Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 11:27:15 EDT
Subject: Austin Poets at Large #46
Live from Los Angeles, it's Austin Poets at Large!  Wait, wasn't I going to
the North American Poetry Jam in Las Vegas?  Actually, I got to Las Vegas,
then drove to L.A. I did get to see the vanload of So. Cal. poets as they
departed from the Onyx on their way to the Jam. I'll be joining the jammers on
Wednesday. But enough about me.

This week's newsletter is a shorty.


I.    APAL Poets Guide
II.   Featured poetry
III.  Books/Chapbooks/Spoken Word CD's
IV. Calls for Submissons
V.  Announcements


All events are free unless otherwise noted. Some venues pass tip jar for
featured poets. 

1. Monday, Sept. 21 - North American Poetry Jam - NAP JAM 2 begins at the
Plaza Hotel, 1 Main Street, Las Vegas. fmi contact (I know
this isn't a local event, but yours truly is going to be there, along with
other APAL venue hosts Sara Sutterfield Winn, Mark Maslow and Diane Fleming,
so it will SEEM like an APAL event).

2. Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th and Lavaca. APAL open mic
sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Guest host: John Hawk. Surprise feature. Could be Jeff
Knight.  fmi contact

3. Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. The famous Slam! Sign-up
8:30 p.m. Surprise host. Win $50. fmi call 476-FUSE. 
4. Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Borders, 10225 Research Blvd. at Great Hills Trail.
Borders on the Word, hosted by Barbara Carr. 7:30 pm. A pre-publication
reading of "Feeding the Crow", an anthology of poetry featuring Austin poets
Peggy Lynch, Jose Flores, Lyman Grant, Robin Britton, Jill Wiggins, Carlyn
Luke Reding, Jennifer Cardenas, a Phillip T. Stephens and Alyce Guynn and
edited by Susan Bright, poet and publisher of Plain View Press. Followed by
round robin open mike. fmi call Barbara Carr at 343-7940 or Susan Bright at

5. Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Cornerstone, 1117 Red River, 7:30-9 p.m. featuring
some of Austin's outstanding gay and lesbian poets: David Meischen, Rick
Garcia, Dennis Ciscel, and Ana Sisnett. Fmi contact Scott Wiggerman at

6. Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your
Own Breath.Tammy Gomez hosts, 9-10:30 p.m. Open mic, i mean REALLY open. fmi

7. Thursday, September 24 - Poesia y Sur at Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress
Ave. 7 p.m. Bi-lingual readings of great Hispanic poets. Selections from the
poetry of Nicaraguan Poet Ruben Dario (1867-1916). Hosted by Sue Littleton.
Introduction to the Poet by Dr. Miriam Balboa de Echeverria. Guitar music by
Francisco Chavez. fmi contact 416-7435. 

8. Thursday, September 24 - for all travellers to Yorkshire, England.
INTERCHANGE -- Bradford Writers Network  PRESENTS Live at the Love Apple Cafe,

9. Saturday, Sept. 26 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quack's, 2120 Guadalupe.
APAL open mic sign up at 7:30. Diane Fleming and Stazja co-host. Featured
poet:  Houston-based Jeramiah Frick. fmi contact

10. Monday, Sept. 28 - Patio of Jovita's Restaurant, 1619 South First St. from
7:30-9:30 p.m. Red Salmon Arts, focusing on the literary heritage of
historically marginalized peoples, provides a space for emerging
writers/artist as well as published writers from inside and outside of Austin;
hosting on-going poetry series, "Southside Poetic Action Series" open mike
reading. Fmi contact Resistencia Bookstore, 416-8885

11. Tuesday, September 29 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th and Lavaca. APAL open
mic, sign up at 6:30 p.m. Co-hosts directly from NAP JAM 2 in Las Vegas, Sara
Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow. Featured poet: Diana Fleming. Bring your
chapbooks to sell at the chapbook table - a service provided by APAL. fmi

12. Tuesday, September 29 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. Austin slam. $2 at the
door. $50 to the winner. Mike Henry hosts. Plenty of time to make it from Ruta
Maya to the slam sign up at 8:30 p.m. fmi call 476-FUSE.

13. Wednesday, September 30 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast
Your Own Breath, 9 pm. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact

14. Friday, October 2 - First Friday open mic at Mojo's Daily Grind, 2714
Guadalupe. Open mic sign up at 8 p.m. Marie Fleischmann hosts. 

15. Saturday, October 3 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120
Guadalupe. APAL open read, signup at 7:30. Diane Fleming and Stazja McFadyen
co-host. Featured poet: Larry Cordle. fmi contact 

II.  Featured Poetry

Thanks to all who kindly submit and permit me to publish your poetry. 

This week's theme:  Childhood Memories, Part 2

Next week's theme: And the future generations?

Following week's theme: So. Louisiana (includes New Orleans)

1. From Larry Cordle of Austin. Larry features at Quack's on Saturday, October

poem for a sunday in july (an excerpt)

when I was young sunday afternons took hold of people
slowing them up and winding them down
readied for evenings in aluminum lawn chairs and meatloaf on t.v.trays
newspapers scattered young and screeching like brash trumpeters
at the gates of a castle which, back then, a home was to a man
cars with big fins flopped in and out of frames
in jerky eight millimeter home movies where smiles were squinted 
and everything moved soundlessly and way too fast
panning across formed plastic swimming pools
fed by taut green water hoses turned grey on film,
and animated children played without noise until the 
snapsnapsnapsnap chickachickachickachicka at the end of the reel
the lights came on to expose the cigarette haze 
we had watched ourselves through and those memories bound on film 
were coated with the oily wax of tar
the meatloaf baked in the oven
rich with sharp onions and bubbling grease
the trumpeters on the living room floor blared
their tough stamping march of spaceships going to the moon,
yes, those were americans up there and it makes a fella proud
naked children running screaming from napalm fires
british mop top lads waving sarcastically from airplane steps
we ate meatloaf with lots of ketchup and warm, white soft rolls
that came from a cardboard tube like pulpy alien flesh
we ate and ate more
and we were young and thinking only of homework due on the other side
of ed sullivan, combat, bonanza and a deep stuffed full sleep
and on one of those sundays some part of us went to sleep for good
…it never awoke again
but we didn't notice until years and years later

by larry cordle copyright 1998 barbary coast publishing co. inc.
all rights reserved 

2. From Eirik Ott of team San Francisco. (a free bottle of soap bubbles to
anyone who doesn't get a little smile from this one -- even an internalized

that's what I remember...
my young mother
stirring the oatmeal
in the early morning dark
with a tinktinktink
of the wooden spoon
scraping the side of the saucepan

it meant it was time
to get my sister up
and get ready
put our bunny slippers on
and pile pillows and blankets
into the back of the GTO

me and my sleeping kid sister

so my mom
could drive my dad
to the railroad

she was 22.
i was 4.

3. From John Wilder of Austin

The Picture
by John Wilder

There is this picture
of a boy of maybe three years old,
with a little cap tipped sideways
and blue jeans and sneakers.
He's holding a stringer of fish
up in front of him with all his might.
It's sort of gone blue-toned 
after forty years in a box.
His hair is blonde and his eyes are
narrowed down in the afternoon sun.
Behind him is the Chevy and 
the neighbors' apple tree
and the blue sky. I haven't seen
that photo in ten years or more,
but it still comes back to me
at the oddest times.
I love that little boy so much, 
I wonder where he is now.

4. From David Ziff of Boca Raton


The V intact above the hills and rills,
Each drafting behind the lead in perfect form,
Unerringly on course, what air fulfills,
A built-in guidance system is the norm.

On lakes as well, with young in tow, the grace
And dignity befitting love and peace,
An image of high clouds and Queen Annešs lace,
Until we hope such days will never cease.

But on the farm they were a different story,
Malevolent, wing-flapping, hissing, mean,
To young minds one attack and wešd be gory,
Limbs slashed and bloodied, victims of their spleen.

We kept clear of that venomous brigade
and circumnavigated where they went.
Large dogs, brave otherwise, backed off, afraid,
Unwilling to express their loud dissent. 

Love, David Ziff

III.  Books/Chapbooks/CD's

chap*book (noun) First appeared 1798 : a small book containing ballads, poems,
tales, or tracts

it was so called because it was hawked by 'chapmen' - or peddlers.  The word
'chap' comes from a ME and/or OE word meaning 'cheap.' 

1. "Seduction" the cd-rom from Circe and Dead End Street Publications is
available online at for
$9.95 and also at where it has garnered 9 *Five Star* reviews!
This "not to be missed" work comprised of the author's voice, poetry and
art, details the angst and the ecstacy of love. "Guaranteed to raise your
sexual temperature!" Mail orders to: Dead End Street Publications, LLC, 813
Third St., Hoquiam, WA 98550

Also by Circe: "MoonMadness and Mystics" $10 (an illustrated pagan's
journal), "Aphrodesiac" $5 (the perfect prelude to sex), "Castles in the
Air" $8,(a bittersweet romantic anthology by Donn Deedon and Circe);
Regional Italian Cooking $12.50 (everything Italian from antipasto to
pasta, pizza to tiramisu)  contact  or use our online
orderform at  phone, mail and fax orders
accepted toll free (888) 248-7321 fax (818) 541-7790, Starsaga P.O.Box 542,
Montrose, CA 91020.

2. From Chris Vannoy:  I got the Clone Jam CD. It sounds AWESOME....It is
called THE BASTARD MUSICIANS OF MESMER. Also, Digitized Eyes is on a CD titled
WORMHOLE. If any one would like to purchase a copy...please have them contact
me. both are on sale now for 10$

IV. Call for submissions

1. Windfall Light - a new quarterly literary magazine - is looking for poetry,
personal/literary essays.
Buys first or second North American Serial Rights
All contributions must be typed. Submit one copy with contributor's name
address and phone number.
(SASE if reply desired)

Windfall Light
PO Box 155
Lexington,  OK 73051-0155

2. Long-Time San FranciscoF Slam supporter/co-host Lauren Shiffman is now
seeking submissions for the next issue of Crack, her lit zine:
It's time to submit to the BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER crack #2!!

We are seeking submissions of compelling and innovative poetry, sudden fiction
and b/w art. Send 3-5 poems, fiction under 2,000 words, or inquiries regarding
non-fiction pieces along with a SASE before October 31to: 
P.O. Box 411113, 
S.F., CA 94141. 
Please include a phone number or email address.

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.


3. GULF COAST PUBLISHING COLONY (12/27/98-1/3/99): Call for Entry. Ten
selected writers to join poet/editors, Susan Bright and Margo LaGattuta, for
7-day intensive, collaborative publishing colony on beautiful Texas Gulf coast
resulting in publication of the 17th Plain View Press New Voices Series
anthology, a national showcase for American writers and issue-based literary
work. Send 15-20 pages by Nov 15:  Plain View Press,  P.O. 33311, Austin, TX
78764. Inquiries: Susan Bright,
512-441-2452 (, Margo LaGattuta, 810-693-7344
( Follow New Voices Series link:
Reading Fee: $10

V. Announcements

1. Austin Poets at Large (APAL) is a group of poets come together to promote
the growth of poetry in Austin and provide a nurturing atmosphere for poets
and those who love poetry. APAL runs one monthly and two weekly open mic
venues. For more information attend Saturday volunteer staff meeting at
Quack's, 6:30 p.m. or call John Hawk 458-3159

2. 1999 Austin International Poetry Festival dates are set for April 15-18,

The next board meeting will be held on Monday, September 28 at Cepeda Branch
Library, E. 7th and Pleasant Valley, at 7 p.m. fmi contact or
call Midge Kocen at 835-5942 

3. CNN program on the 1998 National Poetry Slam is scheduled to air on
Thursday, September 24, 10 p.m. Eastern time. Check your local tv listings.

4. Last week's Austin slam winner: Ernie Cline!  Good job, Ernie. Congrats.

Anyone wanting off the mailing list, just e me.

And that's all for now.

Much Love,