Last night (Wednesday) I attended a monthly poetry event at the very cool Mac’s Backs bookstore in the storied Coventry district of Cleveland Heights.  Hosted by Mac’s Backs’ very own Suzanne DeGaetano, the evening began with readings by this month’s three featured poets: Phyliss Asnien (retired from Lakeland Community College and author of Poet of the Mountains/Poet of the Streets), Michelle Cooper (founding editor of The Newport Review and Crone’s Nest literary journals and author of Posting the Watch), and Karen Schubert (editor of Cleveland State University’s Whiskey Island Magazine and author of The Geography of Lost Houses).  The last part of the night featured an open mic session.  Several folks shared their work, some of it quite good, and I read my recently blogged poem Rapists – its public performance debut.

If you’re into books and in the Cleveland area, you’ll want to check out Mac’s Backs.  It’s another literary treasure trove – and on the same street as a cool, eclectic assortment of restaurants and stores, including my awesome former employer, City Buddha.  Not to be missed….

(Don’t let the sign fool you.  They also have hardcovers, magazines and more.)

Mac’s Backs
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
phone: 216-321-BOOKS
on MySpace:

The next Mac’s Backs poetry reading will be held on Wednesday July 9th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Featured readers will be: Deetsah, Frances Killea, and Rashid Whatley.
An open mic session will follow, and I’ll likely be there.

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Here are links to some of my recent and not-so-recent poetry:

Short Cut
Dead Souls (from In a Dada ga Vida)
Holier Than Thou
John Cage Engaged and Uncaged
Allen Ginsberg Wants You
Maiku and Cadillac Mountain
Prison poetry (puerility?) – Don’t Pass Me By
Sin and Slumber (from In a Dada ga Vida)
Five Fun Fotos and Laughing Delicately