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Friday, September 18th, 2015

Got called 9 tonight to read tomorrow at the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival six blocks down the street. Said I can’t cuz I’m reading tomorrow for BeatStreet Cleveland 2015 at the Barking Spider (ain’t that a cool name for a venue?). He said when? I said 3-ish. He said this is noon and you get $25 for 25 minutes. Said I’d be there.

Never had a two-feature day before poetry-wise.

My laptop with my poetry master files is in the repair shop so have to cut and paste as I read making sure I’m family friendly.

So – noon tomorrow I’ll read 25 minutes (followed by poet/musician Shawn Mishak) outdoors in Lincoln Park in Tremont in Cleveland in Ohio >>> Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival 2015.

and around 3:15 i’ll read 15 minutes at the Barking Spider, followed by 10 rather impressive poets, some of whom go back to the 60’s (as do I) >>> BeatStreet Cleveland 2015.

 

me 1st feature at The National Beat Poetry Festival Cleveland BeatStreet 2015 chapter

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Smith posting using Lady K’s account again. Only 3rd day without computer, probably 6 more to go cuz when my laptop’s ready Tuesday or Wednes, we’ll be camping.

Have no idea what emails awaiting answer or FB comments seeking mine eye. Do know 3 days without reading the news for hours has probably made me happier.

Tomorrow 3-7pm go to the Barking Spider for The National Beat Poetry Festival BeatStreet Cleveland 2015 chapter where I will be the first of 11 featured poets/musicians . . . I have a dynamite 15 minutes prepared for you, including my found Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem that not even Ferlinghetti knows about . . . I’ll post my reading words afterward for those unable to make it . . . here’s the event page info:

Exciting news! The National Beat Poetry Festival is coming to Cleveland, Ohio! And why not? Cleveland’s own d.a. levy (1942-1968) shook up the poetry and small press scene with his poetry, art, and alternative approaches to publishing.

On Saturday September 19, 2015, Cleveland, OH will celebrate The National Beat Poetry Festival with the event BeatStreet Cleveland at the Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd, from 3pm to 7pm, featuring poets and live music, with free admission and fabulous door prizes .

YOU are invited to join us for this historic Happening!

Confirmed guests so far include:

Alex Gildzen
John Burroughs
Étienne Massicotte
Sean Thomas Dougherty
Theresa Göttl Brightman
Jim Lang
Steven Smith
Ingrid Swanberg
Larry Smith
and
D.R. Wagner
PLUS
the peace, love and music of
Zach

Who are these people, you ask? Check out their fabulous bios below…Cleveland’s heart will BEAT brightly with BeatStreet at the Barking Spider in September!

Alex Gildzen (New Mexico)

Alex Gildzen is a poet and artist who uses film as the basis of his work. He entered Kent State University in 1961, and while still an undergraduate had poems published in American Weave and Snowy Egret. He met d.a. levy in 1965 and was published by him in the Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle. Hugh Fox included Gildzen in his 1973 anthology The Living Underground. Crisis Chronicles Press published Ohio Triangle earlier this year to celebrate Gildzen’s 72nd birthday. Find Gildzen at ArroyoChamisa.blogspot.com.

Ingrid Swanberg (Wisconsin)

Ingrid Swanberg is the founder/publisher of Ghost Pony Press, and editor-in-chief of Abraxas Magazine. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Garrison Keillor has read her poetry on The Writer’s Almanac. She co-authored d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution, and published a definitive collection of the work of d.a. levy, Zen Concrete & Etc., a book that has helped to situate him as one of the 20th Century’s great poets.

D.R. Wagner (California)

D.R. Wagner is an author, visual artist, and musician. He founded press : today : niagara in 1965 and Runcible Spoon in the late 60s, producing over fifty magazines and chapbooks. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with d.a. levy and read with Jim Morrison of the Doors in a legendary reading with Morrison and Michael McClure. He also has read with Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Anne Waldman, and many other poets over the past forty years. Wagner’s work is much published. He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry, as well as write, perform, and publish poetry regularly.

John Burroughs (Ohio)

John Burroughs, writer, editor, musician, and composer is the author of The Eater of the Absurd and numerous poetry chapbooks; his poem “Lens” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poems include “Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead” and “Allen Ginsberg Wants You.” Since 2008 he has been editor/publisher for Crisis Chronicles Press. Burroughs performs his dynamic poetry across the rust and coal belts. His new book Beat Attitude (from NightBallet Press) will debut at BeatStreet Cleveland.

Joining John Burroughs: musician Étienne Massicotte

Étienne Massicotte (Montreal)

Étienne Massicotte is a musician newly located to Cleveland, working as a trumpeter, composer, and teacher. He is currently engaged with the Tesla Orchestra of Case Western Reserve University, composing and arranging music for a performance this fall to feature three musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra and a spectacular array of lightning-emitting beacons known as Tesla Coils. Previous engagements include appearances with the Ashland Symphony and four seasons with the Ohio Light Opera Festival Orchestra.

Sean Thomas Dougherty (Pennsylvania)

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 13 books, including All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014, Scything Grace, Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, The Blue City, and Broken Hallelujahs. His awards include 2 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his dynamic performances, he currently works at a pool hall, teaches private students and travels widely for readings. His 1st feature reading over 25 years ago was at the Jack Kerouac Festival.

Steven Smith (Ohio)

Steven Smith–poet, memoirist, photographer, blogger, and collage/assemblage artist–has been writing poetry for nearly five decades. For more than 20 years he published the famed ArtCrimes journal. He created a massive online art/poetry archive at www.agentofchaos.com, and a wide array of his poetry and collages have been published in the critically acclaimed Zen Over Zero: Selected Poems 1964-2008 (The City Poetry Press). Smith makes his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio

Theresa Göttl Brightman (Ohio)

Theresa Göttl Brightman won first place the first time she competed in a poetry slam. She has won numerous awards, and has been heard throughout Ohio and points beyond, including Chicago’s Vegan Mania, and 89.7 WOSU radio. Her work has appeared in print and online publications including Pudding Magazine and Rubbertop Review. Her full length collection of poetry is Stretching the Window (Buffalo ZEF 2007)…but you haven’t experienced her poetry until you’ve seen and heard her perform it.

Jim Lang (Ohio)

Jim Lang, poet, photographer, and artist, in his own words:

born in th 40’s died in th 50’s thrived in th 60’s loved in th 70’s coasted in th 80’s predicted in th 90’s reprised in th 2K’s ~ a poet/photographer he published in newspapers magazines and small press books for 40 years ~ he taught at universities high & grades schools free & controlled ~ he hung at galleries from columbus to toronto ~ & he read & showed off & slept on walls & floors & lawns from sea to shining sea ~ “a @ 5 made fotos @ 16 & pots @ 50 a phopopotographer a little of each shows up”

His chapbook Coyote Moon explores decades of his life in Cleveland and the arts through his own unique Voice.

Larry Smith (Ohio)

Larry Smith is the biographer of Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He also has done biographical work with Ingrid Swanberg in d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution (Bottom Dog Press). He has published numerous books of poetry, and wrote and produced two films on Ohio authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen. Smith lives on the fringe of Cleveland in Huron, Ohio, where he directs Bottom Dog Press publications.

Zach (Freidhof) (Ohio)

Zach, recently named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Akron Magazine, is a yogi, Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, and World Peace Diet Facilitator. He is also a fantastic musician who believes “We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get.” Zach professes this mantra, his life’s philosophy, on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years. With a friend, he created the Akron Peace Project to spread nonviolence in the self, the home, and the community. Coupled with his Love Initiative movement, his music–naturally very hopeful and optimistic–has been able to lend its voice to the power we all have to change ourselves and the world. Learn more at www.zachmusic.net.

National Beat Poetry Festival events will be happening throughout the month of September in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Long Island, New York City, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Berkeley, Fredonia, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver, Ann Arbor, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Luis Obispo, Chicago, Augusta Georgia, Charlotte NC, Newport News Virginia, Clearwater Florida, Venice California, Posznan Poland, Nigeria, Greece, Liverpool England, Bangalore India, Stockholm Sweden, Tokyo Japan, and Grabserberg Switzerland. New events are added daily!

Mark your calendars for this Very Special Event!

For more information about Levy and The National Beat Poetry Festival, please visit the BeatStreet Cleveland website at www.beatstreetcleveland.blogspot.com.

I’m reading here 3:15 pm tomorrow Saturday Sep 19, 2015

 

BeatStreet Cleveland 2015 National Beat Poetry Festival

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Smith again posting from Lady’s account because my laptop fan died and won’t be fixed until next Wednesday . . . find I’m addicted both to internet access and computer access because I write constantly and feel unreal when I can’t.

So anyone asking me stuff via email or Facebook, I won’t be accessing that for another 6 days.

This is exceptionally bad timing because I have an interesting reading coming up and need access to my poetry files . . . as it is I’m cutting and pasting previously printed material for :::: Saturday Sept 19 at the Barking Spider 3-7pm — the BeatStreet Cleveland 2015 National Beat Poetry Festival featuring all kinds of Beat related poets. Check it out, It’s an amazing lineup.

I’ll be reading shortly after 3pm.

BeatStreet Cleveland 2015

 

BeatStreet Cleveland 2015

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

My laptops down, fan dead. Take in to repair tomorrow.

Typing on Lady K’s laptop . . . she’s worn the lettering off the E S D L keys which makes it interesting.

Have a good poetry gig Saturday at the Barking Spider 3-7pm 9.19 — BeatStreet Cleveland 2015.

from host Dianne Borsenik’s event page:

Exciting news! The National Beat Poetry Festival is coming to Cleveland, Ohio! And why not? Cleveland’s own d.a. levy (1942-1968) shook up the poetry and small press scene with his poetry, art, and alternative approaches to publishing.

On Saturday September 19, 2015, Cleveland, OH will celebrate The National Beat Poetry Festival with the event BeatStreet Cleveland at the Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd, from 3pm to 7pm, featuring poets and live music, with free admission and fabulous door prizes .

YOU are invited to join us for this historic Happening!

Confirmed guests so far include:

Alex Gildzen
John Burroughs
Étienne Massicotte
Sean Thomas Dougherty
Theresa Göttl Brightman
Jim Lang
Steven Smith
Ingrid Swanberg
Larry Smith
and
D.R. Wagner
PLUS
the peace, love and music of
Zach

Who are these people, you ask? Check out their fabulous bios below…Cleveland’s heart will BEAT brightly with BeatStreet at the Barking Spider in September!

Alex Gildzen (New Mexico)

Alex Gildzen is a poet and artist who uses film as the basis of his work. He entered Kent State University in 1961, and while still an undergraduate had poems published in American Weave and Snowy Egret. He met d.a. levy in 1965 and was published by him in the Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle. Hugh Fox included Gildzen in his 1973 anthology The Living Underground. Crisis Chronicles Press published Ohio Triangle earlier this year to celebrate Gildzen’s 72nd birthday. Find Gildzen at ArroyoChamisa.blogspot.com.

Ingrid Swanberg (Wisconsin)

Ingrid Swanberg is the founder/publisher of Ghost Pony Press, and editor-in-chief of Abraxas Magazine. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Garrison Keillor has read her poetry on The Writer’s Almanac. She co-authored d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution, and published a definitive collection of the work of d.a. levy, Zen Concrete & Etc., a book that has helped to situate him as one of the 20th Century’s great poets.

D.R. Wagner (California)

D.R. Wagner is an author, visual artist, and musician. He founded press : today : niagara in 1965 and Runcible Spoon in the late 60s, producing over fifty magazines and chapbooks. He co-wrote The Egyptian Stroboscope with d.a. levy and read with Jim Morrison of the Doors in a legendary reading with Morrison and Michael McClure. He also has read with Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Anne Waldman, and many other poets over the past forty years. Wagner’s work is much published. He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry, as well as write, perform, and publish poetry regularly.

John Burroughs (Ohio)

John Burroughs, writer, editor, musician, and composer is the author of The Eater of the Absurd and numerous poetry chapbooks; his poem “Lens” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poems include “Cannot Believe William S. Burroughs Is Dead” and “Allen Ginsberg Wants You.” Since 2008 he has been editor/publisher for Crisis Chronicles Press. Burroughs performs his dynamic poetry across the rust and coal belts. His new book Beat Attitude (from NightBallet Press) will debut at BeatStreet Cleveland.

Joining John Burroughs: musician Étienne Massicotte

Étienne Massicotte (Montreal)

Étienne Massicotte is a musician newly located to Cleveland, working as a trumpeter, composer, and teacher. He is currently engaged with the Tesla Orchestra of Case Western Reserve University, composing and arranging music for a performance this fall to feature three musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra and a spectacular array of lightning-emitting beacons known as Tesla Coils. Previous engagements include appearances with the Ashland Symphony and four seasons with the Ohio Light Opera Festival Orchestra.

Sean Thomas Dougherty (Pennsylvania)

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 13 books, including All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014, Scything Grace, Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, The Blue City, and Broken Hallelujahs. His awards include 2 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his dynamic performances, he currently works at a pool hall, teaches private students and travels widely for readings. His 1st feature reading over 25 years ago was at the Jack Kerouac Festival.

Steven Smith (Ohio)

Steven Smith–poet, memoirist, photographer, blogger, and collage/assemblage artist–has been writing poetry for nearly five decades. For more than 20 years he published the famed ArtCrimes journal. He created a massive online art/poetry archive at www.agentofchaos.com, and a wide array of his poetry and collages have been published in the critically acclaimed Zen Over Zero: Selected Poems 1964-2008 (The City Poetry Press). Smith makes his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio

Theresa Göttl Brightman (Ohio)

Theresa Göttl Brightman won first place the first time she competed in a poetry slam. She has won numerous awards, and has been heard throughout Ohio and points beyond, including Chicago’s Vegan Mania, and 89.7 WOSU radio. Her work has appeared in print and online publications including Pudding Magazine and Rubbertop Review. Her full length collection of poetry is Stretching the Window (Buffalo ZEF 2007)…but you haven’t experienced her poetry until you’ve seen and heard her perform it.

Jim Lang (Ohio)

Jim Lang, poet, photographer, and artist, in his own words:

born in th 40’s died in th 50’s thrived in th 60’s loved in th 70’s coasted in th 80’s predicted in th 90’s reprised in th 2K’s ~ a poet/photographer he published in newspapers magazines and small press books for 40 years ~ he taught at universities high & grades schools free & controlled ~ he hung at galleries from columbus to toronto ~ & he read & showed off & slept on walls & floors & lawns from sea to shining sea ~ “a @ 5 made fotos @ 16 & pots @ 50 a phopopotographer a little of each shows up”

His chapbook Coyote Moon explores decades of his life in Cleveland and the arts through his own unique Voice.

Larry Smith (Ohio)

Larry Smith is the biographer of Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He also has done biographical work with Ingrid Swanberg in d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution (Bottom Dog Press). He has published numerous books of poetry, and wrote and produced two films on Ohio authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen. Smith lives on the fringe of Cleveland in Huron, Ohio, where he directs Bottom Dog Press publications.

Zach (Freidhof) (Ohio)

Zach, recently named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Akron Magazine, is a yogi, Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, and World Peace Diet Facilitator. He is also a fantastic musician who believes “We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get.” Zach professes this mantra, his life’s philosophy, on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years. With a friend, he created the Akron Peace Project to spread nonviolence in the self, the home, and the community. Coupled with his Love Initiative movement, his music–naturally very hopeful and optimistic–has been able to lend its voice to the power we all have to change ourselves and the world. Learn more at www.zachmusic.net.

National Beat Poetry Festival events will be happening throughout the month of September in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Long Island, New York City, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Berkeley, Fredonia, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver, Ann Arbor, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Luis Obispo, Chicago, Augusta Georgia, Charlotte NC, Newport News Virginia, Clearwater Florida, Venice California, Posznan Poland, Nigeria, Greece, Liverpool England, Bangalore India, Stockholm Sweden, Tokyo Japan, and Grabserberg Switzerland. New events are added daily!

Mark your calendars for this Very Special Event!

For more information about Levy and The National Beat Poetry Festival, please visit the BeatStreet Cleveland website at http://www.beatstreetcleveland.blogspot.com/.

FaceBook event page BeatStreet Cleveland 2015

CoolCleveland.com blurb about BeatStreet Cleveland 2015 featuring my mug

 

seems time comes down to death or decline

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

extractorbee

our honey extractor

I’m exhausted, my back aches, legs are weak, arms sore, and I have my 6th bee-stung belly in 4 incidences.

Hour drive to hive, hour back — left 10:30am, got home 11pm.

Extracted 50 pounds of Fall honey from 17 frames, plus another two frames we had to bring home with the honey unextracted because we experimented with wax foundation frames which came apart when I spun them too fast in the extractor.

Looks like we might have to harvest again in a couple weeks, maybe 20 pounds more;.

That makes 20 pound harvest of spring honey and 50 pounds of fall honey bottled – third harvest could bring our total to 100 pounds, which is good for a first year hive.

Our Spring honey was light in color and taste, our Fall honey is three times darker and muskier in taste. Love them both but find Fall more intriguing.

Status Report 83

I read on average age 45 eyes start to decline.
I was right on time.

Asked doc why lower valve in throat weakened
letting stomach acid up throat
doc said “age.”

Asked dentist why I get dry mouth
dentist answered “age”.

Seems time comes down to death or decline.

– Smith, 9.16.2015

beemeeting

some of Lady’s & Georgia’s bee art

 

others lint

Monday, September 14th, 2015

landsat01

Status Report 82

Before I dry clothes
I clean out the others lint.
After, clean out mine.

– Smith, 9.14.2015

landsat02

 

now but bridge between

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

rainflowers

Status Report 81

Sometimes weed runs dry.
This is good.
It cleans the pipes.

Weed was.
Weed will be.
Now but bridge between

– Smith, 9.13.2015

rainflowers2

 

I got my cost

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

crosslight

Status Report 80

My rain’s cloudy
My sun shined

Need meditation mediation
Swap the bully for the wooly wise

I got my uses
I got my costs

– Smith, 9.12.2015

wetlight

 

shoebooty bootshoey, that’s beware we’re at

Friday, September 11th, 2015

livefish

This ain’t too bad for a bad pun poem built on a pre-dawn pre-cup of coffee riff that fell out of my mouth before my wife’s stern unsmiling ears . . . didn’t crack a smile from her until my final Scoobie Doo.

Politics in America in the Age of Unreason

Shoebooty is when one wears

a shoe on their left foot and a boot on their right

Bootshoey is shoe on right, boot on left

The two camps fight all the day and all the night
over whether right’s left or left’s right

In end seam the left felt right and right fell wrong
at least so far that’s been my song or so it seems

Left … left … left .. left …
I left my wife and 49 kids in starving condition
without any gingerbread did I do right
right … right … right …
right by my country hip by jingo
first they hire me then they fire me
that’s when I left … left… left …

and round around we go
Curly Larry and Mostly Moe
every four years we do it again
getting down in unoriginal sin
cept it’s getting worse
cuz the right ain’t right and they run on wrong
while the left’s left with their insane song
and they’re all awaiting the coming hearse
while on the public they’re both a curse

which is why I wear both feet bare
so no wrong right left to heft life’s unneat defeat

Shoe be do shoe be don’t
I’m only gonna walk with the honorable folk
cuz showboats don’t float my moat

(which leaves out all Republicscams
and most Demoncraps)

Sorry folks but that’s beware it’s at

Scooby doobie oo shoo be doo be
shoo be doo be doo da day
zip a dee doo dah zip a dee ay
strangers in the right wrong their way

– Smith, 9.11.2015

thesaints

 

art & poetry got me women woman wife

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

toastmasterladyLady K giving her 1st Toastmasters talk

Status Report 79

Art and poetry got me women, woman, wife.

She noticed me at readings
my enigmatic black t-shirts
and marijuana reek intrigued her
so she came up to see my etchings

And stayed.

Over ten years now
that’s some poem.

– Smith, 9.10.2015

soitflowsso it flows

 

 
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