Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: 97-12-01 08:16:45 EST

From: Stazja

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Dear Poets,

Greetings from Florida!

If you are receiving this newsletter for the first time, someone gave me your e mail address to add to the mailing list. It might have been you.

Thanks to everyone who has sent such positive response to this weekly e newsletter.

After attending the Showcase of Austin Venues at Quackenbush's on November 15, a poet from New York wrote this: " I certainly got to see, in the few hours I was there, a much wider cross section of the poetry life in Austin than I would have

seen any other time. One thing is for sure the poets in Austin are a hell

of lot more organized than we are in New York! "

I attended a read at Samantha's Bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida, last Wednesday. These guys have definitely heard of the Austin poetry scene; several of them are coming to Austin for the National Slam in August.

Ok, here is what is happening this week:

Tuesday, December 2 - Ruta Maya, an APAL venue, hosted by Laura Moliter. Open mic sign up at 6:30 p.m. 4th and Lavaca.

Also Tuesday:

The Electric Lounge (302 Bowie) is now hosting a WEEKLY open mic every

Tuesday, 8 p.m. Standard open mic etiquette (e.g. signing up) applies.

Gen's poetry slam is still running like clockwork, and is the LAST Tuesday

of every month. On these evenings, the slam replaces the open mic, but all

poets are invited to slam for the $50 cash prize.

Hope this is helpful.

--Susan B.A. Somers-Willett

Wednesday, December 3 - Rio Grande Coffee Haus, 2222 Rio Grande. Open mic, signup at 8 pm.

Saturday, December 6 - Quackenbush's, 2120 Guadalue, an APAL venue, hosted by John Hawk. Open mic, signup at 3 p.m.

Poetry announcements:

Austin International Poetry Festival is registering for the 1998 Festival, deadline for registration is January 15, application fee is $10, for more information by e mail: anina_at_arts.state.tx.us or aipf98_at_aol.com or call (512) 918-AIPF

And for the feature poem this week (since no APAL poets submitted one), I give you the first in a series of Larry Jaffe's "He/She Java Series", included on his poetry website at www.lgjaffe.com This is a shameless plug, but check out the website

:-)

he she java

(with deference to e.e. cummings)

he drank carefully

she drank willfully

he paused to deliberate

she was on her second cup

he took a slow and steady sip

she gulped deeply

he drank ruefully

she drank wistfully

his eyes never met her

her eyes wished to be introduced

his arms folded in consternation

her arms open in friendship

he wished he could leave

she wished he would

© 1997 lgjaffe

Poetically yours,

Stazja McFadyen

Media Liaison, APAL

Subj: RE: Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: 97-12-01 09:34:44 EST

From: MOLITEL_at_austy944d.aust.tdprs.state.tx.us (MOLITER, LAURA)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com (Stazja)



Stazja:

Thanks for the poetry and the update from Florida. Hurry back, we miss you!

(And bring some Florida poets. We like variety (even if we envy their tans).

The Jaffe poem, as usual, was great.

Have fun in Florida. We had a beautiful weekend here, but we're heading into

gloomsville (rain expected all week) so you aren't missing anything,

weatherwise.

See ya.

Laura

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Subj: RE: Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: 97-12-01 09:34:44 EST

From: MOLITEL_at_austy944d.aust.tdprs.state.tx.us (MOLITER, LAURA)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com (Stazja)



Stazja:

Thanks for the poetry and the update from Florida. Hurry back, we miss you!

(And bring some Florida poets. We like variety (even if we envy their tans).

The Jaffe poem, as usual, was great.

Have fun in Florida. We had a beautiful weekend here, but we're heading into

gloomsville (rain expected all week) so you aren't missing anything,

weatherwise.

See ya.

Laura



From: Stazja

To: Stazja

Subject: Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: Monday, December 01, 1997 8:13AM

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: 97-12-01 15:16:10 EST

From: abbie.green_at_mail.utexas.edu (abigail green)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

hey stazja, I haven't been able to come the last two weeks because I've

been moving into a new place and I have tests like crazy. just letting you

know I haven't lost interest. love abbie



Subj: Re: austin poets at large

Date: 97-12-01 13:54:17 EST

From: mollyt_at_mail.utexas.edu (molly todd)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

CRUM!!!

I had attempted various times to get into the computer lab on campus late

last week and over the weekend. It obviously didn't work. ANd now that I

am here, I see that you have already sent out the email newsletter for

apal. AND, also, now that I am here, with the intention of sending you a

copy of the poem you requested, I realize that I have the wrong one of the

two about homeless folks. (Expletive.) SO! Lost cause, eh? Perhaps I

will see you sometime this week at one of the readings you have announced.

In which case, I wil lhave a copy of the poem, in case you want to use it

in the future. If not, well, maybe another one, another time?

Thanks for putting me on the list for the newsletter. And thanks for the

work you do on the n.l. -- I bet you don't get paid for the time you spend

on it... So, a mere thanks is what I can give, though sometimes I know

that helps.

I will definitely be getting more involved with the readings etc. after the

holidays. Also, I am planning to start up a reading/workshop at the

beginning of next year. So, I will let you know about that.

Hope you had a good weekend/thanksgiving. Talk to you/meet you soon, I hope.

Molly

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: 97-12-06 08:52:51 EST

From: linlevitt_at_hotmail.com (Linda Levitt)

To: Stazja_at_AOL.COM

Stazja, your newsletter is great! Thanks for putting me on your list. I

seldom check this address--would you mind changing it to

linlevitt_at_juno.com? I'd appreciate it.

Linda

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #4

Date: 97-12-05 12:09:49 EST

From: rg.brown_at_mail.utexas.edu (robert g brown)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

thanx for adding my name to your list.. your newsletter looks great!we

missed you thursday.. remember the poetry in the arts meeting at peggy

lynch's home this saturday at 2;00.. best regards.. robert

>Dear Poets,