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Aug 19 2017

Johns Creek Poetry Group Meets This Morning

The Johns Creek Poetry Group will feature local poet Karen Paul Holmes, who will read from her recent work and do a workshop on poetry submissions on Saturday, August 19.She founded/hosts the Side Door Poets group in Atlanta. In 2012, she received an Elizabeth George Foundation emerging writer grant for poetry. Her publishing credits include a number of journals and anthologies. Adults and students 10 years of age and older are welcome.

10:15am
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library
9560 Spruill Road
30022 Alpharetta, Georgia
Aug 19 2017

Main Library Poetry Circle: Haiku and Other Japanese Poetry

Join us for monthly poetry discussions, led by docents from the UA Poetry Center. The event is free, and no preparation or knowledge of poetry is necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D Valdez Main Library. 
 
Everyone is welcome to attend as we read from favorite poets, learn about new poets and share our views. Each participant will receive a packet of the poems to be read and discussed, sourced from the Poetry Center's world-renowned collection.
 
This month's poems will feature Japanese poetry, including haiku.
10:30am
Joel D Valdez Main Library at University of Arizona Poetry Center
101 N Stone Ave
85701 Tucson, Arizona
Aug 19 2017

Poetry Club

Discuss poetry in a comfortable setting
 
2:00pm
Kings Highway Library
2115 Ocean Ave.
11229 Brooklyn, New York
Aug 19 2017

Open Mic Poetry

Calling all performers! We welcome playwrights, actors, composers, and songwriters to Open Mic Showcase, where participants have the opportunity to act out a scene, perform a monologue, or play a theatrical score. The material can be original or an old standby, as long as it's family friendly, we'd love to hear what you've got!
 
The Austin Public Library Hosts Open Mics at various locations. 
 
Free and open to the public.
3:30pm
Recycled Reads Bookstore
5335 Burnet Road
78756 Austin , Texas
Aug 19 2017

BODY PASSAGES: a poetry and dance performance

Body Passages is an evening of new collaborative works devised by local poets and dancers. Body Passages is a new performance series curated by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) and Poetry Center of Chicago (PCC) that encourages the crossing of artists and audiences. CDE and PCC have paired professional dancers and poets to create their own artist-led projects fusing language and movement. Paired artists participate in on-going conversations and exchanges with other pairs. Artists explore fluidity, form, and rhythm as they relate to a variety of topics. The first of two performances taking place at Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Auditorium and the second taking place at Uncommon Ground on Devon Ave.
 
Tickets are available at: bodypassages.brownpapertickets.com or www.danztheatre.org or 773.486.8261
$10 General Advance
$ 5 College Students and Seniors Advance (with ID)
$15 General Door
$10 College Students and Seniors (with ID)

 

Admission fee: $15.00
7:00pm
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Auditorium
1650 W. Foster Avenue
60640 Chicago, Illinois

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Color - Caste - Denomination -
These - are Time's Affair -
Death's diviner Classifying
Does not know they are -

As in sleep - all Hue forgotten -
Tenets - put behind -
Death's large - Democratic fingers
Rub away the Brand -

If Circassian - He is careless -
If He put away
Chrysalis of Blonde - or Umber -
Equal
poem
No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five
poem

Well, a great many things have been said
in the oven of hours. We have not been
shaken out of the magnolias. Today was another
hard day. And tomorrow will be harder. Well,
that sounds like our gong. But we’ll have
the boy’s birthday and we will have
music and cake. Well, I will think