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Peace and poetry,
Peace and poetry,
Thanks to everyone who came out to my reading last night in Brunswick — both in person and in spirit! And I’d like to especially thank emcee Cheryl Srnka, the Brunswick Art Works, Dunkin’ Donuts, and my good friends James and Dianne Borsenik who took us to dinner beforehand. Dianne also shot this video of me reading the second poem of the evening, Deep Press Ion? :
The Brunswick Art Works series provides a sweet, unique place to read and hear great poetry on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. — with a featured poet followed by open mic. Their next four months’ features (all very well worth checking out) are:
Mark Hersman (March 11th)
Gina Tabasso (April 8th)
T.M. Göttl (May 13th)
Dan Smith (June 10th)
Hope to see you there — at Dunkin’ Donuts, 3868 Center Road (Rt. 303) in Brunswick, Ohio!
[This i ku is one of two poems I wrote at the dentist’s office today:]
My brain hemispheres
ache like nuts dangling beneath
a prison hard cock
[written 8 Feb. 2010]
I’ve got water on the brain but can hardly translate it
into words I believe can quench your thirst
whether in the Sudan or northeast Ohio
I’ve got water in my veins and I’d gladly bleed
to satisfy your worthy need if I believed
it would do the trick and I could survive the loss
Okay maybe I do and maybe I can
but I’m as afraid of blood letting as I am to believe that
there could be water enough to keep you alive in these syllables
when my spirit seems dryer than ash and blowing toward death
But though I fall apart
my limbs like embers put out by winter
my blood escaping prodigally onto the barren February earth
where my favorite pen lies half rusted and half frozen
I pick it up and attempt to get as much of my blood as possible
onto paper in the form of words and get them to you
perceived inadequacies and all
before both they and we dry out completely
rendering our water words and translation obsolete.
Saints and Colts play catch
Broken up by old rock stars
Who win Super Bowl
at Columbia Hills Country Club, 1986
Geri was a waitress
served me a stiff drink called a screaming orgasm
vodka, Irish creme, amaretto and coffee liqueur
While soaked in steam from the dishwashing machine
I scrubbed dried hollandaise sauce
from some would-be PGA star’s lunch plate
and waited for our lunch break
in the basement storeroom where we’d covertly
wash down the day’s eggs Benedict with another
But this time no screaming
poster by Dianne Borsenik
THIS JUST IN: Effective immediately, the Lix and Kix poetry series Dianne Borsenik and I host at Bela Dubby in Lakewood is moving to the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Tuesday was never our preferred day – we only took it in the first place because that was the only day our first venue, the 806 in Tremont, would give us their space – and we only kept it because we figured people were already used to our having Lix and Kix on a Tuesday. But I’ve been itching to change the day for some time now – largely because there are two other very worthy poetry events that happen around Cleveland on the 3rd Tuesday of each month: the Nia Coffeehouse at the Coventry Village Library and (during the school year, at least) the CSU Poetry Center‘s longstanding reading series. Moving to the 3rd Wednesday allows us to complement and support these other fine venues instead of competing with them. And this makes me happy.
Here are a few upcoming happenings I hope you’ll check out:
Thursday 11 February 2010 at 7 p.m. — John Burroughs will be featured poet at Dunkin’ Donuts on State Rt. 303 in Brunswick, Ohio, hosted by the Brunswick Art Works. An open mic will follow.
Wednesday 17 February 2010 at 7 p.m. — J.E. Stanley (co-author, with Joshua Gage, of the newly released Intrinsic Night, from Sam’s Dot Press), Jack McGuane (Poet Laureate of Lakewood and author of Sleeping with My Socks, from deep cleveland press), and Roger Craik (author of the just published Of England Still, from Finishing Line Press) will be featured poets during the Lix and Kix poetry extravaganza at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio. An open mic will follow.
Wednesday 17 March 2010 at 7 p.m. — The 2nd annual Lix and Kix St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza will feature Trenchcoat Manifesto (poetry and music by Tom Adams and Richard Hearn), Michigan performance poet Zach Ashley, and Cleveland Heights’ very own Sammy Greenspan (author of Step Back from the Closing Doors, from Pudding House Publications) at Bela Dubby, 13321 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio. An open mic will follow.
Saturday 27 March 2010 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. — The 2nd annual Feed the Gays benefit for the Cleveland State University GLASA (Gay, Lesbian And Straight Alliance) scholarship fund will feature an art show and an eclectic array of poetic and musical performers including Steven B. Smith, Lady K, Dianne Borsenik, John “Jesus Crisis” Burroughs, 10-string guitarist JJ Haaz, and many more at the Bounce Night Club & Union Station Cafe located at 2814 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
Friday 2 April 2010 at 6:30 p.m. — Dianne Borsenik and John Burroughs will be featured performers during the Ohio Poetry Association‘s poetry & music series at the New Beginnings Cafe, 141 East Center Street in Marion, Ohio. An open mic will follow.
Oh, and I’ve uploaded about 300 of my photos from Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest (which Dianne and I co-hosted on 16 January at the Last Wordsmith Book Shoppe in North East, PA) to my Facebook profile, in case you’re interested in having a look.
Peace and poetry,
Funny the things you can find “Googling” yourself…. Yesterday a reporter interviewed me for an upcoming article in the Medina Gazette. Looking this morning to see if it had been published yet (a possibility, since she’d said her deadline was 2 p.m. yesterday), I stumbled upon this video Andy Timithy captured of me getting drawn by Tremont’s Pretentious Artists back in August at the Literary Cafe:
Lately it seems I’ve had a larger than usual number of folks pretending to be someone else trying to befriend me on Facebook. Here’s an eye-ku I wrote about one of them who I was pretty sure had lifted her screen name from a short story by Roald Dahl. To her credit, after a series of vain attempts to convince me she was genuine, she eventually apologized, confessed her name was indeed assumed and claimed the whole charade had begun as a joke. Her true identity remains a mystery.
MERRY BALONEY [written 12/27/2009]
I’m bottle dogged by
Brandy disguised as cognac
A pour mask cur raid
Last week I found out my long-time best friend Martin was flopped by the Ohio parole board again. He’s spent 17 years behind bars already and won’t get another shot at freedom til 2015. I found out some other things, too. So on Friday the 29th I trekked to Mansfield to visit him for the first time in three years (some friend, eh?). I’d forgotten he can only get visits on even numbered days — but somehow I got in anyway. We had two photos taken together (at 3 bucks apiece) — one I left with him, and the other I’ve scanned to share with you and e-mail to his other friends.