The annual gathering at the Poetry Project celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. Among those doing the honors are Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Anselm Berrigan, Anne Waldman, Edwin Torres, Eileen Myles, Jonas Mekas, Joseph Keckler, Justin Vivian Bond, and scores of other artists and personalities. More than a hundred and forty participants are expected. (St. Mark’s In-the-Bowery, Second Ave. at 10th St. 212-674-0910. Jan. 1, starting at 2.)January 1 1:30 p.m.