Helllllllooooo Poets and Poetesses!

Thanks to ALL who sent birthday greetings!

APAL Poets Guide:

All events are free unless otherwise stated. Some venues request donations for the featured poets.

1. Monday, July 27 - Ebony Sun Java House, 1209 E. 11th street. Marla and Stazja's Birthday Bash! 7:00 pm. Come celebrate our recurring 29th birthdays! Featured: Harve’ Franks, “The Love Poet”. FMI call 472-8875 or 346-7773.

2. Monday, July 27 - Jovita's, 1619 South First St. Red Salmon Arts South Side Poets Action Series, 'Canto Libre' Open mic readings 7-9 pm. Hosts Ariel and Danni Apodaca.

3. Tuesday, July 28 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th and Lavaca. APAL open mic, sign up at 6:30 pm. Hosted by Sara Sutterfield Winn and Maslow. Benefit for the 1998 National Poetry Slam. Featured poet: Austin Slam Team member Karyna McGlynn! (She's so hot, she single-handedly created this heat wave) FMI e maslow_at_flash.net

4. Tuesday, July 28 - Electric Lounge at 302 Bowie. Weekly Slam, $50 to winner. Come compete or come judge (you can only do one). Sign up 8:30 pm. $2 admission. Sonya Feher hosts. FMI, call 476-FUSE.

5. Wednesday, July 29 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own Breath at Tammy Gomez hosts, 9-10:30 pm. tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu

6. Thursday, July 30 - Ebony Sun Java House, 1209 E. 11th St, Ste. C. - Free form reading, 7-8 pm, followed by Jazzy Poetry presented by Edward Powell. Feed the poet requested donation of $3. FMI call 472-8875

7. Saturday, August 1 - Quackenbush's Coffee House, 2120 Guadalupe. Saturday Afternoon Live Poetry, APAL open mic sign up at 3 pm. Feature: Toronto poet Nancy Dembowski . Hosted by Diane Fleming. fmi e buddydog_at_texas.net.

8. Tuesday, August 4 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th and Lavaca. APAL open mic, sign up at 6:30 pm. Hosted by Sara Sutterfield Winn and Maslow. Benefit for 1998 National Poetry Slam. Featured poet: Austin Slam Team member Genevieve Van Cleve! This one you don't wanna miss!! FMI e maslow_at_flash.net

9. Tuesday, August 4 - Electric Lounge at 302 Bowie. Weekly Slam, $50 to winner. Mock slam bouts between the 1998 Austin Slam Team and surprise challenge-teams! We’re getting close to the 1998 Nationals, come taste a sample. Sonja Feher hosts. FMI, call 476-FUSE.

10. Wednesday, August 5 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own Breath at Tammy Gomez hosts, 9-10:30 pm. tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu

11. Thursday, August 6 - BookPeople, 6th and Lamar. 7 p.m. Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology. This di-verse-city reading features a who's who of some of Austin's finest poets. Among the scheduled readers are Pablo Rodden, Mark Jones, Floyd Freeman, Heidi Zeigler, Marcelle Kasprowicz, Barbara Carr, Valerie Bridgeman Davis, Stazja McFadyen, Albert Huffstickler, Ralph Hausser, Mary-Agnes Taylor, Jill Wiggins, Ken Fontenot, Marvin Kimbrough, Kat Stevens, and W. Joe Hoppe. These readings promise to be among the best of the year.

12. Friday, August 7 - Mojo's Daily Grind, 2714 Guadualupe. Marie Fleischman hosts First Friday open mic, signup at 8 pm.

13. Saturday, August 8 - Saturday Afternoon Live Poetry at Quack's. 2120 Guadalupe. APAL open mic, sign up at 3 pm. Diane Fleming hosts. Featured poet: Stazja McFadyen. Fmi, contact buddydog_at_texas.net.

Featured Poetry -- This week's theme: Song Lyrics, in honor of you songwriter/ lyricist guys.

Next week's theme: RAIN (as in, praying for some in Central Texas)

1. Michael Riversong is a harpist/cowboy poet from Cheyenne, Wyoming.

GIFT OF THE EAGLE

by Michael Riversong

",,,a gift to the good people of Germany, where i have travelled and found warm hospitality"

Good hearts

throughout the land

Those who know the Wolf belongs in the forest

and the Eagle in the sky,

you are called to be true to yourselves.

Today we see another Wolf

rising over the land, devouring

women by using electricity

children by using chemicals

and strong men by using hopelessness.

Today it is hard to see the Eagle,

when our eyes are focused

on turmoil in the land.

Yet the good hearts always know

the right way to live;

they only need to know who the Wolf

really is.

Make sure to see the target,

make sure it is the right target,

then do what is most unexpected.

With kindness,

gently bring the Wolf to Berchtesgarten

and take him to the tower of the Eagle's Nest.

Let him see, for perhaps the first time in ages,

the freedom of the sky

and the space in the land.

Give him time to know, little by little,

what he has done.

Let him paint houses, and wash walls,

until he knows there is a Universe here --

A Universe filled with good people

who love their children,

who protect the women,

who find strength in the flight of the Eagle.

Only then can the Wolf

enjoy the pleasures of the forest

and be sane again.

E-mail address: MRiversong_at_earthlink.net

-- Michael Riversong **

Cheyenne, Wyoming **

"The Cowboy Harpist" **

Author of <Design Ecology> **

MRiversong_at_earthlink.net

2. Kimberly Shelton, guitarist/vocalist with Kymystry -- performing Mondays at The Cockney Rebel in St. Pete, Florida.

Too Many Colors

As I sit out by the lighthouse

and watch the waves roll in

I hear the grace of silence

and the whisper of the wind

I searched the whole world over

in the corner of my eye

I saw the starlights sparkle

as the ocean kissed the sky

there are too many colors

the shadows softly fading

as the morning fills the sky

too many colors

with the mellow feel of blueness

and the passion of the wine

A thousand different questions crossed upon my mind

as I walked the pebbled seashore

to see what I could find

The waves overlapping

the stillness in the air

the presence of you near me

even though you're not there

There are too many colors

the pastels slowly running

the canvas standing bare

Too many colors

with the mellow feel of blueness

and the passion of the wine...

of the wine.

1987 Kimberly Shelton

3. Jimmy Smith, in addition to composing, and ghostwriting Bubba's irreverent finger-rated movie reviews, raised Uncle Bernie from the good-riddance dead,,, well, you kinda had to be there...

Sunman

The sunman throws his shadow on the water

and the moonmaiden puts a spell on the sea

there was an old man, gave his life to his daughter

and a young girl that fell in love with me

if the highway didn't twist through the mountains

and the river didn't run to the sea

if a poor man couldn't drink from the fountain

what would that young girl ever want with me

watch the fields of waving wheat

stand at the end of a lonely street

shout your name to the lazy sky

and wipe the raindrops from your eyes

hear the laughing sandman sing

ride the twisting almost wind

wait for true love that will bring

the sorry sunman back again

have a taste of life everlasting

catch a ride on a fast moving train

watch the rodeo clown in the corner

crying out like he's almost in pain

when you smile you begin the beginning

when you run you get nowhere fast

hold on to nothing till your fingers are bleeding

stretch out your good times, just to make them last

once the sunman cast his face in forgiveness

and the moonmaiden wrapped her presence in silk

all the rumors that had sailed in the sunset

were watered down with her mothers milk

are you over your last re-construction?

are you done with your former good byes?

when you lend your devise to destruction

it can leave a sharp pain in your eyes

there are those who understand

why you offer up your hand

and the demon silver line

knows if he is yours or mine

ever trusting gentle wave

gives you good things that you crave

beckoning your homing bird

and wringing half truths from these words

tangled in his web of lies

the sorry sunman sits and cries

Books/Chapbooks

"chap*book (noun) First appeared 1798 : a small book containing ballads,

poems, tales, or tracts"

EXTRA! EXTRA!! HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A HOT NEW POETRY BOOK, BY L.A. BASED POET, JOSEPH POWELL. ENTITLED, "WITH UNVEILED FACES", IT FEATURES 21 POEMS WRITTEN IN LOVE AND SOAKED IN TRUTH, DEALING WITH LOVE, FAITH, AND LIFE IN ITS MANY FORMS. IT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR $7. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, SEND INQUIRIES TO JOBYPOET_at_AOL.COM OR SEND YOUR CHECK OR MONEY ORDER MADE PAYABLE TO JOSEPH POWELL, TO 443 E. CYPRESS, BURBANK, CA 91501. A BOOK WILL BE SENT OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. DON'T BE THE ONLY ONE ON YOUR BLOCK TO BE WITHOUT THIS INCREDIBLE COLLECTION OF POETRY THAT WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART AND MAKE YOU THINK, FOR THAT IS WHAT POETRY IS SUPPOSED TO DO. SO ACT NOW!!! AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Announcements:

1. 1999 Austin International Poetry Festival dates have been set! Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18, 1999.

2. 1998 National Poetry Slam volunteer meetings are every Sunday, 3 pm at Electric Lounge. Contact Sonya Feher, volunteer coordinator, to volunteer. There is still much help needed!

Directly from the head honcho:

"We need donations for the silent auction to be held at the Electric Lounge, August 14th. *Donations can include gift certificates, art, services i.e. massage, books, etc. The more the better folks. If you have one of those gifts lying around that you wish the giver had bestowed upon someone else, we would be happy to have them." Sonya ssfeher_at_yahoo.com

Check out Ernie Cline's brilliant design of the 1998 NPS website at http://slam.home.texas.net/98Nationals/welcome.htm

Major media has already come down on the Nationals,,, NY Times ran two mentions and an online link (Ernie tells me the site has gotten over 300,000 hits!)

And do you want to know who won the weekly slam last Tuesday? Can you say KARYNA?" Congrats, again, slamspice.

3. "Could you let everyone know that anyone who wants a copy of my 'Poetry Pages' mailed to them to simply email me and let me know their address and such, and I'd be VERY happy to mail them one!

You're doing a good thing!

WALKER

trww_at_bigfoot.com"

4. Last call for submissions for "Starsaga TWO: The Anthology for 1998 Poetry for the Common Man".

Poetry, art, photography submissions go to Aug 1st. Publication is Dec 1st.. free copy to those published, discount on extras purchased.. sold out 160 copies last

year in 32 days.

There will be a reading fee of $2.00 per poem. You can use our order form at http://www.starsaga.com or send it by mail:

Starsaga

p.o.box 542

Montrose CA 91020

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And congratulations to Circe on the release of her multimedia "Seduction " CD-Rom, available from Dead End Street Publications. Details at www.starsaga.com

5. A message from Holly Brown of Waterloo Ice House to all who read there during Austin International Poetry Festival:

"Thank you to all the so-very-lovely people who performed at Waterloo Ice House. We all enjoyed the performances and had a fantastic time with the people we met. We look forward to seeing you all again."

6. And from Christine Gilbert of Texas Nafas:

"Texas Nafas, the poetry show produced by Farid Mohammadi, ChristineGilbert, and Laura Baker continues running strong on Cable Channel 10, Sundays at 9 p.m. Two shows airing from June 21 to August 21 feature Poesia y Sur, with Sue Littleton, Thom the World Poet, and Miriam Balboa de Echeverria reading at Mexic-Arte. The first show presents the Argentine folk and children's poet Maria Elena Walsh. The second show presents works of famed Mexican scholar and poet Octavio Paz, who died this spring.

Also watch for two Texas Nafas one-hour specials called "Un-Cut TN" that will be aired after 10:30 p.m. on some nights (look at the Entertainment section of the Sunday Statesman for times) on Cable Channel 10. These two shows cover the venues at Waterloo Ice House during the 1998 Austin International Poetry Festival.

The first show, May 3, includes poets Albert Huffstickler, Graffiti, Carolyn Strickland, Venie Holmgren, and Karyna McGlynn, with poets Clebo Rainey from Dallas and Ken Hunt from Madison, Wisconsin, hosting an energetic evening of entertainment.

The second show, hosted by Tim Gibbard of Bristol, England, and Larry Jaffe of Los Angeles, includes poets Ross Clark (Brisbane), Donn Deedon (So. Cal), Howard Frost (UK), Melissa Hanes (Megaha), Mim Scharlack (San Antonio), Sara Sutterfield Winn, Warren Spencer (Bristol), Jay Words (Bristol), Jay Woodman (UK), and Brinsley Sheridan (UK). Don't miss these shows, even if you don't have cable and have to go to a friend's house."

7. From Carol Koss in Oklahoma:

Art - at its best - is transformational and redemptive. Artists of a Different Caliber is a non-profit exhibition that will bring guns to Oklahoma City - Guns transformed by the visions of metalsmiths into catalysts for non-violence. These artists come armed with talent, courage, and commitment.

Poets are Asked to Bite the Bullet: This fall, IAO will host Artists of a Different Caliber, a metalsmith exhibit where guns and bullets have been turned into works of art. They have taken seriously the admonition,"And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares." These artists are seeking poetry that speaks to the issue of alternatives to violence, poetry that uses words against violence, rather than in violence. If you are interested in contributing poetry to this exhibit, send it via e-mail to me (cpkoss_at_aol.com) or to Gael Sloop (SloopPhelps_at_compuserve.com). Deadline (or, life line) for submitting work is August 15th.

We have been receiving poems from all over the country (and Australia) for this project. We may be putting them into a small volume for the exhibit. The reading of these poems will take place at 8:30 p.m. at Harvey's (19th and Portland) right after the opening at IAO (Sept.11th). Work (or play), by poets unable to attend, will be read by volunteers.

Welcome to all you new subscribers. If you want to submit poems, announcements, chap books listings, send info in the body of e-letters.

Anyone wanting off the mailing list, e me.

Support poets, buy chapbooks.

Much love,

Stazja



Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #38

Date: 98-07-27 06:50:24 EDT

From: TigerIily

To: Stazja

morning stazja,

happy birthday bash day ... hope and know it will be a fun time tonight ... enjoy ... i'm sure you will ... and will get lots of appreciation.

great newsletter ... lots of good things ... it works well to do a shorter period of dates for readings i think ... looks great!!

have a good day.

lily*

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #38

Date: 98-07-27 12:13:44 EDT

From: Shana2001

To: Stazja

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAZJA!

I adore receiving "Poets At Large"....Please, keep 'em coming!!!!

Miss you LOTS

Shana :-)

XOXOX

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #38

Date: 98-07-27 12:29:49 EDT

From: DixiaNarry

To: Stazja

Add the next Past Poetry Project performance, on Aug 29, 1998. 2 PM _at_ Windsor village Library.

KLG

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #38

Date: 98-07-29 02:19:25 EDT

From: Becarlton

To: Stazja

Dear Staz,

I am so sorry I missed your b.day bash. I didn't read your e-mail until two days after you sent it. Rats! Hope it was wonderful. It was nice seeing you and your 29 years of lovliness the other day at the church. Hope you are doing great!

Love,

Bett

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #38

Date: 98-08-02 17:36:00 EDT

From: manzap_at_utep.edu (Miguel-Angel Zapata)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

I've been reading your mail and think is great. The activities that you

promote in Austin are wonderful. Maybe you would like to program someday

something related to LAtin American Poetry in the US, poets that write in

Spanish and for some reason are living in the US. These can be done with

translations into English, and a dialogue with the public. Please, send

me your address and i'll send my latest book recently published in Lima,

Peru. I teach in The Bilingual Creative Writing Program at UTEP.



Saludos