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Janet Kuypers’ 4/30/17 “Poetry Bomb” readings live in public, @ Austin’s Graffiti Park

    In continuing with the tradition of the annual meetings of the Poetry Comb (started on the last Sunday of April in Chicago), Janet Kuypers decided to go sponsor Austin’s 2017 Poetry Bomb at Graffiti Wall at Castle Hill outdoors for her Austin, TX installment of this annual Chicago poetry tradition on April 30rd, 2017, starting at 3:30 in the afternoon. She invited people to got together to read poetry at a place that is not an open mic, to just share poetry with passers-by — and people did go there to join her to read poetry — but they never found each other in the vast outdoors space! Either way, Janet Kuypers did read a number of her short poems (all poems she had either never read before, or only read once in public, so they were not well-known poems) when she decided to “Drop the Bomb” — the poetry bomb, that is. (And it is funny that John chose to facebook live stream some of her reading, because that is the only way we found that some people went to Graffiti Park, and we happened to miss each other)

In addition to YouTube videos, there was also a live facebook streaming video of a good portion of the reading as well (since it was a live facebook streaming video, it could not be placed in the YouTube video playlist from this event).

Drop the Bomb - poems from Janet Kuypers

    Before the show started she also released a chapbook of all of the short poems she held slated to read (and she read all of them expect the last poem in the chapbook), and this chapbook “Drop the Bomb” is still available online even during her reading, so anyone could (and can) download, or view online for free, the chapbook titled “Drop the Bomb” as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the show:

Just Thinking About It
Kick Someone Out
Lades and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls
Exhaling Toxic Fumes
Jumping from the Mausoleum
Just to be On the Safe Side
Nobody Finds Me
Bored the Night Before 9/11
This is Only a Test
Only Searching
Ugly Babies need the Most Love
Good Escape
Goth Girl Photographer
Koala Porn
On a Downtown Chicago Light Pole
On This Ride
Marne Rifle Poem
No Thank You
He makes me Think about These Things
(and you could hold me)
From Words to Wars


Janet Kuypers’ “World Poetry Day” mini-feature event 3/21/17

    Because March 21st is “World Poetry Day”, Janet Kuypers hosted an afternoon event at Half Price Books in Austin, where people read poems about a variety of topics.

Janet at World Poetry Day Janet at World Poetry Day

    Below are writing links and video links of Janet Kuypers from March 21st 2017 (3/21/17, or 20170321), where she performing 2 poetry readings (one of lengthy world-related poems ad one of shorter world-themed poems), as well as a few individual poem readings, in Austin at Half Price Books.

On March 21st, 2017, people got together at Half Price Books in Austin TX for a show to celebrate “World Poetry Day” mini-feature event hosted by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers. During this event, she performed a set of Lengthy World Poems on World Poetry Day, a set of Short World Poems on World Poetry Day, her “erasure poem: Corner Stone Against Slavery” (where shw took a confederate speech and “erased” portions of it to make an anti-slavery poem), and (because other features that day read poems for other poets for World Poetry Day) Kuypers also read the Carolyn Forche prose poem “the Colonel”.

Janet at World Poetry Day Janet at World Poetry Day

    On the same day as the show, she also released two online chapbooks — one of “Lengthy World Poems on World Poetry Day” and one of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day“. These two chapbooks are the writings she read in two different reading blocks (in the order they were to be performed). She did not distribute copies of this chapbook to the people in the audience of the bookstore, but she made sure the chapbooks “Lengthy World Poems on World Poetry Day” and one of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day“ were available online on the same day as her reading, so anyone could (and can) download both of the chapbooks “Lengthy World Poems on World Poetry Day” and one of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day“ as a PDF file for free any time.

Janet at World Poetry Day Janet at World Poetry Day

Poems included in this performance:
Freedom just past the Fence
My Kind of Town
Been a World Leader
Enough’s Enough
The Little Differences
an edited “Communication 2012
erasure poem: Corner Stone Against Slavery
Every Street Corner
Our Lady of Mercy
shoe prints on the toilet seat
unclean left hands
Get His Product to Town
Ever Consumed Goat
Moros y Christianos
middle eastern man in front of me
Obama on the Subway
Poverty in America
Flying to China
Building Houses out of Pallets
Everyone Has a Choice

Janet at World Poetry Day Janet at World Poetry Day