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Janet Kuypers’ “This Just In” 8/22/17 poetry feature @ Chicago’s Gallery Cabaret

    Chicago poet and Austin resident Janet Kuypers returned to Chicago for a week in August to coincide with the August 21st total eclipse of the sun (where she traveled to southern Illinois to photograph the event). During her stay she was honored with the opportunity to guest host the open mic she rand for over half of a decade in Chicago (then titled “the Café” at the Gallery Cabaret) as well as perform her feature show “This Just In” for Poetry at The Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley Ave. in Chicago – one block east of Western Avenue and one block north of Armitage) Tuesday, August 22nd 2017.

    Because Janet Kuypers knew she was coming back to Chicago the week of the total eclipse of the sun (and because she had no book releases of her poetry for years, ever since she moved TO Austin), Janet Kuypers was thrilled that Scars Publications was able to release the first printing (from a U.S. printer) of two new books of hers, of poetry she had written while living in Austin, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (the second book of poems she wrote for features she has had in Austin). Since her return from this trip, Scars Publications has also released the second printing of “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (from an Amazon affiliated printer, with sales from printers in the U.S., the U.K., all of Europe, and also Japan). Everything she read in her show was from these two books, and she also sold proof copies to audience members after the show.

Read the poems from the feature “This Just In” (as well as poems performed during the open mic before the feature):

Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison
Original Snowbirds
Ultimate Connectivity: a bird in the hand
erasure poem: A Poetic History
Just One Book
Newspaper Ink’s the Blood of a Dying Species
Elusive Imaginary Creature
Your Imaginary Soul Weighs 21 Grams
Yearning to Break Free
Just By Holding His Hand (extreme 2016 sestina variation)

Knew I Had to be Ready
Ultimate Connectivity: Getting Naked with Nature
X-rays and Broken Hearts


Janet Kuypers’ “Finding Peace” 8/5/17 poetry feature @ Austin’s the Baha’i Center

    Below are video links and poem text links from the August 5th 2017 (8/5/17, or 201700805) poetry performance “Finding Peace” (accompanied by “Wayward Waltz of the Skewed Mind” music from the HA!Man of South Africa) of Janet Kuypers’ Austin poetry feature through ” Expressions! Presents “Peace Poetry, Please”” at Austin’s the Bahá’í Center.

    In this show, Janet Kuypers’ decided to tackle different people think of the word peace, as highlighted in her first (and very new) poem “Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”), about how even Nobel peace laureates and be imprisoned for peaceful intentions and killed. She then switched gears by sharing poems about the deaths of each of her parents, and how some may need to look for peace to “Really Physically Heal” from illness, or how people look for peace by “Keeping the Peace and Coming to Peace”. For her final poem, she had to once again share the vegetarian-themed poem she used as the final poem in the previous year’s peace-themed show there, “On a High Horse Like This”, read while she remained in the lotus position to relax at the end of her show.

    Before the show started she also released copies to people there of a Scars Publications cc&d bonus release chapbook of the writings she was performing in her show (in the order they were performed). All of the pieces from this evening’s reading were also released electronically in an online “Finding Peace” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the feature “Finding Peace”:
Protecting Peace can Put you in Prison”,
Really Physically Heal (2017 edit)”,
Keeping the Peace and Coming to Peace”,
and “On a High Horse Like This
bonus poem:
Vanishing Scars