"Yo! Adrian! Ain't it Monday? Read me da poetry newsletter while I work on da
script for Rocky XLIX" - Rocky Balboa, Philadelphia poet
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Austin Poets Guide
II. Featured poetry
III. Books/Chapbooks/Spoken Word CD's
IV. Calls for Submissons
I. AUSTIN POETS GUIDE - Calendar of upcoming events.
Events are free unless otherwise noted. Some venues take up a tip collection
for featured poets.
1. Monday, Oct. 12 - Patio of Jovita's Restaurant, 1619 South First St. from
5:30-7:30 p.m. International Day of Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of
the Western Hemisphere -open mike. 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
2. 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 poets:
Clint McCown of the Kairos! Co, and Stephan Coleman, member of Team New York,
the #1 Slam Team in the 1998 National Poetry Slam. Don't miss this one, folks!
Reading poets are invited to display and sell their chapbooks. fmi contact
3. Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Barry's Coffee House, 517 N. Third, Temple - Central
Texas Live Poetry Society, featuring Patricia Fiske, and open read. 7:30 p.m.
(Note: due to who knows why, last week's newsletter gave the wrong date for
this feature). fmi e mail mgreene_at_sage.net
4. Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. The famous Austin Slam. $50
to winner. $2 admission. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Sonya Feher hosts this week. fmi
5. Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Poetry on the Patio, at Huston-Tillotson College
library, 12 noon. Hosted by Dr. Marvin Kimbrough.
6. Wednesday, Oct 14 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own
Breath, 9 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu
7. 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". fmi call
472-8875 or 346-7773.
8. 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
9. Saturday, Oct. 17 - Austin Poetry Society monthly meeting at Howson
Library, 2400 Exposition. 10 a.m. Open to the public. Guest speaker: Auta Lee
Reed. fmi contact gemartt_at_mail.utexas.edu
10. 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. Benefit for
international poets from England and Australia who will attend the 1999 Austin
International Poetry Festival. fmi contact buddydog_at_texas.net
11. Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th and Lavaca. Apal open mic
sign up at 6:30 p.m. Featured poet: Marie Fleischman. Hosted by Sara
Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow. Reading poets are invited to display and
sell their chapbooks. fmi contact maslow_at_flash.net
12. Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. The famous Austin Slam. $50
to winner. $2 admission. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Phil West hosts this week. fmi
13. Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your
Own Breath, 9 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact
14. Thursday, Oct. 22 - FIRE ON THE LIPS, RHYTHM ON THE HIPS at Cafe Mundi,
1704 E 5th Street, 7:00 p.m. Bring your favorite, fresh and firing work to
share with us! All proceeds for this event will be donated to UNIR (United
Network for Immigrant and Refugee's Rights). For more information contact:
Crystal 259-6868 or e-mail angelavr_at_flash.net Hope to see ya there!
15. Saturday, Oct. 24 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120
Guadalupe. Apal open mic sign up at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Diane Fleming or John
Hawk. fmi contact buddydog_at_texas.net
II. Featured Poetry
Thanks to all who generously offer your works for publication in the
This week's theme - Gumbo (couldn't leave So. Louisiana without trying some)
Next week's theme - Sonnets
Following week's theme - Miles Davis/John Coltrane
1. From Shana Smith of St. Petersburg, Fla.
GUMBO GREEN (or "Full Circle")
When I was a kid I'd say "gumbo green"
What I meant was "gumby," until I seen
The leftover stew poured down the kitchen drain
And "gumbo green" became apropos again.
© 1998 Shana Smith
2. From Jimmy Smith, of So. Cal., who explains, "Where I was farming in S.E.
Missouri, Gumbo was the red dirt we grew our cotton in."
I been to London
and I been to Paris France
I been to see the Diva
and she showed me how to dance
sometime I drive a Lexus
cause it smell so good inside
and when I see a hitchhika
I offers him a ride
I got a lot of high tone pals
and friends of quality
with a bachelors degree
I eats when I get hungry
and I travels where I choose
but no matter where I travels
I just can't seem to get this gumbo off a my shoes
I was dining with some atristocrats
just the other day
and they served me tea and cookies
on a little silver tray
so I wash my hands in lemonade
with my pinkies in the air
I make a big mess at the table
and the waiter doesn't care
I gots a lot of high tone pals
and friends of good quality
even my homeboy junior mintz
got sixteen hundred on his s.a.t. s
I eats when I get hungry
and I travels where I choose
but no matter where I travels
I just cain't get this Gumbo off a my shoes.
3. From Chris Vannoy of St. Petersburg, Florida.
The oven’s just cooked your cherry pie mamma
But still the blackbirds won’t sing you love songs
It’s hot under my color and there’s crow to eat
But there will be no rain to cool this muggy day
The shadow of your wedding ring
Still circles white
Around a finger that made you moan and
Call upon the name of God
But don’t worry about the phone calls honey
Because this line is as dead as yesterdays obituaries
With the slammin’ of that fallin’ apart screen door
You slithered off to your new life
Stalking Mojo’s and Creoles for your gumbo pot
Still hot with my tabasco tongue
Singin’ songs of ‘gators,
Fresh skins for that new pair of soft shoes
That I heard tappin’ on the porch before you left
This windy mornin’
won’t find me sippin’ no mint julep made by your cold hands
I can feel the barometer droppin’
There’s a hurricane comin’ on fast
4. From Larry Jaffe, of Los Angeles. Based on a true story, and you So. Cal.
guys better git yer hungry selves over to the Cafe N'Awlins in Burbank and
chow down on some of this "gumboetry" (the gumbo, not the poem - leave that
framed and hung on the restaurant wall). For dessert, have a slice of sweet
potato/pecan pie topped with chantilly cream. mmmmm!
my tongue looked up at me
with genuine surprise
from every single taste bud
my tongue said to me
it once again repeated
finally garnering my attention
what on earth have you given me
what is this incredible
have spoon fed me
what is this delightful
dish of flavor
bequeathed me to savor
a flavor so flavorful
i fail to describe
i mean my man
this is the best thing
you have ever
slipped between your lips
the sensation of spices
lifting my spirits from the
first swallow onward
this not the normal food
you feed me
this is ambrosia
now it was my turn for shock
as my tongue finished
i looked at it
now with perhaps more
than a little surprise
and perhaps chagrin
after all it is not so
easy to see your tongue
even when it does wag in pleasure
this is not just a tasty
morsel or a once
in a lifetime treat
this is gumbo
the staff of life
and obviously not just
this is café n'awlins
and you cannot just call it
there is only one thing
you can call it -
© 1997 lgjaffe
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. WANKER DOWN. Brand spanking new release from Eric Fredlund. $5. Eric tells
us that Wanker Down was the name of the pond in Massachusetts where poets used
to gather and read, before Walden got to it. Insightful personal accounts of
Eric's bizarre walk, sometimes stumble, through life. To order, e mail
2. 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.
3. "Fixing a Hole -- Poems and other assorted Mishugas" by Jimmy Smith. $8.00
25 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 know.
rebbecca pub. Las Vegas Nev.
To order, contact: rjgeezer_at_aol.com
4. "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. Call for submissions
1. From Morrie Greene of Central Texas Live Poets Society (CTLPS)
NOVEMBER 15, Sunday, is POETFEST 3, 11:00 am til 7:00 at the Cultural
Activites Center in the heart of Temple, Texas. Since our fest was originally
inspired by you Austin poets, we want to extend our warmest invitation to you
Hosted by CTLPS, the Cultural Activities Center, and sponsored in part by a
grant from the Austin Writer’s League. Poets, writers and lovers of the
written and spoken word will gather to read, to listen, and to compete.
Events: open mike poetry readings, book tables to sell your chapbooks, a
POETFEST 3 Anthology, live singers & musicians and a poetry "slam"
(competition performance poetry). An awards ceremony will be held before the
slams to honor the finest of the fest. Tickets are $5.00 to all/students
admitted free with student ID. Tickets will be available in Temple at the CAC,
Barry’s Coffee House, One World Coffee House, Zoe’s Coffee House and in Salado
at Fletcher’s Books and Antiques.
To participate in the Poetfest 3 Anthology, submit no more than 3 of your
poems to CTLPS, 3001 Oakridge Drive, Temple, TX 76502. (or mgreene_at_sage.net)
Enclose a note giving permission for your poem to be printed in the anthology
if selected and a 50 word or less bio. Submissions deadline: October 30,
If you would like to attend, please email me the following information and we
will reserve you a reading time.
Hope to see you in November.
Morrie W. Greene
Central Texas Live Poets Society
2. MOMFEST is the Mind Over Money Festival of Theatrical Arts. A grassroots
festival of companies and independent performers designed to promote community
awareness of local arts. MOM is excited about you participation and welcomes
you to her family! The dates for MOMFEST are November 6-15. If you would like
to read your original pieces during this festival or would like more
information please call Casey Bevins at (512) 441-5016 or email me at
3. Local Literature
Local Literature is loaded with information on Irish writers and literary
events. We do book reviews, discussion, a Writer of the Month, and are
building up databases of writers and texts. We welcome contributions of
critical writing. There is a free weekly newsletter which keeps you up-to-date
on Irish literary events and related book news. Drop in for a browse.
Maighread Medbh, Editor"
Ed.'s Note: I copied this directly from the Local Literature website:
"In the aftermath of the Omagh bombing on Saturday 15 August, which plunged
the nation into a state of mourning, we invite you to forward your poems,
prose pieces and other thoughts on the tragedy to us, to be posted on a
special page here on Local Literature.
4. 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)
1. On Sunday, Oct. 11, a park bench and plaque were dedicated to Albert
Huffstickler, "Poet Laureate of Hyde Park", in front of Quackenbush's Bakery
on 43rd. The bench was donated by Quack's owner, Art Silver. The plaque was
given by Tom Knoblauch. Albert read a poem, then headed for the Hyde Park fire
station, where cake was being served.
2. From Brett Axel in New York:
"My friends, family, and associates,
US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has this "Favorite Poem Project" in which
he is asking Americans from all walks to pick their favorite poem. Hundreds of
these will be recorded for a permanent archive. This is such an opportunity
for America to recognize the incredible talent of poets currently living, but
I fear that living poets will be buried under scores of nods to Emmerson and
Longfellow from John Q Public, who doesn't read poetry unless in appears in
I am urging everyone I know to go to this page and place their electronic vote
for a truly great poem. and to consider a modern poem by a living poet.
Poetry is not something from the past, it is a vibrant, living art that
contributes greatly to society. It's practitioners are the most under
recognized within their lifetimes of
all artists. Please consider that this is a grand opportunity to get many of
today's greatest poets read by people who might not otherwise have done so.
Take a moment to make your voice heard, and another to pass this message
3. And on the same subject, from So. Cal.'s Von Enemy
"Greetings good people. If you haven't picked up the October 98 issue of LIFE
magazine please do so. The last article (PGS. 114-123) pertain to poets and
those who love poetry. In short there is a project to create an end-of-
millennium time capsule of America's favorite POEMS and they are still
accepting submissions of poets who have already been published! So if you know
a poet, (other than yourself if you be a poet) and you really admire their
work, and they have been PUBLISHED then get on the ball and send their poem to
the Library of Congress' Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky. I have the complete
low-down on my web site at: http://home.att.net/~VonEnemy"
4. "just a quick thanx for all the work you've done. jeff magee"
5. Dear Stazja McFayden:
I heard you read in Temple when Larry Jaffe was here, and enjoyed it very
much. Thank you for coming all the way up.
From November 10 through 28 the Australian poet Margie Cronin will be in
Central Texas to promote two new books by her--one published in Australia
called "The World Beyond the Fig" and one published here in Texas called
"Everything Holy." (ISBN is 1-891811-04-5, x + 86 pp., price $12.00) She
will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival and I am trying to arrange some
other reading dates for her. Look forward to possibly hearing from folks.
Is there anyone in Austin,,, who might be interested in having her come
read, or do a workshop, etc.? I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
Thanks very much. Sincerely, Mark Klemens >> balcones_at_vvm.com
6. Hello everyone... all people of 'zines, newsletters, etc. I found this
link in yet another 'zine I get... at this page you can sign a petition for
one day of world peace in 2000... sounds far-fetched, I know, but I'd
appreciate it if you would include it in the next edition... thanks!
http://www.peaceday.org/2000proc.shtml from jessie lizzie in kansas
7. "Thank you for doing an outstanding job in including diverse groups in your
newsletter. Austin has been needing a newsletter like yours for too many
years. Keep up the GREAT WORK!!! " Angela Ratliff, Austin
8. "...you have the blessing of consistency. The e-newsletter goes out to a
wide audience, on schedule, with a timely posting of themes. You make it very
easy to send work..." Christina Springer, Pittsburgh
9. "Thanks and love to all you wonderful folks who have supported Blast Your
Own Breath since its inception in January of 1998. The event has truly become
a special highlight for many Wednesdays now. Wonderful work and incisive
revelations have been shared and I have truly never had such a positive poetic
experience as I am now having with you folks here in Austin at Blast Your Own
211 E. 6th St.
Hasta la Victoria,
10. Karyna McGlynn won the weekly Slam last Tuesday. Congrats, Princess K!
Anyone wanting off the mailing list, e me.
And that's the end of the newsletter. Have a great week!