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Poetry and Literature Calendar for Sept. 4-10

Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.: Celebration of the literary life and work of poet, philosopher, scholar, critic and librarian Kenneth A. Warren, the Lakeland, Ohio-based publisher and editor of the influential poetry journal House Organ, who died in May 2015 at age 62. Warren had many ties to the Buffalo area literary community and Black Mountain College diaspora, including to Kenmore-based BlazeVox Books, which published his 2012 collection of essays, “Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch: A Guide to the Homeric Punkhole, 1980-2012.” Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poets Carol Southwood and Max Wickert. Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Burchfield Penney Art Center Poets and Writers Series presents poet, writer, publisher, social activist and major American countercultural figure Ed Sanders, reading from his forthcoming book-length “Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert Kennedy – An Investigative Poem.” Sanders, the co-founder of the now-legendary band The Fugs, is also widely credited as the founder of “investigative poetry” as a contemporary literary form. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Friday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Dr. Gerry Rising, retired University at Buffalo mathematics professor, naturalist and author of “Birds and Birdwatching: 100 Brief Essays.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Friday, 7:30 P.M.: “Charles Burchfield and the Sunflower Sutra,” a series of talks and readings focusing on the common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) in science and art, and the role it plays in the transformation of the American landscape. The program will feature curator Tullis Johnson (speaking on the depiction of sunflowers in the work of painter Charles Burchfield); Mike Basinski (reading “Ah Sunflower” (1794), poem by William Blake); brief lectures by Daniel Potts, associate professor of biology at SUNY Buffalo State, and David Siering, ecologist at Tifft Nature Preserve, speaking on the role of “hyper-accumulators” like the sunflower in soil remediation (particularly of toxic metals); followed by poet Edward Sanders, reading “Sunflower Sutra” (1955) by Allen Ginsberg, a poem that presents a sunflower growing in a train yard as a metaphor for the mid-20th century American soul. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

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