Quote:

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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Friday Night Highlights!!

Verses and Vibes Featured Readers:

Jorge Mendez (host of The Venue on 35th)


Shane 'Sense' Nassy (co-host of  Flow Manifesto)

It's going down at the Island Flavours Caribbean Restaurant 
2280 Executive Dr. Hampton VA.  
Doors open at 8:00 to meet, eat and drink with spoken word as the main course!!  

Hosted by:  Glo Shines

&

Cold Pop & Poetry Meet & Greet, Taste & See Fundraiser!
6:30 - 9:15
(To Help Victims of Domestic Violence - 
Suggested Love Donation $9)



Hosted by:
Ms. Nita Hurt

**

Where?
Come on out and enjoy great food!

Come on out and listen to the great talents of:  
Nita Hurt, Ms. Firefly, and Spit Dat!
(This is NOT an open mic)

Come on out and network and make connections!

This is an alcohol free event!

"Poets making a difference in the community 
one word at a time." - me :-)

&

Where the subject is whatever you want it to be.
Ask ANY questions!!
The only limitations are your limitations.

Thai Pan Restaurant
3497 Holland Rd
VA Beach
Doors open at 9:00
Enjoy some great food and....conversation!
Hosted by:  GodChild

Sunday, January 27, 2013

What's the Good Word This Week?


Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it. – Rumi from The Book of Love:  Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

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!!:

1.  Free Passes, Ekphrastic, Open-Mic, OH MY!!:  As you know, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) is sponsoring an ekphrastic event on Tuesday, February 5th from 6:30 – 8:30.  Between now and February 5th, poets are asked visit MOCA and check out the current exhibitions, and write about something that inspires you.  Then on the evening of February 5th, share your poem with other poets who participated.  You can contact me or Jack for a free admission pass to MOCA!  For more info, contact Jack Callan 757-622-8721 and/or visit: http://virginiamoca.org/poetry-open-mic-moca.  

2.  VA Poet Laureate Visit:  Sofia Starnes will be the guest reader at the Poetry at the Crossing in Williamsburg on Thursday, February 21st.  

3.  Richmond Workshop:  “Poetry Never Says It’s Sorry” is the theme for the next month’s workshop at the Urban Farmhouse on Monday, February 18th from 6:30 to 8:00.  For more info, please contact Joanna: dottoressa.joanna@hotmail.com, and as a reminder Joanna also has a critique group that meets on Mondays at the same location and time.  Please refer to the venue list for more details.

4.  Re-Scheduled:  The Travelling Pen, “Show, Don’t Tell”, originally scheduled for yesterday, has been re-scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd.  There shouldn’t be any worry of snow then…(crossing fingers)

A Few Reminders:

a.  !!Advertise on Daily Press Online!!:  Do you want to share your new releases, events, seminars, etc., to a broader audience?  Well, Leah Price, the blogger for Daily Press’ Writers’ Block, wants to help you get the word out!!  For more details on how and contact info, please go to the website:   http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/books/writers-block-blog/dp-writers-block-writers-block-hitting-the-presses-20121231,0,7609420.post

b.  Returning:  After taking off the month of December, Last Tuesdays is back on January 29th where the slotted featured poet for this month is Simba.  If you haven’t heard her spit, here’s a great opportunity!!  Last Tuesdays is a venue that showcases 757’s finest to include spoken word artist.  The $5 cover charge goes to the artist performing that night, so come on out and show your support.  (flier attached)

c. 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.

d.  757 Feature:  Michal Mahgerefteh will be a featured author on the Authors Supporting Authors blog, reading from her book, “Sipping Memories, A Poetical Journal to Morocco” on February 21st.  When the link becomes available, I will be sure to pass it on.

e.  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/

f.  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.

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, January 26, 2013

01/23: Moses Myers House Open-Mic



(This recap is from one of our 757 poets who attended the open-mic on Wednesday.  Thank you, Diane!)

just got back from the quarterly Chrysler reading which is being held this year at the Moses Myers House during reno(vations) on Chrysler Museum and all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!! It was AWESOME & I never say awesome!  Everyone enjoyed it and there were some folks who brought their teens and tweens to listen and it was great! so many great poems, good thing Talya is such a wonderful writer because i couldn't tell you who read what only that EVERYONE WAS FANTASTIC! tonight and just plain WOW! I was high on all that good poetry so went out for dessert and decaf and my waitress and i started talking and i was telling her about open mics and salons and she said she likes to write as well so i told her to get on here and get the info from Ms. T re readings and events so I hope she comes out and shares her goods and meets all these gifted folks i have enjoyed knowing this past year! i am going to bed, everyone Write On and Enjoy!! Poets do it adjectivally!!!

01/22: Poex Recap



Sooooooo, I went to POEX in Hampton last night, and the party was still going on when I left a little after 11:00!! We didn’t do the battle of the sexes, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time!! A special shout-out Ms. Cashmere for hosting last night. She did a fantastical job. If I’m not mistaken, she used to host POEX. Either way she a great host and spoken word artist, and I’m talking about her poem, “Love Monster”. It was wicked sweet how she related STDs with infectious relationships. And that is soooo true because once you get burned, some people want to burn as many people as they can; and that vicious cycle of relationships continue (when does it end??) (You know, I was thinking about how we write poems about dissin’ our exes, but we are exes, too!! It would be nice to have a night of poetry where we confess that we were at fault; we were to blame; we were the bad guy; we were the one who cheated. It’s a bitter pill, but we all have to take it….but I have to admit the “dissin’ you ex” pill tastes a lot better.) Mr. Bobby K actually opened the night with his “Miranda” poem which requires audience participation. I’ve heard it before, but it’s always fun to repeat after him. “Yahtzee” was the word of the evening; it’s like Gye Nyame’s “Bong!!”, so there was plenty of “Yahtzee” to go around!! Mr. LongIsland did a poem about addiction (I’m shaking, but I can’t shake it…nice…), and we all have to admit that love is a drug with so many side effects…think about it. Side effects: happiness, sadness, anger, depression, euphoria, bitterness, and some people will kill, but we’re gonna leave that alone. I did one of my bitterness poems, and I think it would’ve been more effective if I was still bitter. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right time to do a poem. I also did my poem about “Turn Offs”. The last turn off was, guys who make booty calls at midnight. I’m way too old for that…..please call me around 7:00!! (hee, hee). Another turn off I mentioned were guys who fart and laugh, but Cashmere was quick to let us know, she laughs every time she farts, especially when they stink! TC did a poem about how life ain’t beautiful, but it’s the only life we’ve got. It talked about how the choices we make now, can absolutely affect our future. He also made a reference to “The Neverending Story” and boy, did that take me back. I used to love, love, love, love that movie. I think I might watch it this weekend….no, I won’t. And Mr. Raymond graced us with his presence and did two funny poems. One of the lines in, “Bad Luck”, said if he gave blood, he would bleed to death..Now, that’s bad luck, and then there was, “The Favorite Child”. It should’ve also read aka ME!! I used to get away with so much stuff. I always came up smelling like roses. I confess I was a bit of an instigator that could do no wrong in my parent’s eyes. I played my part very well…..very well. If my siblings were in the crowd last night, they probably would’ve beat the crap of out of me because I’m sure that poem would have jogged some bitter memories!! Raymond said the favorite child can find shade in a desert…that’s sounds about right!! Tariq did a poem that was inspired by one of Bobby K’s poem last night, and that’s the thing about reading poems. You don’t know who will be inspired, who will need to hear, or how it will make someone feel. Cashmere reminded us that we have to aspire to inspire before we expire. Great words to live by! We had a couple of rappers in the house. I know Lyfestyle was in their name...I think…Anyway, there are 2 talented young men who have seen more things in their life now then most will ever see in a lifetime…One was shot in the back with a shotgun and other had been shot 7 times. Like I said before life ain’t always beautiful. They did a poem about being shot. One spoke the words and the other acted it out. Man, all I can say if you have to see it to fully appreciate it! They know their strength comes from God and they’re not ashamed to admit it. C-Note (aka Mr. Franklin) also did a poem about his religious journey. (He also did a love poem, but comparing someone to Mother Theresa….those are some mighty big shoes to fill!) If you believe in something, don’t be ashamed to say it. I find as poets we are accepting because we respect the words and we don’t judge the content. Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I think most of us feel that way. If you think of how diverse some of these venues are - in a different setting, we probably couldn’t sit next to each other, but we are bonded by the art of words. Bobby K also did his poem, “Today”…I love that poem. It talks about how others use the “n” word, and how they clown others for being a “certain” way aka themselves! You’ve just gotta hear it (TWO TERMS!!). Bust reminds us that if your ex is a poet, please don’t text them especially in bitterness. Bane shared a poem about the might have beens, and then there was Mr. Speaker. I don’t know if he was in a super-fantastical mood, but his poems were on point, and every poet has those days where the stuff is like invincible. He did “Cry Like a Man” and “Prison Rules”…(poor little Kevin). I said it once and I’ll say it again, these poems should be read in elementary, junior and high schools. You want some insight on what it is to be a man, listen to his poems. Maybe we need to do a, “What it takes to be a Woman” poem….just a thought. Okay, no more writing. This is crazy!! I had a great time last night. I’m sorry I left before it ended, but the morning comes around pretty quickly especially when you don’t want to get out of bed. Poetic Expressions is every Tuesday night at Queens Way Soul Café starting around 8:15ish. Okay, that’s for now, so until next time. GOOOOO Poetry and I love The Killers!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

B&N Cancellation Notice


I thought I would start the day with a good workout, and end it with poetry, but hey, one out of two ain't bad!

The open-mic at NN Barnes and Noble has been cancelled for tonight.  :-(
We'll try again on Friday, February 22nd.

Stay warm, stay safe, and have a good weekend!

Poetry First,
Talya

Thursday, January 24, 2013

PPP Postponement/Cancellation Notice


From Nathan's Desk....

No doubt - there are some of us die hard poets who already have our snow shoes ready to wear to tomorrow night's Poetry, Prose & Pizza!  Unfortunately the Russell Library is not an official member of the Dead Poets Society - LOL  This message is to give you early notice that due to safety concerns surrounding the forecast for "SNOW" - TOMORROW'S POETRY, PROSE & PIZZA IS BEING POSTPONED!!! 
Please pass the word!!!

We will announce a make up date very soon.  Please accept my apologies for the change! 

**Please check with other venues before attending as there may be cancellations due to the upcoming snow festival.**

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tomorrow: A "Crazy" Richmond Workshop!



 
Hello Writing Enthusiasts!! 
 
I just realized this venue has not been on my list.  My sincerest apologies to 
Joanna. 
 
If you have Facebook, just click on the link.  
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/146982568787928/ 
(You may need to copy and paste the link.) 
 
Otherwise, the info provided below is from the Facebook Page.  Please be sure to 
share and tell somebody!! 
 
December's ekphrastically-based workshop went so well run as a duet that we'll 
be back for an encore in January. Kelley & I will be focusing this time 'round 
the theme of "crazy," (a là Patsy Cline, or Jack Nicholson in "One Flew...," 
...or howsoever you choose to define it: socially, personally, societally... you 
get my drift.) 
 
More deets: Kelley has suggested this list of meanings for "crazy": 
 
insane 
unsound 
excited 
enamored 
anxious 
bizarre 
wonderful 
falling apart 
weak 
unexpected 
 
(feel free to add your own as well) 
 
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to brainstorm poem-sketches 
for one or more of these definitions and bring them to workshop for further 
development & critique. Who's in? 
 
:) 
 
Hope you'll join us! As always, the workshop is completely FREE and open to all. 
:) 

What's the Good Word This Week?

Poetry is an orphan of silence.  The words never quite equal the experience behind them. – Charles Simic

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!!:
 
1.  Returning:  After taking off the month of December, Last Tuesdays is back on January 29th where the slotted featured poet for this month is Simba.  If you haven’t heard her spit, here’s a great opportunity!!  Last Tuesdays is a venue that showcases 757’s finest to include spoken word artist.  The $5 cover charge goes to the artist performing that night, so come on out and show your support. 

2.  Also Returning:  After a three-month hiatus, Newport News Barnes & Noble open-mic returns this Friday beginning at 7:00.
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3.  Digital Free Style:  Beginning at 11:00 am on Friday, January 25th, Poetics (Facebook page for poets) will bring freestyling poetry online!!  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/491154524270500/?ref=2#!/events/517030334995724/.

4.  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 757-622-8721.

A Few Reminders:

a.  !!Advertise on Daily Press Online!!:  Do you want to share your new releases, events, seminars, etc., to a broader audience?  Well, Leah Price, the blogger for Daily Press’ Writers’ Block, wants to help you get the word out!!  For more details on how and contact info, please go to the website:   http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/books/writers-block-blog/dp-writers-block-writers-block-hitting-the-presses-20121231,0,7609420.post

b.  Shonda in DC:  HU Professor and 757 Poet, Shonda Buchanan will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in DC on Tuesday, January 22nd, beginning at 6:30.  She will be reading from her recently released book, “Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?”  For more info please go to the MLK Jr Memorial Library website:  http://www.dclibrary.org/mlk.

c. 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.

d.  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 757-622-8721.

e.  757 Feature:  Michal Mahgerefteh will be a featured author on the Authors Supporting Authors blog, reading from her book, “Sipping Memories, A Poetical Journal to Morocco” on February 21st.  When the link becomes available, I will be sure to pass it on.

f.  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/

g.  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.

Please be sure to check my Facebook page for things that may come up or change during the week.

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

Poetry First,
Talya

Saturday, January 19, 2013

01/18: The Wet Spot (Erotic Poetry) Re-Cap...

Soooooo, I went to the Wet Spot in VA Beach last night, and yes, educational debauchery is the perfect phrase for last night’s setting….Why?  Well, I’ll tell ya, but first, some of things I’m about to say may be offensive to some and this is not my intention, but like I said, I did attend the Wet Spot aka erotic poetry last night.  So with the disclaimer out of the way, I will proceed.  We assume that our partners know what we like and don’t like, and then have to nerve to be upset if they don’t.  Communication must be expressed in all aspects of our lives and especially in the bedroom.  This should be your place of euphoria and a place to release all of your inhibitions, but for some, it is a chore and a world of disappointment, that again is not communicated.  GodChild posed a few questions to the audience.  A few answered and the rest remained silent like Miranda.  It’s important to know what you are good at and probably, more important what you’re not good at so you can improve on it or eliminate from your sexual routine.  There were some questions about the effective ways of riding your partner.  What are the tricks and trades?  The problem I encounter is I have bad knees and riding someone especially if you’re on your feet can lead to muscle fatigue pretty quickly, so I learned that leg conditioning would improve my stamina and knee pads will help to alleviate some pressure on my knees.  Now it sounds like putting on knee pads is a turn off, but I learned that it can be a turn on if you do it the right way.  If you put them on shamefully…..turn off.  If you put them on with confidence and give your partner the impression that you’re putting on these knee pads to rock their world in 12 ways….turn on (presentation matters!!).  We also talked about fellatio and spitting verses swallowing.  Apparently, ingesting is a popular thing these days, so men, it is extremely important that you include in your diet pineapples, bananas, mandarin oranges, and avocados, because the sexual act of fellatio should be pleasant for both, so if you know the chances are high that you will get laid that day or the next day, please, please, please, don’t ever eat asparagus….that goes for the women, too.  Also, vibrations can enhance the oral experience for men and beat boxing can enhance it for women, but remember, it’s not for everyone, but it is for everyone to consider!  Now to the poetry…the first person on the list…I don’t know how she comes up with the stuff she does.  It is so filthy that I can’t even repeat any line of her poem for fear of being arrested.  Her mind is a dirty place and I can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors…..but I keep telling people I just having an active imagination and if any of the stuff I said were true, I wouldn’t be going out anywhere, because I would be at home enjoying some lovemaking…ijs….(so if you haven’t guess who the mystery girl was…it’s me!!)  The first poem I did focused on the scientific mathematics of sex.  For example, I didn’t know that the average human body has 2635 square inches of skin (learning is fun).  It also talked about the time it takes to reach the orgasm and the various effects of the various 69 positions.  The second poem mentioned some about dry heaving, wet willies, and 7-eleven slurpies, and that’s all I gonna say about it.  Just absolute filth!!!  Kerry B made his debut.  I heard him at the POEX on Tuesday, so I was a little surprised to see him there because he just seemed like a nice and quiet kind of guy, and he is, but he’s also quite the little freak on the mic.  I should know by now not to judge a book by its cover, so my humblest apologies, and for those wondering, he does plan on coming back!!  Another person did a poem entitled “Grapefruit” and I’m pretty sure I will never eat a grapefruit the same ever again.  She said, “Slice me. Dice me. Entice me,” but the most I ever do to a grapefruit is put sugar on it…..I think it was her first time on the mic ever, so high kudos to her.  Mr. Sean C….Mr. Sean C and his infomercials- According to the commercial, the GPS system will be the last thing a woman will ever need sexually and as it turns out, there are A LOT of acronyms for GPS and I will leave it at that, and another of his poems mentioned a tsunami, and again, I will leave it at that.  Another poem was actually inspired by one of Seven’s poem which mentioned the sexual talents of the oral Caucasian male and something about a pointed nose.  Moving on….the audience was asked if someone ever taped a sexual act without their partner knowing…as if anyone was going to admit to that…..but how wrong I was.  Black Royalty was the featured reader last night and he didn’t disappoint.  He started off with Double Trouble that said something about stirring it up like coffee and sex without a condom is a, “no-no” (shout out to safe sex!!).  I’m sure he mentioned a black bazooka and I don’t mean the gum and lovemaking on the boat and how the water played into the sex.  He also did, “Can I Hit in the Morning?” and I’m pretty sure by the time he was finished with that poem, the answer was, “Yes!!”  He also did a poem entitled, “Ecstasy” and I don’t mean the pill, but it will get you just as high!!  And finally he concluded with a crowd favorite, “Sex with Debi”, and all I’ll say is, don’t judge a man by his height and sound-proofing a room might be a good idea.  I can say from personal experience that I was with a short guy and he knew how to use ALL of the equipment…………....wait, what was I talking about (wiping brow)…Like I said, an evening of educational debauchery and a great night of entertaining.  We need to talk about this stuff folks, and we need more poets come on out and share their erotic adventures, fact or fictional.  Everyone knows that everyone has sex, but we still walk around like it’s some kind of secret.  A special shout out to the hosts GodChild and Seven for having a venue where folks can share their erotic poetry, and a very special shout out to DJ….Hooooot Pocketsssss (hand dip)!!  The Wet Spot is every 3rd Friday at Thai Pan in VA Beach, and remember, sex is NOT a bad or taboo word.  Also, as a reminder, Conversations over Cocktails is every 1st Friday at the same location!!  That’s all for now.  I added a lot more commentary than I thought I would, but it is what it is, so until next time….GOOOOOO Sex Poetry!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

01/15: POEX in Hampton

Sooooo, I went to POEX in Hampton last night. It was a night of poetic celebration and duets/duo competitions. I know everyone was glad that PE was back. I’m pretty sure Mr. LongIsland was going through poetic withdrawals based on some of his Facebook posts, so I hope he got his necessary release…..Bobby K started things off with 5 feet of paradise. I’m pretty sure he got a little tongue-tied b...ecause he had Ms. Tabitha on the brain, and that’s alright! Tonie aka Quiet Storm, who is no quiet storm, and I mean that in a good way, graced the stage doing her poems, “Minimalism” and a crowd favorite “Locks”. I can’t imagine having that much hair to carry, but folks do it everyday. She said maybe one day she’ll go bald, and I say….more power to her! She mentioned having a big forehead and Mr. Speaker had no problem agreeing with her. You could literally hear the collective gasp in the crowd. Nope, there was no tact there….but then again, he is bald sooooo, and speaking of which, he did his Yin-Yang poem (Useless information interjection: I have a tattoo of a yin-yang on my back.) and the poem was really balancing out (pun intended) until the “better half” comment surfaced as in better have my dinner on the table. I know it was all in fun, but if people were to totally get the philosophy of yin-yang, there would be a lot more successful relationships, but that’s just my opinion. Jaclyn did a moving poem about domestic violence as told through the eyes of mother whose son abuses his wife/girlfriend. I can’t even imagine what a mother would feel like knowing that her son is doing that. I know I would be shamed and my son would be another victim of domestic violence because I would beat his a……All I know it ain’t worth 3 meals and a cot. TC did a couple of poems and his wife had the most amazing and loving introduction for him. His stuff is so freakin’ deep that my mind explodes every time I hear it. There is just so much in his words. I loved the “Icarus” play on words….nice….Then there was the duet/duo competition that consisted of 3 teams: Mr. Speaker and Bobby K, Glo and TC, and Mr. LongIsland and Ne’. I felt sorry for the judges (Katrina, Corie, and Chantel) because they had a tough decision to make, but the winner was (drum rollllllll), Glo and TC, so congratulations!! They were the recipients of the $70 cash prize which I’m sure was a nice added touch for Glo because it was her birthday!!! Happy Birthday, Glo!! They even had a cake. I had a little piece and it was so fresh and good. As a reminder, Verse and Vibes will be on Saturday night this week!! Another cool thing that PE did last night was take a collection for someone who was less fortunate, and that’s what I mean about giving back to community. We are more than just poets trying to find a place to spit; we are human beings who care about our community, too, so high kudos to PE for doing that. Huniie was in the house and did a free-style poem. She asked the crowd to choose three words. We chose peace, love, and soul, and she just did her thing without missing a beat. I just thought that was soooo amazing. I did a soft erotic poem about the first time. It wasn’t about my actually first time because that poem would have sucked, but the first time with someone you really loved and trusted. Of course, I had to use my imagination and I’ll leave it at that….And Mr. Keion schooled us on being a better person. Yes, we can learn from our descendents, but our goal is to ascend - to be the best person you were meant to be. Don’t get caught up in societal webs and the lives of others. Focusing on yourself and striving to be a better person should keep you pretty busy. This is not to be confused with being selfish, you know, in a bad way. I tell ya, that guy is just so freakin’ awesome. I actually feel smarter after listening to him. Is it possible to get a Bachelors in Keion??? Well, that’s all for now. Being out in the streets two nights in a row is taking its toll. I’m not as young as I think I am, but that’s okay, because this old body keeps me in check. Poetic Expressions is every Tuesday night at Queen’s Way Soul Café in Hampton, and tune in next week where the theme will be BATTLE OF SEXES. We already know who’ll win, but we’ll play along… (hee, hee), so until next time……GOOOOOO Poetry!!

01/14: Poetry Salon in Downtown Hampton

The 1st Poetry Salon of the New Year!!

Soooooo, I just got back from the Poetry Salon in Hampton. First of all, I want to say…stupid rain….and now that that’s out of the way, it was very interesting and insightful evening of entertainment. So, what could a small group of us possibly talk about?? Well, let me tell ya!! I opened with my poem, “Judas Iscariot”. I always thought Judas kinda got a bad rap because if it wasn’t for his b...etrayal then Jesus would have never died on the cross for our sins, and I thought of that in terms of my ex-husband because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be the better person I am today, so with absolutely no sarcasm, “Thank you, Brian”. I had to hit rock bottom and face my demons and myself and rise from those ashes like a phoenix, and by-golly, I like myself, quirky, nerdy, weird and all!! I think the hardest line for me to read was, when referring to my ex, “I really wanted you to be my heaven, but you were destined to be my 70 x7.” All I can say is the best laid plans….Okay, moving on. Mr. Speaker hit us with a new poem in reference to John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” aka, the shortest verse in the Bible. He explained the reason for Jesus’ sorrow. Lazarus was dead and Jesus raised him from the dead which we all recognize as a miracle, but to think that Lazarus was in heaven, and he KNEW heaven, only to be pulled away from it, had to bring sadness to Jesus’ heart. Can you imagine absolute bliss only to be brought back to the human condition?? Bobby K hit us with a new one, too, called “Death by Chocolate”. He thought it needed some tweekin’ but by the end of the poem we were thinkin’ it was fine just the way it was. There was a line in his poem about someone saying sex tasted like chocolate,and he commented if that were true than he’s been eating the wrong thing or something like that. I’m sure he will set me straight!! Diane did a funny poem about becoming our parents. You know, those folks you never thought you’d become. She also shared a beautiful love poem called, “Sanctuary” which talked about one of her friends that passed away, but she always remembered how kind he was and how he treated his wife like a queen. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose the love of your life. Shakespeare said it’s better to love and lost than to never love at all, but that statement can’t be appreciated unless you’ve really been in love. It also reminds me of Garth Brooks’ song, “The Dance”. If you’ve never heard it, look it up on youtube because the video is great, too!! I know some of us have thought we were in love, but we were actually in love with the idea of love. I guess sometimes you gotta try, try again. Oh, and Mr. Speaker read one of his friend’s poems about insufficient funds at the ATM, not to be confused with an actual ATM or the sexual position. We’ll just say the guy thought his appendage was inadequate for her vessel…I think the group questioned why someone would want to try about that because it’s kinda embarrassing for both parties. I know my feelings would be hurt, but that’s just me….Somehow we got on the subject of how nasty the girls bathrooms can get and we wondered what in the world are they doing in there, but then we thought, we don’t want to know. Then we talked about farts: the loud and the silent but deadly ones. We do realize that farting is usually a good sign of a clean colon, but it doesn’t make it stink any less. Oh, and we talked about how men fart without prejudice and women tend to be a bit meek. We all know we fart but we still choose to treat it like a secret. I know holding farts can’t be good. I saw a South Park episode on that…. Well, I’m gonna stop writing now. I think my hands are cramping….Rain and all, I had a great time. It is always great to see good people and listen to poetry. A special shout out to Luis for opening his doors on Monday nights for us. As a reminder, the Poetry Salon is every 2nd Monday at LaBodega, and tonight is the return of POEX where the theme is duos/duets. The winners take home, I think, $70, so just grab someone and hope for the best. Well, that’s all for now, so until next time…..GOOOOOOO Poetry!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

What's the Good Word This Week?

It is not easy to define poetry. – Bob Dylan

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!!:

1.  5 Points, 5 Poets:  The next 5 Point Community Farm Market poetry reading will be on Sunday, January 13th.  The featured readers are:  Frank Kozusko, Patrick Morrin, Gilbert Davis, Maria Winfield, and Gilbert A Davis.  Please see venue list for more details. 

2.  Edgar’s Birthday Bash!!:  Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday with the Poe Museum in Richmond beginning January 19th from noon to midnight.  Events will include guided tours, lectures, and readings, just to name a few.  For more info, please visit their website:   http://www.poemuseum.org/blog/category/events/

3.  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.

4.  Cancellation Notice:  There will not be a Music and Poetry Night for January (17th), but don’t fret, they’ll be back February 21st with a show that promises to be EPIC!!

5.  WOMC:  Weapons of Mass Construction invites you to come out and celebrate the release of their CD, “World Peace” where one of the special guests will be 757 poet, Tonie Sheeley, on Saturday, January 19th from 6:00 – 9:00.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/481397155251756/

6.  Shonda in DC:  HU Professor and 757 Poet, Shonda Buchanan will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in DC on Tuesday, January 22, beginning at 6:30.  She will be reading from her recently released book, “Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?”  For more info please go to the MLK Jr Memorial Library website:  http://www.dclibrary.org/mlk.

7.  757 Feature:  Michal Mahgerefteh will be a featured author on the Authors Supporting Authors blog, reading from her book, “Sipping Memories, A Poetical Journal to Morocco” on February 21st.  When the link becomes available, I will be sure to pass it on.

A Few Reminders:

a.  !!Advertise on Daily Press Online!!:  Do you want to share your new releases, events, seminars, etc., to a broader audience?  Well, Leah Price, the blogger for Daily Press’ Writers’ Block, wants to help you get the word out!!  For more details on how and contact info, please go to the website:   http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment/books/writers-block-blog/dp-writers-block-writers-block-hitting-the-presses-20121231,0,7609420.post

b. 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.

c.  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

d.  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 757-622-8721.

e.  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 757-622-8721.

f.  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/

g.  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.

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

Friday, January 11, 2013

1/11: Verses and Vibes Recap

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Well, I just got back from Verses and Vibes in Hampton, and as usual, the evening did not disappoint.  Both featured poets had a cold, but that didn’t stop them from rocking the mic!  Mr. Speaker started things off with his poem, “Heart of a Combat Leader”.  This was the very first poem I ever heard him recite.  I don’t get teary-eyed often, or I don’t admit to it much, but that is and will always be a moving piece.  He then changed the scenery and called out a few ladies in all of their fakeness but I have to admit, there is some merit to it.  Hey, I confess, I wear a water bra.  Some people need a little help….Oh, and he did a crowd favorite “Prison Rules”….Lil Kevin….Poor Lil Kevin….please keep your pants up!!  Of course, he had to throw in some educational pieces like “Little Africa”.  Never heard of it???  Look it up and find out about the things our history books don’t teach us….Taz was the second feature and I’ve never heard her spit before.  She is so soft spoken, but when she gets to poeming (I know that’s not a word) she goes in.  Let’s just say the crowd wanted an encore performance.  This is first time this has happened in V&V history, so she definitely made her mark with her pieces focusing on emotions of love, confusion, and poetry….and then she did her erotic piece, “Amazing” and amazing it was indeed.  I look forward to hearing more from her in the future.  Then we got some previews of other artists.  Mr. Matthew Hayes graced the stage with his very first love poem that he wrote today, but recited from memory!!  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was some deep love stuff.  I’m pretty sure I melted a little along with a few other females in the room.  It doesn’t help that he’s easy on the eyes, so high kudos to that guy.  Glo has already informed him that he will be a featured poet in the very near future, and I’m just counting the days.  I actually met Matthew for the first time at Aromas.  He read, “Date a Girl Who Reads”, and even though it wasn’t his poem, I wanted to go home and read every single book in my apartment and I have quite a few!!  Moving on…..We even had some instrumental storytelling through the heartbeat of a drum.  He plays like we write and it’s interesting to see the many vessels that can be used to express ourselves creatively because a story is not always written with a pen.  A special shout out to Glo!  She is an amazing, entertaining and talented host.  She shared a few pieces and to include one inspired by her father who passed away many years ago, and even though so much time has passed that feeling of loss is always right there, but an episode of Avatar:  The Last Airbender is allowing her to look at things in a different way and just let go.  One of my friends told me that this year is a year of transition, and I think there may be something to that!  It takes courage and an open heart to share a part of your life with a room full of folks, but all I can say is more power to you, Ms. Glo!!  I know some of y’all are thinking…The Last Airbender…..YES!!  You can learn some profound things on Nickelodeon.  One of my friends learned something profound from watching Kung Fu Panda, another show I like to watch along with SpongeBob and Fairly Odd Parents.  Oh, and before I forget, next week’s Verses and Vibes will be on Saturday, January 19th.  If you go on Friday, we won’t be there, but you can get some great food, so it won’t be a complete loss.  There was just a lot of love in the room and I’m just glad I got off my tired behind and decided to go out.  Probably one of the better decisions I’ve made all week!!  Well, that’s all for now.  I think I’ll make some popcorn, watch an episode of Thriller or Alfred Hitchcock, and then head on to bed.  So until next time………….GOOOOO Poetry!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

VIBES Open-Mic This Saturday in VA Beach!



Youth Career Center of HR
4554 VA Beach Blvd, Pembroke Mall
Suite 990, VA Beach VA
Beginning at 6:00

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Flash Fairytale: Norfolk - Story Competition

I just found out about this one, but there's still time!! 

Who knows you might already have something written and sitting in my back closet just waiting for this kind of opportunity. 
All the information is provided below.  (There is also a website and facebook link to the below information for your convenience.)

Good luck to those who enter!!

Thank you, Ryan, for sharing. :-)

Poetry First,
Talya

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Flash Fairytale: Norfolk - Story Competition

This January Virginia Stage Company is partnering with The Muse Writers Center for an exciting new Norfolk-centric fairytale writing competition.
Starting January 15th, Virginia Stage Company will present Frog Kiss, a saucy and swinging musical interpretation of the classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Frog.” In conjunction with this world premiere production, VSC will also lead the community-based project, “Once Upon a Town: A Norfolk Fairytale.” For three weeks, Norfolk residents, businesses and visitors will be invited to “Imagine More” as Norfolk is transformed into a fantastical version of reality where the magic, characters and adventures of a fairytale will come to life. (for the full description of Once Upon A Town, click here)

As part of “Once Upon a Town,” VSC will also hold the Flash Fairytale: Norfolk competition, open to submissions of original fairytales that take place within the “Kingdom” of Norfolk.

Submissions will be accepted January 2nd through January 15th.

The top 3 stories will receive prizes including restaurant gift certificates, Virginia Stage Company tickets, Muse Writers Center gift certificates, and a live reading of their story by professional actors.

Stories must be submitted via to Brendan Hoyle between January 2nd and January 15 th at  bhoyle@vastage.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Brendan Hoyle, Virginia Stage Company, P.O. Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.

- Please use proper manuscript formatting.
- Please include a cover sheet with story title, your name, and your contact information. Do not put your name on the pages of the actual story itself.
- Three (3) finalists will be chosen. Finalists will be announced on January 17th. The selected finalists will be invited to attend opening night of Frog Kiss on January 18th.
- The 1st place winner of the Flash Fairytale competition will be announced at the opening night performance.
- Stories must be no longer than 1000 words.
- Stories must take place within the fairytale land of “The Kingdom of Norfolk” and should include references to fairytale versions of Norfolk landmarks, businesses, people, and places to make their story unique to our city.
- Frog Kiss is a show for adults and is not a “children” or “family” musical. The Flash Fairytale:

Norfolk competition is geared towards adult writers writing stories for adult readers, and writers are encouraged to embrace their bawdy side if they so choose.

About the Virginia Stage Company:
Virginia Stage Company is the region’s only fully professional resident theater company, serving an audience of over 90,000 annually. Originally founded as The Norfolk Theatre Center in 1968, the Company changed its name to Virginia Stage Company and took on its present form in 1979. VSC’s mission is to "enrich, educate and entertain the region by creating and producing theatrical art of the highest quality and worthy of national prominence."

About The Muse Writers Center:
The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk is Hampton Roads’ own literary center, featuring more than 60 creative and creative writing classes and seminars geared for beginners to professionals in each of its three yearly sessions. The nonprofit school and resource center also makes it a goal to never turn a student away because of finances and provides tuition assistance to hundreds of students each year. Genres taught include: fiction, poetry, memoir, nonfiction, screenplay, multi-genre writing, graphic novels, writers craft & development, food writing, technical writing, new media, graphic novel, standup comedy, improv comedy, sketch comedy, and songwriting, as well as classes for teen writers.

Judges:

Michael Khandelwal
Hampton Roads native, Michael Khandelwal, is an award-winning writer and teacher. He contributes editorials, profiles, and feature articles to Hampton Roads Magazine, served as the poetry editor for Port Folio Weekly, and teaches poetry and fiction for the Norfolk-area nonprofit, The Muse Writers Center (for which he is a co-founder and serves as a director). He attended The University of Southern California as an undergraduate and graduate student (M.P.W. with three theses: fiction, poetry, screenplay) and has studied under poets James Ragan, William Matthews, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko and writers Betty Friedan, Shelly Berman, Paul Gillette, John Rechy, Ben Masselink, Sy Gomberg, Shana Alexander, and Gay Talese. In Los Angeles, he worked in film and on the radio while teaching neuroscience at USC and poetry, drama, and acting in the city.

Victoria Kelly
Victoria Kelly received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her B.A. summa cum laude in English from Harvard University and her M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin, where she was a United States Mitchell Scholar. Her fiction has appeared dozens of journals including Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fiction, and The Idaho Review, and her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, American Poetry Review, Hopkins Review, and Barrow Street. Her first chapbook, Prayers of an American Wife, is forthcoming by Autumn House Press. She teaches Creative Writing at Old Dominion University and The Muse Writers Center.

Brendan Hoyle
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Brendan Hoyle received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Brendan serves as Director of CULTIVATE at Virginia Stage Company. CULTIVATE is the education, outreach, and artistic research arm of VSC. In addition to working at the Virginia Stage Company, Brendan is a local director who recently directed productions of Urinetown: The Musical at Generic Theater and The Drowsy Chaperone at the Little Theatre of Norfolk.