Janet Kuypers’ “Exploring Spring” 3/4/17 poetry feature/show with background music

    Below are writing links, video links and images from a March 4th 2017 (3/4/17, or 20170304) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through “Spring Awakenings” live at the Bahá’í Faith Center in Austin Texas.

    The theme of the night with other features was about spring (ergo the “Spring Awakenings” title), so Janet Kuypers’ show “Exploring Spring” was also accompanied by recently recorded sounds of birds chirping outside, accompanying music by “Hotel Music” from the HA!Man of South Africa (Francois Le Roux, with “entering the ruines” from his “Hotel Music”), where she also had video of him playing his cello on a small screen joining her on stage.

Exploring Spring - 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 “Exploring Spring” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the show:

Entering the War Room
Job that Only Paid the Bills
Killing the Survivor Bug
Original Snowbirds

Bonus videos in the above playlist include readings of these poems individually both before and after the feature presentation.

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You Me and Forever Love | Poem by joyce bell Willie simpson

The moonlight fails            the thought prevails              to live a lie                              and yet i spy                                  through the keyhole of my being                        .      Love lies there alone          come out I say                        come out I pray                      and fill me                              so I may return your love to thee

Janet Kuypers’ Book Release & Book Reading at Half Price Books 3/1/17

    Because March 1st is the day Scars Publications releases books “Lost in America” from cc&d magazine and “What Remains” from Down in the Dirt magazine, Janet Kuypers was asked to read material from these new books in Half Price Books Community Poetry, so she made a reading of not only poems from the books “What Remains” and “Lost in America” but also selections from past cc&d book releases.

What Remains Lost in America Rhetoric and the Written Word the 23 enigma a Perfect Solitude
When the Walls are Paper Thin a Mad Escape the Curve of Arctic Air and Then he Moved Invisible Ink Shot out of a Cannon

    Below are writing links and video links from March 1st 2017 (3/1/17, or 20170301) poetry reading in Austin at Half Price Books.
    Video only recorded the fist few minutes of the show (cutting off the first poem, “Vanishing Scars”), but after the reading she did come back to the podium to read a poem slated as the final poem in her show “Exploring spring” at “Spring Awakenings” in Austin at the Bahá’í Faith Center, “Original Snowbirds”.

Book Release & Book Reading chapbook
    Before the show started she also released an online chapbook of the writings she was making available for her to read in this poetry book reading (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 (since she didn’t know how many poems selected from the books she would be able to perform in her reading), but she made sure the chapbook “Book Release & Book Reading” was available online even during her reading, so anyone could (and can) download as the chapbook as a PDF file for free any time.
    The full list of pieces selected that she read in this reading included first poems from past issue/books from cc&d magazine… Including potentially “Vanishing Scars” and “Fuming in the Morning” from 1/17Rhetoric and the Written Word”, “X-rays and Broken Hearts” from 6/16the “the 23 enigma”, “Koi Ponds and Concrete” from 5/16a perfect solitude”, “of independence or freedom” from 11-12/15When the Walls are Paper Thin”, “eight ball answers all” and “violent affair” from 5-6/15a Mad Escape”, “holding my skin together” from 1-2/15the Curve of Arctic Air”, “one summer traveled” from 7-8/14And Then He Moved”, “Each Half is the Enemy” and “explaining what condoms are for” from 5-6/14Invisible Ink”, and “Jumping from the Skyline to the Clouds” from 3-4/14Shot Out of a Cannon”. After she read those she read poems from the current book releases: her Periodic Table of Poetry bonus poem “Smelling Sulphur on Nine One One” for “What Remains”, then “newspaper ink’s the blood of a dying species” and “Quieted Soul” and lastly her Periodic Table of Poetry bonus poem “Pluto, Plutonium & Death” from “Lost in America”).

Black Tie Poems | M. Earl Smith | Art by 3valynn










Painting by 3Valynn

Black Tie


Everything in the world

Was there for him to take

All around him, colors whirled

Crossed up by black tie fate

Old money, new money

A cross of different worlds

The differences stunned me

As I watched the drama unfurl

Worth more than your weight in gold

That color splatter onto gray

Your plan for love so bold

Love stretching to the end of the day

The circumstances were unique

Not normal, to say the least

Even when things were bleak

You sought to build a better beast

So when they compare you

You were worth the entire lot

And one fine day, true

The world will realize what is lost


Black Tie, Too!


Look at me!

Look at you!

It looks like you wore

Your black tie, too!

Party Time!

Yes, it’s true!

I’m dressed up

And so are you

A black tuxedo

And shiny shoes!

A gold silk shirt

And silver jewels!

We’ll have a good time

With friends, old and new

Who knows the things

That we’ll all do?

So let’s get ready

To bid adieu

To boring times

As we party, me and you