Some say it’s poetry’s duty to transport us to other realms, while some say poetry serves best to show us the deeper reality of the present. But when free poetry is composed, performed and shared in the charming garden patio of a historic train station, it can be all of the above. At a place of constant motion known more for departures than gatherings, The Poet Is In brings together the work of six very different contemporary poets as well as an accompanying Music Center presentation of live Paraguayan harp playing, activating an already idyllic landscaped space and the long summer afternoon and offering an unhurried chance to explore the building’s renovated architecture up close.

Union Station, N. 800 Alameda, North Patio, downtown; Fri., June 28, 3-6 p.m.; free.

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