Quote:

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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

2/26: Last Tuesdays Recap!


I didn't get to Last Tuesdays, but someone did, AND they wrote a recap.  
Thank you, Raul!!

Poetry First,
Talya

*****

I loved, loved, loved Last Tuesdays tonight. It was only fitting since it was The Love Below Edition. No crying to start out with but that comes a little later. The new sound system was amazing. Everyone sounded amazing with it. We had such a nice crowd. We had many that came from across the HRBT, and I think they got their drives' worth. The vibe was like a Main Event/Nascar Race with all the energy and the opening with The National Anthem. Much, much, much Love to all those who came and laid witness to The Love Below and brought the energy. Had to have been The Last Tuesdays with the most energy to open up a show. We could not have asked for anything more. I think DJ OH! Boy had something to do with it. He provided the soundtrack for the night and got us rocking with some classic Hip-Hop to start. He was on point: kept the energy going between Artists and during breaks. He was seamless with the Artists performing. Much Love and Respect to DJ OH! Boy. Stripes with Pipes made Last Tuesdays history with the first act to ever perform The National Anthem. Much Love and Respect and Sincere Thanks to Stripes and Pipes: they are not only talented singers, forming a great Acapella Ensemble, they are Brave Soldiers serving our Country. How many of you can say you know how to shoot an M16 and have the pipes to belt out The National Anthem. They took us on a journey from The National Anthem to 90's R&B with Shai to Doo Wop with The Satins to Pop with Ceelo. That's how a performance is done! We usually open up with Spoken Word but it followed with My Main Man Keion blessing the stage and spitting knowledge. His brutal honesty and laid back flow is like none other; a presence that just has to be heard live like on a Tuesday Night on The Last Tuesdays Stage on February 26, 2013. Like a true Artist his voice embodied the emotions of each piece. I felt like I was in a large arena listening to an intellectual, inspirational lecture. Tough act to follow but making a grown man cry is quite the follow up with Matt Mason. I hate to admit it, but I did get a little teary eyed. I was just thinking of this talented soul, singer/songwriter, guitarist, who is bigger than Last Tuesdays blessing our stage who undoubtedly will make it big. They say a true artist embodies the emotion of a song, and Matt Mason did just that. I felt every lyric. I was weary at first with him opening up with my favorite song of his "I'm Trying My Best" and not knowing how he could possibly follow it, but he topped it. His guitar tonight played second fiddle to his voice which was the true instrument. I did not know weather to clap and shout or run up on stage and give him a hug. All this after just getting off being sick and even just finishing some songs the night before. I can't imagine if he was full strength, I would have been on my knees crying a river. Definitely the best performance I've seen out of Matt Mason. Much, much, much Love. Vexx was in effect next. Did I just rhyme? It was refreshing to hear Vexx Music: not the typical music you hear on the radio these days. Mad respect to Vexx also for purposely performing songs to match The Love Below theme. Now who does that. How many artists these days put some thought into their music and performances? Thank you Vexx for blessing our stage and being so thoughtful. The show was shut down by FRO W.U.N.D.A.S. We were so blessed that he hit us up wanting to perform. He sent us a bunch of music and videos and and it only took me hearing one song, and I was like yes yes yes we have to have him. He did not disappoint. He delivered with his unique, no nonsense style even jumping around on the stage with dreads flailing. Like his song says: "He is something big." Just the energy and "artist doing him" that we needed to close the show! If you missed out on him, definitely look him up. Thank you again FRO W.U.N.D.A.S for blessing our stage: we were honored to have you showcase your talent. Thank you again to all the Artists and to the loyal Last Tuesdays followers and to the new faces. Thank you to 45 Degrees. Thank you to Jaime and Natasha for mixing our Last Tuesdays' signature drink: Bolt 45. Until next time America! Peace, Love, and Poetry. Raul

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Plays the Thing This Weekend


There are three amazing plays going on this weekend, and if you work out your schedule just right, you might be able to attend all of them!!  

We have:

Saturday Only!
Mary Peake-The First Teacher of Freed People 
(From Darkness of Slavery to Light of Freedom) by Marie St Clair
Westhampton Community Center
1638 Briarfield Rd
Hampton VA  23669
3:00 to 5:00
Free and open to the public


Saturday Only!
No Holding Back!
Performed by TWP (Teens with a Purpose)
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Dr
Newport News VA
Free, but Registration is Required!
5:00 to 7:00


Friday and Saturday!
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide
When the Rainbow is Enuf (a Choreopoem)
The Generic Theatre
215 St Pauls Blvd
Norfolk VA
$10 admission
8:00 to 10:00

So Many Choices, But Only One Tuesday....


02-26-13
Open-Mic Poetry
Poetic Expressions
Queens Way Soul Café
1144 Big Bethel Rd
Hampton VA
8:00 – (Every Tues)
757-224-7669
Host:  Mr. Speaker

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02-26-13
Poets, Lyricists, Singers
Lyrically Spoken
544 Newtown Rd
Virginia Beach VA
$5 cover charge
8:00 – 11:00 (Every Tues)
Host:  GodChild/Poetikk Justice

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02-26-13
Open-Mic Poetry
(21 & Up)
Spirits& Lyrics
City Tavern Grill
9405 Main St
Manassas VA
9:00  (Every Tues)
Cover Charge:  school supplies, non-perishable food items, or gently used clothes

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02-26-13
Open Mic
Tuesdays Verses
Addis Ethiopian Restaurant
9 N 17th St
Richmond VA
7:00 – (Every Tuesday)
804-308-3650

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02-26-13
Poems to Celebrate our Roots and Branches
Barnes and Noble
4485 VA Beach Blvd
VA Beach (7:00 – 9:00)
Free & Open to Public
757-889-9479
Presenters:  Nathan Richardson, Jack Callan, Shonda Buchanan

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02-26-13
Showcase of Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Artist & Singers
Last Tuesdays
45 Degrees Martini Lounge
1400 Kempsville Rd
Chesapeake VA
9:00 (Last Tues)
$5 cover charge goes to showcased artists
Host: Marco

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02-26-13
Open-Mic Poetry
Kad-A-Lac Restaurant
448 Green St
Portsmouth VA
7:00 – 9:00 (Every Tues)
Host:  Juice James

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What's the Good Word This Week?


“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” – WH Auden

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 Advertisement!!:  If you’re trying to reach a broader audience, the Daily Press blog is the way to go.  You can advertise your event for free, so there are no excuses!!  To submit your event:  http://findlocal.dailypress.com/user_updates/submission/event (Under “Type of Event” select “Literature).  Once reviewed by their staff, it’ll be posted.  It’s really that simple!!

2.  New Poetry Prose and Pizza Dates!!:  Suffolk Museum (4/11), Chesapeake (4/12), and Prince George (4/25).  Please see venue list for more details or go to:  http://www.meetup.com/PoetryProsePizza/

3.  Poetry Open Forum:  The Westhampton Community Center has a monthly Young Poets Love Poetry gathering every 2nd Friday starting at 6:45.  From the desk of Marie St. Claire:  “Poets come together and share their work, talk about the writing process, and share tips and writing advice.  There is no cost, and if you are a poet or spoken word artist…we would love for you to join us!  We are not having a meeting….it’s a movement!”

4.  Hampton Road Youth Slam Festival:  It’s that time of the year again to choose the 757 teens that will represent the 757 at Brave New Voices in Chicago this summer.  The preliminary slam is on March 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 at the VA MOCA.  The semi-final round will be at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center on April 20th from 5:00 to 7:00, and the Grand Slam…..TBD.  If you’ve never heard them, now is a great opportunity to hear some great talent and support the local youths in our community!!  Please see venue list for more details or go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/145206502304716/. (flier attached)

5.  Kad-A-Lac is Back!!:  The open-mic at Kad-A-Lac is back every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 with host Juice James.  For more info, please see the venue list.

6.  V&V Back to Back:  Verses & Vibes will have their open-mic edition on Friday, March 1st, so bring your pieces to spit, and then on March 2nd, Verses and Vibes (The Battle of the Sexes Edition) will be headed to IslandKrave Caribbean Bistro in Suffolk where the featured artists will be:  My Main Man Keion, Steph Love, Beautiful Disaztr, and Black Royalty….More details to follow.  Please venue list for details. (flier attached)

7.  Back to NY!!:  The 757 Poets, that’s y’all, will be going back to NY on Saturday, April 20th to spit in Times Square and the famous Nuyorican Café in honor of National Poetry Month.  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/412008668888860/ or contact Mr. Speaker:  jamessears79@yahoo.com (flier attached)

Reminders:

a.  New Spot in Hampton:  Ethereal Cupcakes and Coffee Shoppe (www.etherealcupcakes.com) just started an open-mic for poetry, music, and comedy every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00.  For more info, please see venue list.  It just keeps getting better and better!! (flier attached)

b.  Poetry for Kids:  The Children’s Literary Program begins with “Poetry Explosion” on Saturday, February 16th and concludes with “Poems to Celebrate our Roots and Branches,” on Tuesday, February 26th.  Both events will be at the Barnes & Noble in VA Beach.  Please see venue list, flier or the attached link for more details:  http://www.culturalli.org/childrensliteraryprogram.html

c.  Words and a Taste of Europe:  The Muse will have their 1st Thursday open salon reading at a Taste of Europe on Thursday, March 7th from 6:00 – 7:30 (sign up 5:45-6:00).  This event is free and open to the public and to writers of poetry, prose, and creative non-fiction (Please bring one page of original work or by your favorite author.)  For more info, please contact Michal Mahgerefteh at 757-617-0821 or michalih@aol.com.

d.  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)

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

Verses and Vibes 02-22-13


Sooooo, I went to Verses and Vibes in Hampton last night (Part Deux of my Friday night journeys)!!  I didn’t get there until about 9:30, and I was so afraid that I missed one of the featured readers, but good fortune was smiling down on me, along with the rain, and I made it in time. 
·         Glo had a few warm-ups before she got things started which included Matthew (you always need a minute after he does one of his poems), Ghost Walker, and I was happy to see that Godchild was in the house and the bonus was he spit a couple of pieces!  The first one was about poetry; the power of the words and how it impacts those around you.  You may not know it, but someone is listening to your piece a little differently than the next person.  It’s like a lyrical painting interpretation.  Who knew a poem can have so many layers.  How cool is that!!  As poets, we all bring something different, but always significant, never forget that……….and then…….he did what I called the “panty dropping” poem (it was a love poem) that went so deep I think I had a mental orgasm.  I don’t know what they actually feel like, so I will use this experience to set the base line.  He talked about this soul he couldn’t live without and how it just transcended everything almost beyond comprehension!!  He said something like if they were reincarnated where he was the woman and she was the man, it wouldn’t matter because love is not about the physical.  I’m not doing it justice, so I’ll say, it was a very, very, very, good poem….Wait, what was I talking about???  Oh yeah, poetry!!  
·         When Glo hit the mic and did that poem on Frieda and Diego, and she had the pictures going in the background, all I can say is love.  I don’t know much about Frieda other than she was a painter, but I could feel the love Frieda and Diego had through Glo’s poem.  It was a beautiful and timeless piece.  (Frieda is on my list of movies to watch.) 
·         The first reader was TC, one of the forefathers of POEX in Hampton.  He came up with his music stand and he was ready, but I think he surprised everyone with the Mr. Rogers opening: taking off his jacket, putting on his sweater and singing his version of “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”  It was priceless, like MasterCard, LOL!!  The things you learn about someone when they’re a featured reader.  He took us on a poetic journey from the birth of a poet which is usually conceived out of broken heart, but nevertheless, a poet is born.  You have to have the strength to open those scabs to create your own craft and then have the courage to share it.  It’s like having all of this raw material and you take it and reshape it and remake it until it becomes this finished product that is poetry.  He then talked about facing your demons, and we all have them.  It’s one thing to talk about what happened to you, but not so easy to talk about why it happened to you because hurt is never one-sided or entirely one person’s fault.  “A Poet Fell” reminds us that we must face our reflections and we may fall and cry and feel like dying sometimes, but you get back up on your own because this is a journey you have to make on your own because sometimes, those demons are created in your mind, and only you have the anecdote.  It’s important to realize the power of your words; realize that you are the “cause and effect”; you are the gun pointed at you and the person holding the gun; you are in control.  Then he had us point our finger at his wife, so we would know that he has the most amazing woman in the world and he’s not afraid to express it in words.  I loved the part about him wondering about cooking eggs in coconut oil and the shaving, but not there LOL!!  There are love poems, and then there are real love poems and his was a real love poem.  (I’m such a sucker for love.) 



·         We took a "fake" two song break.  Glo did another piece about Malcolm X to commemorate his assassination.  A special shout out to Glo’s back up crew on that piece, and the nodding of the heads….nice touch. 
·         And then there was Mr. Marco Mercado who didn’t need a mic…at all.  This was the first time I’ve ever met him or heard him spit and OMG!!  There are no words to describe his performance.  It was amazing; it was a breath of fresh air.  He reminds me of how much I love poetry.  He doesn’t just talk about change; he is the change.  He started off with giving everyone an Instagram opportunity (how thoughtful).  He talked about the music (if you can call it that) on the radio and how kids of all ages can memorize every single rap song, but they don’t take the time to soak in all of this knowledge around them.  Can you imagine what it would be like if kids retained knowledge like they do a rap song….they would be unstoppable!!  He also did a piece about wanting to be a rap star because it doesn’t require too much, well, any talent, as long as it has a good beat.  He also pointed out the fakery that is the rap star image.  It made me think of Vanilla Ice, but the idea being that someone creates this hard core image, living some kind of thug life, and serving time when in reality you’re from Hampton, who graduated from some private school and the only punishment you’ve seen is perhaps your parents shutting down the door after they’ve grounded you.  (I added a little there…sorry).  Oh, and in our society, if you want to sell CDs, kill your own kind….fans love that.  What a backwards, backwards world we live in, but Marco has such high hopes for our kids and education is his platform.  (Side thought:  You know I can see Firefly and Marco doing a piece together.)  He is just this pocket full of energy, and I am sooooooo grateful that my car didn’t take me home, but rather took me to Island Flavours.  I feel like I’m a better person because I had the opportunity to hear what he had to say. 
What a great and fantastical night of spoken word:  TC and Marco were a great combination of depth and fire!!  A special shout out to the girl who makes it all happen, Ms. Glo Shines.  You’ve outdone yourself, my friend.  Keep it up!!  Keep it up!!  And one last shout out to Island Flavours.  As a reminder Verses and Vibes is every Friday.  The doors open at 8:00, but this Friday is open-mic, so bring your pieces…and then on Saturday, Verses & Vibes, will be in Suffolk at the Island Krave Bistro, where the featured readers are:  My Main Man Keion, Steph Love, Beautiful Disaztr, and Black Royalty.  The battle of the sexes is in full effect and I’m positive you don’t want to miss this show!!  Well, that’s all (that’s enough) for now.  Until next time, GOOOOOOO TC and Marco and GOOOOO Poetry!!!


P.S.  As I was looking through the V&V pics last night, I forgot to mention the emotional piece done by Jai about her friend's suicide, and the powerful performance by Heather who's piece talked about doing what had to be done for your block-for your family, even if it meant murder, even if it meant going to jail. You both were an amazing addition to V&V on Friday!!

B&N Open-Mic 02-22-13



Soooooo, I went to B&N open-mic in Newport News last night.  I just want to send a quick shout out to Mr. Pruitt!!!  As some of you know, I played substitute host last night, and if you’re familiar with my Hampton venue, then you’ll know it was a casual night of words. 
·         I started off with a poem that doesn’t have a title yet (that’s a no-no in Mr. Pruitt’s book) about mental illness and medication.  That subject has been on my mind lately, and I just felt the need to share it.  Mental illness is a very real issue and suicide is a very real issue and we have to realize their deadly connection.  Some may not understand it, but it shouldn’t stop you from feeling for others dealing with it.  Please remind people in your lives that they are important because you just don’t know who’s going through.  A simple smile, even to a stranger, can make a world of difference and it’s contagious…in a good way!!  I also did my TD3 poem to lighten the mood and it just pokes fun at the plethora (I don’t get to use that word often, and I love how it sounds) of poetic forms.  You know some people are pretty rigid when it comes to the “rules” of poetry.  I respect there are rules and I also respect there are no rules and I will not restrict myself because of the rules.  I think I’ve said enough about the word rules….


·         Raymond did a piece called “When the Sparkle Fades” about his divorce which is something a few of us in the group could identify with.  It’s one thing to know you’re going through a divorce; it’s a completely different thing when the divorce is final because it’s final.  He also did a piece on Nicotine.  The imagery in that poem had me wondering why I used to smoke and now that I don’t smoke I wondered why I smoked??  Sometimes, it’s not about addiction as it is a ritualistic habit or crutch.  He also did a personal and moving piece about a cousin who passed away.  I believe it was the first time he read it in public, and I’m honored that he felt comfortable enough to share that with us, so thank you, Ray.  Tonie did a piece on being depressed when she found out she couldn’t have kids.  It was one of those you didn’t know it was depression until you looked back.  I’ve heard that piece before and it still pulls at my heartstrings. 
·         Nelson shared a piece on separation; sometimes, you have to separate from someone to look at things objectively and realize hey, I’m at fault, too, and I hopefully, make the decision to get back together and make it work.  I think Latino has been married for 25 or 35 years, but either way that ain’t no small feat because many, many marriages don’t last because people don’t realize it is hard work and it takes two to make it work!!! 
·         Matthew did a couple of pieces involving trust and the choices we make just to survive in what is viewed as a cynical world filled with insincere people.  I gotta say that is a crappy world to live in, but in this oxymoronic way, it’s safe, it’s comfortable, it’s familiar.  I know because I use to live there, but every now and then I take a short vacation.  In one of his other pieces he talked about the visitor’s parking spot on his heart because you can’t trust anyone to stay and whatever relationships that do develop have to be at arm’s length to protect a fragile heart.  I gotta say, we all needed a minute after that poem….
·         It was really good to see Elizabeth.  I haven’t seen her in like forever, and I’m glad she’s still writing.  She shared a serious and short piece on writer’s block, a sort of check-off list for men poem, so there would be no room for misinterpretations, and a piece on motherly advice on relationships.  When she started reading that I thought of the last time I saw her because she had told me her mother had recently passed and that poem was written like three days before she passed away.  I know mothers want what’s best for their kids, and I know their intentions are good, but sometimes it twinges just a little because I just want her to understand that I’m happy right now and the rest of it, love and otherwise, will fall into place….but enough about that. 
As I write this, it seems like it was a night of poetry therapy.  We all needed to get something out and I’m glad this venue was available to allow us to show a few wounds or battle scars, past and present.  I really want to thank everyone who came out, and a very special thanks to Joanna who is celebrating her 70th birthday today.  She was one of the listeners in the group, and she told us that she made it a point to come out, so she could listen to some poetry and it really did her heart good.  She considered it an early birthday present, and it hit me, that, that’s what life is all about.  The choices we make can make or break someone’s day.  We could’ve just as easily not had the open-mic last night, but when I heard what she said, I am so super-glad we did because it makes everything worthwhile.  Happy 70th, Joanna!!!  That’s enough for now.  It was a good and emotional night of poetry.  As a reminder B&N open-mic is every 4th Friday from 7:00 to 9:00, so until next time……GOOOOOO CARTHARSIS and GOOOO Poetry!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

02/21: Music and Poetry Night: How Men Show Love...


Sooooo, I went to the Music and Poetry night in Hampton yesterday, and it was a great night of open-mic and entertainment.  I didn’t realize there would be an open-mic portion, so I wasn’t quite prepared.  When I got up to read, I let them know that most of my poems are depressing and can bring down a house in 2.5 seconds, but last night was a night of celebration.  Fortunately, I had “Black is not a Color” on hand and “Stage Fright”.  I think I did the second one, so the other kids would know that we all, no matter long we’ve been doing this, get stage fright.  (Confession:  my leg tends to shake when I get nervous…). 
  • Dylan was the perfect person to get things started as he showed his love in a rap song.  He had so much energy and talent!!  He was even gracious enough to give away CDs for free!!
  • Regina told the story about Black Indians tribes called, “The Gathering”.  I didn’t know that some of them reside in western VA! 
  • Jamir was like 10ish, (I’m bad at guessing ages.) who did a love poem like a serious love poem.  I was thinking, he shouldn’t know about that, but kids these days grow up so fast. 
  • One of the first things that came to mind when one performer thought about love was Jesus, so she did a mash-up of “Jesus Loves Me” and “Summertime”….very impressive. 
  • Mr. Cabel, fresh off his New York trip, did “She Rocks” where he talks about the love for his daughter (I love that poem!) and “If I Were” which is a beautiful poem that is all about love.  I still haven’t answered the question, so I’ll pose it to you, “If you were love, how would you change the world?”  I think that would be a great theme! 
  • One guy shared a poem about reservations of getting into a relationship.  We all carry baggage.  I guess where we keep it, makes the difference.  So do we use it as weapons to fend off potentials or use those experiences to be wiser in our decisions?  He said something like a wise man can learn from a fool, but a fool can never learn from a wise man.

  • One young lady talked about her love for Cuba and how much pride she had for being half black and half Cuban. 
  • Surprise!  Surprise!!  Seven graced the stage as the host to the “How Men Show Love” portion of the evening.  She is just an awesome host.  She let us know we needed to step up our game on clapping, not golf claps, but real claps!  She decided to do a piece so we could practice and she brought down the house with her beatnik version of, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!!”.  She is tooooo funny!! 
  • Dreason started off with showing his love for God because through him all things are possible.  He showed how his love for his woman and her love for him and their love for God is all connected like mirror reflections. 
  • The next guy started with a poem before going into his rap where he too showed his love for God.  A lot of times, people are ashamed to show their love for God….he is not one of them.  He said be proud, and “Do it just like that!!”  I think Seven really wanted to get into it until she discovered a deodorant malfunction.  We all forget to use deodorant at one time or another, but Seven is probably one of the few folks that will admit it! 
  • Mr. McDougal talked about his love for the best girlfriend in the world.  I loved the line, “If you were medication, I would overdose.”  (Awwwww)  
  • Rick Sumners was just full of clichés.  He said that she was hot like jalapeño dipped in cayenne pepper….now, that’s hot!! 

  • Levi talked about the importance of finding the right woman and not to rely on superficialities when you make that decision.  Yes, attraction is important.  Looks are what draws you to someone, but the heart of the person is the reason you stay….
  • I heard Khemist at Verses and Vibes one night and he just blew the crowd away, and it was no different tonight.  Even Seven gave him mad props when she said he was one of the best poets she’s heard.  The “Seven” seal of approval is a big deal!!  He talked about meeting this girl who made the bestest double quarter pounder with cheese in the whole wide world.  He slipped in some erotic stuff, but you had to listen quickly and closely and his poem was loaded, much like a double quarter pounder with cheese.  The total was $6.52 and he gave her $7.00 for the meal, and told her to keep the change, but not that change, he wanted his $.48, but he’ll keep the change he felt by meeting her.  So how do men love?  He said that men love cautiously, and I think we all do.  Nobody wants to get hurt, but it’s all about taking chances.  Khemist is a student at HU and Marie thought it would be a fantastical idea to take donations at next month’s Music and Poetry for Khemist because, remember, tonight was all about love and I love that we are doing and helping each other whether it’s for one person or the community!  So mark your calendar, March 21st, Music and Poetry Night, and as a bonus, Khemist will be the featured reader.  You don’t want to miss it!  Please come out and show your support….like seriously!! 

  • House poet TuTu, shared a piece about knowing where you came from and not ever forgetting about that.  She is an amazing spoken word artist! 
  • There was a teenager who sang, “Don’t Change” and for those who know the song, it’s all about love because the physical changes, but love shouldn’t, unless it’s growing…ijs. 
  • One of the last readers took a seat and told a poem about the fear of showing the real self.  He said, “If I showed her me, will she still love me?” and he wasn’t even sure if he loved himself.  Some people fear showing themselves because of the possibility of being rejected.  The problem is that you can succeed and have that person fall in love with the façade, but you can only keep that up for so long before real you surfaces and that’s when relationships start to crack.  Just keep it real because there is really someone out there who’s gonna love you for who you are, but you absolutely have to love yourself first. 
  • Shawn ended the evening playing the sexophone, I mean, saxophone, followed by ballad and that kid can sing!! 
  • And finally, I’ll say, Marie absolutely surprised me with a gift certificate for a free manicure because my hands get quite the workout keeping up with the happenings in the 757 and 804 area.  I was so incredibly moved by her gift and I can’t thank her and Angie Dupree (owner of Nail Exousia in Hampton VA) who donated the gift, enough.  We really are family and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so much love.  
A special shout out to Marie, Dreason and those talented, talented kids.  Y’all are awesome!!  As a reminder, Music and Poetry is every 3rd Thursday at the Westhampton Community Center from 7 to 9, so until next time……..GOOOOOOOO L-O-V-E and GOOOOOO Poetry!!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Poetic Expressions 02-19-2013


Sooooo, I went to Poex in Hampton on Tuesday.  I apologize for the delay, but I’ve been super-busy.  I gotta tell ya, going to school is cramping my style.  If you knew me a few years ago, you would be shocked that I said anything remotely negative about school because school used to be my life, but I digress….Anyway, minus the folks at the bar that apparently had no home training in respect, it was a good night of poetry.  I missed the first round because Mr. Speaker don’t play; he starts as close to 8 as possible. 
  • Even though Gye Nyame started round two, I wanted to focus on his second poem (or third for those who were on time) about homelessness.  I know, I know, I know, we take so many things for granted.  He also pointed out that homelessness does not equate to being a drug addict or criminal.  We don’t know their story, just like they don’t know ours.  Remember, the next homeless person you see could easily be you.  Some of us are one paycheck away, one medical bill away, one layoff away from being homeless.  It is truly a fine line.  Speaking of which Sexeekittee, Katrina, and I will be doing a small campaign for the homeless.  Details to follow, but I wanted to give you a head’s up!  Together, poets, we can make a difference in our community. 
  • TC did, “A Poet Fell in the Woods”, and I said it before, but  that is some deep stuff.  (TC will be the featured reader this Friday at Verses and Vibes, so you better come out and show your support!!)  Some of our poems roll off our tongues, but there are those poems where you have to dig deep and look deep in ourselves and in some cases, we have to go a little deeper because our lives and experiences are these layers of moments and emotions.  Where others reach out, poets reach in and spill it on paper and share fragments of ourselves with others.  When I read over something I’ve just written, sometimes, I’m surprised that I wrote that!  It’s like some sort of out of body experience. 
  • Bobby K did, “Death by Chocolate” from Lady Godiva to Hershey to Gardini.  It’s like me, but with bacon from Oscar Mayer to Smithfield to Wright to Hormel to….well, you get the picture.  He also did, “I’m a Poet”.  No matter how hard you try to run away from it, you are who you are, even if you don’t want to be.  It’s just best to concede and get to writing because obviously, you’ve got something to say. 
  • Ray did a piece full of clichés.  You have to hear it because I won’t do it any justice and the cool thing was, it made sense!!  He also did a poem about apologizing to himself (that’s that poet fell in the woods stuff I’m talking about).  If you could go back, what would you apologize to yourself for??  He also did a piece called, “Ni**er Minds” but what tickled the crowd was at the end when he said the title of the poem with so much seriousness.  You really had to be there. 
  • Glo made a guest appearance and spit some rap lyrics.  Which reminds me, Verses and Vibes will be making a field trip to Suffolk on Saturday, March 2nd.  Details to follow….
  • Sexxeekittee….You know she’s called that for a reason.  All I know in her first poem she talked about the pleasures of cunnilingus and when she gives, it is more for her pleasure than his….and then she made mention of the “man in the boat”….She wants, “I Used to Be Pretty” to be her signature piece and it will be because it is so personal and honest and raw and I can see how it moves people, to include myself.  
  • Mr. LongIsland is trying to kill some folks in his poem.  It was a little, okay, a lot creepy.  It was like these confessions of a serial killer.  If he meets you, he already knows your fate.  He’s still working on it, so I’m curious to see where it’s going from here. 
  • I did a poem called, “Duffle Baggage” about PTSD.  When I originally wrote it, it was for my brother, but I find myself dedicating this poem to all those who have and are dealing with PTSD.  I don’t know what it’s like, but I know that it’s very real.  Mr. Speaker followed up with his poem, “Man Down” about war and death.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like to hold someone who is dying in your arms, but wanting to assure him that he’s going to be okay, even though you know and he knows it isn’t true. 
  • Banes did a great piece on our trip to NY.  I loved that line about how you better be in the van or Mr. Speaker will leave you’re a** behind!!  And I’m flattered to say that I was the inspiration for that piece (I’m blushing a little).  I just want to thank Banes again for taking us the rest of the way home, even though he drives like a maniac, we got back in one piece!! 
It was one of the shorter nights, but it was still a good night.  It’s always good to see my poets in arms.  I’m so very fortunate to be a part of this family.  Okay enough sentimentality.  As a reminder, Poex is every Tuesday at Queens Way Soul Café, starting at 8:00.  TC, one of the founders of Poex, will be one of the featured readers at Verses and Vibes this Friday (doors open at 8:00).  It’s all connected.  CONFIRMATION!!  (Rhonda shout out)  So until next time……GOOOOOO Poetry!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Barnes and Noble This Friday!!!


Hello Folks,

I will play substitute host for the Newport News Barnes and Noble open-mic this Friday, February 22nd from 7 to 9.  This is a family friendly venue.  We welcome all poets, especially first time, novice poets and student poets of all ages.  It's free and open to the public.  So if you know anyone, please TELL SOMEBODY.  I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.  See ya Friday.

Poetry First,
Talya

Monday, February 18, 2013

What's the Good Word This Week??


“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” – WH Auden

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.  I just had time to send out the reminders this week, but there are quite a few.  I will be sure to make it up to you next week!!

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.  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.

c.  New Spot in Hampton:  Ethereal Cupcakes and Coffee Shoppe (www.etherealcupcakes.com) just started an open-mic for poetry, music, and comedy every Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00.  For more info, please see venue list.  It just keeps getting better and better!! (flier attached)

d.  NSU Erotica:  Share some Valentine’s love with NSU as they host an Oral Stimulation, Seductive Penetration Erotica Poetry night on February 20th from 7 to 9 on the NSU Campus in the New Student Center Rm 149.   Please see venue list for details.  (fliers attached)
           
e.  Manly Love:  Music and Poetry Night will host a special night of Valentine entertainment entitled, “How Do Men Show Love??” an all male performance at the Westhampton Community Center on Thursday, Feb 21st, starting at 7:00.  Please see venue list for more details.  (flier attached)

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

g.  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.

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

i.  Poetry for Kids:  The Children’s Literary Program begins with “Poetry Explosion” on Saturday, February 16th and concludes with “Poems to Celebrate our Roots and Branches,” on Tuesday, February 26th.  Both events will be at the Barnes & Noble in VA Beach.  Please see venue list, flier or the attached link for more details:  http://www.culturalli.org/childrensliteraryprogram.html

j.  Words and a Taste of Europe:  The Muse will have their 1st Thursday open salon reading at a Taste of Europe on Thursday, March 7th from 6:00 – 7:30 (sign up 5:45-6:00).  This event is free and open to the public and to writers of poetry, prose, and creative non-fiction (Please bring one page of original work or by your favorite author.)  For more info, please contact Michal Mahgerefteh at 757-617-0821 or michalih@aol.com.

k.  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)

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

"VA Invades NY" Poem!


VA Invades NY
(Dedication to Mr. Speaker and the 757 Poets and the forever support Katrina Gay!!)

Poet Ninja loves his lotion.
Latino A2J has the Spanish love potion.
Synique and Simba tugged on our emotions.
Clarke (yummy) filled our mind with sexual notions.

VA invades NY

Samantha does a lyrical dance.
Black Royalty talks about balance.
Mr. Cabel tells Senator a poem of romance.
Firefly gives American another chance.

VA invades NY

Dnations opens his heart about his family.
Jeanette’s boots was full of lava steam.
Gye Nyame says he got no strings.
Sexeekittee used to be pretty. (now she’s beautiful) J

VA invades NY

Taz’s lover is amazing.
Bobby K word’s leave us tingling.
J wonders about our forever changing stagnated country.
Mr. Speaker reminds us we are all kings and queens.

VA invades NY

Tonie hates when events and folks are late. (not the Nuyorican!!)
A young man trying to impress his date.
A young woman tells of strength and heartache.
Beautiful D says she llllllll’s her mate.

VA invades NY

Some of my words of debauchery make a few head’s turn.
Jorge dental hygienist makes his heart burn.
Muriel remembers love lessons learned.
And I still need a dictionary to discern Sense’s words.

VA invades NY

A day of travel to New York.
A night of poetry and so much more. (shout out to John)
An early morning for ego boosters galore!
But a lifetime of memories at the core.

VA invades NY

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