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April 05, 2011

Crossing State Lines and the America: Now and Here project

The New York Times recently looked at artist Eric Fischl's America: Now and Here project, in which "a truck-based roving museum and performance space will tour the country for two years to address what he sees as an identity crisis in American culture."

You can read the full New York Times article about America: Now and Here and more information is available at

Crossing State Lines, a collaborative poem about America from fifty-four of our best poets, edited by Bob Holman and Carol Muske-Dukes, is the poetry arm of the cross-country journey of arts and ideas. The poem itself, in the ancient tradition of Japanese renga, provides the form of this historic conversation among the poets, as they meditate, within ten lines, on a moment in America. Crossing State Lines begins with Robert Pinsky’s recounting of a line of poetry by Lincoln as fall deepens and “maples / kindle in the East,” and ends some five hundred lines later, with Robert Hass’s “greeny April” on the Pacific coast.

And for our New York friends, you can celebrate National Poetry Month with Bob Holman at The Poetry and Cocktail Slam on Tuesday, April 12 at Back Forty. Check out the website for more details:



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