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Poetics: "Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change..." —Audre Lorde
This page: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/poetry
Featured Poet for this First Issue: is Mimi German
Here is her page: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/mimi
For Immediate Release: Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna
at a special time and location, Vancouver Community Library April 11, 2019/
Happy Hour with the Poet Laureate and After Party at Niche Wine Bar
Lots of Poetry! Poetics: This page: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/poetry
A poet, writer, and former board member of the Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education,
Max Linden Levy, passed away in the fall of 2012. Max meant a lot to us here at the Alliance.
He was a wonderful man whose poetry and writing will endure.
Here is a small sample of his poetry.
For all we can know
The Universe begins and ends
In each of us,
In the reach of our own hands.
~From Time on Our Hands, by Max Linden Levy
scroll down for poetry by Walidah Imarisha, Christopher Luna, Theresa Griffin Kennedy Dupay /
Nicole Taylor / and Dan Raphael /
Matt Amott: http://www.ThePorlandAlliance.org/poetry/mattamott
"Coffee and No Cigarettes" and "Masterpiece"
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
Contact: Christopher Luna / 360-910-1066 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Christopher Luna at
an upcoming event are asked to contact him
http://nichewinebar.com/ / http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com
Before Michael Brown’s Funeral – A Poem by Christopher D. Sims
Jan Underwood: After Disembarking / Before Departure
The first collection of poetry by Walidah Imarisha.
To be released October 2013 by Drapetomedia in conjunction with Bad Sista Press.
In her book Beloved, Toni Morrison describes the whip scars on a former slave’s back as a tree sprouting from her flesh. Walidah Imarisha’s first poetic collection invokes this same process of alchemy, transforming both individual and collective scars into North Stars, guideposts that center us and keep us moving in the right direction. Scars/Stars reminds us that even in ravaged earth, something beautiful can still grow.
"Love songs for freedom fighters… I think of Walidah Imarisha's work as medicine for the masses. The imagery, the heart and the life experience in these poems are like tears mixed with gasoline, spark a fire." - Gabriel Teodros, emcee and writer
“Scars/Stars is Walidah Imarisha at her poetic revolutionary finest. Her life's odyssey takes one to the stars - and through the scars - on a quest for love and struggle that literally takes the breath away. It is a masterpiece that you simply must have.”
– Sundiata Acoli, writer and political prisoner
“Tenacious in her political commitment and steadfast in her belief of new possibilities, Walidah Imarisha is a voice that cannot be quarantined or categorized. Imarisha’s Scars/Stars is a testament to a new wave in the poetry of resistance; read her, hear her, join her song!” - Matthew Shenoda, author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone
The Laying Down of Feet
I stand diminished, the slickness of the street halos,
The summative results of my father's blue eyes.
Steps are slower now, the laying down of feet deliberate,
Careful not to injure and I am no longer masterfully deep--
In my schemes of tomorrow.
Teasing my suggestion slow, I wait for something to happen.
Something will happen, it always does.
I shall will it.
The scent of Spring time is long away now,
The threat of action hangs, morbid with promise,
In the air the tentacles climb over me.
Touching parts unseen, not understood or recognizable.
This coming scent of Spring, unique, unlike any other smell.
Do you smell it, do you see it?
Its particles laying down
Blue in our throats.
By Theresa Griffin Kennedy
Berkeley, California 94703
The Sparrow Ghost Collective Anthology volume 2 is coming!
Submissions closed Feb. 25th.
What is poetry slam?
Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry.
It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on
what they're saying and how they're saying it.
Nicole Taylor: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/poetry/nicoletaylor
Hey all you poetry lovers,
We had a great reading at the Tiger last month, with a bunch of outstanding open mic readers and the visceral imagery and profound performance skills of Kyle David Congdon. Thanks so much to everyone who publicized, attended or participated in the event.
On Thursday October 20 at 7pm at Paper Tiger Coffee (703 Grand Blvd. in Vancouver, located about a mile east of I-5 between Mill Plain and Evergreen Blvd) we will be featuring the hallucinagenic verse of Dan Raphael. I've been to 2 of Dan's performances and was not only thoroughly entertained but highly impressed with his surreal yet accessible verse, and his remarkable takes on the environment, the economy and the socio-political milieu. Dan says; I've been at this awhile, so numbers look impressive (published in over 300 places, given over 200 readings), but what matters is the now and I am, in my way, active and delivering.
Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems, with work from my first 13 collections, came out a year ago: Children of the Blue Supermarket, a CD of performances weith saxophonist Rich Halley and drummer Carson Halley, was released this spring: a book of newer poems, The State I'm In, comes out 2/29/12. Current poems appear in Rattapallax, Otoliths, Raft, Skidrow Penthouse and Caliban. I've performed at places like Wordstock, Bumbershoot, Powell’s, Eastern Oregon U, Burning Word, Pacific Crest Alpaca Farm and the Portland Jazz Festival. Currently organizing the Market Day reading Series at St Johns Booksellers, I also ran a monthl series in downtown Portland for 13 years, and made Poetland--80 poets reading in 8 venues over an 8 hour period.
I pay for my life and art working for the Oregon DMV. Otherwise I read mostly fiction and non-fiction, read too much news, hang out in deep Southeast Portland with Melba and 400 plant varieties.
So I really hope to see all of you on the Third Thursday of October for great poetry, great company and fine beverages. This will be our first event with the new owners of Paper Tiger, Kenny and Sue Grijalva, so be sure to come and welcome them to the business and show them how much The 'Couve loves its poetry and coffee. I'll leave you with a short piece by dan Raphael to whet you appetite for this month's reading. See you there!
if rupert murdoch believes something
if wall street wants to roll 1-sided dice
congress and/or parliament will sing harmony :
if science and history are on sale what about all other non-experiential truths:
just cause its on tv, on the web, in a newspaper--how did it get there?
do everything you can to save the libraries full of books.
you cant change books, you have to burn them
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