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It's March, which means the Poetry Center's redbud tree is blooming (see above) and our event calendar is full of exciting and diverse literary events. Check out what we're offering and come join us this month for a reading, exhibit, screening, book club, poetry discussion group, Family Day, and/or the Tucson Festival of Books!

Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan 

I'll make a tattoo of my lover's blood

and shame every rose in the green garden.

In collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Center is proud to bring Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan to Tucson. This exhibit illuminates the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who live near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Meant to be recited or sung aloud, the landay is a couplet of 22 syllables. (You can learn more about landays in an article by Eliza Griswold available here.) The exhibit, on display at the Poetry Center through May 22, features photographs by Seamus Murphy illustrating life in Afghanistan and landays by Pashtun women.

On Thursday, March 5, at 6:00 pm, we are pleased to host a presentation related to the Shame Every Rose exhibit. Photographer Seamus Murphy and writer Eliza Griswold give a talk, and Murphy will screen his short film, Snake. Please join us after for a reception and a viewing of the exhibit. This event takes place at the Poetry Center and is free and open to the public. We thank our co-sponsors, the Poetry Foundation and the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies, for making this event possible.

Also in March

3/07 Poetry in the Gardens: Discussion about Environmental Poetry

3/12 The Poetics and Politics of Water: Reading by Ofelia Zepeda

3/14 and 3/15 Writing Workshops with Annie Finch

3/14 and 3/15 The Poetry Center at the Tucson Festival of Books

3/24 A Closer Look Book Club: The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

3/26 Poetic Voices at Oro Valley Public Library: Irish Voices

3/26 UA Prose Series: Reading by Elizabeth Evans

3/28 Family Day at the Poetry Center

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