Quote:

"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition." - Eli Khamarov, The Shadow Zone

Sunday, December 30, 2012

What's the Good Word This Week?!?

The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly. – Frederick William Robertson

Hello Writers and Listeners!!

If you know of anyone who would like to be on the email list, please feel free to share my info with them.  If you know of any events, if you will be part of an event, or if there is an error on the venue list (I don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has changed its day or time.), please let me know as soon as possible!!  Also, if you have fliers, please pass them along.  Remember knowledge is power!!

The Good Word This Week!!:

The New Year is upon us already.  I don’t know about you, but 2013 is going to be a great year for poetry!!

1.  Do You Got What It Takes?? – Nelson Marrero aka Latino A2J will host, “The Christ Factor” on Saturday, March 9th from 4:00 – 6:00 at Real Life Church in VA Beach.  Currently, they are looking for Christian poets, dancers, and rappers to audition..  The top prize in each category is $200!!  And I just learned that Nathan Richardson will be a judge.  It just keeps getting better!!  To audition and/or for more info, please go to:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/521269844563865/.  If you don’t have Facebook, please email him at info@latinoa2j.com.

2.  HRW:  The Hampton Roads Writers has posted their 2013 calendar of events that begins with Show and Grow Your Prose on January 12th.  For more info:  http://hamptonroadswriters.org/events.php

3.  PPP is Back on Tour!!  Poetry, Prose and Pizza is back beginning January 11th in Chesapeake, January 31st in Prince George, and February 7th in Suffolk.  For more details, please refer to the venue list.

4.  Looking for a Few Featured Poets:  Flow Manifesto is looking for artists (poets/spoken word, singers, rappers) who would like to be featured in one of their upcoming events.  For more info, please contact Sense, Blind_of_Sense@yahoo.com, or can catch him on Facebook: Shane ‘Sense’ Nassy.

5.  Did Someone Say Ekphrastic?:  Jack Callan will host an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop on Tuesday, Feb 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30, at the Virginia MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).  If you have any questions about this event, you can contact Jack at knuckleheadpoet@yahoo.com.

6.  Quarterly Open-Mic Finds a New Home:  The open-mic at Chrysler has been moved to Moses Myers House.  The next one is on January 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30.  Please see venue list for more details or contact the host Jack Callan at knuckleheadpoet@yahoo.com.

7.  PSV Student and Adult Contest (Deadline January 19th):  The Poetry Society of VA sponsors an annual student and adult poetry contest with cash prizes.  The student contest is free and categories range from 1st grade to undergraduate.  The adult contest is free for PSV members and $4 for non-PSV members with 32 categories to choose from!!  For more info:  http://www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/.  I also have a link available on my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com.

8.  Important Cancellation/Hiatus Notice: 
a. There will not be a 1st Saturday reading at the James County Library in January. 
b. Poetic Expressions is on hiatus until January 15th!  The theme is duets, so get your Peaches and Herbs on!!

9.  Looking for a Weekend Trip?:  Bridgewater College will host The Bridgewater International Poetry Festival from Jan 17-20.  For more info, please go to:  http://people.bridgewater.edu/~sgallowa/BIPF2013.htm

Reminders

a.  Open-Mic New Year’s Eve!! – The Venue on 35th will have their open-mic New Year’s Eve at the regularly scheduled time.  In lieu of the $2 donation, please bring in canned good item which will go to the FoodBank in Norfolk or you can make a monetary donation. 

b.  Fredericksburg Slam:  You are invited to the inauguration of the Commonwealth Slam Team at Read All Over Books on Thursday, January 3rd, from 7:00 to 10:00.  The $5 cover will be waived!!  For more details:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/119023324927667/

c.  CNU is back!! – It’s already that time again!!  The CNU Conference will be on February 22-23.  For more info, please go to:  http://writers.cnu.edu/

d.  HRW + Amazon = Support:  When you purchase items from Amazon through the Hampton Roads Writers (HRW) link, Amazon gives HRW a 4 to 6.5% referral fee.  Please be sure to show your support:   http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/

e.  Looking for a Few Good Poems:  The Venue on 35th will host a poetry night dedicated to the military and their the families in April.  For those interested in sharing a military related poem, please contact Mr. Speaker at: jamessears79@yahoo.com or send him a message through Facebook (James Sears).

f.  NY Trip!! – Some of our 757 poets will be making the trip to NY to do some romance/erotic poetry on February 16th.  I will provide more information as it becomes available.  I just wanted to give you a head’s up because trips like this have to be planned and will be here before you know it!!

Please be sure to check my Facebook page or my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for things that may come up or change during the week.

That’s it for now.  Have a great week,and a fantabulous New Year!!

Poetry First,
Talya

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Venue on 35th will have open-mic on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve!

(Please be sure to share this with everyone!!)


The Venue on 35th will still be holding open mic night on Christmas Eve as well as New Years Eve. On these two nights you can either pay the normal $2 admission or bring in a non-perishable food item. All proceeds generated on these two night will be donated to the local Food Bank in Norfolk. Please come out and join us for two great nights of amazing local talent and help us help others this Holiday Season.

We learn, We laugh, We love. We are Venue 35.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve - The Venue on 35th

Sooooooo, I went to the open-mic at the Venue on 35th in Norfolk, and we were all amazing, if I must say so myself.  The place was packed, not 75 people packed (inside joke), but it was packed none the less.  One of the house poets, Roxanne did this amazing piece about fear saying that fear was nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real….very nice….Glo did this poem about a girl named Salayka and how she was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen…..on the outside, but her insides were filled with so much ugliness.  Salayka was only about the money at any cost, and as sad as it is, this is a harsh reality today.  Women used their body to get what they want, but looks aren’t forever, and when they get older, the looks that kept them kept, will leave them out to dry, but a lot of us just don’t look that far down the road….Rob shared his updated version of a poem about understanding intricacies of a computer, but couldn’t understand his girlfriend.  I think a lot of guys can identify with that, and it goes both ways…All I know in the end, he Ctrl+Alt+Del(eted) her...nice….I know while he was there he received news that his father had another heart attack.  Hopefully, he is doing better.  Please keep him in your thoughts.  We had a guitar player do “With a Little Help From My Friends”.  I think he did the Beatles version, but I prefer the Joe Crocker version because that’s the version they used for the theme to The Wonder Years, which I loved to watch when I was a kid!  Kadeem did this hilarious Christmas wish list poem.  Some of the requests included:  a dragon his lair, oh, and he needed a lair, a time machine, a ninja sword, one more chance, a pet robot, an app for heaven, just to name a few, and interestingly enough, it was signed “America”….nice…How surprised was I when I saw Blakghost come in through the doors!!!  What a nice added treat!  He did a poem about preachers robbing folks of their money and using fear tactics to get them to comply.  I loved that line, “What’s God gonna do with $50 and $100 bills.  He can make it rain!!!”  It was good to see ya and hear some of that great poetry you spit so well.  Jake had to follow Blakghost, but it was very fitting because apparently Jake bought one of Blakghost’s CD a while back, so he got the opportunity to tell him how much he enjoyed the CD.  It was very interesting that Jake chose to do his “First Time” poem with his father and stepmom in the audience because in order to do the poem, he had to make some confessions that most people would otherwise try to keep hidden….not Jake.  However, he did ask his Dad not to tell his Mom since “The First Time” happened in her car…..hmmmmm….Adair and Gye Nyame shared their thoughts on the real meaning of Christmas.  Adair was very nice about her views, and even shared a song…Gye Nyame just put it out there.  He was calling everything out!!  He did bring up a good point:  How do people question Jesus and angels, but are so quick to get our children to believe in Santa Claus??  I’m not sure at what point it changed from Jesus’ birthday to presents.  I don’t even see a connection because those presents aren’t even for Jesus….Jorge did a few requested pieces.  One about love and one about not love as he explained that her touch was like sandpaper but she smoothes out his rough edges; she has venom on her lips, but the antidote is on her tongue….nice….and the Inkblot poem…we take for granted the little things, but we also forget that the little things can be big things to someone else.  (Just keep that in mind.)  Mr. Sense confessed he did not have a good year, and when he told us the things that have happened, I couldn’t argue with him, but the fact that he was there on the stage, let us know that he was strong enough to make it through and share with us a poem about the father he never knew.  I sincerely hope that 2013 will prove to be a better year for you, and thank you so much for sharing a piece of your soul with us.  And then there was Ms. Sexeekittee….Kittee, Kittee, Kittee, that poem, “I Used to be Pretty,” was so amazing, so revealing, so freakin’ personal.  You talk about putting yourself out there.  It was one of those poems where you’re not even sure if you should clap.  You need to share that poem because there are people going through and would benefit from those words.  When she got off the stage, Jake gave her a hug; that’s how moving that piece was.  I did a couple of pieces including a new one called, “The Myth of PMS 2”.  I just elaborated on, “The Myth of PMS 1”.  I had just written it that night, but I have to say, it was funny.  Well, that it’s for now.  I guess that’s enough.  I didn’t write this up last night because I knew it would be lengthy because there was sooooooo much stuff going on last night.  And as a friendly reminder, the venue will be open New Year’s Eve for the regularly scheduled open-mic (canned good in lieu of the $2 donation or make a monetary donation) Well, it’s not past my bedtime, but I’m getting a little hungry, so until next time………….Merry Christmas and GOOOOOO POETRY!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

No Update This Week, But....


“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  ~Charles Dickens
I will not have a poetry venue update this week because of Christmas, but I do want to point out a few items:
1.  The Venue on 35th will hold their open-mic on Christmas Eve at their regularly scheduled time.  In lieu of the $2 donation, please bring canned good that will be donated to the FoodBank.  However, if you don’t bring any canned goods or if you forget, your $2 donation (or more…) will be given to the FoodBank also!!

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2.  There will NOT be a 4th Friday open-mic at Barnes and Noble OR at Jack’s place this month.  They will resume in January!!
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3.  Fuzzy Wednesdays will have their regularly scheduled open-mic on Wednesday, December 26th.
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Have a Very Happy Christmas!!  I hope everyone gets what they want!!
Poetry First,
Talya

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Where Will YOU Be On 12-21-12?

12-21-12
Verses and Vibes
Special Open-Mic Addition!!
Island Flavours Caribbean Rest.
2280 Executive Dr
Hampton VA
8:00 – 9:00
Host:  Glo Shines
Are you the next featured reader?

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12-21-12
Open-Mic Poetry
The Wet Spot (Explicit)
Thai Pan Restaurant
3497 Holland Rd #101
Virginia Beach VA
9:00 –
$5 cover charge
Hosts:  GodChild & Seven

*****

12-21-12
The Mayan Calendar Ends…Now What?
Open-Mic and Performance Celebration
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
757-469-0337
9:30 pm – 12:30 am

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12-21-12
Fundraiser for Java Jazz Café:
An Evening with Mr. B and Friends
Sassi Cakes & Sweets
330 W 22nd St Ste 104
Norfolk VA
757-321-6759
Featuring:  James “Mr. Speaker” Sears,
Pete Overstreet, Evolution Soul and More!

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12-21-12
The Concise Dickens’ Christmas Carol
Starring, Literally, the One and Only: DD Delaney!!
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
757-469-0337
8:00 – 9:00
$12 admission (cash only)

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12-21-12
Spoken Lyrics for Poets, Singers, and Lyricists
Traditions Lounge & Rest
133 E Sycamore St
Petersburg VA
Every Friday
Hosts: Demetria & Roscoe B

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Did You Say Thursday? Yeh, We Got That Covered!

From Richmond to VA Beach!!

12-20-12
Open-Mic Poetry
Poetry & Jazz Tasting
C’est Le Vin
Wine and Art Gallery
15 N 17th St
Richmond VA
6:00 – 9:00
Monthly, but date will vary
804-649-9463

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12-20-12
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
757-469-0337
Facilitator:  David Claunch

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12-20-12 (FF)
Music & Poetry Open-Mic Night
Westhampton Comm. Center
1638 Briarfield Rd
Hampton, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (Every 3rd Thurs)
757-896-4692 mstclair@hampton.gov
Host:  Dreason Ruckett

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12-20-12
The “Warm-Up” Spoken
“Exposer” Poetry
Thai Pan
3497 Holland Rd #101
VA Beach VA
$5 cover charge
8:00 -
If you want to be a featured reader, please contact the host:
nitahurt@gmail.com

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12-20-12
Poetry Reading (FF)
The Coffeehouse
Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center
Williamsburg, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (Every 3rd Thurs)
757-220-2654
Hosts:  Mary Haines &
Sofia Starnes

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Mayan Calendar Ends....Now What?? & Other Friday Stuff...

The Venue at 35th decided to put together an impromptu end of the world celebration, with one catch...it is also the beginning of another!!  Come and share some poetry and enjoy performances.  The night is what you make it!!  The festivities begin December 21st around 9:30.  

Also, if you haven't caught DD Delaney's play, The Concise Dickens' Christmas Carol, there will be a show that same night at 8:00.

See ya there, and if not, please be sure to tell somebody!!

The Venue on 35th
631 35th St
Norfolk VA
757-469-0337

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However, if you prefer to go out with a splash....

12-21-12
Open-Mic Poetry
The Wet Spot (Explicit)
Thai Pan Restaurant
3497 Holland Rd #101
Virginia Beach VA
9:00 –
$5 cover charge
Hosts:  GodChild & Seven

Monday, December 17, 2012

Dec 15th: Flow Manifesto Recap +


Soooooo, I just got back from Flow Manifesto in VA Beach.   I need to interject here (I know.  I just got started!!).  I was driving home and another car was getting ready to take an exit, but realized it was the wrong exit, so instead of just taking the exit or stopping until there were no moving cars, they just pulled out into traffic and almost into me.  Some people make the unfortunate decision of getting behind the wheel when their judgment has obviously been impaired, but the important thing is I made it home in one piece!!  Okay, back to the show:  There was a host of talent from poets to singers to comedians.  First of all, I want to commend Flow Manifesto for taking an active participating role in supporting the victims of the Newtown tragedy.  Instead of having a cover charge, they took donations where all the monies will go to Newtown!  So as far as I’m concerned, y’all are cool in my book.  Okay performances….These highlights are in no particular order….Tonie did her poem, “Late”, which is absolutely hilarious, and I think the host actually apologized for starting late.  Mr. Speaker did a poem called, “The Greatest” which just happens to be love, and love, in any form, is stronger than any other emotion.  I think we needed to hear that piece in light of Friday’s shootings.  Tonie’s husband, Jerry, is a comedian and that bit on the eggs and cheese at the Dollar Store….hilarious!!  I mean you know something’s bound to happen if you buy those items at the Dollar Store.  Well, apparently the cheese didn’t melt and when he cracked the eggs, two birds came out….You also had the “I’m Just Sayin’” comedian who had a lot to say on that subject…real talk (You had to be there.)  Jake did a piece on being in love, but his second poem about being “19” was very moving.  It told the story of the aunt he never met who died when she was 19 in a car accident, and now he’s 19.  I never wrote a piece about the correlation between me and my brother’s age, but he was 27 when he passed and when I turned 27, it just felt…weird; not good or bad, just different.  The tricky thing about personal poems is you never know when “that” emotion will hit you.  You can read a piece a zillion times and be fine, but do it that one time and the emotions just surface, quite unexpectedly, almost drowning you.  Jacqueline did a light-hearted piece on needing a vacation, which of course is something we all need.  Simba did a thought-provoking case scenario poem about her and her husband being the last humans on earth and being tasked with re-populating the world.  I think that would be quite a burden to carry, but I guess it depends on how you look at it.  Glo Shines did a poem about religion.  She asked the crowd who was religious and also asked who believed their religion was the right one.  I was honestly surprised that some folks in the audience believed their religion was the right one, but Glo made a good point.  She explained that there was nothing wrong in believing that your religion is the right one; you believe what you believe and you believe in it because you believe it is right.  (Sometimes, it’s all about perspective.)  Religion is one of those subjects people tend to shy away from, which I think is unfortunate because I think we miss so much walking on eggshells.  Like some of the poets were saying, it’s so important that folks get out to venues and support them.  If you confine yourself to one venue, then you are really doing a disservice to yourself.  There is just so much poetry and creativity; get out and discover as much as you can.  Make sure to check out my blog for upcoming events.  If a venue is not on the list, either I forgot to put it on there or I don’t know about it.  If there are any poetry events going on in the 757 or 804, please, please, please, tell me!!  I want people to know what’s out there and I can’t do that without y’all.  Well, that’s all for now.  My eyes are getting a tad bit heavy, and I can hear my pillow calling for my head to rest on it, and if I can hear my pillow, then I’m more tired than I think!!  So until next time, GOOOOO Poetry!! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What's the Good Word this Week?!?

Every single soul is a poem. – Michael Franti

Hello Writers and Listeners!!

If you know of anyone who would like to be on the email list, please feel free to share my info with them.  If you know of any events, if you will be part of an event, or if there is an error on the venue list (I don’t want to send people to a venue that no longer exists or has changed its day or time.), please let me know as soon as possible!!  Also, if you have fliers, please pass them along.  Remember knowledge is power!!

The Good Word This Week!!:

There are no words to describe the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown CT.  I know there is an overwhelming feeling of helplessness, but what we can do is pray for the families, add value to those who are important to us, and live life to the fullest because 20 children will not have that opportunity. 

1.  Worth Mentioning Even Thought It's Outside 757 & 804:  There will be a Cancer Slam Cancer Fundraising event in Maryland on Thursday, December 20th from 6 to 8.  The admission is $10.  To buy tickets or for more info, please go to:  www.shaysharpespinkswishes.org.  All proceeds go to SSPW (Shay Sharpes’ Pink Wishes)!

2.  PSV Student and Adult Contest:  The Poetry Society of VA sponsors an annual student and adult poetry contest with cash prizes.  The student contest is free and categories range from 1st grade to undergraduate.  The adult contest is free for PSV members and $4 for non-PSV members with 32 categories to choose from!!  For more info:  http://www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/.  I will also have a link available on my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com.

Reminders

a.  Richmond Free Workshops – Did you know The Urban Farmhouse Market and Café hosts free monthly workshops that are free and open to the public?  The next one is on December 17th.  You can check out the venue list or Facebook for more details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/list#!/events/231965223601550/

b.  One Man Show!! -  Fellow poet, DD Delaney will put on a one man, one hour dramatization of DD’s adaptation of The Concise Dicken’s Christmas Carol at The Venue on 35th on Nov 30th, Dec 1st, Dec 22nd thru Dec 24th.  All performances begin at 8:00 with the exception of Dec 24th that will begin at 2:30.  I’ve heard many great things about this performance, and Mr. Delaney is a great performer, so I’m looking forward to seeing this for the 1st time. Tickets are $12 (cash only).  To make reservations which are recommended, and/or for more information, please call 757-469-0337.

c.  Need a Lift?? – For the Richmond folks who’ve been curious or interested in going to Fuzzy Wednesday’s in Norfolk.  Robert Owens is putting together a road trip on Wednesday, December 26th.  If interested or for more info, please go to Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/122400427920816/

d.  Inspiration – There will be an Inspiring Writer’s Workshop on December 28th from 7 to 9 at the Apape Int’l Ministries in Richmond.  This event is hosted by author, Venus Mason Theus, and is sponsored by Breathe Again Magazine.  For more info, please go to:  breatheagainmagazine.org or on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/414792995253630/?ref=ts&fref=ts

e.  Poetry at Jack’s - Jack and Judith will not have their 4th Friday open-mic venue this month.  See ya next year!!

f.  Fredericksburg Slam:  You are invited to the inauguration of the Commonwealth Slam Team at Read All Over Books on Thursday, January 3rd, from 7:00 to 10:00.  The $5 cover will be waived!!  For more details:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/119023324927667/

g.  HRW + Amazon = Support:  When you purchase items from Amazon through the Hampton Roads Writers (HRW) link, Amazon gives HRW a 4 to 6.5% referral fee.  Please be sure to show your support:   http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/

h.  Looking for a Few Good Poems:  The Venue on 35th will host a poetry night dedicated to the military and their the families in April.  For those interested in sharing a military related poem, please contact Mr. Speaker at: jamessears79@yahoo.com or send him a message through Facebook (James Sears).

i.  NY Trip!! – Some of our 757 poets will be making the trip to NY to do some romance/erotic poetry on February 16th.  I will provide more information as it becomes available.  I just wanted to give you a head’s up because trips like this have to be planned and will be here before you know it!!

j.  CNU is back!! – It’s already that time again!!  The CNU Conference will be on February 22-23.  For more info, please go to:  http://writers.cnu.edu/

Please be sure to check my Facebook page or my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com, for things that may come up or change during the week.

That’s it for now.  Have a great week!!

Poetry First,
Talya

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tonight: Flow Manifesto Poetry Showcase with a Side of Charity...



12-15-12
Flow Manifesto
Bayside Inn Rest. & Lounge
2104 Pleasure House Rd Ste A&B
VA Beach VA
$5 cover charge
(ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO NEWTOWN CT)
8:00 –
Host:  Jai

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Aromas Open-Mic in Newport News


Sooooo, I went to open-mic at Aromas in Newport News last night, and what a great night of poetry, it was!!  I hadn’t been in awhile so there were some new faces, but never fear, there were familiar ones, too!  Mr. Pruitt paid a visit, and it was so, so, so, so, nice to see him.  He looked great and was in great spirits.  He even shared a few poems that were….do I really need to say it…..AWESOME!!  As some of you may or may not know, I put together a book of poetry for Mr. Pruitt that included poets from the 757 and outwards (Thanks, Kit!!).  I kept wondering, when would be a good time to give it to him, and when I heard he would be at Aromas….I figured, the universe had spoken.  I was a fumbling idiot or at least felt like it, but I was able to belt out my dedication poem and present the book.  I have to say, when I looked at it for the first time…I got a little teary-eyed.  It was really an honor to work on what I called the Pruitt Project and I thank everyone, everyone, everyone who contributed, and Mr. Pruitt sends his humbled thanks and appreciation.  Mendel was there also; she explained that she was at Aromas because Mr. Pruitt had once helped her to her car and she thought that was a very kind gesture.  I think she tried to hit on him, but to her dismay, he’s married.  You had to hear Mendel tell it because I’m not doing it justice.  She also talked about getting some, and yes, it is what you think.  She said if you see a billboard that says, “Finally”, we’ll know. (hee, hee).  She’s silly….Matthew was one of the new faces.  It didn’t hurt that he was easy on the eyes, but when he read Rosemary Urquico’s, “Date a Girl Who Reads”, it got a little warm in there, or maybe that was just the chamomile tea I was drinking…I wonder.  I think there were some sexual undertones…for example, the line, “Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, and Cummings”….If you know Neruda, then the rest will follow…I’m just saying….If you’ve never read it or heard it, please do so at your earliest convenience.  It was really was a great poem, but when he read that last line, “Or better yet, date a girl who writes,” it became the best poem ever!!  Pete, oh, Pete, did a poem called, “Alzheimer” and I can tell you every line in the poem… It goes, ”What??................What?!?”  (fin).  It was great to see Shonda in the house and she shared a moving poem about making that fire and making that change.  All things start with self, so what is your spark?  There was a young man who was going to do the challenge, but he shared that he lost his father last Tuesday and decided to share his thoughts and feelings in a poem and shared it with us.  Poetry venues can be so many things to so many people.  It felt really good to know that he had a safe place to share his words.   We all go through something, and it’s my hope that everyone has or finds that safe place and then I hope for world peace…in that order.  An older gentleman shared a poem in memory of his wife and another poem honoring his father.  Ray lightened the mood with a poem about those evil and suspicious left-handed folks, and his other poem reminded us that we are all connected regardless if we care to admit it or not, but I think connection is just the coolest thing!!  Speaking of cool, Dave did a poem about buying live action poems that provided you with an assortment of actions words like fight, light, bright and came in a ray of colors, but you had to act fast, and live action poems are not sold in stores….and then he did, “Tastiation”, his challenge poem…Dave is a very smooth operator and I quote,”…because the hyper hypothalamus deserves the maximus - ingest it now s-l-o-w-l-y, glossy, glassy, shiny, dark - a bit a sweet-treat classy - feel the sooth; feel the spark….” and that’s all I gotta say on that…..Bob was another new face that did a poem comparing life to the wrinkles in your bed.  You had to hear it to fully appreciate that one.  It gave you a lot to think about.  Bob Kelly did a hilarious piece about percussions in conversations.  The sounds effects were absolutely priceless!!  And finally Mr. Cody who did one of his original songs, ending the evening on a light note (pun intended).   Okay, that’s all for now.  I gotta get my grub on…well, I gotta cook it first….There’s ALWAYS a catch.  It was a great night of everything.  A special shout out to Mr. Pruitt for being there, and to the hosts, Mike and Ann, that make that venue possible.  So until next time…….GOOOOOOO Poetry!!!!