Janet Kuypers’ 6/11/22 “Eleven” Poetry Show @ Buzz Mill in Austin, TX

Eleven show from Janet Kuypers

    Below are video links and poem text links from a June 11th 2018 (6/11/18, or 20180611) poetry performance (accompanied by guitar and piano music from John Yotko, accompanied by train sound throughout the show) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through “Fort to Famous” at Austin’s The Buzz Mill in Austin, TX.

    In this show, Janet Kuypers’ decided to tackle the number eleven in many different forms throughout her show, from her first poem she ever wrote that was published when she was eleven, the acquaintance rape counselor poems she wrote 11 years after that, to nearly being killed on July 11th, to having her first show back in Chicago on June 11th, top coping with July 11, 2001. At the end of this show (cut off from video, but in the chapbook), she even read a penguin poem written in the 11th month last year, and ended her show with a poem from poems written 11 years after being happily married to John… in this show, she even included a song they have sung in 11 states.

    Poems performed in thisshow include “Under the Sea”, “The Burning”, “Right There, By Your Heart (verses 2 & 6)”, “What We Need in Life”, “Fantastic Car Crash”, “The Things They Did To You (5/8/18 edit)”, “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (an extreme sestina variation)”, “Death is a Dog”, and “September 11, 2001”.

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See YouTube video of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers in her 6/11/18 poetry show “Eleven” in Austin, TX (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500).
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See YouTube video of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers in her 6/11/18 poetry show “Eleven” in Austin, TX (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera, and then it was given an Edge Detection filter).
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See YouTube video of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers in her 6/11/18 poetry show “Eleven” in Austin, TX (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera, and then it was given a Hue Cycling filter).
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See YouTube video of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers in her 6/11/18 poetry show “Eleven” in Austin TX (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera, and then it was given a Posterize filter).
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See YouTube video of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers in her 6/11/18 poetry show “Eleven” in Austin TX (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera, and then it was given a Sepia Tone filter).
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See YouTube video of Chicago poet Janet Kuypers in her 6/11/18 poetry show “Eleven” in Austin (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera, and then it was given a Threshold filter).
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See YouTube video from 6/6/18 of Janet KuypersJune 2018 Book Release Reading, where she read her Down in the Dirt Jan.-Apr. 2018 issue collection book “At Midnight” poems “rush”, “lost”, and “Only Half the Story”, then two poems from her “Eleven” chapbook, “Under the Sea” and “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (sestina)”, in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera).
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See YouTube video from 6/6/18 of Janet KuypersJune 2018 Book Release Reading, where she read her Down in the Dirt Jan.-Apr. 2018 issue collection book “At Midnight” poems “rush”, “lost”, and “Only Half the Story”, then two poems from her “Eleven” chapbook, “Under the Sea” and “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (sestina)”, in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera and given an Edge Detection filter).
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See YouTube video from 6/6/18 of Janet KuypersJune 2018 Book Release Reading, where she read her Down in the Dirt Jan.-Apr. 2018 issue collection book “At Midnight” poems “rush”, “lost”, and “Only Half the Story”, then two poems from her “Eleven” chapbook, “Under the Sea” and “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (sestina)”, in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera and given a Sepia tone filter).
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See YouTube video from 6/6/18 of Janet KuypersJune 2018 Book Release Reading, where she read her Down in the Dirt Jan.-Apr. 2018 issue collection book “At Midnight” poems “rush”, “lost”, and “Only Half the Story”, then two poems from her “Eleven” chapbook, “Under the Sea” and “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (sestina)”, in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera and given a Threshold filter).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (extreme sestina variation)” & “Observer’s Love Poem” from her chapbook “Eleven”, and then her eleven-themed new poem “popular and useless” (with a selfie with the audience) live 6/10/18 at “Spoken and Heard” . Kick Butt Coffee (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Looking for a Worthy Adversary (extreme sestina variation)” & “Observer’s Love Poem” from her chapbook “Eleven”, and then her eleven-themed new poem “popular and useless” (with a selfie with the audience) live 6/10/18 at “Spoken and Heard” . Kick Butt Coffee (this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera).

Allegiance Poem by Wayne Jackson

An Allegiance We Could Make
By Wayne Jackson 1950-1989

An allegiance we could make
slow walkers, people
who look up to see what time it is, those
of us who hold hands
at the movies, hummers, yard
rakers, a slow wonderful
war fought in silence without
them ever knowing

Mondays we”ll sleep late, we”ll
make a stand, giving the histories that happen
away to passing jets, to
rotating signs, and our heroes have walnut stained hands, have
buckeyes in their pockets, pocket watches
They will be whittlers of wood, of ivory soap
The orders come from inside the head
whispered remembered again and
again, refusing what happens elsewhere, grinning
at the dwarf spinning in the street
We”ll make our slow stand
on our front porch swings

Copyright © 1997 by Donald Wayne Jackson, All rights reserved

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Lovers Poem by Thomas Kellar

LOVERS

in these late breaking days

rebellion has become

the most ragged of fashion statements

the banality of it symbolized

by certain

hairstyles, cigarettes, rock bands, automobiles

a saltpeter-fueled revolution

defiance institutionalized

from our home entertainment centers

we see, we hear,

the latest corporate anti-heroes

as they sun themselves

along the banks of the mainstream

mega stars

idolized by thundering herds

spilling forth

from the nearest shopping mall

ask me and I”ll tell you

lovers with a cause

are the real rebels

the spiritual benefactors,

the wounded heroes,

the mystics eternally misunderstood

with fine grit paper

working against the grain

hands slivered and bleeding

creating hidden beauty

in time

through their labor

floating free-form

defying the gravity

of power, greed, envy”¦

detached-disconnected

born anew

these spirit artists become suspect

a kind of threat to social order

to be burned at a stake

nailed to a cross

assassinated by sniper fire

getting them out of the way

we make martyrs of them

coz the dead don”t scare us

the way living flesh and bone does

it”s easier to glorify a touched up past

than face a future

we seem hell-bent on desecrating

one by one

all are shot down

“¦and when the fields where the wildflowers grow

have been bulldozed and destroyed

then spring is gone

and what”s left

is a sort of somber confusion

as hard to define

as that 4 letter word

we so readily cut and paste

to fit our purpose

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