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UPCOMING READINGS:

 

  • December 4, 2013 Author book signing for Kahiki Redux; Columbus Historical Society @ COSI; 333 West Broad Street 43215;  6:00 p.m.
  • November 26, 2013  Featured Reader; Sips Coffee House Poetry Series; 101 South Main Street; Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050; 6:30 p.m.
  • November 21, 2013 Featured Reader; “The Modern Table” Riffe Gallery; 77 S. High Street; Columbus, Ohio 43215; 5:30 p.m.
  • November 9, 2013 Featured Reader; Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry; Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118; 7:00 p.m.
  • October 19, 2013; “1000 Words/1000 Moves for You Call That Art?” Columbus Cultural Arts Center; 139 W. Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; 7-9 p.m.
  • April 4, 2013 Featured Reader; Beehive Books; 25 North Sandusky Street; Delaware, Ohio; 6:30 p.m.
  • September 26, 2012 Featured Reader; Beehive Books; 25 North Sandusky Street; Delaware, Ohio; 7:00 p.m.
  • June 26, 2012 Featured Reader; Sips Coffee House Poetry Series; 101 S. Main Street; Mt. Vernon, Ohio; 7:00 p.m.
  • May 19, 2012 Featured Reader; Ohio Poetry Association’s All-Stars; Bexley Public Library; 2411 E. Main Street; Columbus, Ohio; 1-4 p.m.
  • May 10, 2012 Featured Presenter; Pecha Kucha Columbus; Eartha Limited; 371 Maier Place; Columbus, Ohio; 7 p.m.
  • April 20, 2012 Featured Reader; Wooster Music and Arts Festival; Wooster, Ohio; 8 p.m.
  • June 26, 2011 Featured Reader; Peripatetic Poets; The Whetstone Gardens; 3700 Olentangy River Road; Columbus, OH; 7 p.m.
  • June 1 -25, 2011 Featured Poem; “Tilting;”  The Language of Art Exhibit; The High Road Gallery; 12 East Stafford Avenue; Worthington, Ohio; Opening Reception; June 5, 2-4:30 pm.
  • May 2, 2011 Featured Reader; William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest winner; Poetry Forum; Rumba Cafe; 2507 Summit @ Hudson Street; Columbus, Ohio; 7 pm.
  • November and December 2010 Featured Poem; “Lineage;” Conceived in Cloth…Crafted in Words (poems in response to quilts by Off Our Blocks); Ursus Gallery; Columbus, Ohio.
  • September 9 to October 22, 2010 Featured Poem; “Another Urban Disturbance;” The Language of Art Exhibit; Carnegie Gallery at the Columbus Main Library; Columbus, Ohio; Opening Reception; September 9, 5-7 pm.
  • April 2, 2010 Featured Reader; Mark Hersman’s Music and Poetry Series; Pumpkin Hollow Cafe; 24 Bell Street; Bellville, Ohio; 7 pm.
  • February 24, 2010 Featured Reader; Upper Arlington Library; Main Branch at Tremont; Columbus, Ohio; 7 pm.
  • December 9, 2009 Featured Reader; Rattlebox Series; Espresso Yourself Cafe; Columbus, Ohio; 7:30 pm.

POEM GALLERY:

Fishing for Rabbits

I’m cupping my voice through the ice hole

of a top-hat—that tried and true escape

route for Pollyannas and pirates.

Your ears—those velvet,

fanned antennae—quiver

then pivot.  So stop me

if you’ve heard this—but you walk

into a bar and the tender patrons

coax you—easy with those gloved paws

they say, ‘cause this poem is holding,

whether it’s served on sizzling

rocks or siphoned through a hose.

And you know it’s going to be dicey,

wriggling your way out of that mouth

of a hat, its tongue knifed and forked—

but your bunny gills can retract, protract,

distract and extract, plus you’ve got

root vegetables on your side.

Now I’m cupping my ear

to hear the slosh of punch lines

tired as tar and then BINGO

your rabbit gleam blazes—

clearing my sky path

for pell mell and providence.

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Clothesline Logic

With clothesline I too often
got ahead of myself,
retractable tongues and tacks.

What I knew was slim
and linear, shifts and surface
aberrations, memories flapping

like moire, schemes snapping
from too much wind:
chintz, duck, felt, net,

satin, velvet, cheesecloth, wool–
patterns of ladders, lions,
midnight clouds, and

shimmering appliques.
Now the haze
compels the glow,

sense in nonsense,
clotheslines with wings,
tails in flight, cousin kites,

the plodding unfettered
and propulsive,
freed from a two-point plan.

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Another Urban Disturbance

after “Lisbon, Portugal,” a photograph by Mary MacKay

It’s the hijacking of space
in the language of red—
wall with tattoos
and a cartoon ghost
in crimson gown
and platinum crown
the one and only Marilyn
points her dainty finger
which lures you
to a parked fender
blushing bruised vermillion
over a hub-capped sun.

Those red-blooded revolutionaries
have redeemed their cobbled street—
their headless enemies cornered,
their art, hit and run.

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Lineage
after “Flowers of the Sun,” a quilt by Susan Ahern

This first story
this chin of fire

the Sun and her
daughters, primordial

mirror.  These threads
bear the needle’s prayer

fired through the eyes
of every woman’s

weaving.  Ocher
medallion looms

large, echoes
each genius

that crushed
then transformed

mineral, insect,
and shellfish.

The aproned goddess
returns, fondles

the crosspoints where
the warp and the weft

join to reclaim the shards
of an ocean’s turquoise

and the flames of a Phoenix
that shudder and spar.

This quilt, poised and
illuminated, greets

another resurrection
in the politics of textile.

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