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NEW TOMES The English-born poet Simon Pettet reads from his new collection, “More Winnowed Fragments” (Talisman House), as part of his book release party. Tonight, 6 p.m., Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Houston and Bleecker streets, 212-614-0505, free.
LYRICAL MEANING The poet Tom Sleigh reads from his new collection, “Far Side of the Earth: Poems” (Houghton Mifflin), combining Greek and Latin references with dramatic lyrics. Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 267 Seventh Ave. at 6th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-832-9066, free.