Ohio

upcoming events

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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

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

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                        on my birthday

I want a future
making hammocks
out of figs and accidents.
Or a future quieter
than snow. The leopards
stake out the backyard
and will flee at noon.
My terror is not secret,
but necessary,
as the wild must be,

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Who would have thought the afterlife would 
look so much like Ohio? A small town place, 
thickly settled among deciduous trees. 
I lived for what seemed a very short time. 
Several things did not work out.
Casually almost, I became another one 
of the departed, but I had never imagined 
the tunnel of hot wind