Hey, Austin. I'm hooooooome!

And what a week! Saw the movie "Slam" just a few miles from filming location (LOVED IT!), jaunted up to Massachusetts and read at the hippest l'il java joint in Northampton, "Fire and Water", with host Efrain Martinez taking it over the edge. If you're ever in the area, check it out on Wednesday nights. And would you believe, a sro read in my hometown (Thomas Wolfe was wrong, folks, you CAN go home again!) at Riverdale (Maryland) Bookshop and Coffee Depot? Within a stone's throw of the B & O railroad - and if you've never competed with a Friday night freight train rattling the walls, well! Capp machines are a piece of cake! Twas great hearing Toby DeBarr and Nicki Miller, who run the Frederick Poetry Salon, as well as all the other fine poets who turned out.

Now, the really sorry news. My computer crashed after I got home, (go ahead, Argentina, cry for me), but thanks to my photographic memory, or was it my devoted husband, I recovered the mailing list. If you don't find your event or announcement posted this week, please resend it for next week's newsletter. If you find the newsletter in your mailbox today, when you've already asked off, most graciously, I might add, just e me and I'll correct the error.

And now, join me in singing happy birthday to the newsletter, one year old this week:

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, issue 52

Happy birthday to you!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Austin Poets Guide

II. Featured poetry

III. Books/Chapbooks/Spoken Word CD's

IV. Calls for Submissons

V. Announcements

I. Austin Poets Guide

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Some venues pass the tip jar for featured poets. Pay the poets!

1. Tuesday, Nov. 3 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th & Lavaca. Apal open mic, sign up at 6:30 p.m. Sara Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow cohost. Reading poets are invited to display and sell your chapbooks. fmi e maslow_at_flash.net.

2. Tuesday, Nov. 3 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie, it's the weekly Austin Slam! Win $50 and qualify for the City Slam Off. Ernie Cline hosts. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Coupla bucks admission. fmi call 476-FUSE.

3. Wednesday, Nov. 4 - 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

4. Friday, Nov. 6 - Mojo's Daily Grind, 2714 Guadalupe. Marie Fleischmann hosts "First Friday" open mic. Sign up at 8 p.m.

5. Saturday, Nov. 7 - "POETRY IN THE ARTS": at the Austin History Center, Guadalupe and 9th at 2 PM. Featured speakers are Vicki Goldsberry, Austin poet, and John N. Igo, Jr., San Antonio writer, poet, educator. On display: paintings by Carmen Ayala S. Sherbert, New York artist. Kaye Abikhaled will emcee. The public is invited, free admission, refreshments follow presentations.

6. Saturday, Nov. 7 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's, 2120 Guadalupe. Apal open mic, sign up at 7:30. This week's feature: Kathryn Sibley Turner, of Central Texas Live Poets Society. She has had over 427 poems published by over 48 different poetry journals.  Recently she presented a workshop at the Temple Public Library called “How to Get Published Without Killing Yourself or the Editors". Kathryn is promoting the Poetfest III in Temple, Sunday, Nov. 15. fmi contact buddydog_at_texas.net

7. Monday, Nov. 9 - Patio of Jovita's Restaurant, 1619 South First St. from 5:30-7:30 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

8. Tuesday, Nov. 10 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th and Lavaca. Apal open mike, sign up at 6:30 p.m. Co-hosted by Sara Sutterfield Winn and Mark Maslow. Reading poets are invited to display and sell your chapbooks/spoken word works. fmi contact maslow_at_flash.net

9. Tuesday, Nov. 10 - Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie. $3 admission to the weekly Austin slam. Sign up by 8:30 p.m. Compete for $50. If you are Jeff Knight or Karyna McGlynn, you will probably win this week, or next week, or the next. Or be a judge. It's all in the game. Sonya Feher hosts. fmi call 476-FUSE

10. Wednesday, Nov. 11 - 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

11. Thursday, Nov. 12 - Barnes and Noble Guadalupe, on the Drag. 7:30 p.m. Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology: "Di-Verse-City Too." Listen to some of Austin's finest poets recite their works. Also, Australian poet Marge Cronin, who is literary editor of "Refractory Girl", a feminist journal, and review editor of the new Australian poetry tabloid, "Cordite". [note: this is a change of date for Marge Cronin from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12] See you there. fmi call 457-0581.

12. Thursday, Nov. 12 - Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum. 7:30 p.m. Featured poet: Barbara Carr, followed by round robin open read. Herman Nelson hosts. fmi call 837-8693 or 928-0619.

13. Saturday, Nov. 14 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's Coffee House, 2120 Guadalupe.

Apal open mic sign up at 7:30 p.m. Featured poet: Australian poet and editor Marge Cronin.

(see item # 11 above.) fmi contact buddydog_at_texas.net.

14. Sunday, Nov. 15 - Central Texas Live Poets Society's Poetfest 3, y'all. 11 am til 7 pm at the Cultural Activities Center, in the heart of Temple, Texas. 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). Featured guests: Betty Elders, who opened for Joan Baez in Europe; Steve Brooks, a writer's songwriter; special reading and book signing by Australian poet Marge Cronin. 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, Barrys Coffee House, One World Coffee House, Zoes Coffee House and in Salado at Fletchers Books and Antiques. fmi contact mgreene_at_sage.net

II. Featured Poetry - This week's theme: Well, it was going to be Sonnets - The Sequel, but the computer gods zapped the sonnets into the ether. I've decided to give the stage to a 12-year-old poet goddess-in-training, a second generation slammer from Pittsburgh. Some of you on the Slam Family list serve will have read the piece, posted by Christina Springer. She's rightfully proud of her progeny, Imani. I asked Imani if she thought her mom is as cool as I think she is. Imani answered yes, and cooler.

Thanks to all who have offered your work for publication in the newsletter. Sonneteers please resubmit.

Theme for #53: Abuse, spousal and otherwise: bringing it to light.

Theme for #54: Love poems that leave me smiling (because last week's theme doesn't)

Here is Imani's poem:

Mini Me

Sweetheart, wouldn't you feel more comfortable

with some pants? The teacher's voice is fakey kind

and gentle. In other words, she's saying,

"You must be bland as yogurt,

boring as a white wall in a world of magic,

and hide difference as if being free

were dangerous as pesticide."

And I get the feeling that she wants me to give up

being me. Like I'm going to act like all the other students?

Yeah, that and stop breathing. But instead, I say,

"I'll call my mother and ask her to bring some clothing."

As I walk to the phone I think of the way

my green velveteen mini-dress screams,

"Look at me everyone!

I'm a statue of Aphrodite!

I'm Boudiccea leading the charge!"

I'm Athena bursting from my father's head!"

Guilt. Guilt is gnawing away at my self-esteem and pulling

me out of this fantasy. I see people laughing, snickering

and whispering to each other as I pass. I notice

even though everyone is out of uniform

they all look just same. Except me. Freaking

repressed Catholics oppressing me into making the call.

I duck as a Saint swoops down out of heaven

to cut away all of the fun parts of me with his celestial cookie cutter.

They might be able make me call home, but, I still know.

I've got a mini-dress under the Black pants.

Imani Springer, 1998 (age 12)

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.'

1. THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN POETRY

edited by Alan Kaufman

(From: Thunder's Mouth Press, trade ppbk., $16.95)

CONTACT: Publishers Group West 1-800-788-3123

Thunders Mouth Press 212-614-7880

The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry edited by Alan Kaufman will be published as a trade paperback by Thunder's Mouth Press in April, 1999 and rumor has it that it's going to be the smash event of National Poetry Month, with huge 'outlaw gatherings' in the works for New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and across the country. The 'Bible' contains some of the greatest 'Outlaw' names in American lit., and presents a new vision for American poetry from the post-war era to the present day, including Jack Hirschman, Allen Ginsberg, SISTER SPIT, Diane DiPrima, David Lerner, Jack Kerouac, d.a.levy, Gregory Corso, Sapphire, Eileen Myles, Jack Micheline, Sarah Menafee, Bob Kaufman, Penny Arcade, Jim Morrison, Luis Rodriguez, Anne Waldman, Ken Kesey, Kathy Acker, Pedro Pietri, David Trinidad, Ellyn Maybe, John Farris, Steve Dalachinsky, The Unbearables, Justin Chin, Daniel Higgs, The Babarians, Ken Dimaggio, Father Daniel Berrigan, Lenny Bruce, The Carma Bums, Richard Brautigan, Kenneth Patchen, Abbie Hoffman, Andy Clausen, Janine Pomy Vega, Anne Waldman and over a hundred others, plus essays, letters, rants and never-before-seen photos of the Outlaw poetry scene.

2. "Everything Holy" by Australian poet MTC Cronin. 86 pp., $12.00, available at her reading/signing at Barnes & Noble Guadalupe, Nov. 12, at PoetFest 3 on Nov. 15, or contact Mark Klemons at balcones_at_vvm.com. Poet Philip Salom said of "Everything Holy": "Lively, seductive, inventive--these taut and naked lines can bear no decoration--their imagery is startling and wonderfully surrealistic. She is a cryptic and very playful poet and yet a serious one; her inventions and her closer honesties are never self-indulgent but put to the service of the poem."

3. "Human Being" by Jack Myers. Rancho Loco Press Texas Poet's Chapbook Series. This latest book deals directly, deftly, and ironically with Jack's ongoing spiritual evolution; Jack digs deeply into the Jewish, Buddhist, and Sufi traditions while retaining a voice that is uniquely his own. This volume is a signed, numbered first edition printed on bamboo-laid paper with original cover art by Nguyen Thi Hop. $8, postpaid. e mail Joe Ahern at rancho-loco-press_at_airmail.net or mail check to:

Rancho Loco Press

1920 Abrams Parkway

Box 382

Dallas, Texas 75214

4. Selections from the Austin International Poetry festival's 1998 anthology, "Di-Verse-City Too", are now online! The url is http://www.hyperweb.com/aipf.

The anthology page will be updated each week with 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 wigg119_at_flash.net.

5. "Quiet Moments" by Forestine C. Bynum. $10. 37 poems, 50 pages; Inspirational; Women; Love-Admiration; Humor; Family; Nature; Life Feelings. PS Printing, Temple Hills, Md. Order by contacting:

Forestine Bynum

2709 Overdale Place

Forestville, Md. 20747

IV. Calls 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_aol.com or to

P.O. Box 204403, Austin, Texas, 78720.

V. Announcements.

1. From Bowerbird Intelligentleman:

nap jam III, now registering. contact bowerbird_at_aol.com

visit the website at http://users.aol.com/bowerbird

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!

2. Wanted - Homes for Yorkshire Poets for festival time.

Ian - Easy going techno freak, smoker and still alive at thirty. Handsom, witty, charming, collects science fiction. He is a musician, dreamer and all round decent sort of guy.

Bruce - 51 years old, outrageously sensible, cooks and can clean if asked. He has warm brown eyes and never leaves rings around the bath.

If anyone can give these lovely fellas a home from 9th-19th April, they will be blessed with good fortune and good company and it is a woman writing this so it must be true. Thank you in anticipation. Alex Krysinski e mail 106251.103_at_compuserve.com

3. Reminder - send your nomination to the Favorite Poem Project. . http://www.nefa.org/connect/poem_project.htm

4. From Margery Snyder:

"As you probably already know, I'm working with Bob Holman as a guide to poets & poetry on the Net for the Mining Co. I've been reading your lively & entertaining Austin Poets At Large newsletter for a while now, & I thought you'd like to know that I've finally gotten around to adding links to our permanent libraries: The APAL archives + a mailto link for subscribing are in Local & Regional Organizations & Calendars (http://poetry.miningco.com/msubloc.htm) and your personal site + another link to APAL are in Living Poets indexed under your name (http://poetry.miningco.com/msubfolk.htm)"

5. From Christine Gilbert:

Texas Nafas is now being aired on ACTV channel 16, Saturdays, 10 p.m. November's show is "Our English Connection: Part I" and features some of the English poets who visited Austin last year for the AIPF. Jamuna the Bard and Rupert Hopkins stayed with Christine, so naturally she got some good footage of them reading and discussing poetry outdoors at Zilker Park. More conversation about poetry too place at a gathering at her home, with Thom the World Poet, Howard Frost, Jamuna, Rupert, and others sharing their ideas about poetry.Readings at Waterloo Ice House and Barry's Coffee House in Temple are included in the show.

6. From Alan Kaufman,

Dear Poet,

Please read and send to a fellow poet.

A Spoken Word Manifesto

by Alan Kaufman

The Spoken Word poets assembling at cafe open mikes and slams across the land belong to no esthetic camp. We are untrained in academics. I don't think that a one of us knows the difference between a Glose and a Kyrelle. All of us have come to Spoken Word poetry with the usual hodge-podge of training, picked up in University classes or mostly on one's own, out of books, through emulation more than understanding. Some of us got our training in how to write at third-rate newspapers, putting together business reports, or editing wacko newsletters for UFO sighting organizations or just curled up naked on a mattress covered with a sleeping bag, writing crazily in a notebook without a single hope that anyone would read it. Some of us had published but that didn't help to create the kind of work that would sing to a kid who hung around the mall in Wichita, or bring a thrilled audience of poets to its feet on a Friday in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City or Cafe Babar in San Francisco. We acquired our material through hard living, and our sense of form from filling out endless job applications to McDonalds in a depressed economy. We acquired our styles in letters written to parents back home in Des Moines or Fayetteville or Sharky's Rest, mailed from slums in the city, full of furious invective, and pleading, and cunning manipulation for a hand-out. We acquired our skills, our style, from conning for a meal, or a welfare check or hustling for a place to crash in a homeless urban wilderness. Pastoral elegy just wouldn't do to express what we felt as we lay near death on emergency room tables waiting to have our rape and gunshot wounds treated. Ours is the poetry of an immense and universal suffering, something beyond the rigors of the academy. Our poetry is bright with beauty and anguish like the mad and sorrowful colors of Van Gogh, a new kind of impressionism. Whatever loose training we have, whatever skill, were acquired and honed on the sharp edges of our desperation. Our poems are, literally, screams from the bottom of our souls: God is their editor, raw truth our revolution. The poems emerge cadent, accurate, fiery, explosive, with rap on their tongue; yet every cheap, stupid, rabid, impossible influence is apparent in a Spoken Word poet's work, from screen magazines to Hallmark cards to MTV-style prattle to the National Enquirer to comic books to Mad magazine to Your Horoscope Today, all tossed in with influences glimpsed whole browsing for books you can't afford by Baudelaire, Poe, William Carlos Williams, Troupe, Ginsberg, Auden, Patchen, Baraka, Coleman, Rimbaud, Bukowski, DiPrima, you name it. You stand there reading alone, unknown and transfixed in the bookstore aisles. Around you a whole town or city. Who will listen to what you say? And out of the crazy cauldron of microphone, poet and audience, magic happens....It's all HOWL. Back then in the Eisenhower Age it took only one poet to write a testament. Today it needs twenty-five, fifty, a whole nation. The whole battery of new poets nationwide is the collective HOWL of the United States generation of the nineties leading us into a new millenium.

San Francisco

October 20, 1998

7. Congratulations to Janet Colligne, whose Petals of the Rose website, celebrating its first anniversary this month, has received its first website award for literary excellence from Writer's Quill.

8. And finally, in remembrance of England's Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, who left his body on Thursday, October 29, just weeks after winning the 1998 Forward Prize, the most lucrative poetry prize in Great Britain, awarded for "Birthday Letters": have a safe journey, Mr. Hughes.

Anyone wanting off the mailing list, just e me.

Much love,

Stazja



Subj: Fresh air

Date: 11/2/98 5:49:21 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: hlarew_at_juno.com (Hiram G. Larew)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Stajza - Thanks for providing the gust of fresh air at Friday's reading

in Riverdale. And for signing me up on your list serve. Keep going!

Hiram (the tall guy).

-------------

POWER

Whenever they have to

Chickens look up at us

Just like depending on when

Kids won't be quiet if we ask

Or how it rains so hard sometimes

There are questions

The best thing to teach someone is to swallow

The best kind of angry to get is ribbon

The best place to surprise yourself is in water

I for one will never give up

Even if I have to

I'll keep trying just like burlap

As much as I have to

Like someone nearing to leave.



Subj: RE: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 2:29:45 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: larry_at_jaffe2.com (larry jaffe)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

very great n/l staz.. but curious why you did not mention debra's name in

your visit to noho... just curious not tryin to rag or nothin.

me*

-----Original Message-----

From: Stazja_at_aol.com [mailto:Stazja_at_aol.com]

Sent: Sunday, November 01, 1998 11:49 PM

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Subject: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Subj: sonnets

Date: 11/2/98 6:49:49 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: rc.mtgravshs_at_uq.net.au (Mount Gravatt State High School - Resource Centre)

To: stazja_at_aol.com, mgreene_at_sage.net



Stazja

a year old. Congratulations. There's a critical anthology here called "A

Map of Australian Poetry", edited by Prof James McAuley, one of the

generation of post-WWII poets.

A Couple of sonnets (published some time back) that you might wish to use,

or just enjoy.

Widowed Scotch

Subj: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 11:38:26 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: 106251.103_at_compuserve.com (Alex Krysinski)

Sender: 106251.103_at_compuserve.com (Alex Krysinski)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com (INTERNET:Stazja_at_aol.com)

Abuse

soft as a caress

on unmarked skin;

gentle as a word

that undermines,

breeds doubt.

Abuse

of tenderness

and trust

that you can't quite

speak of

but you feel it

somewhere deep down

even though the child

has become woman.

It stires like a phantom

when you can't trust,

when you just can't love

even though you want to.

And the abused abuse

themselves or others

until someone or something

brings light into that dark corner,

that secret self

that frightened child

who still clings

to the woman.

Someone or something

who can dispels those Demons,

sends them back

to where they came from.

Abuse

leave scars

that are not visable

until someone or something

brings them into the light.

Alexandria Janenna Krysinski 98.

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 10:42:04 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: headvent_at_email.msn.com (Tim Gibbard)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Hey stranger. Sounds like things are moving right along for you. Congrats on

the year anniversary of your publication.

England is terrific. We had a great holloween! We celebrated at a manor

called Ashton Court. It was, as they say, spot on. Lot's of groovy costumes,

ancient architecture, and of course techno music.

Oh...I've just looked out the window and noticed it's not raining. It will

probably not rain for the next fifteen minutes...this is a bittersweet

revelation.

If you wouldn't mind, could you give me the info (email addresses if

possible) of the place you read. I'm trying to fill up a tour with as much

as possible for Tim and I. I'd be much obliged.

I believe you can come home again and will be doing so in March. woo-hoo.

Can't wait to see everyone.

Take care,

genevieve

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 4:00:46 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: AARD1VARK

To: Stazja

happy birthday newsletter!!

and thank YOU, Stazja, for all the hard work you put into it week after week after week.

It is a breath of fresh air in my mailbox every week!

david alvey

Dallas

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 12:44:18 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: Poetessz

To: Stazja

In a message dated 98-11-02 02:47:07 EST, you write:

<<

Imani Springer, 1998 (age 12) >>



good god...delightful !

thanks for remembering my email addo. i wiped my files in Sept. trying to download aol 4, so empathize. miss very few of them tho', so there's some consolation.

i do occassionaly print my entire email list, tho, and file hard copy, as precaution.

l,

z*

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 7:02:38 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: cupofjoe_at_us.ibm.com (Joseph Conklin)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Stazja

RE: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

I can only show my appreciation for your great efforts with this.



Flashlight

Kerosen lamp in the night flickers with the smell of light

Messages linger when left on your fingers ideas have only half life

a mental gieger counter scans a page picking morsels with eyelids

savoring the taste of free ideas lingering on my tongue.

joe

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #50 - Map of Austin Poetry

Date: 11/2/98 6:52:34 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: EDENANGEL

To: Stazja

In a message dated 98-10-19 10:20:43 EDT, you write:

<< >>

HELLO STAZJA!!!

HOW'S ALL MY POETRY PALS , I SURE MISSED YALL. MY HARD DRIVE WENT OUT AND I JUST GOT MY COMPUTER BACK FROM THE SHOP AND NOW I' M ONLINE AGAIN.

I AM SO EXCITED TO GET BACK INTO THE POETRY MIX AGAIN .

PLEASE E-MAIL AND LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING READINGS OR COMPETIONS I CAN ENTER IN THE NEAR FUTURE. I'LL TRY TO SEE YOU GUYS TOMORROW AT RUTAMAYO OR AT THE EBONY SUN THIS WEEK.

HOW DID IT GO IN LAS VEGAS ? , HOPE IT WENT WELL AND THAT YOU HAD A

LOTS OF EXCITEMENT.

LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON.

P.S TELL EVERYONE TO E-MAIL ME ,I AM SO GLAD TO BE BACK ONLINE



HARVE THE LOVE POET

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 12:35:01 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: Poetessz

To: Stazja

In a message dated 98-11-02 02:47:07 EST, you write:

<<

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, issue 52

Happy birthday to you!

>>

congrats !!

ml,

z*

Subj: thanks for the blurb in your newsletter

Date: 11/2/98 10:07:44 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: Lilacborn

To: Stazja

Orkie44 (Tom) told me about the anniversary promo you did in your newsletter. Thank you. That was very nice of you. One of my friends, Magic12000, (John Dwyer) discovered that most of the United States will have a very spectacular night sky tomorrow. One of the most brilliant in about 300 years. I asked him to check out Austin for you. Here is what he came up with. Hope you enjoy.

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 3:46:53 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: Punsdotcom

To: Stazja

Brava to

Imani's "Mini Me"

And HB to your NL

If I understand this correctly your looking for sonnets.

It's easy to have a favorite

with only two in my

catalog.

[ this term used as i have no chap book]

So my favorite sonnet:

A Sonnet

[English]

A sonnet sweet and rife with rhyming prose

with pleasant words within its structured scheme,

to please and titillate the ears of those

that care to read another poets dream.

~

I give these thoughts for all the eyes that see

and pray they’ll read, perhaps, to shed a tear,

or smile or laugh at least perchance agree

this labor love should reach another's ear.

~

I walk the shaky walk that newness brings

and dig into another’s common ground,

I hope for some that read, this sonnet sings,

for others taste, at least they find it sound.

~

Advice for those who shun this sweetened fruit

this meal of words can leave you sate and mute.

~*C*~

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/3/98 2:28:43 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: Punsdotcom

To: Stazja

Carl Cacciatore

Pelican Island NJ

:-]

Subj: Re: Apal Map of Austin Poetry #52

Date: 11/2/98 5:11:39 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: Goxando4xf

To: Stazja

good to see yah back in one piece

heres my latest

Queen ,we worship you on a pedestal , worked





the hive as a soldier should, are you the queen







that rules, or maybe just a common whore rushed





on the throne in the chaotic fuss of disguss





among us, that wrencks of pus,





please , let me off this bus of distrust

~~~





You crashed our kingdom, destroyed the honey





in your quest for money ,punished and banished





what you couldn't tarnish , step from the throne, you



worthless drone sewn to a lies flown, your a caterpillar





not a butterfly,you walk on leaves ,you dont fly



with style ,we wish you well,



bye, lets break all ties that lies

~

end

~

oct.31,1998

From: Poetessz

To: Stazja

In a message dated 98-11-02 02:47:07 EST, you write:

<<

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, issue 52

Happy birthday to you!

>>

congrats !!

ml,

z*