Janet Kuypers’ “Masquerading in Costumes & Personas” 10/1/16 poetry feature/show

Janet Kuypers’ “Masquerading in Costumes & Personas” 10/1/16 poetry feature/show

    Below are writing links and video links from a October 1st 2016 (10/1/16, or 20161001) poetry performance (with costume changes for every poem reading) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: the Metaphor of Costumes at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center. The usual host for this event (Thom Woodruff) was out of town at another event in Waco TX, so he asked Janet to take over the reigns and host this evening, where she chose the theme of costumes (since for this monthly event, October ends with Halloween).

    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 “Masquerading in Costumes & Personas” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems and songs below:

before the show:
Masquerade

the show:
Curium
This Halloween
This Halloween Again
Salesman

after the show:
On All Fours
Observations: Nine and Six
Vanishing Scars

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Enduring the anguish of thinking… A Poem by Richard Lloyd Cederberg

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“There was only the cemetery itself, spread out in the moonlight like a soft grey hallucination, a stony wilderness of Victorian melancholy.” (IN MEMORY)
 

 
How silently
And stern these
Straining days pass,
Where, at times, in open tyranny,
Scattered thoughts scramble
For measured application…
 
O dismay,
Each day
Embracing (the
Great word ‘WAIT’),
This (at times) tragic fate
Impelling the mind to reengage
With something other than
A wearied wide road
Worn smooth…
Another fluster putting glory on
[Hoping] to rediscover where
Newness is apparent, and where honest
Happiness is more than a shadow of things past…
 
Throughout life
(I’ve) known thinking
That piled-up (at times)
Like a day’s dead sanctities;
Thought-quakes pricked with panic –
Like vexed birds flailing on windowpanes –
Thoughts – in rising currents wild with leaves –
Trembling in trepidation at the tumults of the day,
But clinging to where Earth and Heaven meet crying:
O Burning Lion – Creator, from whom flows
The substance of all fresh thinking;
Help me bear this anguish…

    (II) AN APPEAL…

O breath of life…
Breathe on this mind that broods
(At times) so helpless and unnerved…
 
…From the utmost corners,
O divine breath,
Command my lassitude
To drift from me like a whisper
 
Preserve me from these penumbras
Where despair shrieks in the belly of clouds;
 
And, where from all dark-lipped furrows,
Hubris strolls in chatoyant silk
 
…From the four winds come,
O breath,
To breathe upon
These outworn motivations,
That this slain heart could rise up
To write rather of life than of death
 
… From the uttermost parts,
O breath of life,
Breathe on me that I might suspire
As an Eagle stirring its nest;
Hovering over its young;
Spreading forth its majestic wings
To carry each of them up to the high-places;
For it is your breath (alone) O God that sustains me…

 
 
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“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7
 
 
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BIOGRAPHY (10/2016) – Richard Lloyd Cederberg
 
Richard is the progeny of Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. He was born in Chicago Illinois. Richard began his journey into the arts at age six. For twelve years he played classical trumpet. But then, the British incursion of music (Beatles and the Dave Clark Five) influenced him to put down the trumpet to take-up acoustic and electric guitar, and, to write songs and lyrics. He toured professionally for ten years. In 1995 Richard was privileged to design and build his own Midi-Centered Recording Studio ~ Taylor & Grace ~ where he worked diligently until 2002. During that time he composed and multi-track recorded over 500 compositions and has two CD’s (‘WHAT LOVE HAS DONE’ and ‘THE PATH’) to his personal credit.
 
Richard’s interest in writing continues. His poetic invention confluxes integrative elements: history, parlance, alliteration, metaphor, allegory, characterization, spirituality, faith, eschatology, art, and subtext. Avoiding the middle-road; he takes advantage of diverse poetic anatomies including: Rhythmical, Poetic/Prose, Triolets, Syllable formats, Story-Poems, Freeform, Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, and Acrostic. Richard’s work has been (and is) featured in a wide variety of anthologies, compendiums, and e-zines including: Poetry Life and Times, Artvilla, and Motherbird. Richard was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.
 
Published books include:
 
The Monumental Journey Series (adventure/mystery/historical fiction) 1. A MONUMENTAL JOURNEY… 2. IN SEARCH OF THE FIRST TRIBE… 3. THE UNDERGROUND RIVER… 4. BEYOND UNDERSTANDING. A new adventure/thriller, BETWEEN THE CRACKS has been published. A new eschatological drama – AFTER WE WERE HUMAN – is being written. Follow the lives of several friends as a new race of ageless multi-dimensional humans comes back to Earth with their Creator to rule and reign for 1000 years.
 
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Janet Kuypers’ “How Music is Poetic” 9/3/16 song & poetry feature/show

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    Below are video links from a September 3rd 2016 (9/3/16, or 20160903) music&nbp;/ poetry performance (with accompanying guitar and percussion music by John) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: September Song! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center (at 2215 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723) that incorporated poetry into music. This is why they started the set with their song&nbp;/ poem that they previously performed at the sold out theater show from Beast Women Rising 9/21/14 of her original Mom’s Favorite Vase song “What We Need in Life”, with her poem “Fantastic Car Crash&^#8221; nestled between verses two and three. To break up the guitar, Janet then performed her Periodic Table poem “Tin” (with Chicago locations changed to Austin Texas downtown locations, of course). But in this set the ended their show with her poem (set to John’s original song) “Made Any Difference”.

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 “How Music is Poetic” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems and songs below:

What We Need In Life
with “Fantastic Car Crash” between verses 2 & 3
Tin
Made any Difference

        photo by Garrison Martt photo by Garrison Martt photo by Garrison Martt photo by Thom Woodruff

Dry Day. A Poem by Anurag Verma.

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The wine shop says that it’s a dry day.
A Sikh God was born
about 900 years ago
and all alcohol shops are closed today
to celebrate his birthday.
 
God does it again.
God doesn’t want you to have a good time.
God doesn’t want you to celebrate your tragedies.
A man on this foggy night is
cutting through the chilly winds
of the capital city,
one shop to another
in search of a beer,
to gulp down his loneliness
with a pack of chips
but no!
God does it again.
 
God wants you to suffer,
like a bug inside a cobweb.
God doesn’t want you to do
nothing.
To do nothing in the world
so restless
and fast
is something.
To drink beer at home
on a Monday
afternoon is a statement
of protest against
capitalism,
mad speed
and career.
But no!
God does it again.
 
I walk on the streets and see
some more people like me,
in search of a beer.
Together we walk
like revolutionaries on a mission,
but soon
everyone gets dispersed
in different directions
like revolutionaries on a mission.
 
I am outside a bar
reading the menu
when the bouncer
comes near me
and says
“No sir. We don’t allow
people wearing slippers
in our bar. ”
I take a U-turn and
walk back wearing the same
slippers, of 9 number
half-covered with mud
and rest in sadness.
 
I see an expensive bar,
where ladies with great legs,
smelling of good perfume
and men dressed in fine attires
Smelling the good perfumes
of the ladies
Sit together,
chat
and laugh.
 
I enter it
and order the least expensive beer.
 
If you want to know
the real taste
of beer, you should
drink it on a dry day.
One gulp goes down
and its feels like
a pink flower
blooming near
your intestine.
 
Sitting alone,
I take out my note book
and decide
to write a poem
so as to not feel guilty
about spending so much
money on a single beer.
 
This poem costs 300 Rupees!
 
 
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Short bio
 

I have done my Masters in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal University ( JNU , Delhi ) , India . I completed the Filmmaking course FTII, Pune, one of the most reputed film school in Asia. . In past I has assisted experimental filmmakers .Some of my have been shown to various film festival across the world.
 

I have a deep interest in poetry writing/reading . Mundaneness of life and finding the sense of humour in tragedy is something which interests me and is something which I try to reflect in writing.
 
 
 
 
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