Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Open mic poetry reading October 19, Midtown Scholar


                                                    Open poetry reading October 19. 
                                                      *****Poetry Thursdays *****
                                                    at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

The event runs from
7 to 9pm, hosted by the
Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

No sign-up, it's Quaker-style--
share as the spirit moves you.
Or just listen. Your call.
"Dynamic, inspiring!"
No cover, no minimum.

1302 North Third Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17102.
And/or: 717.236.1680.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

And my heart is like a rhyme, September 29, Midtown Scholar

All the fine colors. Open poetry mic, 
September 29, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

And the beat goes on."with the yellow and
the purple and the crimson keeping time..."
--Vagabond Song, Bliss Carman.

Another autumnal open mic
  Thursday, September 29,
Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
     7--9 p.m. 

1302 North Third Street,
 Harrisburg, PA 17102.
 Phone, 717.236.1680.

                                       The legendary Poetry Thursdays' reading series
                hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

                Quaker style, no sign-up. Read, or listen.
        And all the fine nuances in between, yeah!
                No cover, no minimum. Nope.

                                             Everything's waiting for you.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chicken every Sunday, poetry every Thursday.

Chicken every Sunday, poetry every Thursday. Whassa-matter-you?
August 24, open mic. MidtownScholarr Bookstore.

"I'm tellin' ya Fred, the clouds flew by; winds roared, the snowflakes blew hard
and fast as lightning. As relentless as Bradburian rain. Mizzles, muzzles, torrents.
avalanches! Dostoyevskian, it was, Skokiaan. Rapunzel."
--Winter in Argentina, Johnny Stasis

August. A month of open mics. August 24, open poetry reading, 7--9 pm.
Midtown Scholar Bookstore & ditto, ditto, ditto. This open poetry reading is
hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
7--9pm, (717) 236-1680.

In September-- a new tune. Barbara Crooker is featured September 14.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rick Kearns & John Catalano, words & music, May 26, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Rick Kearns and John Catalano will perform at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s Poetry Thursdays, May 26th, featuring words and music, compelling magic, and... the spirit of Lorca, and Tolstoy as well. 

Two volatile dimensions, poetry and music. Rick Kearns will read his flamenco poetry, and more, while accompanied by the extraordinary John Catalano on guitar. Both men have performed together at the legendary “flamenco kitchen” and in other venues and groups for over 10 years. 

John Vincent Catalano is an American musician, teacher and performer whose areas of interest include prepared and improvised music, flamenco, folk, blues, experimental classical and Gypsy jazz. Catalano is widely sought for performances, workshops and private music instruction. 

He posses an inside-knowledge of the guitar that he acquired from intense and friendly co-operation with jazz-men, flamencos, and maestros.

Rick Kearns is the current Poet Laureate of the capital city of the great state of Pennsylvania. For many years he edited the poetry journal, Blue Guitar. His verse appears in numerous literary reviews and anthologies, and Kearns, concurrently, works as a journalist, publishing volleys of articles about indigenous Latin America in "Indian Country Today Media Network". 
Harrisburg’s poet-laureate has compiled four verse collections, and Kearns has been sowing poetic mayhem in the Harrisburg area for almost 30 years.

Catalano and Kearns have been working non-stop on a bold lyric adaptation of the Soviet march song Polyushka Polye, transforming it into “regimentally exacting” couplets to mark yet another collaboration on a literary/music plane. 

And it comes together May 26. 7-9pm.

This must-see event is part of Poetry Thursdays, since 1999, this storied poetry series has convened weekly at numerous venues, now (four years) at the Midtown Scholar, 1302 N. 3rd Street. For more information, (717) 236-1680. Come early, seating is limited.

This event, and promotional activities, arranged and conducted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 24, Joelle Biele at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Joelle Biele at Midtown Scholar Bookstore September 24

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is pleased to feature Maryland's Joelle Biele presenting her poetry September 24 at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore. That's what they tell me. Enthusiastically.

Biele, a world-class poet and critic, is author of White Summer (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002) and the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). She was 2008-09 Fulbright Professor in American Literature at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

Poetry Thursdays events are held weekly at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA. The cartelians specialize in hand-crafted prosody. Quite a bunch, the series has been operative since 1999 in several locations. An open reading will precede the feature presentation.

The Scholar, in the center of midtown. is located at 1302 North Third Street, 17102. Right across from the Harrisburg Market House.    
Call 717.236.1680 for affirmation. Don't forget to ask about parking &. tell 'em Groucho sent ya.

Coming up:

September 17– Open reading, August artisanal verse

September 24– Featured: Joelle Biele

October 1– Bliss Carman, purple open mic

October 8– Featured: Carlos Mason

October 15– Ides, Glides & Odes (open)

All Events at the Bookstore flow from 7-9pm.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Cancel Any Travel If Winter Weather Will Occur

C3PO a student of linguistics might argue that, if people think it exists and use it, then it does exist.
He lives quietly along the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

telepathically. The caffeine stands apart. Alone. Cooling.

Hitchcockian whirling eddies of caffeinated beverage

how far is farther? the power of words, and distance... something there is that doesn't love the proximate....

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"to live in the hearts of those we love is not to die..."
--york emporium bookstore 2011 (photo,  by anna jane)


Lightning occurs when positive charges leap from the ground. And they mash the damn clouds. There is a storm that rages in everyone. It is deep within. It is without. It is, like, like thin paper. BOOM!

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clatter of hailstones woke me up & i dashed to my roofdeck to see what was the matter. matter? are hailsones matter? or emphermal products of updrafts and love made visible?

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Musical interlude in a candlelit kitchen. There is light and a puzzle on a dining- room table.

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Lush Life, Tri-dimensional Ultraviolet Suppressed for Aeons, or Vibes, or Muesli Simply hover over any image in the nine collages-- you may even find yourself there. Listen. The windowpanes are as greenhouse...

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The table is full of many items. The silverware is quite passive. People are speaking
telepathically. The caffeine stands apart. Alone. Cooling, mayhaps, simmering
Hitchcockian whirling eddies of caffeinated beverage

Media theorist and writer An Xiao Mina, Media activist Bong Ramilo, dancer and media artist Diego Maranan, and many more...), including talks at the Ayala Museum and Lopez Museum under SABAW’s Bedroomlab lecture series (circa 2010)--an informal art-tech-diybio platform, wherein open discussions, brainstorming sessions, lectures, network meetings, performances, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and public gatherings take place in people's living rooms, gardens, laboratories, and other intimate spaces.

Esworthy uses such varied sounds as the noise of the Japanese earthquake & random traffic sounds and children humming and/or weeping. more will be added, connecting to microphones in the South Pacific, South Atlantic and the southern Indian Ocean.
That will open up an even larger swathe of the ocean deep to our ears.

a thousand words is worth a picture since this one is too large to fit on my scanner. It’s a pane of heavy white rag, that has The English Harvest Moon is October for 2011

and the September Moon in English is called the Fruit Moon . . .

~*^#= principle, proverbs and reverb provide ample direction for everyone.
mid-sixties landscape orientation
someone who echoes some of the same concerns that show up in American
prints made by dipping an actual peony bloom in tempera paint and pressing it to the page. What a rush.
This is not an instance of the transitional turning subject into a mirror of  obsessions – the dimensions present not only originals, but, as an appendix, any number of variant translations from an earlier period (L’Âge Cassant) when conscious parallels roamed the earth.

 The Brittle Age (L’Âge Cassant) may look reminiscent of Stein’s Tender Buttons (& thus, by inference at least, Williams’ Kora in Hell: Improvisations), they’re nothing like them in tone or focus:

In fidelity we learn never to be consoled, not in the aesthetic sense that one might think of, but rather in the ethical one – where tingle has a lot in common with lime,  It is not simply his obsession with substance –  the Object is lime, but the degree to which language & voice are intertwined in human and/or alien thinking,
like a tiny Moebius strip in that the dangling Frigidaire is like a sword of Damocles hanging over a naked lunch counter, a radical gap between that open-faced sandwich  and crepes suzette.

This dissociation between public & private is paralleled by that alienation that transforms the vertigo of sheer terror, the unmarked ellipses of this earlier lime which indicate a litany of processes no less brutal than
roots that have become sculpture, wood that appears talisman, and so on: charms, amulets maybe, but never really such things since the struggles so to speak that made them become, say, a pink peony print in the lower right-hand corner. In this regard the currents appear entirely natural. Their chronology is of interest only to those who analyse carbon fractions etc., who love limes, since they too, considering nature as citrus, are no doubt accurate in, at least (if nothing else), their boundless curiosity.

Subpolar and Subtropical Gyres of the North Pacific

Currents carry drifters along the heavy lines around the Subpolar Gyre in three years, and around the Subtropical Gyre in six years.

Flotsam may circulate in the Garagiola for half a century.

Heavy lines, average drift path; small arrows, local currents; dots, Great Garbage Patch.

The best thing to do is cancel any travel if winter weather will occur.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Le Hinton Rocks Poetry Thursdays, May 15 at Midtown Scholar!

Le Hinton, poet, publisher and literary impresario, will be featured May 15 at Poetry Thursdays, hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel at Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar. 7pm. 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

His poem, "No Doubt About It (I Gotta Get Another Hat)," is included in The Best American Poetry 2014. 
Le Hinton is the author of five poetry collections including The God of Our Dreams (Iris G. Press, 2010) and The Language of Moisture and Light (Iris G. Press, 2014). His work has been published in The Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, Off the Coast, Unshod Quills, Haggard & Halloo, Fledgling Rag,  and Watershed. 

In 2012 his poem, “Our Ballpark,” was incorporated into Derek Parker’s sculpture Common Thread and permanently installed at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as part of the Poetry Paths project.

His poem “Epidemic” was the winner of the Baltimore Review’s 2013 Winter Issue contest and in 2014 was selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Public Poetry Project as one of four poems by Pennsylvania-connected poets that were made into posters and disseminated throughout the commonwealth. 

Showtime at 8pm-- an 7 pm open reading kicks off the event, hosted by Marty Esworthy.