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Sep 19 2015
BeatStreet Cleveland 2015

BeatStreet Cleveland is a poetry and music event in conjunction with the 2015 National Beat Poetry Festival.  Featured guests include Ingrid Swanberg, Alex Gildzen, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Theresa Gottl Brightman, Steven Smith and John Burroughs, with the Cincinnati indie/punk/rock band Mad Anthony.  With an emphasis on Cleveland poet d. a. levy's historical and cultural importance and influence, but with a major shout-out to the vibrant poetry scene splashing across northeast Ohio and other states coast-to-coast, the poets joining us in this event represent the avant-garde, the unconventional, the gloriously original individuals who have been influenced by the Beats, and who continue to enrich, inspire, and invigorate our lives and the crafts of the spoken and sung word. 

3:00pm to 7:00pm
11310 Juniper Rd.
44106 Cleveland, Ohio

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poems

poem
I am shown
a generosity

so muddied
at the muddy bottom

of a question I forget to ask
until it's fished out

but bloated but 
in the manner of a net 

a web of causal connections
attached to its corners

gently moving over
the surface of the water

how come the road
couldn't have stayed followed

by way of
poem
It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and cornet razzes.
The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts.
The banjo tickles and titters too awful.
The chippies talk about the funnies in the papers.
     The cartoonists weep in their beer.
     Ship riveters talk with their feet
     To the feet of floozies under
poem

That we rode harder into the wind,
That the story got told,
That the broken candies were eaten first,
That they were eaten last,
That all subjects grew extinct eventually,
That in the inn I ruined our lives,
That in the barn I tried to save them,
That I failed,
That per