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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
Come up from the fields father, here's a letter from our Pete, 
And come to the front door mother, here's a letter from thy
   dear son.

Lo, 'tis autumn, 
Lo, where the trees, deeper green, yellower and redder,
Cool and sweeten Ohio's villages with leaves fluttering in the
   moderate wind,
Where apples ripe in
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
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