Subject: Austin Poets at Large #50 - Map of Austin Poetry
Good morning, Poets!  I'm on the road again, in the D.C. area for two weeks,
riding my trusty laptop. Maybe I'll run into D.J. Renegade while I'm here. 
I.    Austin Poets Guide
II.   Featured poetry
III.  Books/Chapbooks/Spoken Word CD's
IV.  Calls for Submissons
V.   Announcements
1. 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)
2.. Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. The famous, popular cutting
edge Slam. $50 to winner. $2 admission. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Phil West hosts
this week. fmi call 476-FUSE.
3. Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own
Breath, 9 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact tejana.tongue(at)
4. Thursday, Oct. 22 - FIRE ON THE LIPS, RHYTHM ON THE HIPS at Cafe Mundi,
1704 E 5th St., 7 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). fmi contact Crystal at 259-6868. Hope to
see ya there! 
5. Saturday, Oct. 24 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120
Guadalupe. Apal open mic sign up at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by John Hawk. fmi contact
6. Monday, Oct 26 - Patio of Jovita's Restaurant, 1619 South First St. from
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feature: Cubana poet Laura Pichardo new to Austin from la
¡¡bienvenida!! 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
7. Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th & Lavaca. Apal open mic sign
up at 6:30 p.m. Sara Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow co-host. fmi contact
8. Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Barnes & Noble Guadalupe (on the Drag) introduces
Analecta open mic poetry, 8 p.m. Analecta is the official journal of
literature and art for UT at Austin. Also featured will be Austin
International Poetry Festival poets. fmi contact Natalie Rupert ay 457--0581. 
9. Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. The famous Austin weekly
Slam. $50 to winner. $2 admission. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Mystery host this
week.  fmi call 476-FUSE.
10. Wednesday, Oct 28 - Borders Books and Music, 10225 Research. Barbara Carr
hosts Borders-on-the-Word, with a very special presentation by a Native
American performance troupe, followed by round robin open mike. 7:30 p.m. fmi
call 343-7940.
11. Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your
Own Breath, 9 p.m. Tammy Gomez hosts. fmi contact
12. Thursday, Oct 28 - Cornerstone, Red River and 12th, 7:30-9 p.m. Meera
Sundrum, George Klawitter, Kay Bradford, and Chinwe Odeluga. fmi contact Scott
Wiggerman at wigg119(at)
13. Saturday, Oct. 31 - The Past Poetry Project will be reading poetry for
Halloween, at the Windsor Village Branch Library, 5811 Berkman Drive, at 2pm.
fmi, contact Gary Martt at gemartt(at)
14. Saturday, October 31 - Mitchie's Fine Black Art, 5312 Airport Blvd. Austin
Ebony poets, 4-6 p.m. fmi call 323-2539
15. Saturday, Oct. 31 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120
Guadalupe. Apal open mic, sign up at 7:30 pm. Diane Fleming hosts. Featured
poet:  Marie Fleishmann (we think). fmi e mail buddydog(at)
16. Saturday, Oct. 31 - Ebony Sun Java House, 1209 E. 11th St. Marla Fulgham
invites you to Midnight Love. Bring your honey and your romantic/sensuous/
erotic poetry. 8 p.m. until whenever. fmi call 472-8875.
II. Featured Poetry 
Thanks to all who have generously offered your work. Anyone wishing to
reproduce the works published in Featured Poetry, do the poet the courtesy of
requesting permission. E mail me, and I've put you in touch. 
This week's theme:  Sonnets
Next week's theme:  Miles Davis/John Coltrane
And then, back by popular demand, and a truckload of submissions, Sonnets 2.
1.  From Charlene Baldridge of San Diego. So. Cal.'ers can hear Charlene read
at Claire de Lune on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Her sonnet was winner of New York
Poetry Forum Dorothy Frank Award, 1980; Published in “Firstdraft”
(1980),”“Erehwon” (1981), “Song”  (1983) and “Time of Singing” (1983).  Enjoy.
For a Young Poet
You ask my words to move like weighted boughs
luxuriant with summer’s fecund blooms;
to give you shade sometimes and to avow
that autumn’s words more wisdom bear than June’s.
My words invoked crawl slowly forth like snails
that overnight have journeyed on my wood,
in darkness leaving me a mucous trail
crisscrossing truths I thought I understood.
To pull my leaves apart in search for truth
would be to find them bloodless as your own;
their rending would not wisdom give your youth,
nor knowledge of the summers I have known.
Our roots for now commingle, each in each,
and I learn more from you than I can teach.
© 1979 Charlene Baldridge
2. And next, from Bill Anderson
When sunrise paints the canvas of the night
with streaks of mauve, magenta, mandarin,
I'm wonderstruck by morning on my skin
and revel in what lingers of my sight.
The lake reflects day's dancing rays of light
into my opaled eyes. Rejoicing in
a breeze that's redolent of jessamine,
I hear the hummingbirds and bees in flight.
Now passing time has evanesced my tears
and I've tuned in to nature's harmony.
I relish life here in my waning years.
My fading sight may now lack clarity,
but morning songs of birds still bless my ears.
Though vision fades, my mind sees lucidly. 
© 1996 Bill Anderson
3. From Christina Springer, of Pittsburgh, sonnetizing the news. 
I Dreamt You Became Evening News  
(after Jasper)
You went down below  Mason and Dixon's line. 
Slept yearning for no mystery. Spanish Moss
over Elm no longer seems fine. Hopes hide behind
masks. Remember choice carpet bags tossed
along the railroad? Now crows eat the good life -
bourbon, women hidden under fast fans, 
lazy morning glow.  Parched from ancient strife,
blackbirds pocket peaches and soft pecans. 
Edible legs strut through job shops. Sashay
across birth rights. Ignore kindred bloodshed 
hysterics, an impoverished masquerade
of hate. Your honeyed brilliance infrared. 
When police lights taunt the ebony night, 
does the history of Blackness reignite?
4. And last, but never least, from Donn Deedon, of Studio City, Ca, possibly
the only romantic poet to read sonnets while playing slots at a casino in Las
Vegas. At least, at 5 a.m. 
                Life's Ride
Oh would that I were a weaver of words,
I'd weave tapestry images in your mind.
I'd win your love with adjectives and verbs,
Using all the words in verse or in rhyme.
And I'd speak to you at kindred level
With feelings that shout for your embrace
'Til all fears and doubts dissolve and you are left
With peace in your eyes and love on your face.
The time we'd have together, however many years,
Would only be the best of my ability.
And that wouldn't work, for I want you with no fears;
And my feelings would fade from frustration to futility.
For even more than me wanting to share Life's Ride,
You must want to come along; not run and hide.
© 1996  Donn Deedon
III. Chapbooks/Books/Spoken Word 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.' 
Check this out! Selections from  the Austin International Poetry festival's
1998 anthology, "Di-Verse-City Too", are now online!  The url is
The anthology page will be updated each week with a half dozen different
selections by the 88 local, state, national and international poets whose
works appear in the anthology. "Di-Verse-City Too" is available at BookPeople,
Barnes & Noble Guadalupe, or by contacting Scott Wiggerman at
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
IV. Call for Submissions  
1.  The Austin International Poetry Festival announces its third annual Austin
Younger Poets Awards to be presented at the Austin International Poetry
Festival, April 15-18, 1999. This contest is open to poets under the age of
25, especially for middle school, high school, and college poets.Cash prizes
will be awarded, and selected poems will be printed in the Austin Younger
Poets Award Anthology. For details write Frank Pool at aipf99(at) or to
P.O. Box 204403, Austin, Texas, 78720.
2. PoetFest III, Temple, Tx., Nov. 15, is now accepting submissions for their
anthology. Here's the scoop from Morrie Green:
Hey, poets, it's that time again... 
NOVEMBER 15, Sun, is POETFEST 3, 11 am til 7 pm at the Cultural Activities
Center.Yeeep, right here 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 all.
Hosted by Central Texas Live Poets Society (CTLPS), the Cultural Activities
Center, and sponsored in part by a grant provided by 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 at the festival will include: 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, except students who only need to show their student ID to get in free.
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
Last year, over $400 in cash prizes were given to young poets, to the best
poets of the anthology, and to the top three slam poets. To participate in
Poetfest 3 Anthology, submit no more than 3 of your poems to CTLPS, 3001
Oakridge Drive, Temple, TX 76502.(or mgreene(at) Enclose a note giving
permission for your poem to be printed in the anthology if selected and a 50
word or less bio. Submissions must be received by October 30, 1998.  
If you would like to attend, please email me the following information and we 
will reserve you a reading time. 
City_______________ State_________ZIP______________Country__________
If you would like to be removed from our mailing list. Please let us know.
Hope to see you in November. 
Morrie W. Greene
Central Texas Live Poets Society
3. MOMFEST is still looking for poets to read. The dates are Nov. 6-15. The
two reading blocks I have are Nov. 7 (Sat) at 8:30 and Nov. 9 (Mon) at 8:00.
Both of these readings will be at Ruta Maya Coffee House. If you can't read at
either of these times, but would like to participate I also have slots in
between plays each night at various venues. Please get in touch with me for
more information.
Thank You,
Casey Bevan
(512) 441-5016
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) 471-6563 
V. Announcements
1. Congrats to Phil West, last week's winner at the famous weekly Austin slam
at Electric Lounge!
2. The Hunger narrative. A series of poems written for the Internet, telling
the stories of an Irish family during the years from 1845-49.
Local Literature
Maighread Medbh Content Editor 
Phone: 01 840 3893  Fax: 01 840 0729
7 Forest Walk, Swords, Co. Dublin
3. From Tim Wood in Dallas, Publisher of "The Word":
4. From Bowerbird Intelligentleman: 
nap jam III, now registering. contact bowerbird(at)
visit the website at
it's december 14-17th, in las vegas, again at the plaza hotel downtown.
i'm setting the pre-registration deadline for 11/11/98. at this time, it's
$100 for registration-plus-room-for-4-nights -- all due in advance this time
to make my job less difficult.
after 11/11/98, it'll cost more, so register now and save!
5. Congrats to Austin poets Diane Fleming and Mark Maslow, who received
notification from Brett Axel of New York that they will be published in the
winter issue of "Outlet". Their poems were selected from among 11,000
submissions collected by Brett during his recent tour. 
6. Speaking of Brett, here's a rerun of last week's announcement from him:
"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
Ann Landers.
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
Thank you,
Brett Axel"
7. Rev. Wyrdsli is published in this quarter's issue of ACCORD - Journal of
the Council of the Magickal Arts.  (P.O. Box 9757. Abilene, TX. 79608-6756)
The pieces published are "Visions of Isis" and "Invocation of my Demon Lover."
8. "Thank you. I think you did a wonderful job last Saturday as always. It was
wonderful to be your feature. Thanks for asking me."   eric fredlund
ed.'s note. Ooooh, I do love to hear this stuff, I do!
9. And welcome to Dan Byrnes, Australian poet and historian. If you have ever
wondered "How Bush Poets Behave in Australia" check out his Dan Byrnes Word
Factory at 
In addition to 17 poems, you might dig "A Bitter Pill", which is concerned
with a little-known visit Thomas Jefferson made to London in 1786, within the
timeframe treated in the recent movie, Jefferson in Paris.
10. And hey, gang, guess what?  AIPF is already gearing up for the 1999
festival, April 15-18. For more information contact Festival Director Midge
Kocen, makocen(at) next AIPF board meeting will be held Monday, Oct
26, 7 p.m., at the Millwood Branch Library 
There are a bunch of English and Australian poets planning to attend the
festival in April, and I hear from some of you So. Cal'ers that you'll be
back. Yea!  
Chris Crabtree, who will feature at Quack's on Saturday, November 28, will
again host the International BBQ, the Sunday before the festival. Chris will
have tickets available at his feature. More later.
Okey dokey folks, this concludes the newsletter, except to welcome new readers
and include that notice about anyone wanting off the mailing list to e me.
Write on.
Much love,