life, poetry

The Word

And so here goes another one of those recycle this blog posts to be found on this bloggers block of a blogging day.

“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God”, John 1:1, if you believe. For some reason, I was thinking about the word radio today. I guess because I listen to the radio when there is nothing else to do, or I just listen to the radio for entertainment. And it leads me to thinking about the the letters that are in the word radio rearranged. And for some reason I always find it interesting to rearrange the letters of words for either word games or to find out their origins and meanings. And the word radio has the word diary, and dio, God in Latin. Is that a diary of God? And there are the letters rio, not sure what that is all about. And the letters air, in that “on the air”? And a whole another word, Life, efil, evil. Live, evil. Is to live life evil? What’s that all about? And then there is the word television, which has the word evil and live, and vision in it. Is the television a vision of evil. life, live. And that brings me to the word, word; palabra in Spanish, a parable; story. How interesting. Now this is getting confusion to me. Whatever this letter and word stuff could be all about, have a great day.

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A Gathering of the Tribes

Hey again bloggers, and in my lack of things to blah blog about in my blogaholicness when encountering that blaghers block, I find myself blaghing about art music, poetry, and events again since I seem to be on a roll or something in posting about art events this past week or so. And so along comes May Day, that workers of the world unite of a holy holiday day. And Steve Cannon’s Tribes Gallery, that cool creative and cultural building to be found in that neighborhood of the Lower East Side, now called the East Village for real estate marketing purposes maybe, will be one of the many venues having a May Day event on May 1st. And I know A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery will be having a Starter Kit for Collectors, Art Exhibition and Sale Benefit May 1st through the 16th because that email with that poster that one of their participating visual artist sent me says so. And so that poster from that email I received the other day reads something like as follows:

A Starter Kit for Collectors at Tribes Gallery, NYC May 1-16, 2010, Art Exhibition and Sale. A Benefit for A Gathering of the Tribes, organized and curated by Thom Corn. Participating artists will include orick”TOXIC” Ablack,Charlie Ahearn,John Ahearn,Tomei Arai,Willie Birch, Carol Blank,Andrew Castrucci,Fay Chiang,Gregory Coates,Esperanza Cortes,Thom Corn,Jody Culkin, Peggy Cyphers,Jane Dickson,Norman Douglas,John Drury,Harry Druzd,Stefan Eins,Matt Enger,Dan Enger, Mark Enger,Brigitte Engler,John Farris,Gerald Feldman,Pam Goldman,”DOZE”Green,Gerald Jackson, Nikki Johnson, Steven Lack,Jaunita Lanzo’,Joe Lewis,Karin Luner,Johnny”CRASH” Matos,Jayson Mena,Renny Molenaar, Cyrille Mazzard,Greg Nanney,Joseph Nechvetal,Jondra Nolan,Tom Otterness,Calvin Reid,Huston Ripley, Crosby Romberger, James Romberger,Rick Rodine,Randee Silv,Kiki Smith,John Spencer,Gary Taxali,Robert Tanzie Thornton, Toyo Tsuchiya,, Marguerite Van Cook, John Veit ,Tom Warren,Christopher Wynter., Music/Video/Soundscape Artists: Patrick Brennan,On Davis,Mahlon Hoard,Joseph Nechvetal,, Crosby Romberger and John Zorn

And that music and other events schedule they have on their website for this event reads something like:
Saturday May 1st, 2:00 – 6:00 pm : Public preview
Saturday May 1st, 7:00 – 10:00 pm : Artist reception
Sunday May 2, 7:00 –10:00 pm : New music and dance: “Ply Conundrium”
Featuring: patrick brennan compositions/saxophone
Lisle Ellis, Hilliard Greene, David Sidman –guitar, Larry Roland-basses, with special invited guests: Tamango-Tap percussion, Bern Nix-guitar, Patrick Holmes-clarinet
Friday May 7, 6:00 –10:00 pm
“Photo-POW presents: POW Debuts the World”
With Photo Slide show & music video presentation from 6-8pm
with BBQ in the Backyard from 8-9pm and live performances from 9-10pm Featuring: ClockWork Cros, Miz Metro,Circa 95 & MC K Swift

Saturday May 8, 6:00 – 10:00 pm Music and Video Saturday Night
New music 7:00 pm with “Cack-A-Lack”
Featuring: Mahlon Hoard–compositions/sax, Justin Veloso–drums, Paul Wheeler–guitar
Video 8:00 – 9:00 pm Featuring video work by:
John Veit: “Corn on Cotton”, video Documentary
“Mutaints” 10min, animation with a twist
Robert Tanzie Thornton:”Tributes”
Video Documentary
Joseph Nechvatal
Music 9:00 – 10:00 pm with “Cack-A-Lack”

Saturday May 15, 6:00 –10:00 pm Music and Video Saturday Night: with…
Music 7:00 pm: Cack-A-Lack featuring Mahlon Hoard, Justin Veloso, Paul Wheeler
Video 8:00 – 9:00 pm : John Veit, Robert Tanzie Thornton, Joseph Nechvatal
Music 9:00 pm: Cack-A-Lack
Sunday May 16 finale, 7:00 – 10:00 pm New Music: On’Ka’a Davis Presents D’Juke Music
On’Ka’a Davis—guitar, electric violin
Electric Meg Montgomery—electric trumpet
Nick Gianni—saxes and flute,
Rhadu Ben Judah—drums
David ‘Riddim-Athon’ Pleasant—drums

And this Tribes Gallery art, music, poetry, performances and bar b ques in the backyard event rocks.
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A Poem

And so I find myself in bloggerland again on this day attempting to find content for this blog in my attempt to maintain more than one blog. And how do those other bloggers out there in the blogosphere maintain and find content for those blogs as much as possible whenever possible. Is there some internet guru who can answer this question. And it could be that bloggers block again sometimes. And so this following is yet another one of those posts I found myself posting on my other blog sometime a while ago. It’s just that this blog seems as if it wants to become Orwellian true speak with it’s times and dates sometimes:

And for some reason upon this day that seems as if it wants to appear amongst the number of days throughout the year, I find myself posting this following poem. And every so often I find myself posting poems on these blogs in my attempt to maintain more than one blog with content for some reason or another, and usually because hey, it’s less writing sometimes:


I am no Queen
I sit a widow and shall see sorrow
I kannot walk any further
my journey may end here
there are no words to take away the pain
to replace a person who is gone
my eyes are dim and heavy with grief
I kannot klose them
I do not wish to see the darkness they hold
this thing which I have greatly feared
has come upon me with trembling
kausing all my bones to shake
I am scared with dreams and terrified
with visions of what will my funeral be like
when I die today at this very moment
will there be a funeral
who will come and who will pay
will they eulogize me and what will they say
leave me to sit and decay
make me your centerpiece in a chair dressed up dead
preserve me with spices, mummify me
let the birds of the air pluck me
the best of the field tear me
till I be consumed by maggots and
dust and fly away when I die
there hath been no greater love than
that which hath been
it is the sound of Rachel mourning for
the children that never were
no one to comfort her
no where to wail lament save the ocean
why died they not from the womb
why died they not the breast prevent them from suck
shy died they not the knees prevent them
shy died they not give up the ghost that
no light shine upon this day
cursed be the man that saith the child
is born this day
it is the wake of a funeral procession
about to begin
it was a sunny day that day across the street from the graveyard
and we all laid down in our coffins to die.

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A New Years Day

And New Years Day must be coming up soon, I know because Christmas is near, almost here, and usually New Years Day is to be found soon after. And besides, Village Voice New Year’s Eve Event Guide says so. And as sure as one can say New Years Eve, one can almost say The Poetry Projects 35th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, an annual event that is held at St. Marks Church in that city of New York every year. And this event seems to be synonymous with the new year to me each year in New York City. And this years participants include:
Bruce Andrews, Sally Silvers,Ernie Brooks, Steven Hall, Peter Zummo, Vyt Bakaitis, Jim Behrle, Martine Bellen, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Barbara Blatner, Justin Bond, Donna Brook, Franklin Bruno, Tisa Bryant, Peter Bushyeager, Reuben Butchart, John Carroll, Steve Cannon, Yoshiko Chuma, Todd Colby, John Coletti, Corina Copp, Brenda Coultas, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Mónica de la Torre, Katie Degentesh, Barry Denny, Maggie Dubris, Douglas Dunn, Marcella Durand, Steve Earle, Will Edmiston, Marty Ehrlich, Joe Eliot, Laura Elrick, Avram Fefer, Bonny Finberg, Jess Fiorini, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Foamola, Merry Fortune, Tonya Foster, David Freeman, Ed Friedman, Joanna Fuhrman, Cliff Fyman, Drew Gardner, John Giorno, John Godfrey, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Sylvia Gorelick, Stephanie Gray, Ted Greenwald, John S. Hall, Janet Hamill, Diana Hamilton, David Henderson, Bob Hershon, Mitch Highfill, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Brenda Iijima, Lisa Jarnot, Hettie Jones, Patricia Spears Jones, Pierre Joris, Erica Kaufman, Lenny Kaye, Evan Kennedy, Aaron Kiely, Paul Killebrew, David Kirschenbaum, Bill Kushner, Paul La Farge, Susan Landers, Denize Lauture, Joseph Legaspi, Joel Lewis, Rachel Levitsky, Brendan Lorber, Filip Marinovic, Susan Maurer, Gillian McCain, Tracy McTague, Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Jennifer Monson, Rebecca Moore, Tracie Morris, Gina Myers, Eileen Myles, Marc Nasdor, Murat Nemet Nejat, Jim Neu, Richard O’Russa, Akilah Oliver, Geoffrey Olsen, Dael Orlandersmith, Yuko Otomo, Ron Padgett, Julie Patton, Yvette Perez, Nicole Peyrafitte, Wanda Phipps, Kristin Prevallet, Arlo Quint, Chris Rael, Lee Ranaldo, Citizen Reno, Frances Richard, Renato Rosaldo, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Tom Savage, Michael Scharf, Harris Schiff, David Shapiro, Elliott Sharp, Frank Sherlock, Nathaniel Siegel, Samita Sinha, Hal Sirowitz, Patti Smith, Christopher Stackhouse, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Tardos, Cecil Taylor, Steven Taylorm, Debra Salvo, Susie Timmons, Rodrigo Toscano, David Vogen, Anne Waldman, Nicole Wallace, Jo Ann Wasserman, Phyllis Wat, Karen Weiser, Dustin Williamson, Max Winter, Don Yorty, Emily XYZ and more.
And this event poetry rocks.
Have a great New Years poetry Day
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Poetry Electric

Hey bloggers, and Jeffrey is having another one of those poetry events in that City of New York. I know because that postcard flyer that he gave me says so. An those poetry events that he does are always interesting. And it looks as if some of the previous poetry events may have passed, though there is another one coming up just next week. And so I thought to blah blog this event as it looks on this card because hey, it’s less writing sometimes:

La Mama presents every 3rd Monday of the month
Poetry Electric

Poetry Electric fuses music, movement, sound, and dance with the spoken word and word performance. Poetry Electric will be performed at the Club La Mama.

October 20, 2008 8m
featuring Iris
a solo performance by Jen Yip. A candid look at the short life of Iris Chang.
featuring Recess
one girls struggle between getting an education and getting schooled. written and performed by Una Aya Osato

November 17, 2008 8pm
featuring: Women’s Poetry Happening V
Hosted by Ilka Scobie. A solo performance gathering of dynamic, thought provoking female poets featuring Jane LeCroy, Annie Lesser, Tavi Fields, Lee Ann Brown, Velez Moore, Erika Jo Brown, Sasha Painter, and other guests.

December 15, 2008 8pm (the date that has not actually passed yet…)
featuring Shooting from the lip
Hosted by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, poets spew hot lead on the oral tradition of hynotrance wordfire at the Skip Beat Cafe with Wanda Phipps, Bakar Wison, Vincent Katz, Basil King, Valery Oisteanu, Kristen Prevallet,Cody Franchetti, Akilah Oliver, and Ilka Scobie.

Have a great poetry day
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The Poetry Project

Again it’s that time of year again according to the Gregorian calendar. The holiday seasons are upon us. The day of Christ is near and the party season of New Years is here. And a lot of parties there are indeed, as isn’t New Years Eve the biggest party day of the year. And then there is the day after New Years Eve in New York City. New Years Day. And one of the events that come to mind that day is the Annual News Year’s Day Marathon Reading over at St. Marks Church on the Bowery. It’s a poetry reading with seemingly over a million people reading poetry, poetry, and more poetry all day and nite and more. There is so much poetry read there that day that one could go home, cook a meal, go to sleep, wake up again, go back and they will still be there reading poetry. At least over that 24 hour period. So if you are in the New York City area and are looking for some great poetry to hear, this events looks like it may be worth checking out. Have a great poetry day.

The 34th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading
January 1, 2008, 2:00 pm
The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church

Ring in the new year with: Philip Glass, Eric Bogosian, Ernie Brooks, Tony Towle, Open Music Ensemble, Brenda Coultas, John Godfrey, Patti Smith, Jordan Davis, David Henderson, Frank Sherlock, Rich O’Russa, David Mills, Jenny Smith,John Coletti, Johanna Fuhrman, Erica Doyle, Dan Machlin, Cat Tyc, Jessica Rogers, Renato Rosaldo, Stefania Iryne Marthakis, Rodrigo Toscano, Yoshiko Chuma, Elinor Nauen, Frances Richard, Phyllis Wat, Ed Friedman, Christina Strong, Stephanie Gray, Evan Kennedy, Lydia Cortes, Kim Rosenfield, Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Shanxing Wang, Lauren Russell, Marcella Durand, Marc Nasdor, Brendan Lorber, Alan Davies, Stephen Motika, Bob Rosenthal, Susie Timmons, Eliot Katz, Maggie Dubris, Peter Lucas Erixon, Eve Packer, Chris Stackhouse, David Kirschenbaum, Bill Kushner, Tom Savage, Rob Fitterman, Cliff Fyman, Tara Betts, Jennifer Coleman, Allison Cobb, Jill Magi, Gillian McCain, Emily XYZ, Todd Colby, Elliott Sharp, Paolo Javier, Eileen Myles, John Giorno, Steve Earle, Donna Brook, Bob Hershon, Jen Benka, Carol Mirakove, I Feel Tractor, Lenny Kaye, Anne Tardos, Sharon Mesmer, Greg Fuchs, Douglas Dunn, Wayne Koestenbaum, Renato Gomez, Rebecca Moore, Michael Cirelli, Joe Eliot, Tracey McTague, Jess Fiorini, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Vincent Katz, Merry Fortune, David Vogen, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Jackie Sheeler, Penny Arcade, Michael Lydon, Filip Marinovic, Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky, Adeena Karasick, Barbara Henning, Tisa Bryant, Bruce Andrews, Sally Silvers, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Arlo Quint, Stacy Szymaszek, C.A. Conrad, Keith Roach, Daniel Higgs, John S. Hall, Maggie Estep, Michael Scharf, Wanda Phipps, Leonard Schwartz, Miles Champion, Citizen Reno, Jaime Manrique, Dael Orlandersmith, Uche Nduka, Laura Jaramillo, Nathaniel Siegel, Jim Behrle, Anselm Berrigan, Dustin Williamson, Macgregor Card, John Coletti, Amelia Jackie, Simone White, Hal Sirowitz, Peter Bushyeager, Guillermo Castro, Simon Pettet, Max Winter, Tonya Foster, Judith Malina, Hanon Reznikov, Ted Greenwald, Patricia Spears Jones, Avram Fefer, Taylor Mead, Lee Ann Brown, Denizé Lauture, Thom Donovan, Franklin Bruno, Drew Gardner, Kyle Schlesinger, Don Yorty, Kimberly Lyons, Katie Degentesh, Tracie Morris, Val Jeanty, Chris Rael, Daniel Higgs, Sparrow/Foamola, Ben Malkin, Erika Recordon, Mónica de la Torre, Emil Bognar-Nasdor, Bob Holman, Janet Hamill, E. Tracy Grinnell, Nada Gordan, John S. Hall and Harris Schiff. General Admission $16 / Students & Seniors $12 / Members $10
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life, poetry

The Word

“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God”, John 1:1, if you believe. For some reason, I was thinking about the word radio today. I guess because I listen to the radio when there is nothing else to do, or I just listen to the radio for entertainment. And it leads me to thinking about the the letters that are in the word radio rearranged. And for some reason I always find it interesting to rearrange the letters of words for either word games or to find out their origins and meanings. And the word radio has the word diary, and dio, God in Latin. Is that a diary of Gd? And there are the letters rio, not sure what tht is all about. And the letters air, in that “on the air”? And a whole another word, Life, efil, evil. Live, evil. Is to live life evil? What’s that all about? And then there is the word television, which has the word evil and live, and vision in it. Is the television a vision of evil. life, live. And that brings me to the word, word; palabra in Spanish, a parable; story. How interesting. Now this is getting confusion to me. Whatever this letter and word stuff could be all about, have a great day.

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Glorious Food

And the advertisers say today is Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day, and the day after Thanksgiving. And a friend of mine, Laura, sent this email yesterday for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. The poem seems to be about food, food and more food, as I guess that is one of the things that this American holiday centers around. And I spent the whole day wondering if I should repost it or not. It is a poem. And as I remember Laura, she is always good for a great poem. Happy day after remember the Indians, Black Friday, Buy Nothing and poetry day.

Who Among You Knows the Essence of Garlic?

Can your foreigner’s nose smell mullets roasting in a glaze of brown bean paste and sprinkled with novas of sea salt?

Can you hear my grandmother chant the mushroom’s sutra?

Can you hear the papays crying as they bleed in porcelain plates?

I’m telling you that the bamboo slips the long pliant shoots of its myriad soft tongues into your mouth that is full of oranges.

I’m saying that the silver waterfalls of bean threads will burst in hot oil and stain your lips like zinc.

The marbled skin of the blue mackerel works good for men. The purple oils from its flesh perfume the tongues of women.

If you swallow them whole, the rice cakes soaking in a broth of coconut milk and brown sugar will never leave the bottom of your stomach.

Flukes of giant black mushrooms leap from their murky tubs and strangle the toes of young carrots.

Broiling chickens ooze grease,yellow tears of fat collect and spatter in the smoking pot.

Soft ripe pears, blushing on the kitchen window sill,kneel like plump women taking a long, luxurious shampoo,and invite you to bite their hips.

Why not grab basketfuls of steaming noodles,lush and slick as the hair of a fine lady,and squeeze?

The shrimps, big as Portuguese thumbs,stew among cut guavas, red onions,ginger root, and rosemary in lemon juice,the palm oil bubbling to the top,breaking through layers and layers of shredded coconut and sliced cashews.

Who among you knows the essence of garlic and black lotus root,of red and green peppers sizzling among squads of oysters in the skillet,of crushed ginger, fresh green onions,and pale-blue rice wine simmering in the stomach of a big red fish?

— Garrett Hongo

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An Interesting Email

This is another one of those emails I receive every so often from people that are forwarded and passed around by other people. And this one is sort of funny. I thought to repost it.

I read that sign right?

Toilet out of order. Please use floor below

In a Laundromat:
Automatic washing machines: Please remove all your clothes when the lights go out

In a London department store:
Bargain basement upstairs

In an office:
Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken

In an office:
After tea break staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board

Outside a second hand shop:
We exchange anything – bicycles, washing machines, etc.
Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?

Notice in health food shop window:
Closed due to illness

Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so)
Elephants please stay in your car

Seen during a conference:
For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, their is a daycare on the 1st floor

Notice in a farmer’s field:
The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

Message on a leaflet:
If you cannot read, This leaflet will tell you how to get lessons

On a repair shop door:
We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door – the bell doesn’t work)

Now that you’ve smiled at least once, it’s your turn to spread the message and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh.

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An interesting email

Here is an interesting email I received in my inbox. I thought it would be great to repost.

The most destructive habit…………………………Worry
The greatest Joy…………………………………Giving
The greatest loss……………………Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work…………………..Helping others
The ugliest personality trait…………………Selfishness
The most endangered species……………..Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource…………………..Our youth
The greatest “shot in the arm”………………Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome…………………….Fear

The most effective sleeping pill…………..Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease………………..Excuses
The most powerful force in life……………………..Love

The most dangerous pariah……………………..A gossiper
The world’s most incredible computer…………….The brain
The worst thing to be without…. …………………. Hope

The deadliest weapon………………………….The tongue
The two most power-filled words…………………..”I Can”
The greatest asset………………………………..Faith

The most worthless emotion……………………..Self-pity
The most beautiful attire…………………………SMILE!
The most prized possession……………………. Integrity

The most powerful channel of communication………….Prayer
The most contagious spirit…………………….Enthusiasm

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