Janet Kuypers’ “Obey” 6/4/16 female-themed poetry feature

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Below are video links from a June 4th 2016 (6/4/16, or 20160604) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: June is a Woman! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center about being a woman, and about what women go through. Because she happened to see this spray-painted word on the side of the road this spring (when construction workers often write single words down to indicate things like where power lines are under ground), she had to take pictures with the word she saw, and she therefore decided to title this show “Obey”. In this show she also ran repeating images projected on the screen behind her of her drawings of woman alternating with her edited “Obey” images, and sampled in the background during her readings were instrumentals from 3 tracks from the Laurie Anderson album release, “the Ugly One with the Jewels”. She even explained to the live audience after the show that she even chose to wear a flapper dress for this show, because (A) that time period reflected the time just after women gained the right to vote in the United States, and (B) this clothing was the irst obvious sign of women wanted to stand on their own (and enjoy themselves too). It didn’t hurt that in Kuypers’ animation in her show (like doing the twist or jumping on a hotel bed, or even with her animated gestures during all of her performance), the fringe one her dress would exaggerate her movements as well.

Before the show started she also released copies to most everyone there of a chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show (in the order they were performed), and all of the pieces from this reading were also released electronically in a “Obey” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read her haiku poems
progress,
extend,
falling,
civil,
and greatest,
then read her poems
Earth is a Topiary (her 1st of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice),
On Becoming a Woman (an editing and expansion of her 1999 poem Becoming a Woman),
Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph (an editing of her 1991 poem Photograph, Nineteenth Century and her 2nd of 2 poems where she used a voice modulator to reads parts of her poem in a male voice),
Content With Inferior Men, portions of her poem
In The Air with slightly altered wording, and
Oh, She Was a Woman (an editing of her 1997 poem She Was a Woman).

(Thanks to Thom for some photos from the event.)

How we learned our songs. A Poem by Goirick Brahmachari


 
1.
 
Before the internet came
we skipped our meals,
pickpocketed our fathers,
sold old tapes,
and gave up our weekly rituals :
like momo eaters’ competitions
and morning biker’s tea,
to save one hundred twenty five bucks
and to collect our songs
 
2.
 
Much later, 
we bicycled through piracy
across unnamed record shops
where fat tape recorders
could customize our compilations.
Then came Napster
And then came the YouTube
With torrents though,
our hard drives exploded
like never before
 
A thousand folders of songs that 
no one listens to
continue to accumulate.
The broken short wave radio 
that stayed with me since
I learnt my first song, 
now, does not allow 
FM frequencies to trespass through it,
almost, in revolt.
 
 
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Goirick Brahmachari lives in New Delhi, India. He hails from Silchar, Assam. His poems have appeared in various Indian and international magazines.
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Janet Kuypers’ “Love in the Universe” 5/7/16 poetry feature

Janet Kuypers’ “Love in the Universe” 5/7/16 poetry feature

May 7th 2016 (5/7/16, or 20160507) poetry performance (with accompanying guitar music by John) of Janet Kuypers’ first scheduled Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center (at 2215 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723) after her move, and because this was also her wedding anniversary, they started the evening with her and John singing the song friends performed at their wedding — Depeche Mode’s “The Bottom Line” (with altered chorus lyrics for their wedding). So enjoy this set os poems (set to music in the show) about not only astronomy but also love, in “Love in the Universe”.

    All of the pieces from this reading were also released in a “Love in the Universe” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Watch video, or read Janet Kuypers in her 5/7/16 show “Love in the Universe” in her first scheduled feature at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful in Austin first singing (with John singing and on guitar) the Depeche Mode song The Bottom Line (with altered chorus lyrics for heir wedding), then with her poems Pluto, Plutonium & Death (a bonus Periodic Table poem), her haiku universe, observer’s love poem (2016 edit), everything is my home, Wanted To Play, and electricity.

(And thanks to Thom for the photos from this live event!)

Janet Kuypers’ 1st interview on Austin Radio 4/27/16 on KOOP 91.7 fm

Janet Kuypers’ 1st interview on Austin Radio 4/27/16  on ZOOP 91.7 fm

KOOP Radio (91.7 FM) invited Janet Kuypers as a special guest for an hour-long radio show in Austin Texas, where they talked not only about what they have been reading (for Janet it is usually submissions to the literary magazines she edits, cc&d magazine and Down in the Dirt magazine), but also Janet’s past work as the host of the Chicago open mic the Café Gallery and what compels her to write.

The group finished their hour-long show with Janet reading two poems, “Entering the Lake of Fire” (the first poem she wrote IN Austin, about moving to Austin), and Us, Actually Touching (as a better end cap to the evening about literature).