DVD at the library…