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Missy Church features 9/24/2018
09/24/2018     Missy Church    hosted by Gary  Missy Church runs Naked Bulb open-mic, now on it’s seventh year in Fruitvale. She founded Naked Bulb Press and helped to bring the first lit crawl to Oakland. Missy has appeared in numerous readings in the Bay ...
Missy Church features 9/24/2018
Missy Church features 9/24/2018
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9/17/2018 Clyde Always features09/17/2018 Clyde Always hosted by bruce Clyde Always (the Bard of the Lower Haight), being the All-American tall-talesman and dime-a-rhyme vaudevillian that he is, has successfully provided audiences, both at home and abroad, with the refreshing splash of laughter and the snug comfort of joy; to inspire creativity is his primary objective here on planet Earth. You can catch his act any Friday evening at Cafe International where he serves the community fostering new talents as host and ringleader of the weekly open-mic showcase. His writings and artwork have recently been accepted to exclusive publications: Poetalk, The Broke Bohemian, 17 Very Funny Very Short Stories and others. Melanie Bell and the Story Salon, the bard’s debut novel, published by Rational Malarkey Inc, placed as a semifinalist in the Faulkner Society’s William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2017. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Haylee the Ukulele. Bloodbath! What ruthless warrior am I, to cause this crimson flood? Remorseful now, I stand and cry above a sea of blood. Oh, slaughterhouses everywhere will crumble down in shame; and Tarantino’s kiddie fare seems infantile—tame. The Chupacabra’s drank a sip compared to all this swill. Count Dracula would curl his lip and call it ‘overkill.’ Was Gettysburg a lousy joke? Were Spartans rarely rough? Felt Caesar but a measly poke? Was Patton just a puff? Attila’s savagery’s now moot, that tender, gentle Hun… and Genghis Kahn would lick my boot to see such horrors done! Perhaps a tiny trickle fell from Christ upon the cross, but none have raise such gruesome Hell as I, who’s tried to floss.
09/17/2018 Clyde Always   hosted by bruce C lyde Always   (the Bard of the Lower Haight), being the All-American tall-talesman and dime-a-rhyme vaudevillian that he is, has successfully provided audiences, both at home and abroad, with the refreshing splash...
9/17/2018 Clyde Always features09/17/2018 Clyde Always hosted by bruce Clyde Always (the Bard of the Lower Haight), being the All-American tall-talesman and dime-a-rhyme vaudevillian that he is, has successfully provided audiences, both at home and abroad, with the refreshing splash of laughter and the snug comfort of joy; to inspire creativity is his primary objective here on planet Earth. You can catch his act any Friday evening at Cafe International where he serves the community fostering new talents as host and ringleader of the weekly open-mic showcase. His writings and artwork have recently been accepted to exclusive publications: Poetalk, The Broke Bohemian, 17 Very Funny Very Short Stories and others. Melanie Bell and the Story Salon, the bard’s debut novel, published by Rational Malarkey Inc, placed as a semifinalist in the Faulkner Society’s William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2017. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Haylee the Ukulele. Bloodbath! What ruthless warrior am I, to cause this crimson flood? Remorseful now, I stand and cry above a sea of blood. Oh, slaughterhouses everywhere will crumble down in shame; and Tarantino’s kiddie fare seems infantile—tame. The Chupacabra’s drank a sip compared to all this swill. Count Dracula would curl his lip and call it ‘overkill.’ Was Gettysburg a lousy joke? Were Spartans rarely rough? Felt Caesar but a measly poke? Was Patton just a puff? Attila’s savagery’s now moot, that tender, gentle Hun… and Genghis Kahn would lick my boot to see such horrors done! Perhaps a tiny trickle fell from Christ upon the cross, but none have raise such gruesome Hell as I, who’s tried to floss.
9/17/2018 Clyde Always features09/17/2018 Clyde Always hosted by bruce Clyde Always (the Bard of the Lower Haight), being the All-American tall-talesman and dime-a-rhyme vaudevillian that he is, has successfully provided audiences, both at home and abroad, with the refreshing splash of laughter and the snug comfort of joy; to inspire creativity is his primary objective here on planet Earth. You can catch his act any Friday evening at Cafe International where he serves the community fostering new talents as host and ringleader of the weekly open-mic showcase. His writings and artwork have recently been accepted to exclusive publications: Poetalk, The Broke Bohemian, 17 Very Funny Very Short Stories and others. Melanie Bell and the Story Salon, the bard’s debut novel, published by Rational Malarkey Inc, placed as a semifinalist in the Faulkner Society’s William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2017. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Haylee the Ukulele. Bloodbath! What ruthless warrior am I, to cause this crimson flood? Remorseful now, I stand and cry above a sea of blood. Oh, slaughterhouses everywhere will crumble down in shame; and Tarantino’s kiddie fare seems infantile—tame. The Chupacabra’s drank a sip compared to all this swill. Count Dracula would curl his lip and call it ‘overkill.’ Was Gettysburg a lousy joke? Were Spartans rarely rough? Felt Caesar but a measly poke? Was Patton just a puff? Attila’s savagery’s now moot, that tender, gentle Hun… and Genghis Kahn would lick my boot to see such horrors done! Perhaps a tiny trickle fell from Christ upon the cross, but none have raise such gruesome Hell as I, who’s tried to floss.
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Truly Edison features 9/10/2018
9/10/2018 Truly Edison  hosted by Jim Truly Edison is a senior at Alameda Community Learning Center, and the current poet laureate of her school. She lives in Alameda with her parents, her three siblings, and her pet dog. She has been writing poetry since m...
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Clive Matson Features at Poetry Express 8/27/2018 7pm
Clive Matson hung with the Beats in New York City in the early
1960s and he reconnected when he performed “Hello, Paradise. Paradise,
Good-bye” at the European Beat Studies Network in 2017 in Paris. The passionate
intensity that runs through us all emerged ...
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08/13/2018 Avotcja
08/13/2018 Avotcja   hosted by Jim Poet/Playwright/Multi-Percussionist/Photographer/Teacher     http://www.avotcja.org/ Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award ...
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“Once upon a time”—tell us a story? 6 min time limit.
07/30/2018  StoryTelling / Flash Fiction Night  hosted by Jim Bring Your Stories!
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Poetry Express Features Coleen Mckee 07/23/18, 7pm, HImalayan Flavors back room, 1585 University Ave, Berkeley. Free + Open Mic.
Colleen McKee is the author of five collections of memoir, poetry, and fiction. Her latest book is called The Kingdom of Roly-Polys (Pedestrian Press). http://thepedestrianpress.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html For upcoming appearances, visit http://colleenmckee.blogspot.com/.

GIRAFFES

When I was little, a wild hill girl
of sun-scratched prairie
and shadowy woods cool
with the breath of the river,
I would spend hours in the tall tick-filled grass
just thinking about giraffes,
the mahogany and pale gold fur,
the arch of their necks bisecting the sun,
their elegant limbs listing and loping—
I’d dream of the giants of Africa
and play with the critters of Missouri,
walking sticks looking with paranoid eyes
at the tiny brown twig of my finger,
dizzy at being lifted
a mere two inches
from the dark grass.


Solace is a Small Gray Stone

Solace is a small gray stone
at rest in the palm of your hand.

It is smooth. Curl your fingers
around it, but slowly. How solid

it is. Unlike sorrow, the stone
is finite. It can be weighed.

Feel the way
it carries the sun

even in the shade
of your thumb.

Poetry Express meets 7 PM to 9pm Mondays (except some Holidays)

HIMALAYAN FLAVORS Restaurant 1585 University Ave. in Berkeley,
(near the corner of California) Off-street parking available in parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.

Hosts: Jim Barnard, Jan Dedrick, Bruce Bagnell, Gary Turchin.

Poetry Express is 16 years old this year. Thanks to all who have featured, attended, read during open mic, and contributed to our long run supporting poetry and poets.

Poetry Express regulars with coming features at other venues: Let us know during our meetings or email PoetryExpress@gmail.com (or tell Bruce at a PE session) and we will list them. Thanks.

Coming up at P.E.:
In-depth and longer listings at http://poetryexpressberkeley.com includes pictures and sample poems. For post corrections, etc. please email Bruce at bagnell.bruce.a@gmail.com or contact@poetryexpressberkeley.com
Get our Tweets: @ PoetryXpressB
The short list below: BLANK SPACES: often we have outstanding invitations and are waiting for confirmation.

07/23/2018 Coleen McKee hosted by Gary
07/30/2018 Story Telling / Flash Fiction Night subject hosted by Jim
08/06/2018 Steve Arntson & Loie Johnson hosted by Jan
08/13/2018 Avotcja hosted by Jim
08/20/2018 Judy Bebelaar hosted by Bruce
08/27/2018 Clive Matson hosted by Gary
09/03/2018 Labor Day, NO PE, BAPC Picnic instead
09/10/2018 tba hosted by Jim
09/17/2018 Clyde Always hosted by Bruce
09/24/2018 Missy Church hosted by Gary
10/01/2018 Martin R. Hiemstra hosted by Jan
10/08/2018 Saswati Das hosted by Jim
10/15/2018 Constance Mastores hosted by Bruce
10/22/2018 Andrew J. Thomas hosted by Gary
10/29/2018 Other People’s Poems – Guess Who Wrote it? hosted by
11/05/2018 Iana Levy hosted by Jan
11/12/2018 Sophia Moore hosted by Jim
11/19/2018 Joyce Young hosted by Bruce
11/26/2018 Juan Sequeira hosted by Gary
12/03/2018 Barbara Saunders hosted by Jan
12/10/2018 Chris Chandler hosted by Jim
12/17/2018 Barbara West hosted by Bruce
12/24/2018 NO PE H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S hosted by Upta Yu
12/31/2018 NO PE H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S hosted by Upta Yu
1/7/19 host tba
1/14/19 hosted by Jim
1/21/2019 Sharon Coleman & Lisa Rosenberg WILL START PROMPTLY AT 7! hosted by Bruce
1/28/19 hosted by Gary
2/4/19 host tba
2/11/19 Carl Kopman hosted by Jim
2/18/19 Robert Coats hosted by Bruce
2/25/19 hosted by Gary
3/4/19 host tba
3/11/49 hosted by Jim
3/18/19 Lenore Weiss hosted by Bruce
3/25/19 Mary Mackey hosted by Gary
4/1/19 host tba
4/8/19 hosted by Jim
4/15/19 Diane L. Moomey hosted by Bruce
4/22/19 hosted by Gary
4/29/19 Maverick Night host tba
5/6/19 host tba
5/13/19 hosted by Jim
5/20/19 Laura Schulkind hosted by Bruce
5/29/19 hosted by Gary
6/3/19 host tba
6/12/19 hosted by Jim
6/17/19 Fire & Rain book reading by Lucille Lang Day & Diane Frank hosted by Bruce
6/24/19 hosted by Gary
7/1/19 host tba
7/8/19 hosted by Jim
7/15/19 hosted by Bruce
7/22/19 hosted by Gary
7/29/19 Maverick Night host tba
8/5/19 host tba
8/12/19 hosted by Jim
8/19/19 hosted by Bruce
8/26/19 hosted by Gary 9/2/19
9/2/19 NO PE, BAPC Picnic.
9/9/19 hosted by Jim
9/16/2019 Dennis J. Bernstein hosted by Bruce
9/23/19 hosted by Gary
9/30/19 Maverick Night host tba
10/7/19 host tba
10/14/19 hosted by Jim
10/21/2019 Georgette Howington hosted by Bruce
10/28/19 hosted by Gary
11/4/19 host tba
11/11/19 hosted by Jim
11/19/2019 Joyce Young hosted by Bruce
11/25/19 hosted by Gary
12/2/19 host tba
12/9/19 hosted by Jim
12/16/19 hosted by Bruce
12/23/19 hosted by Gary
12/30/19 Maverick Night (or probably no PE) host tba
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Leticia Garcia Bradford features July 9, 2018
07/9/2018 Leticia Garcia Bradford   hosted by Jim Leticia Garcia Bradford is a poet, playwright and publisher. In 2014 she founded B Street Writers Collective (BSWC), Hayward, CA- a community of writers both amateur and professional. Her poems and stories h...
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Tongo Eisen-Martin features 5/18/18
06/18/2018   Tongo Eisen-Martin  hosted by bruce Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book of poems “Heaven...
Tongo Eisen-Martin features 5/18/18
Tongo Eisen-Martin features 5/18/18
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06/11/2018  Nancy Schimmel   hosted by Jim Civilization In the juncture between two narrow roads The last fragment of a once-great circle of trunk still stands Shaggy redbrown bark worn down The tallest part upthrust higher than a person’s head But not by m...
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