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

Saturday, March 30, 2013

What's The Good Word This Week?


"The crown of literature is poetry." - W Somerset Maugham

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!!

Advertise for Free on the Daily Press Blog!!:
We are only as effective as the resources we use, so if you want to reach a broader audience, the Daily Press blog is the way to go!!  I’ve had the pleasure of working with and meeting Leah Price, who is a fellow writer in arms, so she knows the importance of getting the “Good Word” out there!!  It is absolutely free to advertise your event, so there are no excuses!!  To submit your event, please go to:  http://findlocal.dailypress.com/user_updates/submission/event (Under “Type of Event” select “Literature).  Once it’s quickly reviewed by Leah, it’s posted.  It’s really that simple!! 
You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain!

The Good Word This Week!!:

1.  In Honor of the Military:  The Venue on 35th will host a military poetry performance entitled, “These Colors Don’t Run, But They Do Bleed,” on April 27th only with 2 shows:  2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 7:00.  Mr. Speaker and Latino A2J are still looking for a few more poems to add to the show.  They need to be related to the war; they also request that you provide a military photo of someone you want to honor.  If this is something you are interested in, please contact them no later than March 31st.  The tickets are only $10 and limited!!  For more info, please contact Mr. Speaker: jamessears79@yahoo.com and/or Latino A2J: info@latinoa2j.com.

2.  New Venue!!:  Joanna Lee invites you to be a part of the christening of a new open-mic at Taza Coffee n Crème in Richmond on Friday, April 26th starting at 7:00!!  It just keeps gettin’ better and better!! 


3.  Reading:  There will be a poetry reading at Beth Shalom in VA Beach featuring poets:  Michal Mahgerefteh and Bob Young on Thursday, April 4th from 3:00 to 4:00.  This is free and open to the public.  For more info: 

4.  NSU Open-Mic:  As part of NSU’s Art Week, there will be a night of spoken word/open mic on Wednesday, April 3rd, from 7:00 to 9:00 at the NSU’s Spartan Station.

5.  It’s Back!!:  Soul Manifesto is back on April 13th at the Bayside Inn and Restaurant on Saturday, April 13th.  The doors open at 8:30 with a $5 cover that will include a raffle.  Some of the features include:  Charles Table and the very talented and host of Verses and Vibes, Glo Shines!!

6.  Grand Opening Open-Mic – 410 Gallery will have their grand opening on Saturday, April 13th, from 7:00 – 10:00, followed by a late night open-mic from 10:30 – 1:00.  For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/Gallery410

Important Reminders!!!:

a.  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)

b.  TCC Festival:  The 2013 TCC Literary Festival will be from April 1st to April 4th.  Featured readers include Remica Bingham-Risher and Tim Seibles.  This event is free and open to the public!!  For more info:  http://www.tcc.edu/news/press/2013/LitFest.htm- Campus Locations will vary:  http://www.tcc.edu/literaryfestival/

c.  Chesapeake Poet Festival:  It’s that time of the year!!  Synnika is back with the 4th Annual People Poetry Festival beginning April 6th and running thru April 27th.  The festival will include workshops, seminars, an open-mic and a book club meeting.  (flier attached)

d.  Westhampton Poetry Slam:  Westhampton Community Center is gearing up for their annual Poetry Slam scheduled for Saturday, April 13th beginning at 6:00.  This event is open to ages 12 to 21, and there is a $5 participant fee.  Prizes will be awarded.  Please contact Marie St. Clair for more details:   mstclair@hampton.gov

e.  An Afternoon at Prince Books:  Please join poets and authors, Nina Brewton and Benjamin Daniel on April 14th for a Sunday afternoon of prose and poetry.  They will be reading from their books, “Heart of a Queen” and “These Long Tailed Words”, respectively.  Books will be for sale and you can also purchase them in advance.  For more info, see venue list or go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/445485072197839/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

f.  It’s Back!!!:  The Mic Fiend is in full effect on Saturday, yes, Saturday, April 27th at Harry O’s in VA Beach.  I am telling you that this is a show you do not want to miss!!  Featured poets include:  Firefly, Glo Shines, Champ the Poet, Mr. Speaker and Jorge Mendez, just to name a few.  The doors open at 8:00, and tickets are only $10 (subject to change).  Get there early because it will be a full house!!!  https://www.facebook.com/events/351135485003127/?fref=ts

h.  Wanna Become a Published Author?:  Nathan Richardson will facilitate a 5 hour workshop on The Business of Becoming a Published Author on Saturday, June 1st, beginning at 10:00 am.  The cost, for this wealth of knowledge, is only $55.  For more info:  http://www.meetup.com/writers-962/events/96134472/

i.  NY Trip Time Sensitive Info:  I will be sending out a separate emails concerning the NY Trip.  The information is time sensitive as there are deadlines involved with this trip.  It will be on a first come, first served basis, so don’t get left out!!  I will also post it on my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com. (flier attached)

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

3/26 - Poex - Full Moon Edition!!


(Firefly's first time at Poex!!  Of course, she fit right in doing her "Dear America" piece!!)

Soooooo, I went to Poex last night and I blame almost everything on the full moon and the remaining 15% on the alcohol…..Cashmere was the host and what energy she has!!  She can get a crowd going in 2.5 seconds. 

But before I get started I just want to let folks know that I stopped by to see Mr. Pruitt last night and sat in on his creative writing class for a little bit.  It was great to see him and he is in good spirits and tells all, “hello!!”.  He plans to be at the next Aromas (crossing fingers) where the challenge is to write an epiphany poem.  I’ve already got mine done, and it was by complete accident.  It happened while I was writing my piece called, “Frame of Reference”.  I’m working on a silly epiphany poem, too, to balance things out.  The next Aromas is on Tuesday, April 9th, starting around 7:00 issshhhhh, but enough about that!! 

Okay, Poetic Expressions, it was like a big party!!  I really had a fantastical time.  Here are the highlights:

Mr. Speaker did his piece on the history of words because as we all know in the beginning was the word!! 

David aka C-note did an anger poem, and I was so proud of him showing another side of himself.  He also did a piece about the younger generation and the unfortunate world and circumstances they live in.  We all want to make it better for them, but sometimes, there are things out of our control.

Mr. Haze did a piece called “A Lily’s Prayer”.  Like I was telling him, anything with the title “lily” in it is pretty, and anyone who uses the word plethora (Keion) or supernova (Haze) in their poem, turns me into an instant fan.  It is actually a beautiful and sensual love poem; not the love of the past or future, but the love that is now and the only thing that matters.

Bane gave us a history lesson on history.  Oh, the things the teachers don’t tell or when they do, it’s skewed or not true.  He said if he had a time machine, he would go back and slap history teacher.  I didn’t see that one coming!!  Loved it!!

Cool Dave came to the stage and did his piece about the revolution.  The revolution is everything, and it is nothing.  It is peace; it is war.  It is bloody; it is clean, but you won’t find the revolution on youtube or twitter because the revolution is you and in you.  It was an empowering piece!

Tony Moon pieces are so amazing, but it’s next to impossible to try and jot something down because he is already on to his next line of thought or philosophy.  I did pick up that paradigms don’t last because we all change, and the wisest man knows nothing and all while sipping on some Heineken! 

I want to thank everyone for being supportive of my new piece, “Tapping the Box”.  I really wasn’t sure how that was going to go because it came from a dark and very real place…well, real to me.  It is nice to know that there are others who feel the same way.  The NIN reference I wrote about in a previous post was: “I’ll go NIN on you’re a** because you insisted on this Downward Spiral and I’ll bring you Closer to God than you thought you could ever be.”.  There was a lot of “choice” words in that piece, so I will leave it at that….

Truth Spittah did the Enemy’s Playbook.  All I gotta say is the devil is having a field day with us.  Seriously, we make it so easy for him.  He’s probably taking credit for things he had nothing to do with, but we do him proud.  He’s just waiting patiently for you to slip just once and that’s all it takes….you better check yourself!!

Mr. Beal got to the stage and had women shifting in their chairs, to include myself.  Let’s just say his tongue was going around a southern region like Nascar.  I’m not a big fan of Nascar, but I can make an exception…..His 2nd piece was heartfelt as he told the story of a girl who found out she had HIV and the guy who stood by her side.  The subject of STD isn’t talked about much, so it was nice to hear something about it, but that is a very real reality in our society and NO ONE is immune…..

Rhonda reminds us that the difference between fate and destiny is in you.  There is no across the board answer because we all experience and see things differently.  One person can look at something and not give it another thought, but for someone else, it can be life altering!  She also let us know that anytime we establish contact with another person, we are learning; we are growing; nothing is in vain because it’s all predestined.  Even the DJ asked a few questions, so you know that night was interesting because he usually just plays the music, and what a great job he does!!  Oh and to the guy who seemed to be filled with angst with Rhonda’s responses.  Please know that whatever food for thought she gives, is ALWAYS out of love. J

Well, that it’s.  Like I said, it was a poetry party at Poex (yeah, alliteration!!).  A special shout out to Queens Way and the host staff; they were on top of things, and a very special shout out to Ms. Yahtzee aka Cashmere for making every situation better; you have a beautiful spirit!!  So until next time…..GOOOOO FULL MOON and PARTIES and GOOOOO Poetry!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What's the Good Word This Week??


“Poetry is man’s rebellion against being what he is.” – James Branch Cabell

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!!

Advertise for Free on the Daily Press Blog!!:
We are only as effective as the resources we use, so if you want to reach a broader audience, the Daily Press blog is the way to go!!  I’ve had the pleasure of working with and meeting Leah Price, who is a fellow writer in arms, so she knows the importance of getting the “Good Word” out there!!  It is absolutely free to advertise your event, so there are no excuses!!  To submit your event, please go to:  http://findlocal.dailypress.com/user_updates/submission/event (Under “Type of Event” select “Literature).  Once it’s quickly reviewed by Leah, it’s posted.  It’s really that simple!! 
You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain!

The Good Word This Week!!:

1.  In Honor of the Military:  The Venue on 35th will host a military poetry performance entitled, “These Colors Don’t Run, But They Do Bleed,” on April 27th only with 2 shows:  2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 7:00.  Mr. Speaker and Latino A2J are still looking for a few more poems to add to the show.  They need to be related to the war; they also request that you provide a military photo of someone you want to honor.  If this is something you are interested in, please contact them no later than March 31st.  The tickets are only $10 and limited!!  For more info, please contact Mr. Speaker: jamessears79@yahoo.com and/or Latino A2J: info@latinoa2j.com.

2.  TCC Festival:  The 2013 TCC Literary Festival will be from April 1st to April 4th.  Featured readers include Remica Bingham-Risher and Tim Seibles.  This event is free and open to the public!!  For more info:  http://www.tcc.edu/news/press/2013/LitFest.htm

3.  Wanna Become a Published Author?:  Nathan Richardson will facilitate a 5 hour workshop on The Business of Becoming a Published Author on Saturday, June 1st, beginning at 10:00 am.  The cost, for this wealth of knowledge, is only $55.  For more info:  http://www.meetup.com/writers-962/events/96134472/

4.  It’s Back!!!:  The Mic Fiend is in full effect on Saturday, yes, Saturday, April 27th at Harry O’s in VA Beach.  I am telling you that this is a show you do not want to miss!!  Featured poets include:  Firefly, Glo Shines, Champ the Poet, Mr. Speaker and Jorge Mendez, just to name a few.  The doors open at 8:00, and tickets are only $10 (subject to change).  Get there early because it will be a full house!!!  https://www.facebook.com/events/351135485003127/?fref=ts


Reminders:
a.  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)

b.  Chesapeake Poet Festival:  It’s that time of the year!!  Synnika is back with the 4th Annual People Poetry Festival beginning April 6th and running thru April 27th.  The festival will include workshops, seminars, an open-mic and a book club meeting.  (flier attached)

c.  Westhampton Poetry Slam:  Westhampton Community Center is gearing up for their annual Poetry Slam scheduled for Saturday, April 13th beginning at 6:00.  This event is open to ages 12 to 21, and there is a $5 participant fee.  Prizes will be awarded.  Please contact Marie St. Clair for more details:   mstclair@hampton.gov

d.  An Afternoon at Prince Books:  Please join poets and authors, Nina Brewton and Benjamin Daniel on April 14th for a Sunday afternoon of prose and poetry.  They will be reading from their books, “Heart of a Queen” and “These Long Tailed Words”, respectively.  Books will be for sale and you can also purchase them in advance.  For more info, see venue list or go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/445485072197839/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

e.  V & V Franchise:  With the success of their recent event, Verses and Vibes start having a monthly poetry/spoken word events every 1st Saturday in Suffolk at Island Krave Caribbean Bistro.  Please see venue for more details.  As a reminder:  Verses and Vibes in Hampton is every Friday, and the host, Glo Shines, is looking for anyone who would like to be a featured reader.  Qualifications:  You gotta be entertaining and must have at least 20 to 25 minutes of material!!

f.  NY Trip Time Sensitive Info:  I will be sending out a separate emails concerning the NY Trip.  The information is time sensitive as there are deadlines involved with this trip.  It will be on a first come, first served basis, so don’t get left out!!  I will also post it on my blog:  www.goodwordpoetryplus.blogspot.com. (flier attached)

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, March 23, 2013

3/22 - Blue Skies Open-Mic Recap!

Sooooo, I went to the inaugural open-mic at Blue Skies Art Gallery last night in downtown Hampton, and I hope this is the beginning of many more!!  To Khemist, a special congratulations on the success of your first open mic!!  Well as some of you may or may not know, my brain is not as sharp as it used to be, so I take a few notes at the open-mics I attend.  Well, somewhere in the excitement, I think I may have given them away to someone when I was passing out the venue listings.  Oh well….What can I do???  So I will do my best to give you the highlights aka, what I remember.  J

I remember Khemist started off things with one of his pieces.  That guy is just so freakin’ talented.  I’m telling you, your mind will explode when listening to him because it’s major sensory overload, but in a good way.

There was a guy who did a piece on college life.  Some people can focus on their studies, do their four years and be on their way.  Others…not so much.  Sometimes, unfortunate circumstances begin with one bad decision, but as long as you come out of it and learn from it, you’re good!

When I was looking through the gallery, I saw a painting of Frieda and immediately thought of Glo.  I spoke with her later and she saw the same painting which inspired her to do her piece on Diego and Frieda.  If you didn’t feel the love between them through Glo’s words, you could definitely feel it in her presence.  Sometimes, we just need to get things off our chest and what better way than poetry.  It took a lot of strength to get up there and spit when you were emotional from the beginning.  I absolutely admire that you can where your heart on your sleeve.

By popular demand, Matthew did Baggage Claim.  I gotta tell ya, those ladies were loving those “presents’ and his presence.  He is the proverbial smooth operator.  You could literally hear and see the women melting at his words, and I confess, I was one of them.  Hey, you gotta appreciate a different kind of love poem told in a romantical tone…

Keion, I hope you made it home okay.   When he got up there, I was thinking, “He’s gonna do Shoes”, I can just feel it and what do ya know, he did.  You could feel the collective tension in the room.  I remember when I first heard that poem and I will admit, I was offended, but I remembered that it didn’t apply to me because I only wear one pair of  shoes, and I just got over it.  I promise you, ladies, Keion is good people and an amazing, higher level, poet.

I do believe Dominique followed up with “Man Piece”, and all I can say is good timing.  Whipping out the man-piece for general purpose or just to see what will happen…not a good idea.  And I absolutely agree that a shower has never hurt anyone and neither has expanding your vocabulary.  If you feed me verbally and intellectually, I will drop my panties in a second.  I can’t promise the 4th coming like Dominique, maybe I can go as high as 2.25th coming…..

When Rob got up to do his piece about his father, I could feel every single emotion as he spoke those words.  (He went after Glo, so I had not quite recovered from that.)  You could tell there was a lot of resentment and with good reason because there is really no good reason that any child shouldn’t have their father in their life.  I can only imagine how it feels to watch other kids with their fathers and just feeling out of place or left out.  No child should ever have to experience that….like EVER!!  What a moving, moving and powerful piece!!  The good news is that he has a good relationship with his father now.  Forgiveness is awesome!!

Mr. Bane shifted the mood but that’s a good thang because it keeps things exciting as he talked about all the “what-might-have-beens” that wound up in the toilet or other places…. He said the word nut and then apologized for saying the word nut.  His humor is just so cool.  But on a serious note, could you imagine if your “what-might-have-beens” went to heaven and were waiting for you when you got there??; talk about awkward….

Mr. Cabel was in the house and was deciding on whether to do a new or older piece.  I was very pleased that he chose to do “If I Were” (I think that’s the title…).  But the question is posed, if I were love, how would I change the world?  I’m guilty that I’m really still thinking about that.  Love is so heavy; love is so EVERYTHING!!

In the spirit of love, Mr. Speaker closed out the night with his piece, “The Greatest” that talks about the power of love, the good and the bad.  It can save and kill a life; love has this indiscernible line that can tip in either direction.  It’s like a very sensitive bomb.  Mr. Speaker concluded his piece by saying that God is pure love. 
Godchild was the featured poet of the night….He did a powerful piece about the infestation of western religion into other cultures.  The tribe, he talked about, didn’t even know of the word sin; there was no word for sin in their language.  And so the word was introduced into their world and then was used against them.  Because we know if conviction doesn’t work, fear does, and this mentality is passed down from generation to generation…just think about it.  He also did what I consider to be one of the greatest love poems I’ve ever heard.  That piece was transcendent and on so many different levels, and I would’ve been happy just to be on ONE of those levels.  It’s really a kind of love that can’t be described, but Godchild managed to do it!!

One of the ladies at the studio did a piece on snow and her love for it.  I loved that she was an active participant in the open-mic.  It was just so poetic, for lack of a better word.  It was soothing and relaxing and you could actually see the snow and feel how she felt about the snow.

Okay, that’s all for now.  I remembered more than I thought.  A special shout out to Hampton University, Khemist Blue Skies and those who took to the mic for making this a memorable night!!  And a special, special thanks to Godchild.  Your words are truly a gift and I’m so glad that you share them with us!!  You are an inspiration.  Like I said, I hope this is something they will continue doing.  As soon as I hear something, I will be sure to pass it down to y’all.  So until next time, GOOOOOO Blue Skies and GOOOO Poetry!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3/19 Poex Recap!!


Sooooo, I went to Poex last night in Hampton, and I ‘m pretty sure those drinks were a little too strong   (I know that’s sacrilege to even say…)  But like I was saying in my previous post, if you asked me anything last night, I would have confessed freely.  Okay, now on with the show.  It was a very interesting night of poetry to say the least.  We went from private part practitioners to OBGYNs to a simple love poem.  Well, here are the highlights…

I do believe Bobby K has found his niche in the erotica genre and he was quite willing to share that with us.  Because my write-ups are PG13, I will say the poem referred to the female “happy” part many times.  Needless to say, he absolutely caught the attention of the ladies, but the guys were just as amused.  We better watch out because we may have released an erotic demon in our midst, and all I can say is high kudos to you, Bobby K!

Ms. Coffee graced the stage.  Her voice and presence can fill up a room!!  I can’t remember the name of the poem, but she was very proud to a BBW with curves and thunder thighs.  Of course we all remember her famous line, they call them rolls, but I call them biscuits!!  Love, love, love it.  She also did a collaboration with Ray called the Doctor Is In.  I think she chose him for his voice and if anyone knows Ray, he’s got that Barry White thang going on.  Needless to say, there was a lot more going on at that appointment than just a pap smear and I’ll leave it at that!  She also did a piece called the “Ho’s Anthem” which is a rebuttal to those movie and songs that refer to women in a derogatory way.  I remember it was good, but what stood out for me what the little squiggly under the gut comment….wow!!

Mr. Ambassador did his piece that talked about how we’ve turned away from God and have become of the world…leaving in the flesh, as it were.  I’ve heard the term the wrath of God, but I ain’t never heard it quite like this.  There were some choice cuss words, but I understand their placement in the poem, and he certainly got your attention.  I know I must have heard a few collective gasps in the audience, but how can we be sensitive or even offended, when just two minutes ago, you were using the Lord’s name in vain.  You really gotta hear that piece, like seriously.  (Side Thought:  When I heard that piece, it reminded me of the movie, “Legion”.  It was a very interesting, and I thought, very believable take on good versus evil.  If you haven’t seen it….you should!)

Dominique did a piece about spending three months in jail and also spoke of the death of his baby girl.  He apologized quite a few times in his poem.  It’s easy to see that he’s got some regrets he needs to come to terms with because no matter how hard we try, we can’t change the past.  And believe me I know that’s easier said than done because learning forgive yourself…..that’s a monster!!

Malcolm strolled up to the stage wearing sunglasses…..Anyway, he did a sexual piece called, “Creep Inn”.  I kinda like that play on words.  Based on the title alone, you know where it was going.  I’ll just say let’s spend the weekend…freakin’….He also did “Sex, Crime and Money”, the new American Dream where it’s every man for themselves, and so we make a bitter toast to society.
Cash-tro did a piece about stereotypes and how he is not a product of his environment.   He talked about how BET is no longer BET and how kids can’t spell the word Apple, but they know how to use an iPod or iPad.  That was nice!! 

I think it was Jorge’s first time on the mic and he did this adorable love poem.  You know, sometimes we gotta strip down to the basics.  We have fluffed love, burned love, killed love, distorted love, but we forget the simplicity that is simply love.  He said he would learn a new language so he could express his love in different ways, and he would learn sign language, so she could see how he loves…..

D’Nations ended things with some nasty stuff.  I knew when I saw his “filthy” shirt, we were in for some “D’erotica”. (I don’t know.  I think it’s catchy.)  I can’t even make it PG13….I know he mentioned having a dry phobia.  He likes to eat, and lick the “plate” clean, if you know what I mean.  He ended by doing a requested poem about growing up mixed and trying to fit in.  He also talked about his mom and the abuse she endured and he had to watch as a 7 year old.  Oh, and I forgot to mention his first poem.  I won’t give it away, but I like, liked that poem about being like someone, but not like that someone…you like had to be there….

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m a typing maniac, but my hands are crying, “STOP”, and so I shall.  As a reminder, Poex is every Tuesday in Hampton starting at 8:00, and when I say 8:00…it starts at 8:00!  A special shout out to the handsome guy in the cool tie, our host, Mr. Speaker and to Queens Way for the chicken wings and strong drinks.  So until next time, GOOOOO Poetry!!


So Much Thursday, So Little Time....

03-21-13
Open-Mic Poetry
Blue Skies Gallery
26 S King St
Hampton VA
757-727-0028
8:00 – 10:00
Host:  Khemist

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03-21-13
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
Host:  Joanna Lee


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Open Mic at NSU
Boseman Education Bldg
EDU 231
7:00 - 
Host:  Synnika Lofton!


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03-21-13 (FF)
Music & Poetry Celebrates
Women’s History Month
Open-Mic Night
Westhampton Comm. Center
1638 Briarfield Rd
Hampton, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (3rd Thurs)
757-896-4692 mstclair@hampton.gov
Host:  Dreason Ruckett


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03-21-13 (FF)
Poetry Reading
Guest Readers: Nathan Richardson and Michal Mahgerefteh
The Coffeehouse
Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center
Williamsburg, VA
7:00 – 9:00 (3rd Thurs)
757-220-2654
Hosts:  Mary Haines,
Sofia Starnes & Serena Fusek

The Venue on 35th - 7th Anniversary Edition Recap!


Soooooooo, I went to The Venue on 35th in Norfolk on Monday night, and Happy 7th, Guys!  It was an amazing night of everything, but above all else, it was an amazing night filled with LOVE!!  There were 42 presenters which is absolutely insane, but how awesome is that!  I think it was about midnight before the festivities ended.  It was also a night of reflection as some of us shared personal stories about what The Venue means to them.  As it turns out, The Venue is a sanctuary, a rehabilitation center, a church, a home, a savior, a clinic, and the list goes on and on, but I think E put it best when she said, “If God exists, he lives here.”  Since there were so many talents that night, I will highlight a few.  Otherwise, I’ll be writing for the rest of my life…Which would be okay if I didn’t have homework to do!

I always feel like a kid when Joseph does his magic tricks.  As you saw from the pics, Gye Nyame was the assistant, so needless to say he added to the entertainment.  I don’t know how he got that card in that other NEW deck.  You’ve just gotta come out and see him.  If someone told me that they could tell me the secrets, I wouldn’t want to know because I like having a little magic in my life.

When Jorge started coming, he was in a dark place and The Venue was a place of healing; he shared a piece about that dark place where skeletons were restless in his closet, where clothes were ashamed to be on him, but through it all, he has arrived and I’m so glad he did.  You are an awesome poet and host!

Gerald did a piece about the people who angels love are the ones that are taken too soon.

Roxanne did an “I love me” poem about being okay with herself; the good and the bad.  I liked it because it was raw and uncut.  I think she had just written it which added to the personality of the piece.

Ashley reminds us that this is our moment; no matter what it is, so take it and drink it and bask in it.  Don’t waste time waiting for that moment because it will never happen; you have to make it happen!! Great advice.  That dynamic duo is a whole lotta awesome!!

I did a new piece called, “Cloud 18”.  It’s a love poem; it’s a hopeful poem; it’s a “I want” poem.   You know those poems I usually don’t write and am a little uncomfortable with.  The muse is messing with me, so I gotta give her what she wants so I can move on to something better!!

CJ did a piece about the life of a poet….and we just make it look easy.  She talked about pulling over in traffic and putting on the hazard lights because you’ve gotta write down this line or thought before it disappears.  I loved the line, “Some brake for deers; I brake for adjectives.”…nice!

Waltay was the singer who absolutely tickled me pink!!  His song, “I Should’ve Left My A** at Home (I should’ve left Sunshine alone.)” was absolutely positively priceless!!  Don’t cheat folks because eventually, you will get caught…ijs…

Godchild was in the house!!!  He told us to lose our minds and misplace ourselves…on purpose!  Discover you; discover everything in a world of everything.  Sometimes, insanity is a fantastic necessary evil, but always, always, always, evolve.  It was a magnificent piece if I must say so myself.

Latino A2J did a powerful, emotional, and vulnerable piece about his father.  I know many of us wonder if we will become our parents.  Some of it is genetic, but for the most part, it’s really up to you.  Thank you so much for sharing that piece.  You are love. J

E told us her story about the Venue which got pretty emotional, and I won’t go into details, but when she shared her story, it made me think of the song, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” by Elton John.  I’ve attached it to this post because EVERYONE should know that song regardless of your age!! 

Mr. Speaker did, “Heart of a Combat Leader” which is a piece near and dear to my heart.  Again, one of those pieces you have to hear to fully appreciate.  He’ll actually be doing that piece at a show at The Venue next month, more details below…

Ambassador warned us to put on our safety belts because it was going to be a wild ride and it was!  I won’t do his poem justice, but I will say that God….don’t like ugly and God….keeps it real!!  That poem, seriously, was dynamite!! (boom!!)

I remember when I heard Q5 do his piece about his brother this first time at Illustrations.  It just pulled at my heartstrings and soul.  I guess because I know what it’s like to lose a brother.  Mr. Q5 that homage piece is absolutely beautiful and beautiful.  It was all love and I know your brother would be very proud.

There were a few comedians, so I’ll sketch over a few.  One of them said that if you didn’t know who Flava Flav was, you would think he was a time conscious Viking!  I liked that.  And all I will say about this bit is, “if the leg is mangled, do it at an angle…Jeremy!!”  I also learned how to say bukkake correctly and found out what it means….WARNING:  it’s something sexual and you could be offended so look it up at your own discretion.  Who knew comedy can be educational, too!!

I want to say that E S’s guitar is wicked awesome as he sang about Thursday.

And finally Malcolm wrapped things up with his poem, “Sometimes” which was a rant, but in a really cool way, because Malcolm is just cool.  He said he’s sick of people not practicing what they preach.  He’s sick of greed.   He’s sick that he can’t put down his guard and spread the love because we all need it.  Right??  I’m not doing his piece justice so I will leave it at that.

What an amazing night of everything.  A special shout out to those who stayed until the very end.  Another shout out to The Venue and the hostest with the mostest, Jorge!!  A few reminders:  open-mic at the Venue is every Monday from 7 to 11.  Also at the Venue, Latino A2J and Mr. Speaker will host a military appreciation poetry event called, “These Colors Don’t Run…But They Do Bleed” on April 27 for two shows:  2 to 4 and 5 to 7.  And it’s early enough to make The Mic Fiend Café at Harry O’s in VA Beach, doors open at 8:00.  Okay, that’s enough plugs.  So until next time…….GOOOOO 7th Anniversary and GOOOOOO Poetry!!