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

Bicycle, bicycle

I can see my mother

Pumping her legs

A daily exercise

Thin pallet on the linoleum

Mosquitos on the other side

Of the screen door

She raises and lowers her legs

On a journey to better health?

I can see her,

See mothers  across  America

Their legs vigorously riding

Bicycles in air

Bikes with thick tires—

Sporting wire baskets

And  heavy brakes

Bicycles that said, if you pump

Hard enough, fast enough

I will take you where you need to go.

 

Gina Lollabridgida

Gina Lollabridgida

My Angel #1

My angel refuses to be like the others

He removed his wings and is not on television

 

He’s a “he” which I find ironic

But then, to be spiritual in an age of religious

fanaticism is to be ironical

Continue reading

April Events

April 7,  RUTH MALECZECH ART + IMPACT

Tribute to Ruth Malaczech

w/ Lee Breuer, Joanne Akalits, Sharon Fogarty, et al

Co-curated by Dr. Jessica Silsby Brater

6:30 p.m.

Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center

34th & Fifth Avenue

Manhattan

 

 

April 13 Housing Works Downtown Literary Festival

Tribute to Alice Notley

Group Reading organized by Alice Whitwam

2-3 p.m.

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery

Manhattan

 

 

April 17,  Dante Alghieri’s Inferno Reading

9-midnight after Maundy Thursday Service

Group Reading organized by Marilyn Nelson, et al

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street

Manhattan

 

April 22, Brownstone Poets

Organized by Patricia Carragon

w/ Yuyutsu Sharma, et al

7:30 p.m.

Donation

Café Dada

57 Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn NY

 

April 27, Sunday Salon

Organized by Nita Noveno

w/ Terence Degnan, Kim Friedman & Sweta Vikram

7 p.m.

Free

Jimmy’s No. 43

43 E. 7th Street

Manhattan

www.sundaysalon.com

2014 Readings and Events

MARCH 2014

March 16  Bowery Women Anniversary Reading

Organized by Marjorie AltmanTesser, co-editor

w/ Fay Chiang, Nancy Mercado, Jan Heller Levi, et al

308 Bowery

1-3 p.m.

$5.00 Donation

Manhattan, NY

 

March 26   Solo Reading  SUNY  Stony Brook

Organized by Rowan Ricardo Philips

Dedicated to Kofi Awonoor

SUNY English Department

4 p.m.

Stony Brook, NY

 

March 28   Reading/Book Party

Living in the Love Economy

Organized by Overpass Books

w/ Anselm Berrigan and Erica Hunt

Berl’s Poetry Shop

126A Front Street

Brooklyn, NY

Free

347-687-2375

 

March 30, NBWC Poetry Talk Shop

National Black Writers Conference

Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Free

Brooklyn, NY

www.centerforblackliterature.org

 

APRIL EVENTS

 April 7,  RUTH MALECZECH ART + IMPACT

Tribute to Ruth Malaczech

w/ Lee Breuer, Joanne Akalits, Sharon Fogarty, et al

Co-curated by Dr. Jessica Silsby Brater

6:30 p.m.

Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center

34th & Fifth Avenue

Manhattan

 

 

April 13 Housing Works Downtown Literary Festival

Tribute to Alice Notley

Group Reading organized by Alice Whitwam

2-3 p.m.

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery

Manhattan

 

 

April 17,  Dante Alghieri’s Inferno Reading

9-midnight after Maundy Thursday Service

Group Reading organized by Marilyn Nelson, et al

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street

Manhattan

 

April 22, Brownstone Poets

Organized by Patricia Carragon

w/ Yuyutsu Sharma, et al

7:30 p.m.

Donation

Café Dada

57 Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn NY

 

April 27, Sunday Salon

Organized by Nita Noveno

w/ Terence Degnan, Kim Friedman & Sweta Vikram

7 p.m.

Free

Jimmy’s No. 43

43 E. 7th Street

Manhattan

www.sundaysalon.com

POEMS/REVIEWS/REPORTS/INTERVIEWS LINKS LINKS LINKS

FEATURES/COMMENTARY/INTERVIEWS/VIDEOS/AUDIOS

http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/the-poetry-project-s-half-century-of-dissent-9453827

http://www.aroundaboutproject.com/purple.html  podcast on the color Purple

https://soundcloud.com/brooklynpoets/yawpcast-8816 https://www.poetryproject.org/publications/246/

http://chrisricecoohttps://soundcloud.com/brooklynpoets/yawpcast-8816per.blogspot.com/2016/08/poet-

patricia-spears-jones-on-lucent.html http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/patricia-spears-jones#poet

http://newsreel.org/guides/Furious-Flower-III-Index.pdf*  https://vimeo.com/136651928

http://ottermagazine.com/article/interview-with-patricia-spears-jones-by-lewis-warsh/

http://www.gwarlingo.com/2013/the-sunday-poem-patricia-spears-jones/

http://www.litbridge.com/2013/03/06/patricia-spears-jones-next-big-thing-interview/

http://poetry.about.com/od/poetryhistory/a/yearreview2006_3.htm

http://www.newpages.com/magazinestand/litmags/default.htm

http://womensvoicesforchange.org/poetry-friday-interview-with-patricia-spears- jones.htm

*California Newsreel documentary for Furious Flower Conference, 2014

POETRY BLOGS/ARTIST COLLABORATIONS/COMMISSIONS

http://eepurl.com/cfETxj http://www.92y.org/wordswelivein/featured/week-7

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/author/psjones

http://www.boscarol.com/nina/html/manual/poesia.html www.sandrapayne.com

REVIEWS OF MY WORK

http://arkreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/47.3-Dec-2016-br-color.pdf

http://labloga.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-lucent-fire-new-selected-poems-book.html

http://bombmagazine.org/article/3524121/patricia-spears-jones-s-em-a-lucent-fire-em https://www.poetryproject.org/publications/246/

http://galatearesurrection3.blogspot.com/ http://galatearesurrection3.blogspot.com/2006/08/femme-du-monde-by-patricia- spears.html

http://www.backstage.com/bso/news_reviews/nyc/review_display.jspvnu_content_id=1003637080&imw=Y http://tinycatpants.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/the-true-treat-of-the-new-oa.

http://foggedclarity.com/2011/01/review-patricia-spears-jones-painkiller/. http://my3000lovingarms.blogspot.com/2010/11/patricia-spears-jones- painkiller.html

POEMS

Firsts: A blessing, a question

http://www.brooklynrail.org/2013/05/poetry/two-jones

http://www.poets.org/ http://eoagh.com/?p=1770

http://www.connotationpress.com/a-poetry-congeries-with-john-hoppenthaler/october- 2012/1569-patricia-spears-jones-poetry

http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/2010/12/poem-of-week-patricia-spears-jones.html http://womensvoicesforchange.org/poetry-friday-patricia-spears-jones.htm

http://www.naropa.edu/notenoughnight/ http://jacketmagazine.com/32/holiday-album.shtml http://www.prezidentka.cz/prezidentky.php? article=379&PHPSESSID=96f432d97182df94150159b62e697599 www.brooklynrail.org/2007/10/poetry/the-brooklyn-song

http://www.poems.com/femmejon.htm

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/ris/archive2008.html http://www.poetz.com/2003/psjones.htm

ESSAYS/REVIEWS http://www.rhondaschaller.com/articles-2.php http://www.tribes.org/cgi-bin/form.pl?kauthor=719 http://www.tribes.org/web/2009/01/01/review-of-toni-morrisons-a-mercy http://www.tribes.org/web/2014/04/28/carrie-mae-weems-review-via-patricia-spears-jones/

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