“April is the cruellest month,” claimed T.S. Eliot in The Waste Land. That’s not been true since 1996, when the Academy of American Poets established it as National Poetry Month. Now April is a time to ponder Wallace Stevens’ lines — “Let be be the finale of seem./The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream” — and to enjoy even cooler poetic treats than usual in our verse-centric city. The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is sponsoring a series of free poetry events at the Community Gallery, 201 W. Marcy St. (inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center). At 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, poets and spoken-word competition winners Colleen Gorman, Damien Flores, and Jasmine Sena y Cuffee will read in a program presented by New Mexico CultureNet. On Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m., our own emperor of ice-cream, Santa Fe poet laureate Jon Davis, presents the fourth in his series of six readings. This one features Davis and four other poets, including former laureate Valerie Martínez, whose recent book-length poem Each and Her was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Davis returns on Saturday, April 19, at 6 p.m. to give us the scoop on American poetry since 1950 in a lecture titled “Pushing a Red Wheelbarrow Through the Waste Land.” Joan Logghe,reads from work written while she was the city’s poet laureate (2010-2012) in a program entitled Odes and Offering Revisited at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Finally, the Cut + Paste Society brings together 16 women to read on the theme of wind, one of April’s remaining cruelties, on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Hold on to your proverbial hat. Call 505-955-6705.
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