Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series: Melba Abela & David Meltzer

Thursdays at ReadersJoin 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).

 

COWBOY
By David Meltzer

Cowboy’s trumpet
in a paper bag
in the backseat
of his clunker
going down Green
to Grant to
the Coffee Gallery
jam session

Cowboy & me
are weed whacked
& he drives very slow
we could do it faster
walking
yet dream serene
it all makes sense
& he murmurs
“Man, don’t
dwell in the bug”

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