American Poetry Museum

Center for Poetic Thought

Center for Poetic Thought

 

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A Statement from Fred Joiner, CO-Founder of Center for Poetic Thought:

How much "poetic thought" and energy can you fit into 500 square feet? 

To be honest, I am not sure about the answer to that question, but I  have teamed up with The American Poetry Museum to help answer that question.

The Center for Poetic Thought is located at 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio #25, part of the new Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of NE DC. 

Mission:

To cultivate, demonstrate and curate the exhibition of creative work that displays the many ways that “poetry” occurs in American life and beyond.

Vision:

Architect Daniel Libeskind said that every building he has designed and built "has its own poetics." Likewise, a well-known poet and photographer said, "poems do not have a monopoly on Poetry" or "Poetry doesn't care about your poems." Our vision is to be a space for programming that truly captures the poetic rather than simply reporting on it.

Although traditional poetry readings and poetry-related events will be a part of our programming, our intention is to create a space that is more than simply another poetry presenting venue. We aim to create a space to demonstrate the many ways in which "poetry" crosses our paths in life and art. This may present itself in the form of music, dance, micro-theater, visual art, and architecture. We believe that poetry is big enough to handle all of that, even in our small and humble home. 

If you are a poet/scholar/curator/architect/artist/designer/musician/etc and would like to have a space to present your current research or project, drop us a line here and tell us about your project.