Item 65 poem and image

Sometimes you take the plunge when there is no water

here the divers-three divers on a board rise up out of sand

then fall into a blue day, made bluer by the cleansing

winds from the Caribbean.  We are witness to the falling

to the divers 3 in the sands of Coney Island.  John Ahearn

bids us greetings and farewells, sunsets and sunsets.

Sometimes you take the plunge when the water is not near.

Poem by Patricia Spears Jones–art by John Ahearn

Atmosphere by Coney Island,  July 2016

divers by John Ahearn, Coney Island

divers by John Ahearn, Coney Island

what perseverance brings aka poem with “legs”

broadside Kelly Writers House

broadside Kelly Writers House

Today I received this beautiful broadside from Kelly Writers House, for my program on April 21.  The poem, “Self-Portrait with Shop Window” is in A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems.  It is one of the poems that was not published, indeed it was rejected several times.  But I knew that it was a powerful poem and represented my work at its most complicated and so Dennis Maloney agreed that it should be in the collection  And now, it is in Best American Experimental Writing 2o16 from Weslayan U. Press–http://www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/bax/ edited by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris.

Sometimes you have a poem, a song, a play, a book that seems to find no love in the current marketplace.  It could be that your ideas are just ahead of  or seemingly behind everybody elses.  Who knows.  But if you really think that poem, song, play or book is worth the talent, the time, the effort it took for you to make it–well that’s where perseverance is what you have to have.  Poetry, art making may be easy for those who are clever, but for most of us it is challenging, enthralling, mind enhancing or mind blowing depending and you just have to honor that crazy love for your work and keep on pushing.

I enjoyed the way the Kelly House artists selected parts of the poem and highlighted its fragmentations.  Now my home has a large and beautiful broadside of this complex poem.  I love where it is placed in A Lucent Fire.  I love that it will be in Best American Experimental Writing.  I loved the poem has legs.

Book tour comes back East-Philadelphia in April.

Charles Bernstein and the terrific people at Kelly Writers House at UPENN invited me to read and chat in Philadelphia in April.  It was the perfect thing to do during April is Poetry Month.   I like Philadelphia.  I’ve encounter interesting art exhibitions, vistas and hang with lovely people like Liz Abrams-Morley a fellow poet.  We went to an installation years ago at the Eastern State Penitiary, one of America’s gifts to world culture, i. e. prison design. The cells of this prison visited by dignitaries in the 19th century set the standards for solitary confinement.  The installations were amazing and that is when I discovered the powerful work of Homer Jackson, a Philadelphia-based artist and activist.

So this April I headed to Philadelphia early Thursday morning April 21 on the Amtrak and when I went in search of the cafe car, I ran into Latasha N. Diggs!  She too, was on her way to Philly to perform.  I felt like a real touring professional-that’s the first time I ran into a fellow poet/writer/perfomer.  She looked great.

on the train 4-21-16

on the train 4-21-16

It was a full day for me. First, Charles Bernstein’s class at UPENN.  They had some very complicated questions which I answered during a radio recording for “Close Reading”  http://jacket2.org/commentary/patricia-spears-jones-close-listening.   Then later I joined Charles,  Al Filreis, the KWH Faculty Director, and Yolanda Wisher in a discussion of Akilah Oliver’s poem “is you is or is you ain’t” for Poemtalk.  Ms. Wisher is now the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and she is brilliant, attractive alnd energetic.  She’s going to do great things. It was a lively conversation about Oliver’s poem.  It also showed how much she is missed given her untimely death.

Finally, I did a reading at the Kelly Writers House.  Jessica Lowenthal and her crew were really helpful.  And we had a good audience on a very powerful allergy hitting day!  I gave one of my best readings because the audience truly listened.  One woman came early and she seemed to have the best time.  It feels like I left my voice in Philadelphia.

It is good to go out and read work to people who are interested but are for the most part strangers.  Too often we really do preach to the choir.  Our voices as poets need to reach as many listeners as we can.  They are there and they offer us advice, support and surprising insight.  My A Lucent Fire tour has been one of the best things I’ve ever arranged.

and yes, later we found that Prince has departed.  So the radio played great music and on tv, images of the always fashion forward Prince multiplied.  I wrote about his first major label album when I had a music column for Essence back in the 1980s and yes I loved what he was doing even then. He influenced my generation of poets and the subsequent ones.  Thank you Prince, gylph

Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein

and all.  Am sure Charles Bernstein agrees and if he doesn’t –well that’s my generation.

 

 

Fall 2015 is more than I can handle! NEW BOOK/WORDS SUNDAY

WORDS SUNDAY poster

poster Fall 2015 WORDS SUNDAY poster

But handle I must.  Many readings and events for my new book A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems, starting with Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon on September 20.  Cheryl Boyce-Taylor has asked me to feature at The Glitter Pomegranate new space at the Bedford Y with Gregory Pardlo and Lynne Procope on the 25th.

During that time I will be finishing up The Future Imagined Differently issue of About Place Journal.  It is going to have interesting art, writing, music–it will go live the first week of October.

And starting on October 25, WORDS SUNDAY returns to Calabar Imports Bed-Stuy on Tompkins Avenue which is becoming a nice place to walk about –new bars, restaurants,boutiques, but I miss Mr. Jimmy’s wonderful old fashioned variety store which was hijacked by developers.  Indeed, there has been a lot of developers hijacking of space and time and beauty in this neighborhood-the “new builds” are uniformly boring, bland, sad and they all charge too much.  The mostly young White people who give away considerable chunks of change for these boring, bland buildings are not hipsters or particularly hip they just look sort of generic as a White guy I heard describe a White woman on the train the other day.  I was surprised.  But its 2015 and the ways in which things shape shift are definitely on the unexpected side.  First up:  JP Howard and Nicole Callihan.

WORDS SUNDAY has presented in Bed-Stuy: Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gregory Pardlo; brilliant poet/performers: Janice Lowe, Alexis DeVeaux and Tai Allen. Plus poets: Rachel Levitsky, Michael H. Broder, Terence Degnan, Soraya Shalforoosh; Ekere Talle, Jason Schneiderman,  Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Robin Messing, Renato Rosaldo, LaToya Jordan, R. Erica Doyle, Alan Felsensthal, Jacqueline Johnson and Janet Kaplan.  I love that all of them either currently do or have lived/worked in Brooklyn.

I hope to see all kinds of great people at events I participate in or curate–It is a blessing to make work that people want to read and hear.

And I am deeply pleased to have my work in the great mix of work that is out now.  White Pine Press has done a great job with my book and Sandra Payne’s art work sets the tone.

A Lucent Fire

Cover: A Lucent Fire: New and Selected

 

Forthcoming

Morning Song

You wake up to the phrase “salt lick”

You realize you know not one thing

About salt licks—you know salt

And lick  but together? How does

The salt lick lick salt?

 

You know you are moving

To the land of word games

Or musical instruments

Unstrung, battered—too much play

 

Each day the gleaners walk side walks

In search of bottles. They separate

Already separated bags to find precious

Glass, that is plastic. They hate the cans

 

They know the places where beer

Overwhelms soda; where huge milk

Cartons say children, many children

Live here. They do not whistle when they

 

Work. They do not lick sweat

Off tired arms. They go about

The business of poverty with grace

And noise. Early morning dragging

The weight of others waste.

forthcoming in Tribes anthology with art work by Yuko Otomo

 

on recent curation–WORDS SUNDAY

One of the best things about being a poet is that I am also a reader and a listener.  And like many other readers and listeners, when given the opportunity, I enjoy organizing readings.  Atim Oton, an entrepreneur and in her own way community activist decided to open a “Pop Up” of her store, Calabar Imports, in Bed-Stuy near my home.  So I took the opportunity to create WORDS SUNDAY.  A Fall Schedule ended with a great reading by Gregory Pardlo from his brilliant second collection, Digest which recently won the Pulitzer Prize and Alexis De Veaux who’s amazing career includes poetry, fiction collections, and an important biography of Audre Lorde.  The Spring events started with younger, emerging poets Terence Degnan and Soraya Shalforoosh.  Soraya, while volunteering with Four Ways Books asked me to read for their series a week before 9-11.  Poets are elephants, we remember especially the kindnesses of our colleagues.  And the final event in June included Janice Lowe, who I asked to start the entire series; Tai Allen and Ekere Tallie–they were lively and we had a great conversation about the continuing influence of the Black Arts Movement.   I am proud of my work as a curator and hope to do more of this part of my work.  Some pictures from WORDS SUNDAY, Calabar Imports Bed-Stuy Pop-up Brooklyn New York.

Words Sunday

Chat with Gregory Pardlo and Alexis De Veaux November 2014

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Renato Rosaldo and Patricia Spears Jones chatting

Words Sunday, March 2015

Words Sunday, March 2015

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June 7 event-first one w/ three readers. Janice Lowe was joined by Meredith Wright and Yahann, musicians and singers

Belle du Jour

The housewife birds

To another house-black lace stockings

Here sex is transactional

I.E.

She gives a little.  He pays a lot

 

She birds back-sofa purchased

Suits cleaned.  Walk here and there

The shops @) and (@) and (@)

Chanel, Dior, Hermes

Silks and leather –Leather and silk

She memorizes the number of tassels

On her brand new whip.

 

Silk and leather and diamond shaped bird

Her earnings consumed in pretty things

Husband finds –mis understanding Where

He beats her after sex

She gives a little. He takes a lot.

 

She considers the whip.  She considers the blood

Down his back.  She considers the sofa.  She

Puts the bird on her chest.  She refuses to

Flutter.

 

Husband washes his hands and considers

The necessity of marriage.  What is wife but

Bird. But if bird, what is husband.  Hunter or

Just another bird.  Blood runs down his back.

 

Home is après ski and minor gossip

Home is husband

Home is where the cat’s claws

Remain untrimmed.

 

Poem posted in The Ashbery Home School–thanks to Emily Skillings.

Patricia Spears Jones Events Schedule 2017-2015

Poetry Center poster

SFSU Poetry Center

Moes Books, Berkeley CA

Moes Books, Berkeley CA

JANUARY 2017

January 1 The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Annual New Year’s Day Benefit

131 E. Tenth Street or 2nd Ave & 10th Street

3 p.m. to midnight, plus

$25.00 donation

Manhattan

 

January 14  Arts for Art

Evolving Festival, Justice is Compassion/Not a Police State

curated by Patricia Nicholson, co-founder

6:30 pm.

131 Suffolk Street Abrazo at The Clemente

Manhattan

info at  www.artsforart.org

 

January 20 Day One: A Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Organized by Ted Degnan and Jen Fitzgerald

Poets House

10 River Terrace

5 – 7 p.m.

Manhattan

 

February, 2017

February 2  Women Poets at Barnard

w/ Lynn Emanuel

Barnard College

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor, Barnard Hall

7 p.m.

Manhattan

February 11, AWP Conference, Washington DC

Panelist: Writing Capitalism: Chicken Shack to Cloud Corporation; Barmaid to Bureaucrat

Organized by Julie Sheehan

w/ J.  Sheehan, Timothy Donelley, Sarah Vap and Sarah Briante

Marquis Salon 7& 8 Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Washington, DC

 

April 2017

April 7  Walking with Whitman Poetry in Performance

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Curated by Cynthia Shor

8 p.m.

246 Old Walt Whitman Road

Huntington Station, LI, NY

 

Cover art by Sandra Payne

JANUARY 2016

January 12  Poets Settlement

Organized/hosted by Terence Degnan, et al

Breucklyn Colony

274 4th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

8 p.m.

 

FEBRUARY

February 12, Brooklyn Poets Reading Series

Organized by Jason Koo

w/ Rosebud Ben-Oni & Lonely Christopher

BRIC MEDIA ARTS

674 Fulton Street

7 p.m.

Brooklyn

F

 

February 17, Book Launch at BookCourt

Organized by the Poetry Society of America

w/ Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

163 Court Street

Free

Brooklyn

 

February 23, NYU Book Center

Organized by Scott R. Hightower

w/ Barbara Fischer, Terese Svoboda & Jonathan Wells

6 p.m.

726 Broadway

Free

Manhattan

 

February 25, University of Pacific

Organized by Zhou Xiaojing, Ph.D.

English Department

Free

6:30 p.m.

Stockton, CA

 

February 29 University of California, Berkeley

Anniversary Celebration of Robert Hass’ Lunch Poems

w/ Cecil Giscombe, Brenda Hillman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Lynn Hejinian, et al

Morrison Library inside the Doe Library north entrance

5:30 to 7:30 PM

Wine reception

Berkeley, CA

 

MARCH

March 2, Moe’s Books

w/ Dennis Maloney

2476 Telegraph Avenue

7:30 p.m.

Berkeley, CA

 

March 3, The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University

Organized by Steve Dickinson

w/ Clarence Major

1600 Holloway Avenue

4:30 p.m.

San Francisco, CA

http://poetry.sfsu.edu/

 

March 30-April 2 AWP : readings, signings, panel

March 31  Black Earth Institute Fellows’ Reading

AWP Off site Reading: Stories Books and Cafe

T. Broby, M. Durand, A. Hedge Coke, L. Camp, A. Finch

& A. Fisher-Wirth

1716 W. Sunset Blvd

6-8 p.m.

Free

APRIL

 

April 1, Book Signing

Organized by Pam Ushuk

Best of Cutthroat

1 p.m.

April 1  Book Signing  A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems

Organized by Dennis Maloney, Publisher

White Pine Press, Table 743

2-3 p.m.

BOOKFAIR: LA Convention Center/JW Marriott

w/ Matthew Dickman, AWP Los Angeles, 2016

w/ Matthew Dickman, AWP Los Angeles, 2016

April 2,  Out of LA: A Tribute to Jayne Cortez (1936-2012)

Organized by Laura Hinton.  Panelists: Aldon Lynn Nielson,

Jennifer Ryan and Pam Ward

Room 410 LA Convention Center, Meeting Floor Level

3-4:15 p.m.

Los Angeles

https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/schedule_overview

 

April 21, The Kelly Writers House

University of Pennsylvania

broadside Kelly Writers House

broadside Kelly Writers House

Organized by Charles Bernstein, Al Fireis & Jessica Lowenthal

7 p.m.

3805 Locust Walk

7 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA

MAY 2016

photo by John Casquerelli

Reading at Berl’s Poetry Shop

 

May 26, EARSHOT

Organized by Emily Skillings

w/Larry Kaplun, Nicole Sealy and Christian Smith

8 p.m.

Over the Eight, Union & Richardson

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

*******

JUNE

 

June 17,  Benefit  Reading for Community of Writers

Dedicated to C. D. Wright, organized by Alison DeLauer

W/ Kazim Ali, Bob Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong

Sharon Olds & Kevin Simmonds

7 p.m.

First Congregational Church (Berkeley)

2345 Channing Way

Berkeley, CA

 

June 23, Staff Reading for Community of Writers

w/ Kazim Ali, Bob Hass, Cathy Park Hong and Sharon Olds

7 p.m.

Poets, Squaw Valley, 2016

Cathy Park Hong & Nikia Chaey at Squaw Valley, June 2016

Olympic Valley, CA

 

 

JULY

July 14, 24th Annual Poetry Showcase Reading

Organized by Stephen Motika

w/ Alicia Jo Rabins, Camille Rankine, Stacy Szymaszek

7 p.m.

Poets House

10 River Terrace

Manhattan

 

AUGUST

August 8,  Local 61 Brooklyn YAWP

organized by Jason Koo

7 p.m.

61 Bergen Street

Brooklyn NY

www.brooklynpoets.org

 

SEPTEMBER

September 11  Group Reading

Jefferson Market Library

organized by Scott Hightower. Sally Davidowff, et al

2-4 p.m.

10th Street & Sixth Avenue

Manhattan

 

September 16, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Ted Greenwald Memorial–Group reading

organized by Poetry Project

8 p.m.

131 E. 10th Street

Manhattan

Ted Greenwald Memorial Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project

Ted Greenwald Memorial Reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project

September 25  Arts for Art/In the Garden Series

organized by Steve Dalanchinsky

w/ Yuko Otomo,

3-5 p.m.

6 BC Garden-E. 6th Street between B&C

Manhattan

 

OCTOBER

October 11,  Reading/PSU, Altoona

Organized by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Noon

Free

Titelman Study of the Misciangna Family Center for the Performing Arts

Altoona, PA

 

October 17, BOOKCOURT/Reading from RESISTING ARREST Anthology

w/ Tony Medina, Marilyn Nelson, Quincy Scott Miller, et al

7 p.m.

163 Court Street

Free

Brooklyn, NY

 

NOVEMBER

November 1, Dia/Chelsea Contemporary Poetry Series

organized by Vincent Katz

w/ Christopher Stackhouse

535 W. 22nd Street, 5th Floor

$10.00 gen admission/$6.00 seniors & students

6:30 p.m.

212-989-5566

Manhattan

 

November 2,  An Openings Roundtable

organized by Sabra Moore

w/ Janet Goldner, Marina Gutierrez,  Cecilia Vicuna, Mimi Smith & K. Miyamota

Rizzoli

6:30 p.m.

 

November 18 The Writers Studio presents

2017 PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGY Reading

with Charles Baxter, et al & Bill Henderson, Publisher

The Strand Book Store (Rare Books Room)

12th and Broadway

7 p.m.

$15.00 ticket at the desk

Manhattan

 

post reading at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, Dec. 2015 w/ Lydia Cortes

post reading at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dec. 2015 w/ Lydia Cortes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DECEMBER 2015

December 9, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Organized by Simone White

w/ Susie Timmons

8 p.m.

Belladonna reading, March 2015

Kimberly Lyons, Laynie Brown, et al,March 2015

131 E. 10th Street

Manhattan

Donation

Home

 

NOVEMBER

November 22,  The Poetry Brothel

Organized by Stephanie Berger, et al

w/ Nick Flynn

New York City

 

November 14, Poets Network & Exchange

Organized by Lorraine Currelley

w/E.J. Antonio, Jacqueline Johnson, Tyehimba Jess

Countee Cullen Branch, NYPL

1 p.m.

Free

http://poetsnetworkandexchange.wordpress.com/

 

OCTOBER

October 19, Tribute to the Poet Ai

Organized by The Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem, et al

w/ Yusef Komunyakaa, Joy Harjo, Sapphire, Timothy Lieu, Susan Wheeler, et al

Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center

Fifth Avenue & 34th Street

7 p.m.

Manhattan

 

SEPTEMBER

September 25, Glitter Pomegranate Series

Bedford Avenue YMCA

Curated by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

w/ Gregory Pardlo, Eugenia Lee and Lynne Procope

1121 Bedford Avenue

6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn, NY

 

 September 20, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

Organized by Juliet P. Howard

Invitation Only: Reading/Workshop

TBA

https://www.facebook.com/WomenWritersinBloom.PoetrySalon

 

September 2, The Brooklyn Commons

Music Now! At  Poetry/Jazz
w/Spiritchild XspiritMental, Ras Moshe Burnett, et al  & open mic
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave. btwn Hoyt St. & Bond St.
Brooklyn.
A,C to Hoyt-Schemerhorn/Any train to Atlantic Ave.

6 p.m. -9 p.m.

$11 contribution

 

AUGUST

 August 9, Boog City Festival

David Kirschbaum, et al

Unnameable Bookstore

Vanderbilt Avenue

1:45 p.m.

Brooklyn, NY

 

JULY, 2015

July 25

Merryall Center

Voices of Poetry organized by Neil Silberblatt

w/ Patrick Donnelly, Michael Klein, and musicians

8 p.m.

New Milford, Connecticut

For directions, call (860) 354-7264 or visit www.merryallcenter.org.

 

JULY 26

Fifth Annual The New York Poetry Festival

Organized by Stephanie Berger

w/ Nick Flynn David Matlin and Fran Quinn

3 p.m.

Algonquin Stage, Colonels Row Park

Governors Island

Free

About

 

MAY, 2015

Center for Women Writers

with Metta Sama and Meera Nair at Salem College, North Carolina

May 1, Museum of Modern Art

Debut Reading: Poetry Suite for Migration Series, One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence

Migrations Series and Other Works organized/curated Elizabeth Alexander

w/ Rita Dove, Nikky Finney, Terence Hayes, Tyehimba Jess,

Crystal Williams, et al

6:30 p.m.

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1

Manhattan

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/23538

 

May 10, hosting WORDS SUNDAY

Janet Kaplan and Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Calabar Imports

4 p.m.

351 Tompkins Avenue

Brooklyn

 

May 15, Center for Book Arts

The Broadside Series hosted by Sharon Dolin

w/ Ada Limon, Jen Bervin and Genine Lentine

7 p.m.

28 W. 27

Manhattan

 

APRIL 2015

April 2, Hell Yes, Readings from The Inferno by Dante Alghieri

Cathedral of St. John Divine

Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street

9 p.m.

Manhattan

Open to the Public

April 12, hosting WORDS SUNDAY

w/ LaToya Jordan and Ras Moshe Burnett

Calabar Imports Bed-Stuy

351 Tompkins

Brooklyn

info@calabar-imports.com

 

MARCH 2015

March 3, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Women’s Herstory Conference

w/ Lee Briccetti, Elaine Sexton, Nita Noveno, et al

7-9 p.m.

Manhattan

Free

 

March 8 McNally Jackson Books

Curated by Belladonna Collaborative

w/ Laynie Browne and Kimberly Lyons

7 p.m.

52 Prince Street

Manhattan

Free

 

March 18 The Center for Women Writers

Curated by Metta Sama, Director

w/ Meera Nair

Salem College

7 p.m.

601 S Church Street

photo by John Casquerelli

Reading at Berl’s Poetry Shop

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

http://www.salem.edu/community/cww/

 

 

FEBRUARY  2015

February 5 RESPOND at Smack Mellon
DUMBO FIRST THURSDAY
“Don’t shoot” curated by Samuel Jablom
w/ Anomalous who, Steve Dalachinsky, Joyce LeeAnn Joseph,
Yuko Otomo, and Peter Rugh
7:30 p.m.
SMACK MELLON
92 Plymouth Street @ Washington
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free

JANUARY  2015

January 1, The Poetry Project New Year’s Day Benefit
Organized by The Poetry Project
w/ a cast of hundreds
2 p.m. to midnight
St. Mark’s Church on the Bouwerie
131 E. 10th Street
Manhattan
Donation: $20

January 3, First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum
Poetry Popup in Crossing Brooklyn
Organized by Alan Felsenthal
w/ Corinna Copp, Ricky Laurentis, and Charles North
Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn
Free w/ Museum Admission

DECEMBER

December 1, KGB Monday Night Poetry Series
Organized by John Deming
w/ Shanna Compton
7:30 p.m.
E. 4th Street
Manhattan

NOVEMBER POETRY EVENTS

November 11, Poets@Pace
w/ Monica de la Torre
Organized by Charles North
Pace University
Once Pace Plaza
Manhattan
6-7:30 p.m.
FREE

OCTOBER POETRY EVENTS

October 12, AiPO POETRY SCULPTURE
w/Christine Malvasi, Sophie Malleret,Najee Omar, &Nikhil Melnechuk
Organized by Samuel Jablon
1-2 p.m. UNION SQUARE
Manhattan
FREE

SEPTEMBER  POETRY EVENTS

September 13, Greenpoint Branch
Brooklyn Public Library
Organized by Melanie Nielsen
w/ Kristen Gallagher
107 Norman Ave @Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY
718-349-8504

September 24-27, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future
Of African-American Poetry
James Madison University
Furious Flower Poetry Center
Organized by Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
www.jmu.edu/furiousflower

JUNE POETRY EVENTS

June 19, Lunch Poems, Word for Word Series
Organized by Paul Romero
w/ Lydica Cortes,  Jessica Greenbay,  Jocelyn Lieu & Sharan Strange
12:30 p.m.
Free
BRYANT PARK Reading Room
Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street
Manhattan

June 29, Voices of Poetry
Organized by Neil Silberblatt
w/ Chivas Sandage, Vivian Shipley, Mark Statman & Bianca Stone
4 p.m.
$15/$10 students
26 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY.

Life Lessons from Living in the Love Economy

Life Lessons

There are many lessons learned in life

But few come from tragedy—I know, I know

 

What makes you stronger and all that.  Rot

I say

 

You learn more from what makes you laugh

How much pleasure the tongue can bring and where it was placed

 

The sweet look on your lover’s face.  Or how loud P FUNK

Could be on stage and off   NOT JUST KNEEDEEP

 

The towers falling; a man shot in the back

All terrible, but: What can you do about that?

 

What can you make of a world so wedded to injustice?

How dare you name the oppressor and demand his head,

 

His badge, his ranch or those secret accounts in the Maldives?

It is not as if the struggle is useless, it is that it continues.

 

But joy, where is it?  What does it look like, smell like—bergamot

Lemons, honey, roses, musk?

 

To find it, is to explore a path where the stumbles are many

The curses frequent, but the rewards

 

forthcoming in A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press)

Holiday poem 2014

Feast

 

(in the back ground Otis Redding sings “Merry Christmas Baby”)

 

Oh the twinkling

Oh the twinkling lights

Each a color of delight

Morsels of sparkle, tasty fire

Feast.

Bed-Stuy Lights, Dec. 2014

Bed-Stuy Lights, Dec. 2014