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 the Event Calendar on our website.
Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library
This Thursday, April 21st, we are excited to have Boadiba & Neeli Cherkovski read!
Boadiba is a Haitian poet and translator whose work has appeared in many publications and anthologies including Konch Magazine, Tribes, Malpais and volumes one and two of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade compilation. Short stories from her unpublished collection, Tales of Lust and Sorcery were featured in Konch and Left Curve. Her collection of poetry, UNDER BURNING WHITE SKY was the basis for a one woman show performed at Live Oaks Theater in Berkeley. She is known for linking original poetry to traditional sacred songs of Haitian Vodou and story- telling in the traditional Haitian style; she has performed at the Reader’s Café, the Emerald Tablet, the Poetry Archives at SF State University, the Museum of African Diaspora, Yoshi’s and the Jazz Center in SF, at the Oakland Library, at Barnes and Noble in Emeryville, at the Gallery Lakay Literary Salon in Los Angeles, at the Miami Book Fair and at Tribes Gallery and the Shomberg Library in New-York.
From my perch on the balcony looking down at neighbor’s yard
I see it’s lost its beauty
It’s hot and dry and dusty
And so is neighbor’s body.
Life’s carried him away
He has no will to weed
He has no way to water
He has no strength to plant.
I fill a big bucket and carry it on my head
To give each plant a drink
I cut off the dead things
And shore up the young tree
That’s almost lost its leaves
Now when I look down from the balcony
New leaves, little green plants, tiny star flowers
And this afternoon I saw neighbor
Bending over an unexpected bloom
Neighbor taking in the fragrance
Of a volunteer flower.