The Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour takes place every second Friday at Borders Books in Strongsville, Ohio. On 8 August 2008, we had the privilege of witnessing Cleveland poetic legend Christopher Franke in action.  And I’m excited to report that he gave me permission to film his reading and post it on this blog.

Here’s emcee Joshua Gage’s introduction (about 6 minutes):

And, in my first experiment with Google Video (which lacks You Tube’s time limits), here’s Christopher Franke’s featured reading (around 27 minutes):

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More photos from that fabulous night, as well as video from the open mic session that followed Franke’s feature, will be coming to soon to a blog near you (namely this one).  The open mic video will feature poetry readings by T.M. Göttl, Dianne Borsenik, J.E. Stanley, Josh Gage, me, and many others – as well as another brief taste of Franke to close the evening.  Lots of goodies!

Crisis at Borders, 08/08/08 [photo by Dianne Borsenik]

Christopher Franke, 08/08/08 [photo by Jesus Crisis]