Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books 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 calendar of events.
Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library
This Thursday, June 30th, we are excited to have Melba Abela & David Meltzer read!
Melba Abela is a Filipno-American immigrant artist and poet. Her early work has been shown in galleries and published in art and literary anthologies in the United States. Currently her work centers on text + images that comment on breaking news-worthy problematic events. She has also undertaken the translation into English of some poems in Pilipino by E. San Juan, Jr., a world- renown Filipino-American academic, writer, poet and activist.
David Meltzer’s most recent publications include: Stuntman (Omerta Press), S.F. Beat: Talking With the Poets (City Lights), When I Was a Poet (City Lights, Pocket Poet 60), and Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Note-Book (City Lights).
I SHOULD TELL YOU
By Melba Abela
The jay was waiting this morning
for his breakfast as though I’d tamed him.
My country is falling apart, pulling down
decency and order, into a pile of sticks.
On the most peaceful of mornings
it is good to sweep the floor in bare feet.
When I am afraid, please put your face close
to mine and tell me a story with an animal in it.
It is story for you as well
and I hope you are listening.
A world of sticks is kindling for conflagration:
a match is a small thing and cheap.
Peace is a hummingbird a wide sky,
and small things are not so small.