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Janet Kuypers’ April 2017 Book Release Reading at Half Price Books 4/5/17

    April 1st marked a book release reading of new books from Scars Publications, which saw the release of the books “the Statue” from cc&d magazine and “Waterlogged” from Down in the Dirt magazine. So on April 5th 2017, Janet Kuypers was asked to read material from these new books plus additional cc&d and Down in the Dirt book releases in the National Poetry Month Community Poetry reading at Half Price Books in Austin.

    The first reading at Half Price Books included “Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph” from the Statue, “I’m Really Going This Time” from Give What You Can, “Human Construct of Time” from Sea Drift, “White Knuckled” from Forever Bound, “Entire Town’s Baseball Team” from Suggested Torture, “Jabbed in an Open Nerve” from Idea, “Observing Theories of the Universe” from Idea, and “Entering the Lake of Fire” from Nighttime City. The second reading for Austin’s National Poetry Month Community Poetry at Half Price Books, including “Queen ISIS (battling for peace)” from “Waterlogged”, and “Story Telling” from “Spiraling”.

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Janet Kuypers’ “Erasure Poems” 4/1/17 National Poetry Month feature

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Janet in Erasure Poems show    Below are writing links, video links and images from a April 1st 2017 (4/1/17, or 20170401) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through “National Poetry Month” live at the Bahá’í Faith Center in Austin Texas, where she opted to write “Erasure Poems” to perform for the show (Erasure Poems are poems where portions of well-known documents or speeches are “erased” to create a new literary piece). Throughout the show she also payed sounds of a train moving along the tracks (which she recorded for this show performance).

Erasure Poems - poems from Janet Kuypers

    Before the show started she also released copies 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 “Erasure Poems” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the show:

&“erasure poem: the Meaning of Art” (derived from an Adof Hitler speech)
erasure poem: Corner Stone Against Slavery” (derived from a Confederate speech)
erasure poem: a Declaration of Female Freedom” (derived from the U.S. Declaration of Independence)
erasure poem: One of the Most Hated Women in America” (derived from statements made by Casey Anthony after she was charged with the murder of her infant daughter Caylee (for which she was later acquitted)
erasure poem: a Poetic History” (derived from selected English words from India poet Sri Sri’s Telugu poem “Desa Charitralu”

Bonus videos in the above playlist include readings of these poems individually both before (to advertise) and after (to highlight) the feature presentation.

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