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Janet Kuypers’ June 2017 Book Release Reading at Half Price Books 6/7/17

videos from reading

    June 7rd marked a book release reading of new books from Scars Publications, which saw the release of the books &“Respect Our Existence or Expect Our Resistance” 24-year anniversary issue from cc&d magazine and “Embracing Shadows” from Down in the Dirt magazine. So Janet Kuypers was asked on June 7th to read material from these new books plus additional new 2017 collection books from cc&d’s “Things Found in Books” and Down in the Dirt’s “Study in Black” in the Community Poetry reading at Half Price Books in Austin.

    As an added bonus, Janet Kuypers was asked to give two additional impromptu poetry book readings, so she read poetry both from her 2015 poetry/photo/journal book “Bon Voyage!’ (which included her poems “Everything was Alive and Dying” and “On a High Horse Like This”) as well as elements poetry (chosen and read on request) from “the Periodic Table of Poetry” (a book 3 years in the making, where Janet Kuypers wrote poems for every element in the Periodic Table – as well as bonus poems and poems about a select few compounds, where she read “Neon”, “Nickel”, “Arsenic and Syphilis” and the requested poem “Molybdenum”).


Janet Kuypers’ “Time to Start the Show” 5/6/17 poetry feature @ Austin’s the Baha’i Center

    Since the evening was about hosting open mics by “Honoring Open Mic Hosts”, Janet Kuypers started with a poem about going to open mics, then a poem dedicated to the previous host of the poetry open mic Janet Kuypers ran for over half a decade in Chicago, then the first and last poems Janet Kuypers read at her Chicago open mic, and then poems about the troubles and the joys of hosting a poetry open mic. Her “Time to Start the Show” show was also accompanied by music played live in a past reading of hers at 2017 Austin Rhythm Fire from 3/20/17.

    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 “Time to Start the Show” chapbook, which you can download as a PDF file for free any time.

Read the poems from the feature “Time to Start the Show”:
the Bathroom at the Green Mill
Frozen Together
the Battle at Hand
On Ashes
Kick Someone Out
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls

bonus “Haiku on the Fly” reading: