Good Morning! It's Monday again. Welcome new subscribers.

And here is the APAL Poets Guide:

1. Tuesday, May 19 - Ruta Maya, still at 4th and Lavaca, APAL open mic, hosted by Sara Sutterfield Winn.This week's feature: Mark Maslow 6:30 to 8 pm. 479-0597

2. Tuesday, May 19 - Electric Lounge Slam. 302 Bowie. Hosted by Mike Henry. $50 to winner. Still time to qualify for the Austin Slam Team. Two more chances to qualify for the Slam Off. 476-FUSE.

3. Wednesday, May 20 - Movements Gallery 211 E. 6th St. BYOB Blast Your Own Breath, 9 - 10:30 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. 441-POET or tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu

4. Thursday, May 21 - Poesia Y Sur at Mexi-Carte Museum, 7 pm. Sue Littleton, Miriam Balboa de Echeverria and Thom the World Poet will read in Spanish and English from the works of the Nobel prize winner Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914-1998). 416-7435.

5. Saturday, May 23 - Mitchie's Fine Black Art, 5312 Airport Bldv. Open mic, 4-6pm. For more info, contact rick.green_at_ourclub.com

6. Saturday, May 23 - Saturday Night Live Poetry, at Quackenbush's, 2120 Guadalupe. APAL open mike, 7:30 pm. Featured poet is Neil Meili. John Hawk hosts. 479-0597.

7. Monday, May 25 –Conjunto Festival at Resistencia Bookstore!!!!!!!!!!

Memorial Day, 4-8 p.m.2210-B South First St. between Live Oak and Oltorf.

phone 416-8885; fax 416-0944

8. Tuesday, May 26 - Ruta Maya Coffee House at 4th and Lavaca. APAL open mic. 6:30 to 8. Sara Sutterfield Winn hosts.

9. Tuesday, May 26 - Electric Lounge Slam, sign up before 9 pm. Genevieve Van Cleve hosts. Last chance to qualify for the Austin City Slam. $50 to winner. 476-FUSE.

10. Wednesday, May 27 - Movements Gallery 211 E. 6th St. BYOB Blast Your Own Breath, 9 - 10:30 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. 441-POET or tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu

11. Thursday, May 28 - Austin City Slam at the Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. Where the 4 1998 Austin Slam Team members will be decided! 452-FUSE

12. Saturday, May 30 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120 Guadalupe. APAL open mic, sign up at 7:30 pm. Hosted by John Louis Hawk. Featured poet is the lovely Linda Levitt. 479-0597

Featured Poems:

1. She ain't no Okie from Muskogee, folks. Heather Moody resides in Norman, Okla.

REARRANGING THE ICONS

©1998 hkmoody

Spending time on my own

Trying to remember what makes me

Whole

Trying to remember why

I'm spending time on my own…

People pass through lives

Somewhat illogically linear

Maybe it'd be better if we just took it

In order

From least important

To most

Wish I could rearrange

The icons

Life memories

Blended like organic fruit

Trying to find some harmony

Between orange

And apple

And ginger root

Maybe throw in some beet

For color

And maybe I'll beat my way down

Alleys and parkways

Between wrong-way signs

And over an infamous grassy knoll

Pluck a plum

From the forbidden garden

A sinner's vice

This need to hear my own voice

Rise above

Untimely deaths of children

And bigotry found no further than my own

back door

this need to mingle in allegro's

and pound out symphonies

in the grinding of my teeth

playing lead roles

in never-ending scenes

of Shakespearean Tragedy

wish I could rearrange

the icons

make first one last

and last one first

arrange in descending order

or by size

maybe alphabetically

so that sad wouldn't go next to sad

and empty would directly proceed exploding with color…



2. Jessie Payne lives in Kansas City, Kansas. I really liked this poem

Ghost

Ghost you,

Ghost me,

You think I am blind,

Yet I see.

I see your ghost,

How you hide,

Using it as,

A shadow...

All I want to know....

Is how?

How can you be,

A ghost...

Towards me?

© 1998 Jessica Payne

Announcements

1. APAL free poetry workshops are held every Sunday at Quackenbush's, 2 pm, conducted by John Hawk. Bring 10 copies of a poem for critiquing. 479-0597

2. FROM Texas Nafas Poetry Show (ACAC cable channel 10, Sundays at 9 p.m.)

Contact Farid Mohammadi, Producer 326-4071 or Laura Baker 445-5954

E-mail: poetry10_at_juno.com

(Note: Each show runs for one month.)

The Sunday, May 24th Texas Nafas Poetry show features Poesie y Sur

(Poetry from the South). Watch and listen as if to the sound of swans

gliding as Austin literary artists read with quiet eloquence the works of

Octavio Paz, Neruda, Lourca and others. Regions of the heart pronounced

and heard by hosts Sue Littleton, Thom the World Poet and a gallery of

lovers of the various rhythms found in South American poetry.

This is not a show to be missed. Tune in to Texas Nafas on Sunday's at

9:00 p.m. on ACAC cable channel 10.

Begun in the spring of 1996, during the Austin International Poetry

Festival by Producer, Farid Mohammadi, Texas Nafas is now beginning its

second season. With the enthusiastic support from all poetry fronts, this

show brings to viewers what has been unheard and unseen by most. Poetry,

the spirit's whim and cry, can be seen and heard on Sundays at 9:00 p.m.

on ACAC cable channel 10.

(Texas Nafas needs persons interested in filming or video editing to join

in helping to produce this fantastic show! Please call the number above

and ask for Farid.)

3. From Carol Cullar in El Paso:

La Frontera, an anthology of code switching, seeks manuscripts from

poets who code switch English/Spanish for a 300pp. collection of

cutting edge bilingual poets. Send 6-8 poems, publication record, and

brief statement about your commitment to code switching. or SASE for

guidelines to Carol Cullar, Editor, The Maverick Press, Rt. 2 Box

4915, Eagle Pass TX 78852-9605.

ps.you might wish to announce that Michelle Ben Hur (CA), one of the

performers that attended the Austin Poetry Fest is one of the featured

poets on Rick Lupert's Poetry Hotline. (http://www.loop.com/~rickpoet)

4. Nap Jam 2 update. Here is a complete list of Texas poets going to Las Vegas in September for Nap Jam 2:

Linda Levitt, Mark Maslow, Stazja McFadyen, Karyna McGlynn, Neil Meili, Debbie Tannenbaum, Sara Sutterfield Winn, Thom the World Poet

This looks to be a hellacious Texas contingency, and there's still room for more.

For more information, e mail me at stazja_at_aol.com or bowerbird_at_aol.com

5. Recap of last week's poetic happenings:

***Ruta Maya rocked Tuesday night, with Sara and Maslow hosting, and Gilbert Garcia featuring*** Followed by slam at Electric Lounge, where a rare perfect 30.0 was scored in the second round by Florida poet Al, who won the big bucks.*** ***Tammy Gomez featured at Ebony Sun Java House on Thursday, and gave us a wallop of truth-in-poetry***Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quack's went till closing time***AIPF party on Sunday followed board meeting; lots of worthwhile suggestions for improving the festival, and good reads by some good poets. Especially nice to see Christina!***

How about that, folks? I'm done!

Anyone wanting off the mailing list, e mail me. Thanks to all who are supporting the newsletter with announcements, poem submissions, subscriber referrals and encouragement.

Until next week, I remain

Stazja

Subj: Re: austin poets at large #28

Date: 98-05-18 05:25:52 EDT

From: trww_at_bigfoot.com (walker)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com (Stazja)

Hi Stazja, haven't had much contact with the Austin poets in a while, so here's a

poem for your perusal and possible inclusion in your newsletter.



The rain burned my eyes out this morning

You know, walking in dull mist

Has a way of twisting your arm behind your back

Taking you down the straight road

Never looking back

Or even seeing diverging paths

The rain burned my eyes out

And no more tears

No more sweet cries in fresh daylight

I'll never leave this road

Never turn down a tenuous trail

A fresh mystery dissolves like vaporous dreams

Leaving the rut of existence

In a place where thousands of souls

Walk arm in arm

There are no pot-holes

I never fear tripping again

The rain burned my eyes out

Empty sockets for new orbs

An image superimposed

Of unchanging static

Tears my dignity to shreds

A fierce wind cuts through the dark

And only blind creatures sprouting sails

Are carried away.

Walker



--not a particularly happy one, but hey they can't ALL be.

Huge hairy greetings from Walker, Shana and baby-Kenzie to all Austin folks! We

miss you!





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Hi Stazja, haven't had much contact with the Austin poets in a while, so

here's a poem for your perusal and possible inclusion in your newsletter.

 

 



The rain burned my eyes out this morning

You know, walking in dull mist

Has a way of twisting your arm behind your back

Taking you down the straight road

Never looking back

Or even seeing diverging paths

The rain burned my eyes out

And no more tears

No more sweet cries in fresh daylight

I'll never leave this road

Never turn down a tenuous trail

A fresh mystery dissolves like vaporous dreams

Leaving the rut of existence

In a place where thousands of souls

Walk arm in arm

There are no pot-holes

I never fear tripping again

The rain burned my eyes out

Empty sockets for new orbs

An image superimposed

Of unchanging static

Tears my dignity to shreds



A fierce wind cuts through the dark

And only blind creatures sprouting sails

Are carried away.



Walker

 

 



--not a particularly happy one, but hey they can't ALL be.



Huge hairy greetings from Walker, Shana and baby-Kenzie to all Austin

folks! We miss you!

 

 

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Subj: Re: austin poets at large #28

Date: 98-05-18 06:48:59 EDT

From: Soultender

To: Stazja

(((((((((((((Stazja)))))))))))))))))))))

You seem tired still******************************

Perk up angel..



Love to you. laura***

Subj: Re: seeking human impersonators

Date: 98-05-18 08:20:19 EDT

From: TigerIily

To: Stazja

morning stazja,

my, my that is a sharp piece ... quite an edge and some great lines ... such as the soap opera lines ... and my favorite of favorites ... stepping in puddles of candlewax people ... really blasts. yanno i could almost hear that piece coming after talking with you yesterday.

and the newsletter is great ... nice to see heather's poetry there too. and all the poets going to the slam in september ... you've helped to waken poetry to a new level there staz ...

back to work on thesis today ... didn't do much on it at all yesterday ... and no time to tarry.

hope it is a very good one for you ... perhaps will see you later.

lily*