Good morning, Poets!

Just a year ago, John Hawk recruited me as the Apal media liaison. A month
later, I sent e-mail notice of an Apal reading to a handful of poets. Thus,
the newsletter was born. By the 5th week, I'd received the entire e-mail list
(250+) from the publicity director of a non-profit organization. It seemed
there was a need for a centralized map of Austin poetry, delivered directly to

To accommodate visiting poets with a schedule of events surrounding and during
the '98 Austin International Poetry Festival, the need expanded. And has
continued to grow, along with the mailing list, which now exceeds 750, into 5

The poets' guide now lists a dozen organizations or independent venues. The
popularity of featured poetry themes is evidenced by the increasing # of poems
received weekly.  The newsletter knows no geographical boundaries or

On it's 1st birthday, in 4 weeks, the newsletter will take a new name: Map of
Austin Poetry (or MAP). Until then, keep watching for the APAL newsletter each
Monday. And support local poets, whether in Austin, Australia, or any venue in


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

I. AUSTIN POETS GUIDE - Calendar of upcoming readings.

All events are free unless otherwise noted. Some venues take up a tip
collection for featured poets. If you like 'em, drop a dollar in the jar!

1. Monday, October 5 - Poetry reading at Southwestern University, Georgetown.
8 pm. Sponsored by SOAL, featuring the poets of Cornerstone: Scott Wiggerman,
emcee; David Meischen; Cindy Huyser; Dennis Ciscel; Meera Sundrum; Jack
Brannon; Patrick Collins; Rick Garcia; George Klawitter; Chinwe Odeluga. For
more information contact Scott Wiggerman at

2. Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th & Lavaca. Once again voted
the "Place To Hear Poetry" in the Austin Chronicle's 1998 Best of Austin
Readers Poll. APAL open mic, sign up at 6:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Sara
Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow. Featured poet: Sonya Feher. Reading poets
are invited to bring their chapbooks to display and sell. fmi contact

3. Tuesday, October 6 - Central Texas Live Poets Society hosts open read at
Barry's Coffee House, 517 N. 3rd in Temple. 7 p.m. Featured poet:  Patricia
Fiske. fmi contact

4. Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. Austin's weekly Slam. Voted
by a show of hands from the audience, the best place in Austin to Slam. Sign
up at 8:30 p.m. Compete for $50. Ernie Cline hosts. Admission $2 (or $3).  fmi
call 476-FUSE.

5. Wednesday, Oct. 7 -  Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own
Breath, 9 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact

6. Thursday, Oct 8- Saturday, Oct 10 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. Flame
Failure Productions presents Tales of Terror, Edgar Allen Poe horror stories
adapted and directed for the theatre by Dan Bonfitto. Works include "The Tell-
Tale Heart", "The Premature Burial", "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar",
"The Masque of the Red Death", and "The Cask of Amontillado" . fmi call

7. Thursday, Oct. 8 - Barnes & Noble Arboretum, hosted by John Berry, with a
round robin open mic. 7:30-10 p.m. fmi call 837-8693.

8 . Saturday, Oct. 10 - Fiesta Gardens at noon. Coming Out Day. Poetry by
Marie Fleischmann, Rich Perin, more. 

9. Saturday, Oct. 10 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120
Guadalupe. APAL open mic sign up at 7:30 pm. Featured poet: Eric Fredlund,
releasing his new book "Wanker Down".  fmi contact

10. Monday, Oct. 12 - 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, Oct 13 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th & Lavaca. Apal open mic sign
up 6:30 p.m. Sara Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow host. Featured poet:  Clint
McCown. Reading poets are invited to bring their chapbooks to display and
sell. fmi contact

12. Tuesday, Oct. 13 - One World in Temple (1615 Canyon Creek) - Central Texas
Live Poetry Society open mic - no feature. fmi e mail

13. Tuesday, Oct. 13  - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. The famous, popular
cutting edge Slam. $50 to winner. $2 admission. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Sonya
Feher hosts this week. fmi call 476-FUSE.

14. Wednesday, Oct 14 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own
Breath, 9 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact

15. Thursday, Oct. 15 - Ebony Sun Java House, 1209 E. 11th, Ste. C. East Side
Black & White poetry, open mic sign up 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Stazja. This
month's feature is Marla Fulgham, who just completed a run at Hyde Park
Theater in Debra Orr's play "Mothers, Daughters, and Society". See Marla's
poem in featured poetry section, below.  fmi call 472-8875 or 346-7773.

16. Thursday, Oct. 15- Saturday Oct. 17 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St.
Flame Failure Productions presents Tales of Terror, Edgar Allen Poe horror
stories adapted and directed for the theatre by Dan Bonfitto. Works include
"The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Premature Burial", "The Facts in the Case of M.
Valdemar", "The Masque of the Red Death", and "The Cask of Amontillado" . fmi
call 469-1745.
17. Saturday, Oct. 17 - Austin Poetry Society monthly meeting at Howson
Library, 2500 Exposition. 10 a.m. Open to the public. Guest speakers. fmi

18. Saturday, Oct. 17 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120
Guadalupe. On the smoking porch, Apal open mic sign up 7:30 p.m. Hosted by
John Hawk or Diane Fleming. fmi contact

II. Featured Poetry

This week's theme:  Southern Louisiana (that includes New Orleans)

Next week's theme (Issue 49):  Gumbo (couldn't leave the theme without
sampling the gumbo)

Following week's theme (Issue 50) :  Sonnets

Thanks to all who have generously offered their poetry for publication in the

I'm very proud of this week's selections. Hope you enjoy.

1. From Jimmy Smith of So. Cal. aka Blind Lemon. He been singing da blues so
long, y'all send Blind Lemon some good energy, ya hear? 


Highway Ten, west
Biloxi where happiness finds Lubbock
(in the rear view mirror)
rain drenched highway
Spanish moss crawling
with those little red bugs
that get in your socks
and start construction
on a new piggley wiggley
I start watching for big muddy
cross one river, 
then another
and another
and someone finally tells me
these are all
mother river down here
take a walk on the wild side
to Bourbon St,
which smells, oddly enough
just like bourbon
Fat Tuesday 
fire hoses sweeping up the 
stoned leftovers from
Cajun carnival
ju ju beads and feathers
all heading down stream
participants staggering to escape
the rush of water
the hangover blindness
of the Mardi Gras
big chiefs diminished
till next year
and Highway Ten
only an offramp away
where I find happiness
like Lubbock
in the rear veiw mirror

2. From Claibie Walsh of Alabama, who wrote: "I lived for a time in New
Orleans (ten years, to be exact).  Often, I would go down in the bayou country
along the marshes and rivers and spend time painting, hunting or fishing with
the Cajuns. I also was the Chairman of the Fine Arts Competition for the
Lousiana Carvers and Collectors Guild's Gulf South Championships. I met many
old and "new" carvers.  This is about that time."

The Cajun Decoy Carver 

His hands were as dark and scarred
As the wood he shaped with an oyster shell
The shadows of his fine-lined face fell
over his work as he carved

He worked smoothly, lovingly
working the wood to his will.
His gnarled fingers telling of experiences
in the marshes, rivers, bayous and bays
that had seen the rise and fall of "de nutria,
de crawfish, de shrimps dats were "so big n preetty", Cher."

He talked to the "chill-ren" as he continued
molding the outline of the waterfowl,
never looking up, never missing a draw
to peel "jes a leetle mo wood off de shap"

"You gots to poll eet lak dis, yous see.
Eeasy lak, you can't digs too deep, cos'
you'll pock de wood"
The curly heads sat all around him, spellbound,
all looking up like he was the Pied Piper.

Some sat close, by his side
Taking in every move, every word,
learning as he had learned.
Not only hearing about "de decoys heah"
but the ways, rules and rituals of heritage.

How to tell where "de cot-feesh, he lay"
How to read fresh sign, how to know when
to jump up, and when to lay still,
how to stand and paddle a pirouge
with only one leg,
how to create a duck call from a piece of bamboo
and use it to entice them in to set their wings,
how to shoot "dat dere dock!"

He kept them there in awe
For the better part of the afternoon.
I wondered if someone in a classroom
would ever be able to do the same.

His name was Shue,
Shue, from Des Allemands
but I called him "Teacher"

© Claiborne Schley Walsh

3. From Marla Fulgham of Austin, who features at Ebony Sun Java House's East
Side Black & White poetry on Thursday, Oct. 15:

Nobody Care in N'Awlins

OOOOOH it be hot like the
gumbo I eat at lunch.
At the little café in the quarter. Tables
big enough for a crayfish paradise.
Only room to dance and swing my spicy hips.
And don't Nobody Care.

I be partying like I never party before.
'Cause drinks is 24-24. Blues music
blaring from over there. Jazz man
playing his Sax in a chair, in the middle
of the street.
And don't Nobody Care.

'Cause we all feeling the spirit of the
Crescent City. I get tipsy as the Zydeco
fills my bones. Making me prance
down Bourbon Street with everybody.
And don't nobody know anybody.
So don't Nobody Care.

Creole Materie she stands on her
lace balcony. Sprinkling her voodoo
down on us. But it's all good spirits,
so we don't fuss. And we do a Mojo
down to the banks of the bayou.
And don't Nobody Care.

The ghost of the plantations
sang a song of grace, that only
their ancestors could hear. And
my eyes filled with haunting tears.
This used to be my playhouse. I
had brought my spirits home.

And I wasn't going no where
'Cause don't Nobody Care in N'awlins.

(Mardi Gras '95)

© 1995 Marla Fulgham

4.  And finally, the inimitable Susan B. A. Somers-Willett, veteran  Austin
Slam Team member and one of the finest poets in town. 


The air tonight is thick as curry;
like every night this summer I could cut it 
with my wine glass, spray it with mace.
Over and over it would heal together 
like a wound, follow my click and pace of heels
down Contes Street, St. Anne's, Bourbon.

Oh Hamlet, if you could see me now as I pump 
and swagger across that stage, cape dripping
to the floor—me in three-inch heels and a technicolor g-string—
you would not wish me in a convent.  
They've made me a queen here, married me off 
to a quarter bag and a pint of gin.

The old men tend bark and splatter, rabid
at each table.  I think they stay up all night 
just to spite the moon.  They bring their diseased 
mouths to the French Market in the morning,
sell creole tomatoes to tourists who don't know 
what they are.  Each bald head shines plump and red.

It seems like so long ago that I modeled 
for those legs outside of Big Daddy's—
the ones over the door that swing in, out, in, out—
the sculptor made me painted as Mardi Gras.
I thought you might recognize them if you ever passed 
with the boys, parading from Abbey to Tavern,
or think them royal feet in need of slippers.

Someday I expect to find you here, 
sitting at the table between the first and second rows,
fingering bones or something worse.
And in the end you will throw me a columbine,
light me a Marlboro and take me to a 24-7 where 
jukebox light quivers, makes us as thin as ghosts.

For now, I will dance for the fat man 
who sits in your place and sweats his love for me at 3 a.m.
because only he knows I am Horatio in drag.

 © 1993, Susan B.A. Somers-Willett

III. Chapbooks/Books/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. BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT from Mark Jones: "Leaves on the Altar of Time", my 1996
chapbook of poetry, is now available by mail order. "Leaves" contains the best
of 10 years of work. To order your copy (autographed by request, of course)
send a cheque for $6.00 US along with your mailing address to M. W. Jones,
P.O. Box 92394, Austin, TX 78709-2394.

2. "Fixing a Hole -- Poems and other assorted Mishugas" by Jimmy Smith. $8.00
Twenty five poems and shorts and two short stories.
"Planet Gofarb" - when thier sun dies they come looking for a new one, and
stop off here for a party. 
"History of Music" - from bone pounders to puff daddy, more than you wanted to
rebbecca pub. Las vegas Nev.
To order, contact:

3. "Velvet Dreams" by San Francisco poet Renaldo Manuel Ricketts a/k/a
"Goxando".  His humor, sensuality and craftsmanship make for a delightful
combination. "I was born in the Republic of Panama. My family moved to the
United States when I was ten years old. Upon arriving, I discovered that no
one understood my "brand "of English, so I embarked on learning "Ameribonics"
and the various dialects spoken in this land...Since this is the first book
I've written, I decided to practice the old craft of bookbinding.  What did I
know about binding books? About as much as I knew about the English language
when I came into contact with "Americanese."  $30 plus $3 shipping and
handling. Details for ordering are online at: 

IV.  Calls for Submissions

1. Analecta is the official journal of literature and art for UT at Austin.
For over 24 years Analecta has been acting as a national venue where aspiring
student authors and artists can have their work viewed by a large audience.
The writing contest has already begun! Submissions must be delivered to Fac 17
or postmarked by October 23. For more information, contact the Liberal Arts
Council office at: (512)

2. Windfall Light - a new quarterly literary magazine -   is looking for 
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

3. Hi Stazja-

I was wondering if you could do me a big favor and possibly run an
announcement in your next newsletter for Aftertaste Magazine.  We're once
again looking for poetry submissions to print.  All submissions and/or
questions may be forwarded to either or (

Many thanks,
Diana _at_  Aftertaste

V.  Announcements: 

1. Oops!  I goofed last week, gave you the wrong url for Bowerbird's website
AND misspelled Princess Daphodil's name. Here is the correct address:

2. At 2 p.m., Sunday, October 11,  Albert Huffstickler, past Poet Laureate of
Texas, will be honored with a dedication of a park bench. You are invited to
attend the dedication at 43rd St. in Hyde Park (just west of the intersection
of 43rd and Duval St.)

2. Texas Nafas, the 30 minute public access poetry program produced by Farid
Mohammadi, is changing time slot and channel. Beginning Saturday, October 10,
Texas Nafas will air at 10 p.m. on Channel 16. Brazilian poets will be
featured in the October programming. 

Check tv listings for Channel 10 special airings of two one-hour programs
featuring the cutting edge performance poetry at Waterloo Ice House during
1998 Austin International Poetry Festival.

3. Raul Salinas of Resistencia Bookstore and Red Salmon Press was voted "Best
of Austin 1998 Readers Poll - Poet" in the Austin Chronicle, which ran this:
"Raul Salinas is one of the most well respecte Chicano poets and activists in
the country. He has inspired countless young men and women of the barrio to
take up poetry in defense of their community. His Resistencia Bookstore and
Red Salmon Press endeavors are monuments to the extraordinary energy and
commitment he brings to the people's struggle for justice and freedom. He is a
true poet of the people."  Red Salmon Arts hosts poetry at Jovita's Restaurant
the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

4. Winner of last week's Slam at the Electric Lounge: Clebo Rainey! who split
his winnings with 2nd Place Sara Sutterfield Winn.  

 17.30 GMT, Friday 02 October 1998
Flushed with the success of their recent involvement in the Bradford Festival
and riding high on the reception received at their regular monthly performance
events, Bradford Writer's Network are to undertake a tour of The United States
of America.  Six Poets will be flying to New  England to perform at various
events at the beginning of April '99  moving on to the prestigious Austin
International Poetry Festival (AIPF), Texas which commences on April 15th '99.
The group consists of a selection of poets, writers and performers [Bruce
Barnes, Howard Frost, Alex Krysinski, Ruth Malkin, Bob Maycock and Ian Reed]
who each bring their own very special points of view and styles of
performance. AIPF is a long established and respected event in literary
circles having played host to such luminaries as Robert Bly, performance poet
Wammo who appears in the film "SlamNation" and rap-poets such as MC Jabber.

6. From Alex Krysinski, member of the Bradford Writers Network:

"A quick note to everyone helping to get this Yorkshire - Austin gig together,
on both sides of the ocean, you all know who you are. This really is a joint
venture in every sense of the word. We need lots of magic ( And advanced
publicity) to transport 6 people over the ocean. Keep the info coming. I am
now buried under a pile of e mail, but I am very informed.
Our compilation CD and book, will be ready in a couple of weeks and winging
its way to  AIPF 99, so that Austin can get a taste of us.
A really big *THANK YOU* for your energy, input and information. Your
support is needed and appreciated.
We will make this happen. Lots of love to all. Alex xxx"

7. It's out... the October FINAL ISSUE! of Next... Magazine: A Guide to So.
Cal. Poetry Events. Publisher/Editor G. Murray Thomas and the writing staff
have been most generous to the Austin poetry scene, with reviews,
announcements and features on such events as SXSW, Austin International Poetry
Festival, and the 1998 National Poetry Slam. 

Wow! Look at this! In the final issue, Victor D. Infante's article "New Movies
SLAM Poetry into the Public Eye" includes a photo of 1996 Team Austin: Phil
West, Danny Solis, Wammo & Hillary Thomas, from SlamNation.  And in Mike
Cluff's interview with Larry Jaffe, "unofficial ambassador for the area to
such places as Austin", poet Jaffe comments: "In Austin...poets at large run
the venues, and there is planning and promotion..."  

"Thanks for all the work, Next..." doesn't cut it.  In his "Editor's Note --
Final Issue of Next... -- Why", Murray announces that he will continue to put
out the calendar in some form and encourages poetry hosts to subscribe and
post the calendar in their venues. You can get it in the mail every month, $10
per year (12 months), checks payable to Next Magazine, mail to Box 13019, Long
Beach, Ca. 90803. 

Hey, Murray, thanks for all the work, and are the t-shirts still available? I
want one.    

8. And finally, a message from Walker, one of Apal's co-founders:

"It's going good. I'm getting ready to move back to Alabama and try to finish
school at the University of Alabama. should be moving at the end of December.
Hope to continue to get the newsletter there. It's so good to hear that
something you've created endures. Yay APAL! Anyone seen Hawk recently? Does he
have email anymore? Tell him Walker still loves him. Hahaheheh! Hope everyone
is doing well! Thanks Stazja!"

Welcome to all new subscribers. Anyone wanting off the mailing list, e me.

Have a great week.

Much love,