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Apr 28 2015
Poetry in the Garden 2015

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is celebrating National Poetry Month all of April with its 17th annual Poetry in the Garden series. Special programs will be held every Tuesday night ─ 7 p.m. on April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 ─ at the Main Library. Each night will feature local poets reading from their works as well as open mic time for anyone else who would like to read a poem. On April 28 the Greater Cincinnati Writers League will hold a read-around. 

7:00pm
800 Vine Street
45202 Cincinnati, 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

                        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,

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