Monday, January 28, 2013

REMINDER: Two Lit Chicks, Boni Joi and Ronna Lebo (Alice B.Talkless) Grace Brooklyn's Park Plaza Restaurant , Sat, Feb. 2 at 2:30 p.m.


                              REMINDER





Poetry Grows In Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:

Boni Joi and Ronna Lebo (Alice B. Talkless)




Saturday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m.




at the newly renovated 

Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk



Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900





Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street,



4, 5 or R to Court Street, Borough Hall






For more directions:





$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic



Curated by Patricia Carragon email:









BIOS:



Boni Joi was born in North Miami Beach, Florida, raised in New Jersey, and recently discovered her lost lineage in Salem, Massachusetts. She has a MFA from Columbia University and has read her poetry at numerous venues in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, musical chef Tobi Joi, in Brooklyn.

Blurbs for Boni Joi’s Before During or After Rainstorms:

"Boni Joi’s work combines 21st century charm with ancient wisdom.
Her work often springs from an idea that she spins out with wit and
surprise. She’s not afraid to shock and more importantly she’s not
afraid to be quiet."
-Joanna Fuhrman


“As long as the sun shines I sparkle,” says Boni Joi, and her first
collection does just that. The beer bottles that clank in the moonlight sparkle; the forest of lit windows sparkles; Captain Eddie’s houseboat, the pasta bugs and the archaic violence of a Greek play sparkle as well. It is the sparkle of ordinary things rendered revelatory by Boni’s loving, mindful attention. As we see what she sees, extraordinary time kicks in, and we meet her on “a fall day at summer’s end like other summers ending,” completely lost in her moment, loving our new perdition."
-Sharon Mesmer


"These tabulations of the daily shifts in a city and its skies will turn
you on your head as soon as you realize that what was “pocket-sized, wide apart and cupcake-shaped”
are the treads on the poet’s tires, “sharp … as hard candy,” clear-eyed and fast."

-Eleni Sikelianos


Boni’s book retails for $15 and is available through Small Press Distribution:


http://www.spdbooks.org/
Producte/9780979149535/before-during-or-after-rainstorms.aspx




Ronna Lebo received a M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts and currently teaches at Kean University. She performed for twelve years as Alice B. Talkless, won a Jackie 60 New Artist Award, and was included in two CMJ music festivals. Her poetry has been published in Arbella, Long Shot, Big Hammer, Words, This Broken Shore, Whim Wit and the anthology Will Work for Peace edited by Brett Axel. Her book Prolapse is a 2011 publication from Off the Park Press (www.ronnalebo.com)
.

Blurbs for Ronna Lebo’s Prolapse:
 
"A tragic tale told in beautiful, simple, stark concise and elegant prose. Ms. Lebo's words never get in the way, never avoid what must be said. Prolapse is stunning, original and bold."
-John S. Hall, King Missile writer & lead vocalist, and author of Jesus Was Way Cool and Daily Negations.

"Prolapse takes us into the icy heart of America, where banality and madness reign hand in hand behind closed doors. Ronna Lebo writes on the edge of the knife. her taut sentences carve out and sing a masterful post-modern American ballad of addiction, indifference and deceit not to be missed"
-Brenda Coultas, author of The Marvelous Bones of Time and A Handmade Museum

Ronna’s book retails for $15 and is available through Small Press Distribution:


http://www.spdbooks.org/
Producte/9780979149528/prolapse.aspx

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review For Leigh Harrison's Finding Sermons in Stones


Playing catch-up with my book reviewing:

Check out the Book Review Section for First Literary-Review under October:
















 

 

 

Book Review for Leigh Harrison’s Finding Sermons in Stones (WordCrew Publications, 2011, New York), ISBN # 978-0-9838417-0-8 32pp.



Leigh Harrison is an artiste of diverse talent who infuses her singer-songwriter flare with her love for metric and syllabic poetry.  In her latest book, Finding Sermons in Stones, we enter her garden of twenty-three poems and allow our senses and inner-sense to read along with our eyes.  We learn to release our inner tension though her verbal yoga and let go of the conflicts and over-stimulation of the hi-tech world.  We meditate on her words, stretch our sensibilities, release the toxins, and breathe. The theme of her poetry is summed up in the title of her book, inspired by this quote from Shakespeare's As You Like It (II:i):



And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in everything . . . .


There is beauty in life.  There is a peaceful harmony ensconced in the seasons.  Within the hostility of life, there is redemption, and life is good.  Ms. Harrison’s words walk along a higher path.  Her words strip the burden of negativity.  We are released from the hectic pace, allow ourselves to slow down, walk in nature’s shoes, and be more in tune with our surroundings and ourselves.


She begins with the season of birth, SPRING. 


First, shy crocus
peeks from frozen earth,
pale violet petals
edged in white


We experience the burgeoning moments associated with this season and her words are exhilarating:


Then satin daffodils,
lemon-yellow narcissus,
soft as butterfly wings,
stately as parading trumpets


In WEEDS, even the “humble” weed deserves reverence and is not overlooked by the author:


Fiddlehead fern and burdock,
dandelion, Queen Anne’s lace,
each beneath the hazy sun
would turn its humble face.


(Read more at http://www.rulrul.4mg.com/index_27.html)





Recent Haiku Publication News



Some Recent Haiku Publication News:


“The Year Ends, A Prayer For Peace,” was on Mankh’s Haiku du Jour for December 31, 2012


My haiku, “Prayers Cover The Earth” from the Allbook Book’s Haiku 2013 calendar was part of
Show #26“Winter Haiku Companion” (~44 min).  Tune in and enjoy Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) and his fascinating recitation of haiku from the masters to present day poets.


Happy that “Kerouac Kitty” is purring on First Literary Review-East for January, along with Sharon Gluck, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia , Karen Jakubowski, Dr. David B. Axelrod, Lyn Lifshin, Nancy Sima, Dr. Peter K. Lynch, Ann Cefola, Joel Allegretti, Flash Rosenberg, Mary Orovan, Jeff Santosuosso, Peggy Landsman, Kate Boning Dickson, Margery Hauser, Edi Holley, Fred Yannantuono, Cecille D. Brant.  Kudos to Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg for another year of excellence.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

David Francis and Joshua Meander Plan to Rock Cafe Dada on Tue. 2/19 at 7 p.m.




Poetry Grows in Park Slope

The Brownstone Poets Presents:


David Francis and Joshua Meander




Tuesday, February 19

Starts at 7p.m. – Sign up at 6:45 p.m.




Café Dada

57 Seventh Ave. (at the corner of Lincoln Place)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2800

Subways: 


  2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza
B or Q to Seventh Avenue
F or G to Seventh Avenue (9th Street)
R to Union Street, plus a bit of a walk. 

http://www.hopstop.com/


$4 donation + food/beverage - Open-Mic


Curated by Patricia Carragon








David Francis has produced three albums of songs, one of poems and Always/Far, a chapbook of lyrics and drawings. In 2009, the single "Anthem for Green England" was played on BBC-Radio, reaching number five on the UK digital charts. David's poems and stories have appeared in a number of US and UK magazines.  He is currently working on a film about his music in New York.http://davidfrancismusic.com.




Joshua Meande
r has the energy of a swashbuckler. His poems are dramas and mystic prayers. He considers himself one of the crusaders of the open mic scene and it gives him great satisfaction in helping other artist reach a larger audience. Best known as the host and publisher of Nomad’s Choir.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Two Lit Chicks, Boni Joi and Ronna Lebo (Alice B.Talkless) Grace Brooklyn's Park Plaza Restaurant , Sat, Feb. 2 at 2:30 p.m.






Poetry Grows In Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:

Boni Joi and Ronna Lebo (Alice B. Talkless)




Saturday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m.




at the newly renovated 
Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk



Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900





Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street,



4, 5 or R to Court Street, Borough Hall






For more directions:





$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic



Curated by Patricia Carragon email:










BIOS:



Boni Joi was born in North Miami Beach, Florida, raised in New Jersey, and recently discovered her lost lineage in Salem, Massachusetts. She has a MFA from Columbia University and has read her poetry at numerous venues in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, musical chef Tobi Joi, in Brooklyn.

Blurbs for Boni Joi’s Before During or After Rainstorms:

"Boni Joi’s work combines 21st century charm with ancient wisdom.
Her work often springs from an idea that she spins out with wit and
surprise. She’s not afraid to shock and more importantly she’s not
afraid to be quiet."
-Joanna Fuhrman


“As long as the sun shines I sparkle,” says Boni Joi, and her first
collection does just that. The beer bottles that clank in the moonlight sparkle; the forest of lit windows sparkles; Captain Eddie’s houseboat, the pasta bugs and the archaic violence of a Greek play sparkle as well. It is the sparkle of ordinary things rendered revelatory by Boni’s loving, mindful attention. As we see what she sees, extraordinary time kicks in, and we meet her on “a fall day at summer’s end like other summers ending,” completely lost in her moment, loving our new perdition."
-Sharon Mesmer


"These tabulations of the daily shifts in a city and its skies will turn
you on your head as soon as you realize that what was “pocket-sized, wide apart and cupcake-shaped”
are the treads on the poet’s tires, “sharp … as hard candy,” clear-eyed and fast."

-Eleni Sikelianos


Boni’s book retails for $15 and is available through Small Press Distribution:


http://www.spdbooks.org/
Producte/9780979149535/before-during-or-after-rainstorms.aspx





Ronna Lebo received a M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts and currently teaches at Kean University. She performed for twelve years as Alice B. Talkless, won a Jackie 60 New Artist Award, and was included in two CMJ music festivals. Her poetry has been published in Arbella, Long Shot, Big Hammer, Words, This Broken Shore, Whim Wit and the anthology Will Work for Peace edited by Brett Axel. Her book Prolapse is a 2011 publication from Off the Park Press (www.ronnalebo.com)
.

Blurbs for Ronna Lebo’s Prolapse:
 
"A tragic tale told in beautiful, simple, stark concise and elegant prose. Ms. Lebo's words never get in the way, never avoid what must be said. Prolapse is stunning, original and bold."
-John S. Hall, King Missile writer & lead vocalist, and author of Jesus Was Way Cool and Daily Negations.

"Prolapse takes us into the icy heart of America, where banality and madness reign hand in hand behind closed doors. Ronna Lebo writes on the edge of the knife. her taut sentences carve out and sing a masterful post-modern American ballad of addiction, indifference and deceit not to be missed"
-Brenda Coultas, author of The Marvelous Bones of Time and A Handmade Museum

Ronna’s book retails for $15 and is available through Small Press Distribution:


http://www.spdbooks.org/
Producte/9780979149528/prolapse.aspx

Monday, January 7, 2013

Reminder: Joel Allegretti and James Arthur at Cafe Dada Tues, January 15 at 7 p.m.


REMINDER

Poetry Grows in 2013

The Brownstone Poets Presents:
Joel Allegretti and James Arthur




Tuesday, January 15

Starts at 7p.m. – Sign up at 6:45 p.m.




Café Dada

57 Seventh Ave. (at the corner of Lincoln Place)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2800

Subways: 


  2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza
B or Q to Seventh Avenue
F or G to Seventh Avenue (9th Street)
R to Union Street, plus a bit of a walk. 


http://www.hopstop.com/

$4 donation + food/beverage - Open-Mic


Curated by Patricia Carragon







Joel Allegretti (www.joelallegretti.com) is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012); Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Pynchon; and The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000). Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, PANK, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, MARGIE, Fulcrum and many other national journals, as well as in The Best American Poetry blog. He is represented in three new anthologies: Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012), alongside Mark Doty, David Trinidad, and Timothy Liu; Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books, 2012), which includes work by Langston Hughes, Hart Crane, Alicia Ostriker, and Edward Hirsch; In the BLACK, In the RED (Helicon Nine, 2012), which includes poems by Dana Gioia, Brenda Hillman, Ted Kooser, and Philip Levine. Allegretti’s fiction has appeared in Think Journal, The Adroit Journal, autolycus: rogue literary journal and Petrichor Machine, among other periodicals. His Aqua: A Play in One Repeated Act was a semifinalist in the 2010 KNOCK International Play Contest. He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose symphonic work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.
James Arthur’s first book of poems, Charms against Lightning, was published this past October by Copper Canyon Press, as a Lannan Literary Selection. Individual poems from Charms against Lightning have appeared in The New Yorker, The New RepublicPoetry, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an Amy Clampitt Residency, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Copper Canyon's catalog describes Charms against Lightning, as "a poetic bildungsroman organized around the theme of awakening from a 'ghost world' in order to journey toward a definition of selfhood" and his poems as "romantic in spirit and contemporary in outlook ... rhythmical, elastic, and expressive." During the 2012-13 academic year, James will be a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Reminder:Bruce Weber's No Chance Ensemble Hits the Park Plaza Restaurant on Sat, January 5




REMINDER:

Poetry Grows Again in 2013




The Brownstone Poets presents:

Bruce Weber's No Chance Ensemble
with
Bruce Weber, Joanne Pagano Weber 
and Bob Hart




Saturday, January 5 at 2:30 p.m.




at the newly renovated 
Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk



Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900





Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street,



4, 5 or R to Court Street, Borough Hall






For more directions:





$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic



Curated by Patricia Carragon email:










BIOS:


 
BRUCE WEBER’S
NO CHANCE ENSEMBLE
has been performing since the fall of 1996. Their pieces range from edgy, insightful dram-entary to moody psycho-rantasy covering topics from love, relationships, family and violence to nature, god, death, and spirituality. Members of the group featured in today’s performance are poets Bob Hart and Bruce Weber, and the fiction writer and painter Joanne Pagano Weber. The ensemble has been directed for the past several years by Joanne, and has performed regularly at venues in New York City and the surrounding area, including Dixon Place, the St. Marks Poetry Project, and HERE theatre.
Bruce Weber is the author of five published books of poetry, These Poems are Not Pretty (Miami: Palmetto Press, 1992), How the Poem Died (New York: Linear Arts, 1998), Poetic Justice (New York: Ikon Press, 2004), The First Time I Had Sex with T. S. Eliot (New York: Venom Press, 2004), and the just released The Break-up of My First Marriage (Rogue Scholars Press). Bruce’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, as well as in several anthologies, including Up is Up, But So Is Down: Downtown Writings, 1978-1992 (New York: New York University, 2006), and Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (New Paltz, New York: Codhill Press, 2007). He has performed regularly in the tri-state area, both alone and with his performance group, Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble, which has produced the CD Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight (members.aol/com/ncensemble).  He is the producer of the long running Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza. By day, Bruce is Senior Curator at the National Academy Museum, and splits his time between his homes in New York City and Saugerties, New York.
Joanne Pagano Weber is a writer of fiction who is also a visual artist and performer. Among other places her work has been published in Word Thursdays Anthology, Curare, and Breukelen Magazine, and performed on Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight, a CD by The No Chance Ensemble, of which she is a member and director. She has performed at numerous venues in New York, including The Knitting Factory and Dixon Place with the ensemble, or as a featured writer.
Bob Hart took a poetry class in high school. Some time later his memory was wiped. Years afterward he found himself an old man with a fund of work written during years of his forgetfulness, work which he considers could be much improved by intelligence and imagination. He is the author of two books, and has been published in numerous magazines.