The best news here is that there will be a sister volume to the wonderful Just Kids.
Beyond Prophecy and Wealth
…I spent the day’s energies
emptying the bookshelf
of all my dusty ornaments,
then tinkered with a Greek
I can never say why, lexicon to lexicon,
after a few words at a splintered oar –
lost in a sea I shall never see
and returned to my own words
lost at last in their own electricity,
without youth or hope or strength
beyond the balls of dust
and the shallow breathing
of an afternoon content
with small accomplishments.
Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more information please visit our website at www.friendssfpl.org.
Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library
Pictured: Jonathan Richman performing last Thursday.
This Thursday we are excited to have Melba Abela and Diego Deleo read.
Melba Abela, a Filipino American immigrant, was born in Capiz, Philippines. She received a BSE, major in in history from the University of the Philippines, where she also matriculated in postgraduate studies in education and library science. After working for many years and matriculating in various disciplines at CCSF, San Francisco State University and in a summer program in creativity at JFK University, she received a BFA, major in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions in galleries and in open or guerrilla public venues in San Francisco and in Capiz. She has also participated in various group shows throughout the US. Melba has been an artist-in-residence at the SF Asian Art Museum, Asia Alive Program, and a fellow at the New Pacific Studio in Vallejo, California. Her artwork and writings have appeared in various anthologies and journals, of late, notably Poets 11 and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. Of her artist books, “Killing the Masters” series is the most known and exhibited.
The Language of Peace in Jive*
By Melba Abela
Its that kind of life
A story begun and not finished
Swept away into a vertiginous river
Words, images vanishing, forming
Borne out of time from an ancient land
A contested land – present, a big league
hot zone where shadows swing
In constant motion
On the move you nose the winds
The Israeli Prime Minister tells the Argentine
Pope,“Jesus spoke Hebrew,” – “Aramaic”
Corrects the latter, “Aramaic and
Hebrew,” the former amends
Is this peace? Is this reconciliation?
Our authority versus your authority?
No worry, the contemporary Jesus
Now speaks in Jive
* A software that combines collaboration, community and social features.
Diego Deleo “Here at 17, wearing my older brother’s clothes fitted
for me, preparing to venture in to the New World, leaving my family, my horse and plow behind, uneducated, immature in more ways than one, bent, not broken by the natural, nor the man-made laws I endured. 62 years later I contemplate my past well-spent and looking forward.”
Why Say It
To make connection with
the people of the world
or only a few
To uncover poet’s lament: life
is good death not so good
To inject some idealism
into our life to improve our lot
To influence a few toward
the beauty of expression
To say children before schooling
say pure innocent phrases
they are our joy—our living poetry
To say great minds don’t make
great poets big hearts do
To say life is a deadly affair
that we can fight
with love and win.