This is a door.
It once hung perfectly
framed in this tiny corner
of the universe,
It now lies here
in this rain-soaked field,
not torn from its place
but carefully removed—
screw by screw,
nail by nail—
so that if you were to place your fingers
within the hole that once held its latch
and raise it on the ghost of hinges,
stiff as the past and greedy
as the future, only a breath
of earth would greet you.
Look at the bottom,
how the drops of dew
left by cool stones
glisten like fireflies.
Music by Andy Derryberry. Reading and poem by Alvin Knox.Mastered and produced by Artvilla Records
Below are video links from a June 4th 2016 (6/4/16, or 20160604) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: June is a Woman! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center about being a woman, and about what women go through. Because she happened to see this spray-painted word on the side of the road this spring (when construction workers often write single words down to indicate things like where power lines are under ground), she had to take pictures with the word she saw, and she therefore decided to title this show “Obey”. In this show she also ran repeating images projected on the screen behind her of her drawings of woman alternating with her edited “Obey” images, and sampled in the background during her readings were instrumentals from 3 tracks from the Laurie Anderson album release, “the Ugly One with the Jewels”. She even explained to the live audience after the show that she even chose to wear a flapper dress for this show, because (A) that time period reflected the time just after women gained the right to vote in the United States, and (B) this clothing was the irst obvious sign of women wanted to stand on their own (and enjoy themselves too). It didn’t hurt that in Kuypers’ animation in her show (like doing the twist or jumping on a hotel bed, or even with her animated gestures during all of her performance), the fringe one her dress would exaggerate her movements as well.
Janet Kuypers' poetry show "Obey" at Austin's the Baha'i Center 6/4/16 w/ art & music (Sony camera).
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 “Obey” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.
May 7th 2016 (5/7/16, or 20160507) poetry performance (with accompanying guitar music by John) of Janet Kuypers’ first scheduled Austin poetry feature through Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center (at 2215 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723) after her move, and because this was also her wedding anniversary, they started the evening with her and John singing the song friends performed at their wedding — Depeche Mode’s “The Bottom Line” (with altered chorus lyrics for their wedding). So enjoy this set os poems (set to music in the show) about not only astronomy but also love, in “Love in the Universe”.
Janet Kuypers song & 6 poems (John guitar) @ her Austin feature "Love in the Universe" 5/7/16 C
Janet Kuypers was highlighted 11/21/14 with a feature poetry reading through Café Cabaret at Cafe Ballou (939 N. Western Ave. in Chicago). Her slated selections of poetry included all brand-new and many never before read poems (all quite emotional, relating to current topics like the Ebola virus, of the death of family members), interspersed with haiku poems Kuypers has never read before (all from her recent collection book Partial Nudity, that all also appear in her 2014 mini-book 100 Haikus).
20141121 Janet Kuypers' poetry feature "Nerves of a Poet" at Chicago's Cafe Cabaret C