Janet Kuypers’ “Drop the Bomb” 4/30/17 “Poetry Bomb” readings to strangers live in Austin TX @ 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)

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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:

control
earth
enjoy
unbounded
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
energy
errors
rescue
This is Only a Test
You
Only Searching
Ugly Babies need the Most Love
Bimbo
Good Escape
Goth Girl Photographer
Koala Porn
Occupy
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.

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    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”.

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    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.

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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

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Janet Kuypers’ “2017 Austin Rhythm Fire” 4 poem set 3/20/17 w/ improv jazz band

On March 20th, 2017, people got together at Southern Hospitality in Austin TX for a show to celebrate the spirit of Lonzell Haggary with an evening of mini-features, all potentially accompanied by an improv jazz band. Janet Kuypers was the final feature performance for the evening, where she performed poems reflecting different themes, including “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer”.

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2017 Austin Rhythm Fire chapbook

    Before the show started she also released a chapbook of the poems included int his performance, and this chapbook “2017 Austin Rhythm Fire” is still available online even during her reading, so anyone could (and can) download as the chapbook as a PDF file for free any time.

Poems included in this performance:
Keeping a Record of Going Too Far
Yearning to Break Free
Entering the Lake of Fire
Only an Observer

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.

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    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”.

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.

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    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:

Spring
Entering the War Room
Job that Only Paid the Bills
Killing the Survivor Bug
Springtime
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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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”.

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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”).

Janet Kuypers’ “Exalted Love” 2/4/17 poetry feature/show with background music

    Below are writing links, video links and images from a February 4th 2017 (2/4/17, or 20170204) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature “Exalted Love” through “Greatest Love” live in Austin Texas.

    The theme of the night with other features was about poetry and was about not just love (because Valentine’s Day is this month), but the “Greatest Love” , which can be interpreted philosophically in so many ways. So Janet Kuypers covered this very explicitly in her show about the love of a person, the love of nature, the love of astronomy, or even discovering the right book to bring the love of the right philosophy, bringing meaning to your life. Her “Exalted Love” show was also accompanied by music from Mozart (“the Dissonant”) rainforest sounds, and “Hotel Music” from the HA!Man of South Africa (Francois Le Roux, with “the story i am trying to tell” and “easy afternoon” both from his “Hotel Music”).

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Exalted Love chapbook

    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 &#8220Exalted Love” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the show:

Mapping the Way to True Love
Years, Centuries, Eons
Zenith of the Night Sky
just one book

Bonus videos in the above playlist include “after the show” poems, like “Amber Beads”, “Praying to Idols”, “Unless it Happens to You”, and the haiku “oceans”.

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Janet Kuypers’ “Ultimate Connectivity” 10/16/16 poetry feature/show with live guitar

Janet Kuypers’ “Ultimate Connectivity” 10/5/16 poetry feature/show with live guitar

        

    Below are video links from an October 16th 2016 (10/16/16, or 20161016) poetry performance (with accompanying background guitar by John) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through the Awesmic City Expo preview at the Palmer Events Center that incorporated peace and connectivity into poetry with brand new poems written specifically for this event.

The video listing here includes the two videos FROM the show at the Palmer Events Center in Austin Texas, but the second playlist of videos videos of later readings of individual poems at open mics in Austin (plus a video of one poem performed with live music from the HA!Man of South Africa 11/13/16 at Unity Church of the Hills in Austin).

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    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 “Ultimate Connectivity” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the show:

Ultimate Connectivity: trying to separate peace from war

Ultimate Connectivity: aches and pains

Ultimate Connectivity: how coffee can be relaxing

Ultimate Connectivity: getting naked with nature

Ultimate Connectivity: swimming with the fishes

Ultimate Connectivity: forgetting fear and feeling free

Ultimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand

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