Thanks to everyone who made our 2nd Annual Lix and Kix St. Patrick’s Day Poetry Party at Bela Dubby a success — our featured performers (Zach Ashley, Sammy Greenspan and Trenchcoat Manifesto), my co-host Dianne Borsenik, those who shared at the open mic, and the other friends and strangers who gave and received good vibes, both in person and from afar. Here are a few photos from that night — more are available in my Facebook album and in Dianne’s.
poet Zach Ashley from Hazel Park, Michigan [photo by JC]
poet from Sammy Greenspan from Cleveland Heights, Ohio [photo by JC]
poet Tom Adams and musician Richard Hearn of Trenchcoat Manifesto [photo by JC]
co-hosts Dianne Borsenik and John “Jesus Crisis” Burroughs [photo by JC]
This morning I added the six pieces that comprise Oscar Wilde’s Poems in Prose (1894) to the Crisis Chronicles Online Library. That makes a grand total of 58 Wilde works in the library, including pretty much all of his poetry except for about a couple dozen pieces from “The Fourth Movement” in The Complete Oscar Wilde (which I will add eventually, along with all of his stories and plays). But for now I’m taking a break from Wilde and will tomorrow (or later today) begin posting video clips from Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest in the library. Check http://library.crisischronicles.com for frequent additions.
Regarding my other day’s Sick Morning Rambling: Mom’s surgery went well, she came home yesterday and has sounded better and better each time I’ve talked with her on the phone. I began antibiotics yesterday and feel 80% over my cold/lepro(chan)sy this morning. Thanks for your well wishes!
Peace, love and poetry,
I finished adding W.B. Yeats’ 1919 poetry collection The Wild Swans at Coole to the Online Library this morning — something like 40 poems in all (click the title for a back-to-front table of contents).
The other day, I added my photos from October 20th’s Lix and Kix anniversary to a Facebook album.
I’m also contemplating on my Free Will Astrology horoscope for this week.
As for yesterday’s election…
4 Democrats won the contested Elyria council-at-large seats.
Gary Bennett defeated Jay Grunda for Municipal Court judge
Issue 1 passed (now the state will borrow money to pay bonuses to Iraq/Afghanistan veterans)
Issue 2 passed (will set up a “Livestock Care Standards Board”)
Issue 3 passed (casinos)
The county sales tax and city income tax (both of which I voted against) failed.
Tonight (4 Nov.), I think I’ll attend a Master Class in Poetry with Philip Metres at the Avon Lake Public Library (32649 Electric Blvd. in Avon Lake) from 7 to 8:30. All are invited.
Added a bunch of Edgar Allan Poe works to the online library yesterday since it was 31 October.
Got two new books yesterday: Intimate Journals by Charles Baudelaire and The Collected Poems: 1956-1998 by Zbigniew Herbert. This translation of the former seems to be in the public domain — so I wanna eventually add it to the library.
Today I begin writing a semi-autobiographical novel — one chapter a day through the month of November — kinda inspired by NaNoWriMo, but not following their rules/guidelines. I’m calling it Black Truth.
Crisis Chronicles Press published two books in October: Elyria: Point A in Ohio Triangle by Alex Gildzen and a reprint of Suburban Monastery Death Poem by d.a. levy. We’ll be publishing two more in November, if all goes well. More on those soon.
Also wanna get some of these videos done. Added one of Steven B. Smith from May to the Online Library today. More coming soon.
Finally, I wanna announce a few readings that are happening this month:
Friday November 13th at 8:30 p.m. — John Burroughs (a.k.a. Jesus Crisis) will be the featured poet at Borders Books (17200 Royalton Rd.) in Strongsville, Ohio, during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour. Open mic will follow.
Tuesday November 17th at 7 p.m. — the Lix and Kix poetry extravaganza at Bela Dubby Art Gallery & Beer Cafe (13221 Madison Ave.) in Lakewood, Ohio, will be featuring three fine poets: Mnemosyne editor Jen Pezzo (aka Kerowyn Rose), MoonLit editor (and author of the vanZeno Press collection Emergency Contact) Claire McMahon, and (from Cincinnati) novelist (and author of the West End Press poetry collection Crow Call) Michael Henson. An open mic will follow.
Last, but by no means least, two more of my favorite poets and people, the David Smith and Scott Wannberg will be in Ohio this month. Here’s their itinerary, stolen from Scott’s Facebook note (all will be followed by open mic):
collingwood arts center
2413 collingwood blvd
419 244 arts
dollar cover i think
nine to ten p.m.
mac’s backs books
1820 coventry rd
700 to 800 pm
216 321 2665
free i think
the literary cafe
930 to 10 30 pm
1031 literary rd
216 861 3922
free i think
As promised in my last blog, I just uploaded my some photos from the Morgan Conservatory reading on 16 October to a Facebook album. Sorry some are dark — the lighting in the stage area was perfect for poetry, but not so much for photography unless I got right up on top of people. And unfortunately, I didn’t get any of me and JJ Haaz performing together because I forgot to hand someone my camera before we took the stage. Dig ’em here: http://www.facebook.com/jesuscrisis?ref=name#/album.php?aid=35109&id=1072416429.
Yesterday, I discovered the Book Nook, a shop inside the Westlake Porter Public Library, is selling used books cheap through the end of October. I bought these nine titles for a total of three dollars:
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse
The Major Plays by Anton Chekhov
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Lady of the Lake and Other Poems by Sir Walter Scott
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
A Latin-English interlinear translation of The Works of Virgil
Reflections by Hermann Hesse
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Yesterday was E day and today is F day in the Crisis Chronicles Online Library. Feel free to explore some of these excellent authors (just click a name to follow the link):
E = Kevin Eberhardt, Mister Eeee, Danilee Eichhorn, T.S. Eliot, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
F = Edward FitzGerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Heather Fowler, Christopher Franke, and Robert Frost.
Five glaring omissions I hope to fill in the near future: Euripides, William Faulkner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Benjamin Franklin and Mike Finley. Anybody else you’d recommend?…
D authors in our Crisis Chronicles Online Library include: Clarence Darrow, Diane di Prima, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Brian Dorsey, John Dorsey, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Frederick Douglass, John Dryden, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Buddha’s Dhammapada will be coming soon as well. Feel free to suggest others below.
Today we continue our A to Z journey through the Crisis Chronicles Online Library with B.
B authors (not to be confused with Bea Arthur) already in the Library include Tom Baird, Amiri Baraka, David Baratier, Charles Baudelaire, Shaindel Beers, Irving Berlin, William Blake, Dianne Borsenik, Bree, Adam Brodsky, Irene Brodsky, Emily Brontë, Christina Brooks, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Miles Budimir, and Lord Byron. The Bhagavad Gita and excerpts from the Bible are also there. I added a couple more Byron works this morning, and eventually I’d like to add more by all the above authors, as well as works by Robbie Burns, Basho, Charles Bukowski, Robert Bly and Bob Henry Baber. If you have any other recommended Bs buzzing around in your head, please pollinate the comments below with them.
Happy B reading!
Starting today, for 26 days we will be going from A to Z in the Crisis Chronicles Online Library. This morning I posted Conrad Aiken’s Palimpsest: A Deceitful Portrait — a poem that wowed me as soon as I awoke and decided to post something from the Aiken book I borrowed last week. I finally opened the volume and there it was at the beginning — almost skipped it because it was so long, then decided to read it anyway. I’m glad I did. Too bad I waited till age 42 to discover Aiken’s work…. But perhaps I discovered it at the right time.
Other A authors already in the Online Library include Dante Alighieri, Elizabeth Alexander, Kim Addonizio, Steve Abbott, Sherwood Anderson, Nin Andrews, Maya Angelou, Aristotle, Matthew Arnold, and Marcus Aurelius. Kim’s given me permission to include more of her poems, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. And I’ve very much wanted to add something by Guillaume Apollinaire, whose Alcools I consider one of the greatest books of all time, but I have yet to find a satisfactory English translation that either (1) is in the public domain, or (2) I can get permission to use.
Anyway, fucking A! Enjoy….