New Poem from Peter Sherburn-Zimmer

items in the cabinet

 

bright eyes from a poet

grown silent with winter in July;

that shining lake

around the maternity window

& a lyric from ‘Porgy and Bess';

manuscripts – unreadable,

reflecting shellac

and consternation;

corrections, retreats in the garden,

dragon’s teeth and unicorn horns,

…for a prescription;

Allen, Hart. John—

a New York catalogue

for nitwit Chicago editors;

and the dribbling of toothpaste

on his floor, week after week…

make it a public space.

New Poem by Neeli Cherkovski

A LIFE IN POETRY

be careful writing about poetry
because it is not a proper thing to do
you must leave it alone
like a cormorant out the window
a sycamore tree braving the morning breeze
chipmunks gathering food
go slowly let the Soviet hares squander
the planet, so much for good luck, we are going
round and round and coming
to no conclusion, be solid, stay well
you must come and visit
if you do we will be surprised and shocked
and prepare lunch

don’t tell us about your grandmother
you already did that
doesn’t everyone’s grandmother
come from the former Soviet Union?
didn’t they all speak Yiddish
and light Friday candles with hands cupped
safely above the flames, the archaic Hebrew incantation
diving into the frail smoke
from the flame?

leave Edgar Allen Poe out of this, we know his
haunting Rave the bird sits on a stick
you wrote poems at age 13? did you realize their were
prizes to win and honors to gather and money
folded into the whole shebang?
no you were a slave to pencil and paper
until you discovered the typewriter

now you fill the paper
with crows and robin red-breast
occasionally daubing grasshoppers
and red ants

the words are stored
on a magic slate early every morning
when the world stirs
it is a life in winter’s variety show
and down the rabbit hole with Alice

here we find Jabberwocky
and Mister Frost hard at work
wrecking the house of blind desire
so we may believe
the trees exist for us alone
every man should own a summer home
in the countryside

every poem should begin in your fingertips
and make their way

Come to the Beatnik Shindig!

BEATNIK SHINDIG

“Two gigantic days of poetry & spoken word & jazz takes place in the Fleet Room, Building D, Saturday, June 27, 12 – 7 pm
& Sunday, June 28,12 – 4 pm; Free!

There will also be a cash bar and some of the coolest vendors in town displaying their books, mags and a variety of goods.

ALL THIS AT FORT MASON IN SAN FRANCISCO.

Saturday, June 27, 12 noon – 7 pm:

12 – 1 pm: AttaBoy & Daniel Yaryan;
1 – 2 pm: Jazz Poet Charles Curtis Blackwell
& Kim Shuck;
2 – 3 pm: Joan Gelfand & Richard Loranger;
3 – 4 pm: Zack Rogow & Chokwadi;
4 – 5 pm: The Jazz Band;
5 – 6 pm: Jack & Adelle Foley & Mahnaz;
6 – 7 pm: The Jazz Band;

Sunday, June 28, 12 noon – 4 pm:

12 – 1 pm: William Taylor Jr.
& Cassandra Dallet;
1 – 2 pm: Kirk Lumpkin & Ed Coletti;
2 – 3 pm: Poet Laureate of Ukiah,
Dan Barth;
3 – 4 pm: The Peruvian Poetess, Camincha
& The One & Only
Diamond Dave Whitaker!

Sunday, June 28, from 12 noon – 4 pm,
At The Firehouse: An ALL Open Mic Extravaganza Splash with Your Host
Charlie Getter, Poet Ambassador:
Sign- ups begin from 11 AM,
First Come, First Served!

Go to: beatnikshindig.com to find out more.”

SF Literary Tour

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At-A-Glance, The Beatnik Shindig

Best Books on Books

From our friends at City Lights

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Beatnik Shindig at Fort Mason

There’ll be events all day at Readers Bookstore

BEATNIK SHINDIG

“Two gigantic days of poetry & spoken word & jazz takes place in the Fleet Room, Building D, Saturday, June 27, 12 – 7 pm
& Sunday, June 28,12 – 4 pm; Free!

There will also be a cash bar and some of the coolest vendors in town displaying their books, mags and a variety of goods.

ALL THIS AT FORT MASON IN SAN FRANCISCO.

Saturday, June 27, 12 noon – 7 pm:

12 – 1 pm: AttaBoy & Daniel Yaryan;
1 – 2 pm: Jazz Poet Charles Curtis Blackwell
& Kim Shuck;
2 – 3 pm: Joan Gelfand & Richard Loranger;
3 – 4 pm: Zack Rogow & Chokwadi;
4 – 5 pm: The Jazz Band;
5 – 6 pm: Jack & Adelle Foley & Mahnaz;
6 – 7 pm: The Jazz Band;

Sunday, June 28, 12 noon – 4 pm:

12 – 1 pm: William Taylor Jr.
& Cassandra Dallet;
1 – 2 pm: Kirk Lumpkin & Ed Coletti;
2 – 3 pm: Poet Laureate of Ukiah,
Dan Barth;
3 – 4 pm: The Peruvian Poetess, Camincha
& The One & Only
Diamond Dave Whitaker!

Sunday, June 28, from 12 noon – 4 pm,
At The Firehouse: An ALL Open Mic Extravaganza Splash with Your Host
Charlie Getter, Poet Ambassador:
Sign- ups begin from 11 AM,
First Come, First Served!

Go to: beatnikshindig.com to find out more.”

Beatnik Shindig, One-Page Schedule

Beatnik Shindig This Weekend

Readers Bookstore at Fort Mason will host Beatnik Shindig events all weekend…

BEATNIK SHINDIG

“Two gigantic days of poetry & spoken word & jazz takes place in the Fleet Room, Building D, Saturday, June 27, 12 – 7 pm
& Sunday, June 28,12 – 4 pm; Free!

There will also be a cash bar and some of the coolest vendors in town displaying their books, mags and a variety of goods.

ALL THIS AT FORT MASON IN SAN FRANCISCO.

Saturday, June 27, 12 noon – 7 pm:

12 – 1 pm: AttaBoy & Daniel Yaryan;
1 – 2 pm: Jazz Poet Charles Curtis Blackwell
& Kim Shuck;
2 – 3 pm: Joan Gelfand & Richard Loranger;
3 – 4 pm: Zack Rogow & Chokwadi;
4 – 5 pm: The Jazz Band;
5 – 6 pm: Jack & Adelle Foley & Mahnaz;
6 – 7 pm: The Jazz Band;

Sunday, June 28, 12 noon – 4 pm:

12 – 1 pm: William Taylor Jr.
& Cassandra Dallet;
1 – 2 pm: Kirk Lumpkin & Ed Coletti;
2 – 3 pm: Poet Laureate of Ukiah,
Dan Barth;
3 – 4 pm: The Peruvian Poetess, Camincha
& The One & Only
Diamond Dave Whitaker!

Sunday, June 28, from 12 noon – 4 pm,
At The Firehouse: An ALL Open Mic Extravaganza Splash with Your Host
Charlie Getter, Poet Ambassador:
Sign- ups begin from 11 AM,
First Come, First Served!

Go to: beatnikshindig.com to find out more.”

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