It’s something of a sport to say that poetry is dying, but nearly 3,000 books currently on display in Battery Park City offer a strong counterargument.
The 21st annual showcase at Poets House collects poetry books released in the past year by about 700 different publishers. On display through Aug. 3, the books will eventually move upstairs to be absorbed into the organization’s library of more than 50,000 titles.
The public is free to browse through the books in the showcase, including the latest collections by John Ashbery and Adrienne Rich; “Troubling the Line,” an anthology of work by transgender poets; the nearly 1,000 pages of “The Collected Poems of James Dickey”; and the splendidly titled “I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary,” a collection of notebooks, diaries and letters by the avant-garde Russian poet Daniil Kharms, who died in 1942. / New York Times 3.7.