Friday, July 30, 2010
Read Linda Lerner's Poem, "Terrible Beauty" for New Verse News for July 26
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
By George Held
Washington (INS). The Senate Committee on Subversive Activities has brought lefthanded marriage into play in an effort to stop a bill legalizing gay marriage. Arguing that no one is more suspect or queer than lefties, Sen. John Kyl (R-OK) introduced his bill to criminalize marriage between two lefthanders.
“If we are going to even debate the issue of unnatural practices,” the Senator told the committee in session, “we need to start with lefties. They may be only 11% of the population, but they include 38% of the troublemakers,” he said, flourishing a new report from the Gingrich Institute, which outs lefties including Harry Truman, Bill Clinton, and Babe Ruth.
“At least, these rabble-rousers had the decency to wed righthanded women,” the Senator continued. “But can you imagine the potential damage to society if Hillary Clinton was also a lefty?”
“Marriage is an institution reserved for the union of not only a man and a woman but of one righthander with another–or at least between a righty and a lefty.”
Kyl said that gay marriage is more problematic than lefthanded marriage, because gays could pass as straight in some cases. “But lefties,” the Senator opined, “can always be detected by their illegible handwriting or the crazy way they hold their pens or by the way they struggle to use a scissors or to walk and chew gum at the same time. At least Gerry Ford married a righty—Betty Ford used to down her shots with her right hand.”
At press time, Senators were too concerned with policing the lefthandedness in their own families to debate Sen. Kyl’s bill.
Monday, July 26, 2010
GATHERED AT HER SKY: Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi by is available online at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and Lulu.com. ISBN: 978-0-9841844-6-0, Paperback: 42 pp., Price: $12.00, Publisher: Poets Wear Prada. Partial proceeds from the book will be donated to Girl Child Network.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Joel Allegretti started the evening, flawlessly reciting poems from memory, starting with a translation. His poems often focused on pop culture divas; Yoko Ono and Nico made early appearances. Allegretti’s latest collection Thrum (Poets Wear Prada Press) is comprised of poems about stringed instruments, though Buffy Sainte Marie kept his poems diva-centric as he read about her performing with a mouth bow (definitely worth checking out on Youtube). Even Eurydice took a star turn, being cast as Greta Garbo’s predecessor and regally pronouncing “I want to be alone.” Allegretti ended with an elegy for his mother (every man’s first diva?), using the dolphin and the butterfly as images to bring the two back together.
Timothy Liu began by announcing that he is about to celebrate 18 years with his partner. He read mostly new poems. In his poems, Liu often breaks down decorum, allowing the physical to lay alongside the emotional in unusual ways. There’s often a mystery at the center of his poems. Whereas the physical usually dissipates the mysterious (as in pornography, where nothing is left to the imagination), in Liu’s poems, physicality neither demystifies nor explains. One short poem: “Every vow I kept/ for seventeen years/ I wanted to break / until I slipped my finger / inside of you.” Knowing that he and his partner have been together for eighteen years suggests that these are marriage vows, while also suggesting that the “you” is his partner. But these ideas both slip away with that finger’s entrance. Where it goes, into whom, what the vows are, why those vows are no longer regretted--these are all satisfying kept out of the poem. A particularly tender poem depicted his elderly father discussing hand holding as they held hands, the softness of each other completing with affection their long isolated bodies. But Liu’s poems often challenge the sentimentality that a love poem can offer: “What need do I have for the mirror you smashed/ when I have your fist to look on.”
Jeffrey McDaniel was quite funny, though his humor was carefully calibrated against dire concerns and tragic tones. With poems like “Eliot Spitzer Contemplates Fate” and “The Cuckold’s Survival Manual,” McDaniel made the audience laugh before swerving into darker territory. Many of his poems seemed to be about a failure to connect, about desires that isolated or frustrated the speaker. In one of the longer poems, McDaniel told the history of his body’s evocation of desire in men, from his adolescent years to the present. In ironic circumlocutions, he apologized for his inability to satisfy the desire he provoked, while his explicit refusal to judge them (especially the ones out trolling for high schoolers) came with it’s own indictment. This poem resonated perfectly against the Cuckold poems, in which the speaker’s wife is pleasured in great detail. In both poems, the speaker remains humiliatingly proximate to desire. In one case he is unpleasantly called to a pleasure that is not his own; in the other he is excluded from a pleasure that is rightfully his. His last poem was an elegy for a childhood friend.
Jacob Scheier was the softest spoken of the group. The Toronto based poet’s quiet voice pulled in the audience as he read poems about New York, his previous home. One poem lamented how New York can never live up to its life in the movies—how life has to continue in it’s messiness, while a movie about New York can close itself tidily. The poems deftly wove together strands of personal, familial, and political history. One poem about the sexual abuse of his mother ranged over the family’s Communist commitments and the various ways that the abuse was justified, including red-baiting. Scheier worked to inhabit his mother’s voice, a way of bringing back a woman who died in 2000. It closed out his own reading perfectly, and brought the evening to a close, letting his elegy resonate against Allegretti’s.
Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point (Four Way Books) and Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Grand Street, Bloom, Court Green, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, The Story Quarterly, the Virginia Quarterly Review and Tin House among other publications. Jason has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from The Poetry Society in 2004. A graduate of the MFA program at NYU, he is currently completing his doctorate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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Friday, July 23, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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GATHERED AT HER SKY, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, BLACK LOVE AND HUMANITY
Award-Winning Poet/Artist/Filmmaker from Brooklyn Has New Book
Betty Makoni, founder of the Girl Child Network and a 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero, describes author Tantra-zawadi as “one of the finest and greatest female poets who undoubtedly has ushered in a new era and genre that will take the 21st century into one where humanity will move forward. She rejuvenates the weak mind, shakes and moves hard hearts. If one wants the power of poetry, then Tantra’s is the holistic package.”
Tantra-zawadi’s powerful poetry brings lyrical compassion into activism as well as the power of healing. Bruce George, Co-Founder of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam says “Tantra's writing oozes with the passion of Neruda and the sensitivity of Sonia.” In her poem “Girl,” Tantra writes: “Out-sharpening my enemies/With what Eve knew in Adam” and “The toxic release of traitors/Running like thieves/From territories/Destined for greatness.” She exposes the pain endured by women of color, both past and present: genital mutilation, rape, AIDS, apartheid, domestic violence, racial discrimination and sexism. And how they must rise above these obstacles, stronger and healed through self-awareness and dignity. “Girl,” an except taken from the stage production of the same name, first appeared in Poetry in Purple published in conjunction with Downstate Medical Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2006) and will be included on her forthcoming CD Lifewatcher.
Tantra-zawadi is her poem “Black Love.” She is a freedom fighter, lover, universal consciousness and doctor of humanity. Feel her sensuality and strength dance and sing on each page. She’s a true storyteller from start to finish. Read her words, enjoy and rejoice!
Gathered at Her Sky is available online at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and Lulu.com. ISBN: 978-0-9841844-6-0, Paperback: 42 pp., Price: $12.00, Publisher: Poets Wear Prada. Partial proceeds from the book will be donated to Girl Child Network.
An award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, Tantra has performed to standing-room audiences in the USA, London, Germany and Toronto. She has performed original works in off-Broadway productions including Soldier Blues, and her one-woman performance piece, Girl: A Choreospective. She is known for being on the cutting edge as an artist regarding issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness. Tantra’s poem and video, “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product (RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa and her short documentary, A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS edited by Oliver Covrett, takes another look at the personal impact of the disease. Visit Tantra online at: www.tantra-zawadi.com www.facebook.com/tantrazawadi www.myspace.com/tantrais www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi.
About Poets Wear Prada
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
SUNDAY 8/8 - 6pm (sign up 5:30pm)
Peter Chelnik's "Prairie Fire Jazz Poetry"
Brant Lyon (poet/jazz keyboard)
Ronnie Norpel (poet/writer)
Bob Feldman (sax)
Host PETER CHELNIK (poetry)
The Open Mic
AMERICAN THEATRE OF ACTORS
314 W. 54th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)
Hell's Kitchen, NYC 10019
Beckman Theater 2nd Floor
By Subway: C or E to West 50th Street
Walk north to West 54th Street, west to theatre
Brant Lyon writes poetry, prose, and music. His anthologies include “A Cautionary Tale: Seven New York Performing Poets” (Uphook Press, 2008), Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me” (Logochrysalis Productions, 2008), “The Company We Keep” (Poet Warrior Productions, 2003). His journals include Big City Lit, Lullwater Review, Rattle, Rogue Scholars. He is an editor of Uphook Press, contributing editor of BigCityLit, and curator of the poetry and music reading series, Hydrogen Jukebox, in NYC. For more information, go to logochrysalis.com.
Ronnie Norpel is a performance poet, actor, photographer and jock with a deep passion for the Phillies, where she spent seven seasons as a ballgirl and fan accommodation manager. In New York, “Ronnie G” was the muse and collaborator of Warhol Factory superstar Gerard Malanga, whose phot of Ronnie, “Marble of Light,” was included for the exhibition and catalogue, Artists of the Warhol Circle Then & Now. She studied acting in Hollywood and worked at the Zero One Gallery. Today, Ronnie reads monthly in NYC with the Upper Left Side Writers and Poets. Other readings include the Lower East Side Festival, the SynonymUS collective at Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Wild Angels at St. John the Divine.
Dear Family & Friends,
Please join us at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, N. J. on FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010, 7:30 P. M. for a panel discussion on translation. I am one of the panelists, and this promises to be a spirited discussion. Here is the information from the website:
Writing Matters: A dialogue on the craft & business of words
In Other Words: A Conversation About Translation
Friday July 30th at 7:30pm
If you're interested in the challenge of rendering words from one language to another, come hear our panelists discuss their approach. This month we feature the poets Jessica de Koninck, Mark Statman, John J. Trause, and the novelist Alexis Romay.
Seats have been tight at this exciting series. Come early and browse--we look forward to seeing you there.
Writing Matters is a series that seeks to do something a little different from a typical author's reading or signing....establish a conversation between writers and readers during this changing time in publishing. Events are characterized by substantive give and take, informal chat, refreshments and fun!
54 Fairfield Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Love & Peace,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 3:20 PM
Author of Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,1997 National Poetry Series selection
Efrayim Levenson is pleased to announce the publication of a new chapbook
A Brief History of a One-Sided Love Affair
available exclusively as a
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Peter Chelnik with Bob Felman on the Sax at The Son of Pony
Friday, August 6 at 6 p.m. sign-up at 5:45 p.m.
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Hosted by Kat Georges
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, NYC 10014
Monday, July 19, 2010
Dear Friends and Fellow Writers;
Many of you haven't seen my face around at the usual readings and I apologize for that. I've been rather busy with the press -- we released 5 new titles so far this year and there are still more to come including THE BUG BOOK which many of you are in! And then there's the day job that helps pay my bills -- I work Tuesday and Thurday evenings and every Saturday during the day for a major New York home heathcare provider answering a patient hotline.
I would like to continue to keep in touch and invite you to join my new mailing list. You can opt in by clicking http://www.reverbnation.com/pradapoet?add_email=true (Several of my spokenword tracks are up at ReverbNation.com so when you join my mailing list please take a listen too :-)
My work is up online in several new places and out in print in some new anthologies:
1. Four of my poems, "Once Bitten," "This Kiss," "Just a Little Bit of Hocus Pocus," and "Letting Him Go," appear in the July Issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected. For more information about the magazine and its submission policy, visit: http://bloodtouch.webs.com/darkgothicmagazine.htm
This 172-page perfect bound 8.5" × 11" magazine is chock full of dark delicious goodies. Kudos to Publisher and Editor Cinsearae Santiago. It's available in both print and e-book (pdf download) formats from LULU.com. http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/dark-gothic-resurrected-magazine--summer-2010/11609560 .
2. My poem "The Wright Brothers" is included in a new chapbook anthology AMERICA REMEMBERED, released last month from Virgogray Press. To find out more about Virgogray Press, their publications, and how to submit your own work, please visit Editor Michael Aaron Casares at http://virgograypress.wordpress.com/.
3.My response to Shakespeare's Sonnet 115, "Many Have Asked How We Stay Together" is now up on David Morneau's 5 OF 4 MUSIC website (http://www.5of4.com/love_songs/poets.html). Last August, David contacted me, after getting my name from fellow writer Susan Maurer, to participate in his "Love Songs" project. A composer, he is creating a set of songs based on Shakespeare's Sonnets. Each song is actually a pair of poems: one sonnet and one contemporary plpoem.
4. Dark Eye Glances, a new Canadian horror journal, edited by Garth Von Buchholz, has posted 3 of my horror pieces. "I Scream at Dawn's Break," "Dare I," and "Persephone's Dream" were accepted for the premiere issue and will be considered for the 2010 annual anthology. To find out more about Dark Eye Glances and how to submit your own work ease visit: http://darkeyeglances.com/
5. "Kitchen Chore" is included in a new anthology From the Porch Swing - memories of our grandparent, from Silver Boomer Books. For more about Silver Boomer Books visit their website at silverboomerbooks.com. The new anthology is available on Amazon.com at
I've got a new blogspot too: http://roxanne-hoffman.blogspot.com,
a new personal podcast: www.buzzsprout.com/625
and if you haven't befriended me on Facebook yet please do: www.facebook.com/roxanne.hoffman
and of course I always welcome your emails but I can't access Facebook when I am at work. Please keep sending me publication news, your event announcements and other good news to email@example.com.
All 5 of the recent 2010 titles from Poets Wear Prada are available on Amazon with the "Look Inside" feature enabled. To find them just select books from the drop down list on the search bar, then type in "Poets Wear Prada" and click GO.
Have a great summer! And please take a moment to sign up for my new mailing list. http://www.reverbnation.com/pradapoet?add_email=true
Rain Mountain Press
and the Bowery Poetry Club
Poet Gil Fagiani’s Tribute to East Harlem
A Blanquito in El Barrio
Sunday, August 1, 2010
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Bowery Poetry Club
“Out of the squishy swamp of dead personal lyrics that is contemporary American poetry, Gil Fagiani’s hard-boned zombies rise out of his poetry collection, A Blanquito in El Barro. His poems are crafty narratives that sing the music of sex, compassion, friendship, justice, mercy, comedy, betrayal. Fagiani is a poet of unusual power. These poems have strong heart and deep soul. A Blanquito in El Barrio is that rare good thing—a necessary good book.” --Angelo Verga, author of A Hurricane Is, 33 NYC Poems, and Praise For What Remains.
First 15 people to arrive, receive a free Rain Mountain Press book
A Blanquito in El Barrio is no mere cautionary tale of a blanquito’s—a white man’s—descent into an inner city hell, but a tribute to the music, language and people of one of America’s truly mythic neighborhoods, El Barrio – East Harlem.
Bowery Poetry Club/308 Bowery [Between Houston & Bleecker Sts.]
Directions: F train to 2nd Ave., 6 to Bleecker St./ $5 Cover/Admission
Hello Poets & People,
(yes, i'm implying poets are not human, however...) I'm inviting both of you to check out my new site - http://nerudaproject.wordpress.com/ - and to take part. Here's the deal - in 1973, Pablo Neruda wrote "The Book of Questions," which consists of short sections of bizarre questions. I began using them as writing prompts, and found it to be a fun exercise whether i was trying to get juices flowing, or just had a few minutes to do something creative. so i wanted to invite my friends to play. Neruda's original sections are posted on the site (in rotation), and I'm inviting people to create responses. As many or none as you want. Take as long or as little time as you need. the more variety of poetic responses it gets, the more interesting the entire project will look when it's finished. But mostly, it's dumb fun. Else i wouldn't be asking. The front page - "bienvenido" - explains everything. Enjoy...
Any suggestions to make the blog smoother, cooler, or more user friendly - don't hesitate to holler. I'm brand new to blogging.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Andrew has been a keen reader of my poetry for some time now. His acute comments, on my blog and in emails, have inspired and supported me in more ways than I can count. His review of my book of poetry Equal to the Earth has finally been published in the Boxcar Poetry Review, edited by Neil Aitken. I think the review is the best reading of my book so far. Not because it is flattering (it is), but because it reads my work with high intelligence and broad sympathy. It sees the many ways in which technique contributes to emotion, and so does not fall into the trap of analyzing either in isolation, or, worse, as if they are contradictory. I hope you enjoy reading his review, and consider buying the book (link below).
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Saturday, July 17 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: 5c Cultural Cafe
5th Street and Avenue C, New York City
Come help celebrate the OMEGA online literary magazine series created, designed, and edited by Michael Annis. (H)omage to OMEGA is a live event hosted by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, and features readings from "OMEGA7: from hive this mind" and other work by James Heller Levinson, Joy Leftow, DubbleX, Jeff Wright, Valery Oisteanu, Mary Newell, Aaron Howard, Cindy Hochman, Georgia Faust, Bob Heman, and possibly others.
To view online "OMEGA7: from hive this mind" and read some of the work before you go to the (H)omage to OMEGA Event, follow this link:
For more information: 212 477 5993
Friday, July 16, 2010
Read George Held's poem, "See it, Smell it, Feel it" for July 15
Read George Held's poem, "Defeat" for July 20
Read George Held's poem, "The More Things Change..." for July 28
Thursday, July 15, 2010
By George Held
Cuyahoga Falls, OH. (INS) Stung by the recent loss of its most famous citizens, the city of Cleveland is seeking to follow suit, leaving Ohio bereft of its second largest metropolis. The Municipal Council has appointed a delegation to negotiate with Sun Belt states to cut a deal to move this Rust Belt city to New Mexico or Arizona.
“We might have lost Lebron, Harvey Pekar, and George Steinbrenner,” said chief negotiator Walt Przybniec, “but at least the Cuyahoga River hasn’t caught fire for 40 years. Still, the weather sucks, no one comes to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame anymore, and even the cargo ships on Lake Erie are passing us by.”
On the other hand, Cleveland is rising on the list of most dangerous cities, ranking No. 7 in 2008. And Przybniec notes that white flight in the 1990s left only 38% of the city’s population made up of its former racial majority. “Let’s see if my relatives will stay in the suburbs or move to the Southwest with us,” he said.
The defection of Akron native LeBron James to the Miami Heat dimmed NBA title aspirations for the hometown Cavaliers in an otherwise dismal sports environment. The NFL Browns are perennial doormats and the Indians last won the World Series in 1948 and trail only the lowly Chicago Cubs for the longest drought since their last championship.
Asked how decaying Cleveland would appeal to the Sunbelt, Przybniec pointed to the Cleveland Clinic, a medical powerhouse, and Case Western Reserve University, ranked 37th in the nation. “We figure that Flagstaff AZ or Roswell NM could stand an infusion of Cleveland know-how,” he explained.
“Confidentially,” Przybniec added, “no one in C-town wants to live here anymore. That’s why Dennis Kucinich keeps running for Congress.”
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Dear Family and Friends,
Please join the folks at Pianos Bar & Grill in Bloomfield, NJ on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 7:30 p. m. for RockStar Poets and Writers [Bloomfield Reading Series]. The feature is the noted poet and teacher Madeline Tiger.
The event is FREE!
Madeline Tiger’s tenth collection of poems, The Atheist’s Prayer, appeared from Dos Madres Press, (Spring, 2010); her other recent collections are The Earth Which Is All (2008) and Birds of Sorrow and Joy: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000 (2003). Her work appears regularly in journals and anthologies. She has been teaching in state programs and private workshops since 1973 and has been a “Dodge Poet” since 1986. She has five children and seven grandchildren and lives in Bloomfield, NJ under a weeping cherry tree.
Here is a list of all Madeline Tiger’s books and chapbooks:
The Chinese Handcuff, 1974 (chapbook)
Keeping House in This Forest, 1977 (chapbook)
Toward Spring Bank, 1981
My Father’s Harmonica, 1991
Mary of Migdal, 1991 (chapbook)
Water Has No Color, 1992 (chapbook)
White Owl, 2000 (chapbook)
Birds of Sorrow and Jow: New and Selected Poems, 2003
The Earth Which Is All, 2008
The Atheist’s Prayer, 2010
Bloomfield Reading Series, also known as RockStar Poets, is the series for which I (John J. Trause) was the inaugural feature in February 2008, and as we continue in our third year we are pleased to have such a distinguished poet appearing on Monday, August 2nd. Note that this series holds a reading every FIRST MONDAY of the month at 7:30 p. m. at Pianos hosted by writer Sanjay Agnihotri. The readings take place on the back stage. Come early and have a drink or dinner. Remember to bring some work of your own as an Open Reading follows the feature.
Pianos Bar & Grill
36 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
I encourage you to come out and support Madeline Tiger and hang out with us.
Love & Peace,
Spark Open Mic
Friday, July 16,
ROXANNE HOFFMAN/ SHERYL HELENE SIMLER
6:30 P.M. Sign-up
7 PM Showtime
Nola Rehearsal Studios
144 West 54th Street - 11th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Host Vivianna Grell
AN OPEN MIC THAT'S FREE!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
From John J. Trause:
Dear Family & Friends,
Some of you may know that on Monday, March 1, 2010 I became the Director of the Oradell Public Library (Bergen County, N. J.), and I am very pleased with this new position, the beautifully renovated building, the community I serve, the Library staff with whom I work, and all those who support Oradell Public Library.
Please join us for this exciting program celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
Have We Killed the Mockingbird?
Technological Progress, Social Justice, and the Decline of Reading in America
A Presentation and Discussion Presented by the Friends of the Oradell Library
MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010
Our discussion will be led by
Rev. Dr. J. Barrington Bates
Church of the Annunciation, Oradell
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, and to begin the program we are delighted to present the poet Denise LaNeve reading her poem “It’s A Sin” which is a reflection on the classic story.
To Be Held at:
ORADELL PUBLIC LIBRARY
375 KINDERKAMACK ROAD
Love and Peace,