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4 readings, 8 days, 16 teeth

Bad mouth Smith – foto Smith

Will be reading from my memoir tonight missing 5 lower teeth pulled by a dental student yesterday. Appears to be okay; no swelling, little pain. The main question seems to be how do I eat and chew?

Went to Case Dental School last year to get my teeth fixed cheaply and they went into disaster mode in an effort to *stabilize* my mouth. Sounds serious. January they’ll pull my 8 remaining upper teeth and slap in a temporary denture for 6 months until the swelling recedes and the bone loss finalizes, then they’ll give me a final upper plate and lower retainer. Thousands of dollars that could go to helping the world or buying marijuana going into my mouth instead.

4 readings, 8 days, 16 teeth (of 32).

25 Oct (TONIGHT ! ! ! ) — Smith, Shaffer, Smith at Visible Voice Books & Wine Bar will read from their The City Poetry Press books: *22 Years* by Wendy Shaffer and *Stations of the Lost & Found* by Smith & Lady. Thursday 7pm. Visible Voice Books & Wine Bar: 1023 Kenilworth Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 —

26 Oct — Lady K reads at 6:30pm for the Shoreway Poets at Gypsy Beans & Baking Co. 6425 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44102 — She’ll likely read from her new NightBallet Press chapbook *Firecracker Madalas*.

28 Oct — Poetry at Pat’s in the Flats #3, the Fall session, featuring poets Charlotte Mann, Blayne Hoerner Murray, Tom Adams, Adam Brodsky, Cavana Faithwalker, music by Tom Orange, and a magic open mic. Sunday 11:30am – 3pm. Poetry at Pat’s happens four times a year, hosted by me and my bubbleblow jar, to which I might add two musical steel balls. Pat’s in the Flats: 2233 West 3rd Street Cleveland, OH 44113 —

1 Nov — Lorain Arts Council Gallery 737, we read from my memoir *Stations of the Lost & Found*, 66 years in the living, 7 years in the writing. Director Antonio Barrios is hosting an evening of writers, authors and poets from 4-8pm; Lady & I will read from 6 to 6:30. The Lorain Arts Council: 737 Broadway Ave, Lorain, OH 44052 —

Smith’s small curd – foto Smith

2 Responses to “4 readings, 8 days, 16 teeth”

  1. jo says:

    An unstable mouth is a dangerous thing.

  2. chris says:

    you will have to eat a lot of soft foods for a while…

    wishing you well with the readings.. will be to one at least…

    sending good vibes that your healing may be quick…

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