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...and they lived happily ever after. Smith & Lady: poets, artists, photographers & adventurers.
Our relationship was forged to the soundtrack of Yoko Ono's magic,
frenetic, love-laden song, "Walking On Thin Ice." ( play song )
 
   
 
 

DREAMING

July 22nd, 2014

DREAMING

She’s under starlight on a park bench
Lincoln park in Cleveland

Head down in her chest, she dreams
a magic hour, dreams

She wakes a magic hour world

Queen Maab on a park bench

Dream blinking from her eyelashes
meets dream under starlight

Fairies’ve laid a jam and butter sandwich
on a blanket by her side

Milk and honey
sweet cold water
fruit and nuts

A bite like a kiss into white bread
delicious provisions and memories
of her childhood

Holy feral night in her little church
in the park under the stars

Moon her sun

She picks her lyre
up out of her bag lady disguise bags

She plucks and wakes up sparrows
who adjust in roosts with nips
and muffled chirps for hours
waiting for daybreak

When lucid light of suntime comes
she visits Civilization
for coffee

~ Lady


 

my 2nd singing (in public)

July 21st, 2014

Mad Sing You II musicpoetry Fest – foto by Yogi Jen

Yesterday was special for me performance-wise. The night before, Lady and I decided she’d join me singing a couple verses of my reggae song and play a bit of her angklung as well, an instrument whose Indonesian tones fit reggae perfectly. When we told Shawn Mishak just before our set (he’s the leader of the group Kid Tested, and the music portion of yesterday’s set), he said fine, maybe she would like to play his new metal pan of amplified push pins as well, it was something he’d been thinking of trying for awhile.

Started off with me shouting out a talking blues over Shawn’s avant garde guitar improvisations and Lady’s dropping push pins onto metal, then swishing them around. The second song was to be reggae with Lady singing the first verse, then ending with a verse she’d ad-libbed earlier, but instead of reggae, she went all Kim Gordon Sonic Youth on me and started spitting the lyrics out like bullets and hitting the angklung hard and dropping the push pins following Shawn’s gritty guitar, and I saw my lilting reggae blown away by punk bombers and gleefully went along with em. What a perfect set, totally unexpected, we all heard what we heard when we heard it for the first time, all my precepts tossed. Don’t know what we sounded like but it sure was fun, and perhaps my best reading to date.

Thanks to Yogi Jen for the fotos.






Mad Sing You II musicpoetry Fest – fotos by Yogi Jen




Mad Sing You II musicpoetry Fest 7.20.12014
Pat’s in the Flats
neon by Jeff Chiplis – fotosmith

 

2morro Mad Sing You II 1-4pm, Pat’s in the Flats

July 19th, 2014

Tomorrow down in the Flats, 7 poet-music acts for a Sunday afternoon – MAD SING YOU II 2nd Annual poetrymusic Fest July 20, 2014, 1pm – 4pm a 21 and over show at Pat’s in the Flats 2233 W. 3rd St (bottom of Literary Hill) Cleveland, Ohio $5 cover charge.

Starring: Latex Menagerie (spoken word by Bree, Adam Brodsky & Russ Vidrick), Shelley Chernin, Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d (poet John Burroughs), Tom Adams w/ Goggles Pisano, The Deep Cleveland Trio Band (dan smith, Morgan Ellington, Miles Budimir & Eric Anderson), Terry Provost (backing band, the Rickety Claque, featuring Dave Shaggy Snodgrass), and The Leftovers (featuring Steven Smith & Shawn Mishak) . . . and Lady will sing one song with me.

~ ~ ~

Updike

Young Rabbit Angstrom
felled by casual fucking
and former glory.

– Smith 7.19.2014

Finally finished “Rabbit at Rest.” Now reading another by Updike – “S.”.

~ ~ ~

Recorded this yesterday, a short talking urban blues, so to speak . . . click here to hear One Life to Live, Peter Ball music, mix and recording, me word and voice, or as Peter put it: Steven B. Smith – Vocals and Lyrics with The Planetary Extinction Orchestra.

One Life to Live (the song)

Am I running from the coming
of the fountain of afford?
Is the water getting wider
before we get to ford?

How’s the hide of hoarder
as he hoists his heavy load?
When the heck will this be paid for
as we stumble down the road?

I say sock it to em, sex it up,
add some color, bunny hop,
make it funky, do it down,
even clunky you can clown
defrown that upsidedown.

These are the questions lacking
in the running of day,
the personal people problems
per their portion of the pay.

We don’t have a lot of options
in the play or way of lay,
but then that’s not our business,
or at least that’s what they say.

I say sock it to em, sex it up,
add some color, bunny hop,
make it funky, do it down,
even clunky you can clown
defrown that upsidedown.

– Smith, 7.18.2014


foto by Lady K

 

climate change, income inequality, racism, sexism

July 18th, 2014

Lady tried to get folk interested in setting up a scholarship for an African American student, and it made me uncomfortable because race is such a sticky wicket, so I’ve been thinking about it – where does race place in the world’s problems?

Going by numbers alone, our #1 problem is climate change because that affects 100% of humans on earth regardless of income, sex, age, race, or belief . . . it is also killing plants, air, animals, birds, fish, seas, and soil.

#2 is wealth inequality since it affects a minimum of 99% of folk on earth.

Race is #3 because it affects all non-caucasians, or around 82% of the world population, perhaps even more since there is much non-caucasian racism as well.

# 4 is sexism because it affects 51% of humans.

Frequently folk are hit with all of the above simultaneously, such as a poor non-white woman anywhere on earth.

This is a shallow analysis because there are so many more problems like lack of healthcare, education, shelter, water, etc, but many of these are sub-components of the four problems above.

~ ~ ~

2 Days from now down in the Flats
7 poet-music acts for a Sunday afternoon

MAD SING YOU II
2nd Annual poetrymusic Fest
Sunday July 20, 2014, 1pm – 4pm
a 21 and over show
Pat’s in the Flats
2233 W. 3rd St (bottom of Literary Hill)
Cleveland, Ohio
$5 cover charge

Starring:

Latex Menagerie
(spoken word by Bree, Adam Brodsky & Russ Vidrick)

Shelley Chernin

Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d
(guitarist Jj Haaz & poet John Burroughs)

Tom Adams w/ Goggles Pisano

The Deep Cleveland Trio Band
(dan smith, Morgan Ellington, Miles Budimir & Eric Anderson)

Terry Provost
(backing band, the Rickety Claque, featuring Dave Shaggy Snodgrass)

The Leftovers
(featuring Steven Smith & Shawn Mishak)


 

Split Pea Soup

July 16th, 2014

go 4 it

4 Days from now down in the Flats
7 poet-music acts for a Sunday afternoon

MAD SING YOU II
2nd Annual poetrymusic Fest
Sunday July 20, 2014, 1pm – 4pm
a 21 and over show
Pat’s in the Flats
2233 W. 3rd St (bottom of Literary Hill)
Cleveland, Ohio
$5 cover charge

Starring:

Latex Menagerie
(spoken word by Bree, Adam Brodsky & Russ Vidrick)

Shelley Chernin

Jesus Crisis Ban/ne/d
(guitarist Jj Haaz & poet John Burroughs)

Tom Adams w/ Goggles Pisano

The Deep Cleveland Trio Band
(dan smith, Morgan Ellington, Miles Budimir & Eric Anderson)

Terry Provost
(backing band, the Rickety Claque, featuring Dave Shaggy Snodgrass)

The Leftovers
(featuring Steven Smith & Shawn Mishak)

I’ll be performing some version of this song: click here to hear Blues Happy.

Split Pea Soup

The Supreme Court:
4 slimetoads, 2 slugs, 3 decent women
3 free females, 6 corporate house slaves.

– Smith, 7.16.2014


so they say

 

 
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