Janet Kuypers’ poetry “Who What Where When Why” feature 12/2/17

photos from show

    Below are video, poetry, and photography links (as well as a chapbook link) from the December 2th 2017 (12/2/17, or 20171202, or 2 Nov 2017) poetry performance of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through the Expressions! show at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center, titled “Who What Where When Why”. In this show she read poetry bout peace and love and harmony with nature after her very recent return from Antarctica, all also accompanied by not only music but also a rotating art display of not only art from Antarctica but also images from most of her past live performances at the Bahá’í Center over the past two years.

    Before the show started she also released copies to most everyone there of a chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show, and all of the pieces from this reading were also released electronically in a “Who What Where When Why” chapbook, which you can view or download as a PDF file for free any time.


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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 12/2/17 show “Who What Where When Why” @ “Expressions” in Austin, performing her poems “Who What Where When Why”, “Ocean’s Call to Dive”, “on the Bridge”, “Jumping, Flying”, “Only Voice he could Hear”, “Passport to Outer Space”, and “Visiting Pristine Places on the Planet(from a Lumix 2500 camera).


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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 12/2/17 show “Who What Where When Why” @ “Expressions” in Austin, performing her poems “Who What Where When Why”, “Ocean’s Call to Dive”, “on the Bridge”, “Jumping, Flying”, “Only Voice he could Hear”, “Passport to Outer Space”, and “Visiting Pristine Places on the Planet(from a Lumix T56 camera).


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See YouTube video 4/6/17 of Janet Kuypers performing her poem “Death Takes Many Forms” after her 12/2/17 show “Who What Where When Why” @ “Expressions” in Austin (video from a Panasonic Lumix 2500 camera).


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See YouTube video 4/6/17 of Janet Kuypers performing her poem “Death Takes Many Forms” after her 12/2/17 show “Who What Where When Why” @ “Expressions” in Austin (video from a Panasonic Lumix T56 camera).


Poems in this show include (in multiple readings):
Who What Where When Why
Ocean’s Call to Dive
on the Bridge
Jumping, Flying
Only Voice he could Hear
Passport to Outer Space
and
Visiting Pristine Places on the Planet
plus the bonus poem
Death Takes Many Forms

You can also follow the text links below for video stills from the show
and Thom Woodruff’s photography of Janet Kuypers reading her poem “Death Takes Many Forms”.

The “Who What Where When Why” Scars Publications web page for this show also contains these video, poetry, photography, and chapbook links.

photos from show

Making the Best of It. A Video Text Poem by Sara L. Russell

 


 

Make time for oatmeal
slap it on your face
A mask is always useful
 
Think about Mindfulness
enter the id
explore the more spiritual
 
Get into baking
throw nothing away
cut your own hair
 
A virtual pub quiz
almost the same
as being there
 
So here is Friday
a bit like Thursday
by another name
 
Here is a message
stay home save lives
be good, play the game
 
Here comes a baldy
With cold dead eyes
to tell you again
 
Here’s a comedian
saying the same thing
but makes it a joke
 
There’s good little children
there’s a good housewife
that’s a good bloke
 
Spring is forbidden
summer is cancelled
commerce has died
 
So dance in your bedroom
sing into your hairbrush
Pretend they all lied.
 
 

Sara L. Russell 17th April 2020

 

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Sara Louise Russell, aka PinkyAndrexa, is a UK poet and poetry ezine editor, specialising particularly in sonnets, lyric-style poetry and occasionally writing in more modern styles. She founded Poetry Life & Times and edited it from 1998 to 2006, when she handed it over to Robin Ouzman Hislop, who now runs it as Editor  at this site. Her poems and sonnets have been published in many paper and online publications including Sonnetto Poesia, Mindful of Poetry and Autumn Leaves a monthly Poetry ezine from the late Sondra Ball. Her sonnets also currently appear in the recently published anthology of sonnets Phoenix Rising from the Ashes. She is also one of the first poets ever to be published on multimedia CD ROMs, published by Kedco Studios Inc.; the first one being “Pinky’s Little Book of Shadows”, which was featured by the UK’s national newspaper The Mirror, in October 1999. (Picture link for Mirror article)Angel Fire

 

 

Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times ; You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)

 

 

Universal Aspirations. A Poem by Antonio Martínez Arboleda

Humans redesigning
through artificial intelligence
the DNA of all viruses
        with colours and flavours to choose

                            Humans establishing 
                            a licencing system
                            and opening times
                                       for bacteria to reproduce

                                                                       Humans playing billiard
                                                                       with planets and stars
                                                                                  to gain the best 
                                                                                  rotation angles
                                                                                  the optimal distance
                                                                                       for their home world
                                                                                       and their colonies

                                                                       and building 
                                                                       atomic shields
                                                                                  to keep them safe
                                                                                  from radiations

Humans feeding 
gluttonous black holes
           with sheep
           and giant cakes 
           and belching-inducing
           anti-acid agent 

                                             They may as well
                                               paint them white

                                          Humans being universal 
                                                         Lovely!

Antonio Martínez Arboleda:
Antonio (Tony Martin-Woods) started to write poetry for the public in 2012, at the age of 43, driven by his political indignation. That same year he also set in motion Poesía Indignada, an online publication of political poetry. He runs the poetry evening Transforming with Poetry at Inkwell, in Leeds, and collaborates with 100 Thousands Poets for Change 100tpc.org/. Tony is also known in the UK for his work as an academic and educator under his real-life name, Antonio Martínez Arboleda at the University of Leeds. His project of digitisation of poetry, Ártemis, compiles more than 100 high quality videos of Spanish poets and other Open Educational Resources. http://www.artemispoesia.com/ .

He is the delegate in the UK of Crátera Revista de Crítica y Poesía Contemporánea , where he also publishes his work as translator from English into Spanish. He published his first volume of poetry in Spanish, Los viajes de Diosa (The Travels of Goddess), in 2015, as a response to the Great Recession, particularly in Spain. His second book, Goddess Summons the Nation PaperbackGoddess Summons the Nation Kindle Edition , is a critique of the ideas of nation and capitalism, mainly in the British Brexit context. It incorporates voices of culprits, victims and heroes with mordacity and rhythm. It consists of 21 poems, 18 of which are originally written in English, available in print and kindle in Amazon and other platforms. Editor’s note: further information bio & academic activities can be found at this link: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/languages/staff/91/antonio-martinez-arboleda

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times ; You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)

 

 

 

AMERICAN MOBILE. A Poem by EM Schorb.

      The pure products of America go crazy . . .
      —William Carlos Williams
        Miss Smith, she dead.

       
      . . . my blind left eye don’t stop me
      I swivel quick around then get ahead
      back at the panorama
      striped down and then back up the hill
      to any future peak greened brown black cut through
      white striped like up the leg on a uniform
      the wind don’t wall me
      my aerodynamics
      they’d lift my license for my eye full of sugar
      but I still drink
      that VA doctor’s lower’n fish shit
      no beer no way
      but I drink Lite test my blood take my insulin
      I eat right mostly but my Drake’s cakes
      I’m thirty-three feet back
      sixty-six long times to here
      always dreamed of motorhoming
      free to be you and me
      Maxine’s you
      she sips at that beer
      stares through the wraparound
      like she’s watching home movies
      and shoots bytes at me like look there
      did you see that
      she’s frightened at being sixty next week
      I told her look at me—you plus six
      and I’m still steering
      still truckin’ but I never was a trucker
      was a kid a soldier a vet a cop and
      a guard at Disney’s that was my whole damned life
      that back there behind me on the road
      but it comes along with me in my sugar-eye
      my shotup shoulder from War Two
      my skin cancer from standing all those years in the sun
      reflecting off tarmac and parked cars at Disney World
       
      Max says look Jersey plates
      she says Joisey we started out in Jersey
      we fell in love haven’t slept together in years
      Max thinks I’m not well interested
      but it’s the sugar
      I don’t tell nobody not even her not especially her
      suppose she knew I couldn’t
      what kind of man would she think
      look she says back in back her mother sees it too
      I don’t know what it is must be on my blind side
      but I don’t say no way I let them know
      I’m blind as a blackboard over there
      not hurtling along at eighty
      they’d piss their beer
      you got to hold to your lane
      the old lady’s nearly ninety but full of it
      not only beer either if you know
      look Max says
      shut up Max but I don’t say it
      I don’t listen about Alabama moons
      Georgia peaches glorious Asheville leaves
      I talk to myself my only friend
      they suck me in like black holes
      the old lady and Max everything goes
      into them nothing out toward me
      did I believe in love
      I’ve stopped laughing even
      I’ve been driving too long
       
      I see us off the edge of a cliff if I don’t keep him awake
      old man hunched up at the wheel was he my hero
      I think there’s something wrong with his eyes now
      the way he jerks around to see I’ve noticed
      I ride not swiveled in a bucket by a tilted instrument pod
      but sometimes behind him astraddle his first Harley
      his long blond hair snapping in my eyes no helmets
      my fingers feeling in the deep holes
      through his shoulder and his ribs
      where the sniper’s bullet drilled through
      he died he said and came alive again on a table in England
      I still wore his white dress shirt
      hanging out over my rolled-up blue jeans
      shiny pennies in my loafers
      Frank Sinatra made me scream Elvis my one daughter
      Buddy’s blonde princess the Dead my grandson
      nobody sings anymore all back there somewhere
      with my mother boozed up at ninety
      a Depression-made cheapskate
      sipping cheap port
      and a hundred thousand in the bank
      how did we get here
       
      where are we going why must I come
      Harry could save me
      clever with life how left-handed he
      mangled his right hand in the leather machine
      made them think he was right-handed
      more compensation
      at last a little house and money in the bank
      and I got us out of Jersey
      like war in the project then
      the Sixties the long hot summers
      bullets through the windows
      down to Max and Buddy in Orlando to my little house
      Harry why must I travel with them
      the youngsters even are old but Harry’s gone
      crazy at the end
      fighting in the trenches again
      Argonne Belleau Wood
      gone on the road behind us
      dead and buried in Orlando
      buried and lost his grave lost
      we are going to sue
      I have no place to put flowers
      no place to talk to him anymore
      they lost my Harry
      tough leather guy from Brooklyn
      tough guy so sweet once
      poor old crazy man
      gone back to the trenches back to Pershing
      mustardgas and Belleau Wood
      another world so far away
      to his grave at ninety-five
      I don’t want cable
      only my one soap-opera station
      only my wine
      don’t even want life to come back
      what is the wind
      Star stories say some of us are aliens
      supermarket tabloids Maxine calls them
      and tries to make me think they print lies
      sometimes I think Buddy and maybe even Maxine too
      I bore her but maybe pod people have taken over her body
      like that old movie
      maybe she isn’t Maxine at all she doesn’t act like Maxine
      I could have a baby too
      like the hundred year old woman in Australia
      it would kill me at ninety they must eat something
      yogurt like those Russians who live forever aliens too
      and the little girl no older than smaller than
      who had quadruplets by a tom cat
      all of them born with whiskers
      the pictures were right there I saw them
      whiskers and pointed ears and long tails I saw them
      what is that going by where are they taking me
       
      “Good Housekeeping” said
      the kitchen was the warm womb
      of the colonial home and early-American women
      would stand at the hearth watching the turkey turn
      as they pumped up the flames
      packing sandwiches for an airline ain’t exactly
      the big time but we made it
      Buddy and I paid off the American dream
      for his bedroom and my bedroom
      and the alligators down on the lawn
      to the rock seawall wanting sun
      what’s life
      put the rocks back put
      back build up fall put back
      two slices Wonder Bread
      one slice waterpumped ham mayo mustard
      my long thin fingers all little silver scars
      I’m nobody what did I deserve
      not Buddy and my mother anyway
      sixty ain’t the end yet
      not even with all my loose belly skin and
      stupid strokefoot dragging when I’m tired
      like Buddy on Omaha Beach
      but I got it right through the head
      like being brain-shot and nine weeks in the hospital
      stealing our money
      there she is sipping her wine at ninety
      defying nature and three out of five of us kids with strokes
      always demanding maybe she gave us the strokes
      but nobody’s dead yet they say we are all lucky
      so that’s what luck is not being dead
      a case could be made
       
      driving into the dusk is like driving into a dream
      better hit the lights
      that big cluster of stars down there
      I aim my good eye on ahead
      now in the dusk it gets tricky
      but I don’t let Max know
      extreme macular degeneration
      sugar-induced doc says
      then he says you got varicose veins in your eye
      laser beams he says burn ’em out
      so I see blue for a week from the dye
      and the blue fades to gray and that’s it
      my credit’s good
      social security veteran’s pension Disney retirement
      I’m a triple dipper
      plus equity in the house poor boy makes good
      I’m driving fifty thousand dollars across America
      like I started out with anything but
      a piano-teaching widowed mother
      like I had a chance in life
      I play my own tapes me at the organ
      singing Willy Nelson songs
      “On the Road Again” Max hates my music
      she’s jealous but says I could of made a living
      at it could of but couldn’t take the joints
      composed some myself guitar piano organ
      my tape plays “King of the Road”
      my plates say NO MORTGAGE NO BOSS
      NO JOB NO WORRIES I’M RETIRED
      twenty years standing in the sun eating Twinkies skin cancer
      Harry thought Max could do better
      he never had a home like ours right on the gators’ water
      he’d say he never had alligators on his lawn either
      only stinkbugs in his old palm tree
      sometimes I miss fighting with him
      him on the Kaiser me on Hitler
      who was worse all ancient history
      even the Commies are dead
      nothing left for Freedom to fight
      and the world moves moves into the next century
      away from us what we did and needed
      it’ll all be computers and new people
      no more like us we’re dinosaurs
      old people but we move
      and we take our houses with us like hermit crabs
      we circle Asheville in leaves we land at Normandy
      not ten minutes in and all my bones break
      until I wake up on the table in England
      purple heart silver star
      I remember the sea swashing puffs of smoke
      our flag it still stands yesterday’s news who cares
      Max is sarcastic once she was proud
      I can’t help it Max
      it’s the sugar sugar
       
      . . . who betrayed me so many times with his Harley
      with somebody else’s legs around him
      fingers in his wounds
      hot stuff and joins the police
      to wear his beautiful blue uniform
      and ride his police cycle with his blond hair
      fluffed all around his blue visored hat
      and me pregnant alone with his blonde love in my stomach
      stud making a fool of his wife making a fool of his life
      with nogood burgling cops only Orlando left for us
      thank the chief who saved us and that was when I began
      when I began I began began to be old
       
      Maxine looks like me at sixty
      you could compare her to a picture of me then
      O Harry do you remember
      where are we
      North Carolina
      why are we here climbing this mountain
      full of beautiful leaves
      is that heaven up there what is that up there
      a jetstream
      a flying saucer
      why don’t we just stay home
      where I know where things are
      they don’t think about me how I can’t see
      how I wish Harry were here
      how he was when he was young
      so neat courtly so kind and sweet
      not like at the end afraid of the Hun
      hiding under the table gone crazy old man
      with old-timers disease
      it was all there again for him
      no time had happened
      no me no all that life all wiped out
      and he was there again and it made me wonder
      if we aren’t all just here or there or where are we
       
      Asheville we pack it in at Nashville
      Max and the old lady won’t go to the Grand Ole Opry
      so I’ll leave them to themselves
      I’ll go like I always said I would
      could hear it in Jersey when I was a kid
      could hear it all over the country
      Hank Williams Minnie Pearl Tex Ritter Hillbilly Heaven
      a southern yankee I never get enough of that wonderful stuff
      Max says we should of gone the other route
      to Memphis first Graceland Elvis can wait I say
      but it turns out to be Hank Williams Junior and Rockabilly
      not like I dreamed of it glitz and bang
      even a vet can yearn for the old sweetstuff
      Junior’s daddy the original Hank the real thing
      the lyrics were in a language I could understand
      we fought the wars and longed for love
      they march for peace and seem to hate
      like I’m still waiting for the fat lady to sing
      President Truman even introduced Kate
      Smith to the Queen
      as “America” Oh beautiful for spacious skies
      but the Opry’s like the rest of it now
      maybe we should try Dollyland at Pigeon Forge
      no Max wouldn’t like it because
       
      angels come to our door but Buddy won’t let them in
      do you know these are the last days
      not if you have something spiritual
      it’s on Earth
      he was sent by the God of Love
      that’s why Graceland is a church
      even if it’s like they say
      that his body ate twenty Big Macs a day
      his soul had to live on Earth didn’t it had to eat
      so Buddy’s blonde daughter tells me
      my daughter too but more his blonde like him
      now nearly bald not her him not dark like me
      well gray but if Elvis could bring happiness
      then he is a god
       
      he’s one of those aliens Max
      he was sent here to sing and bring love
      they say Graceland is more beautiful than Heaven
      that it’s all blue like the sky with no clouds
      no thunderbooms and tin-roof rain clatter
      where are we
       
      like when Buddy grinds his choppers
      he is eating us up in his sleep
      our night war like our day war cannibal
      shoved our beds apart into separate rooms
      trumpets saxophones trombones
      Buddy names my snoring while he grinds on
      and her crazy on the convertible back there
      all night coughs and chatters in her sleep
      about chicken wing prices
      it’s like a gone-nuts orchestra
      OOMPA OOMPA OOMPA CLICKETY-CLICK BLAH BLAH
      his teeth telling how much he hates his life
      at different times broken uppers and lowers
      life that never did what he wanted it to do
      we rocked that motorpark in Nashville
      hooked up Winnebago nearly laughed itself free
      electric lines tore out as it rolled over on its side
      and later shaking with screaming
      Mama and I had sucked the city of any last drop
      of Southern Comfort
      Buddy never came back from the Opry till it was dying out
      drunk himself from shit-kicking with urban cowboys
      I told him his sugar’ll kill him he sleeps grinding his life
      like steak into hamburger I’m his life
      what’s life
      Mama refuses to die until we do
      gray and stroked and sugared and beer’d under
      but how could we leave her at home who’d watch her
      nobody’ll take her in if we go she has to go
      won’t go to nursing home no way you know no how
      and I don’t mean not to go go go before I die
      thank GOD for Winnebagos
      next stopover next postcard
      P.S. life’s a war and you can’t give up
      love Max at sixty
       
      heaven is a place like Graceland
      they say Elvis’s daughter owns it now
      she’s the spitting image spitting image
      listen Max at least the foreigners don’t own Graceland
      like they do everything else
      it ain’t true that we don’t work as hard as the Japs
      but the unions Max I never did trust the unions
       
      you think like a scab-cop
      my father was a union man Buddy
       
      her father was a union man
      Harry was always a good union man
      and a good Democrat
       
      if they’re good for anything the aliens’ll be UNION
      if I didn’t belong to a union
      do you think they’d of paid me so much
      for making lousy sandwiches
      did you get enough sleep
      we should of gone to Graceland first
      read a “Reader’s Digest” article once
      first it was the farmlife held us to place
      then industry mills and trading and
      later the big factories up north
      made cities centers now no more
      anyone anywhere now the computers
      no more fixed life no more unions no more
      democrats no more stay put go go go
      like the damned beatniks hippies used to do
      on the road in the sky
      a whole corporation inside your portable
      computer workforce anywhere
      regions don’t mean nothing cities countries
      my country ’tis of thee
      I’m caught between the old lady back there
      and my grandson
      he’ll be part of it the brave new world he said
      college boy and his kids won’t even know
      what we were
      can’t you just see it grandpa
      no boundaries no borders
      even space the moon Mars
      business everywhere signals flying through the air
      caught between times becoming part of it
      losing it at the same time
      with my sugar walking down the street
      I never noticed how sweet beer is
      injections they’ll be able to fix that too grandpa
      and the whole world and even space
      will become AMERICA
       
      you look at your mother and you think
      how could I have come out of that sixty years ago
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY Max
      it’s a chorus of whiskey-cracked voices
      a duo of dead and gone ghosts
      calling back over their shoulders
      it’s bye-bye Maxine you’re as good as dead
      with your mastectomied pumped-up plastic tits
      what’d you need them for for him
      could of caused the stroke I’m told
      but then why my brother and sister stroked out too
      my face I had burned with acid and scraped
      for him forty years ago
      acne pits from her tea and cheap day-old cake
      to stuff us just before supper all of us
      faces like burned-red moons
      from her brother-can-you-spare-a-dime
      cheap Depression soul
      the old man back from Belleau Wood
      mustard gas and the formaldehyde stink of the tannery
      the whole goddamned century’s been a war
      I could live to see the end of it
      no more goddamned Twentieth Century
      now we fight each other we can’t stop fighting
      we’re like three hairy-assed Marines
      landing on each other’s beaches
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY Maxine
      Christ he kissed me breath like death blow out my candle
      if I could I’d blow them out of the Winnebago
      and get my wish a little time on earth alone a little life before I die
       
      Max was always tough even as a little girl
      she always fought
      her father’d have to drag her off
      from a fight but he was proud
      my Max don’t take no shit he said
       
      we had to be tough Jersey we all glow in the dark
      better than hard cold and cheap
      we had nothin’ but trouble like the plague
      Nineteen-Nineteen she says
      the doughboys brought the influenza back from Europe
      all those displaced persons
      my best girlfriend died of it everybody
      was dying you’re too young to know
      good to be too young for some things
      why do you think God does it
      screw that
      God helps them who help themselves Buddy
      he likes that one damned Republican
      but he’s right it’s like Elvis
      a success a blond guy with black hair and a cape
      God loves us all Max He’s sending them to help us
      well He’s got a damned funny way of showing it
      your granddaughter says He sent Elvis
      or is it Elvis sent her
      I told her he came in on a saucer
      they’ll all be here soon
       
      Buddy singing playing the organ he installed
      coming in on a wing and a prayer
      his feet pumping he loves to show off
      he says Harry was just a leather worker
      says my mother taught piano class will tell
      your people don’t have no class no way
      then it’s a Donnybrook
      in the musical world
       
      in heaven this couldn’t of happened
      if Max would spell me
      I’d go back and get drunk with the old lady
      sit in my Seat w/Telescoping Pedestal
      and stare at her until I could see inside her BRAIN
      but Max won’t spell me won’t drive no way no how
      just sucks in sixpacks and farts at speed bumps
      I’m mustard gassed like Harry at Belleau Wood
      turn on the BTU’s she says watch out
      open the vents here comes Max
      but she admits it was damned embarrassing
      we got the Arizona state troopers all over us
      here’s the old lady telling the pump jockey
      at our time of life we want full service telling him
      I’M BEING KIDNAPPED BY ALIENS
      I have a lovely home in Orlando
      they’re forcing me to go with them
      they want my money a hundred thousand dollars
      it belongs to Harry he earned it with the wrong hand
      call the police help help
      it takes some explaining but I tell them me I’m an ex-cop
      look I say but they got me and Max over a car hood
      if I had one of those BIG FOOT trucks
      I’d drive right over top of this traffic jam
      crushing cars like an angry giant
      that’s why everybody loves Big Foot
      I look at the cops and twirl
      my finger in a circle at my temple
      nuts the both of them I say
      they feel sorry for me and because I’m an ex-cop
       
      get real Buddy do you think God’s in California
      or in the Painted Desert or the Petrified Forest
      I want to see the first Disney place is all
      Max is mad like Mel great roadman
      people say it’s the end of America
      from the coast there on it’s out forever
      and the sea climbs into the sky
      Buddy it’s your music
      sometimes you sound like some godawful poet
      song of the open road Max
      there’s good trucker songs Max
      trucker poets cowboy poets
      you’re ignorant Max
      don’t start Buddy don’t start
      I tell you what Buddy
      Vegas is God
      you get a bucketful of change and pull handles
      until something good happens
      gangsters built Vegas Max
      gangsters built everything Buddy
      Bugsy Siegel is God and Vegas is heaven
      for shame Maxine
      what do you know Mama
      it’s all a chance and to hell with your aliens
      can’t you see saucers Maxine
      clouds Mama we’re in the mountains
      Sierra Nevadas Mama
      I’m not your mother I’m hers maybe
      and the white bombs of love
      like the Star says it’s Elvis in his saucer
      lots of Elvises because this is the end of time
      they have big dark eyes and sideburns down to here
      real smooth cheeks and they wear wonderful jumpsuits
      with colors like Las Vegas that night
      the first or second so it was stacks of colors
      and everything blinking they wear clothes like that
      with glittery things hanging down from their sleeves
      I was a little girl when Dreamland burned down
      my mother your grandmother Maxine
      said you could see Dreamland burning from Jersey
      I had been to Coney Island I had been to Dreamland
      I’m sure I saw Vesuvius erupt and a great naval battle
      where New York was bombarded by foreign ships
      and then an American admiral went out
      and defeated all of them
      you see children it is all a dream
      and you keep waking up to something new
      we aren’t really here at all we are here
      and somewhere else at the same time in Dreamland
      Meet me tonight in Dreamland under the silvery moon
      my mother used to play that one Mama
      I am not your mother don’t call me Mama
      you’re alone in the world Harry never liked you
      motorcycle-head he called you
      Maxine’s got me if she is Maxine
      of course I’m Maxine
      Christ of course white bombs
      SNOW
      where are we Maxine
      if I smashed this pedal down down hill
      I saw a movie once about a wagon train full of people
      heading west on Donner tha’s it the Donner party
      they were going over these very mountains they were up here
      high like this and there was a blizzard and they got caught
      and they couldn’t get down out of it
      blizzard starved and they began to eat each other
      don’t look at me Buddy
      the saucers will save us
      they’ll snatch us up into Graceland
      they can do anything they can make us fly
      can they take us back to where they came from
      is it a musical place
      of course it’s a musical place
      Elvis is King
      yeah Graceland is the real true blue heaven
      beyond the cheap chicken wings of the world Mama
      beyond the world Maxine
      or whoever you are
      Buddy my ears just popped
      we’re climbing Max
      it’s getting dark Buddy
      you better stop
      can’t stop on the highway
      some articulated eighteenwheeler
      some BIG FOOT
      come behind us
      no visibility
      now I nail my one good eye
      to the white-dark wraparound
      like one big cataract
      faint red lights
      turning off ahead
      now nothing
      down there’s a turn
      somewhere down there
      I hit the gas down hard to the floor
      it’s dark and white like being wrapped in ermine
      if we weren’t doing eighty ninety a hundred
      it’s like a toboggan like the OLYMPICS
      SWOOSH SWOOSH and we’re out off in SPACE
      the cold moon and stars ahead
      I push my WING-EXTENDER BUTTON
      and now it’s STAR TREK
      THE PANORAMA OF SPACE
      I can see through the thick clusters of stars
      ahead there deep
      GOD’S BRIGHT MUSICAL CASTLE
      but the saucers hold us floating in air
      HIGH OVER GRACELAND
      you can see the lights
      I told them I told them
      and THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS
      of GOLDEN COINS COME GLITTERING
      CRASHING OUT
       
       
       
       
       
      E.M. Schorb’s Murderer’s Day, was awarded the Verna Emery Poetry Prize and published by Purdue University Press, and a subsequent collection, Time and Fevers, was the recipient of the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Award for Poetry and also an Eric Hoffer Award.
       
      Other works include 50 Poems, Hill House New York; Words in Passing, The New Formalist Press; The Ideologues and Other Retrospec­tive Poems, Aldrich Press; Eclectica Americana, Hill House New York; Manhattan Spleen, Aldrich Press; Last Exit to East Hampton, Kelsay Books; and The Poor Boy, Dragon’s Teeth Press, Living Poets Series. The title poem, “The Poor Boy,” was awarded the International Keats Poetry Prize by London Literary Editions, Ltd., judged by Howard Sergeant.
       
      Schorb’s novel, Paradise Square, received the Grand Prize for Fiction from the International eBook Award Founda­tion at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A Portable Chaos was the First Prize Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction. His latest novel, R&R, a Sex Comedy, has won the Beverly Hills Book Award for Humor. But Schorb maintains that he is first and foremost a poet, and his poetry has appeared in numerous publi­ca­tions, such as Agenda (UK), The American Scholar (US), Frank (FR), The Hudson Review (US), Stand (UK), Poetry Salzburg Review (AU), Queen’s Quarterly (CA), The Yale Review (US), and Oxford Poetry (UK), among others.

      CODA: THE GHOSTS GO HOME. A Poem by EM Schorb.

          O lost and by the wind grieved,
          ghost, come back again.
          —Thomas Wolfe

        . . . so this is luck says Maxine
        you can take your freaking luck and shove it
        Mama says it was the aliens who helped us
        hundreds of flying saucers piloted by
        Elvises in sequined pod suits
        they lifted us off the cliff
        I told you they would I told you
        she’s nuts Buddy we’re dead right now
        dead and floating away Max dispersing smoke
        and just when I thought I was going to heaven
        to God’s bright musical castle
        where I could play the organ
        play Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland
        for all the heavenly days of my death
        O.K. Buddy but what in hell do you think
        I’m travelling for
        we left the other goddamned Disney place
        three thousand miles back
        I want to get away from it all
        that’s my heaven
        every place is the same Max
        every place is Disneyland
        now don’t you start sniveling Mama
        but home is where the heart is
        my heart is with Harry in Orlando
        poor old Alzheimer man
        I loved him so much
        for God’s sake we got all freaking bummed out
        I sent a card back home to tell
        how you’ve acted you son-of-a-bitch you killed us
        and I think you did it on purpose
        you think you can drive through space now Buddy
        still steering Max
        Maxine
        what Mama
        you children are enough to drive me out of my mind
        but the National Star
        and the Pod People keep me sane
        look at all that space
        can you fly this thing Buddy
        an American G.I. can do anything he has to do Mama
        Buddy sometimes you remind me of Harry
        why thanks Mama
        doughboys is what we called G.I.s in my day
        like you he came back full of holes
        but gassed in Belleau Wood
        beautiful name to be so horrible
        I know I don’t tell you very much
        but now that I know we are all going to
        heaven together or somewhere
        well wherever the pod people take us
        I love you both
        we love you too Mama
        don’t we Max
        O.K. so all us suckers love each other
        just keep this smoke floating
        Mama I think Maxine is blubbering up
        crocodile tears Buddy she’s hard as a rock
        no Mama you should see her up here
        shut up Buddy
        she’s had too much beer
        no I think the crash is just now sinking in on me
        but I’m not going to stop drinking my Lite
        I don’t care if I’m dead
        you are dead Max we’re all dead
        Buddy are you sure you can fly are you
        does smoke rise up from a fire
        and finally vanish in the sky
        I keep on truckin’ like I always done Max
        through war and peace Mama
        our flag must still wave
        through hell and high water Max
        I could go on flying this big beautiful
        Winnebago with the eagle wing span of an
        Enola Gay forever across America
        back and forth across this great big
        God bless America country

        FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
         
         
        E.M. Schorb’s Murderer’s Day, was awarded the Verna Emery Poetry Prize and published by Purdue University Press, and a subsequent collection, Time and Fevers, was the recipient of the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Award for Poetry and also an Eric Hoffer Award.
         
        Other works include 50 Poems, Hill House New York; Words in Passing, The New Formalist Press; The Ideologues and Other Retrospec­tive Poems, Aldrich Press; Eclectica Americana, Hill House New York; Manhattan Spleen, Aldrich Press; Last Exit to East Hampton, Kelsay Books; and The Poor Boy, Dragon’s Teeth Press, Living Poets Series. The title poem, “The Poor Boy,” was awarded the International Keats Poetry Prize by London Literary Editions, Ltd., judged by Howard Sergeant.
         
        Schorb’s novel, Paradise Square, received the Grand Prize for Fiction from the International eBook Award Founda­tion at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A Portable Chaos was the First Prize Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction. His latest novel, R&R, a Sex Comedy, has won the Beverly Hills Book Award for Humor. But Schorb maintains that he is first and foremost a poet, and his poetry has appeared in numerous publi­ca­tions, such as Agenda (UK), The American Scholar (US), Frank (FR), The Hudson Review (US), Stand (UK), Poetry Salzburg Review (AU), Queen’s Quarterly (CA), The Yale Review (US), and Oxford Poetry (UK), among others.

        Janet Kuypers’ “in Autumn, Love is in the Air” poetry show 10/7/17

            Below are video links from a October 7th 2017 (10/7/17, or 20171007) poetry performance (with accompanying music “the Ice is Melting” from the HA!Man of South Africa) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through Expressions Welcomes Autumn! at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center where she read poetry about autumn, as well as poetry about relationships and love, all accompanied by music (as well as a rotating art display).

            Before the show started she also released copies to most everyone there of a chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show, and all of the pieces from this reading were also released electronically in a “in Autumn, Love is in the Air” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

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        Poems in this show include:
        Sepia Leaves
        Autumn (2017 Dripping Springs/Bahá’í Center edit)
        Who You Tell Your Dreams To
        You and Me and Your Girlfriend
        The Way You Tease Me
        And I’m Wondering
        Just by Holding his Hand
        Marry You in Autumn
        Looking for a Worthy Adversary (an extreme sestina variation)

        Janet Kuypers’ October 2017 Book Readings in Community Poetry at Austin’s Half Price Books 10/4/17

            October 4th marked a October 2017 Book Release Reading of new books from Scars Publications, which saw the release of the books “Forbidden” from cc&d magazine and “a Finch in the Window” from Down in the Dirt magazine. In this reading event with multiple readings, Janet Kuypers read performance art poetry material from both of these books, in additional to an extra haiku from “Forbidden” and two additional poems from “a Finch in the Window”.

            Janet Kuypers also read material from her 2017 book release “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” as the finale to the Community Poetry @ Half Price Books reading in Austin.

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        Janet Kuypers writings read from the cc&d 10/17Forbidden”:
        Erasure Poems…
        the Meaning of Art
        Corner Stone Against Slavery
        a Declaration of Female Freedom
        One of the Most Hated Women in America
        a Poetic History
        her haiku “unbounded

        Janet Kuypers writings read from Down in the Dirt’s book “a Finch in the Window”:
        origin, from the macro to the micro
        violence and peace both work
        Masquerade&#8221
        Curium
        This Halloween
        This Halloween Again
        Salesman

        Janet Kuypers writings read rom her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”:
        One Spring
        Understanding What’s Crazy

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        Janet Kuypers’ September 2017 Book Release Reading at Austin’s Half Price Books 9/6/17

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            September 6th marked a September 2017 Book Release Reading of new books from Scars Publications, which saw the release of the books “a Pick for the Future” from cc&d magazine and “Carpool” from Down in the Dirt magazine.

            Beause May-August 2017 issue collection books were also released from Scars Publications, Janet Kuypers also had the opportunity to read selections from one of the performance art sections within the cc&d issue collection book “Nothing Lasts” as well as haiku and poetry from the Down in the Dirt issue collection book “Random Thoughts”.

            Because there was additional time at the end of the multi-feature poetry reading event, Janet Kuypers also read material from her 2017 book release “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” as the finale to the Community Poetry @ Half Price Books reading in Austin.

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        Janet Kuypers writings read from “a Pick for the Future”:
        eminence
        Mapping the Way to True Love
        Years, Centuries, Eons

        Janet Kuypers writings read from “Carpool”:
        soul
        earth
        lost”,
        jumped
        Exempt from the Draft
        You Know What I’m Talking About (2016 grateful edition)
        Only an Observer

        Janet Kuypers writings read from “Nothing Lasts”:
        a New Life
        My First Time
        Falling from the Sky
        Questioning Creativity Through the Cosmos

        Janet Kuypers writings read from “Random Thoughts”:
        oceans
        gone
        bruised
        out there
        judge
        escape
        ever get it back
        opposite
        need
        Oh, She Was a Woman

        Janet Kuypers writings read from “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”:
        Verge on Meditation
        Elusive Imaginary Creature
        Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species
        Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams
        The Truth is Out There
        Visions Were Justified

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