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Jeff Kass and Anthony Zick Reading at Sweetwaters 2/16 February 14, 2010

Filed under: Upcoming Events — sunnydaypoetry @ 10:15 pm

Our features are Jeff Kass, Pioneer H.S./EMU English and Creative Writing teacher, and his former student, Anthony Zick. Jeff, poet, fiction writer, Literary Arts Director at the Neutral Zone, will read from his new chapbook, “Invisible Staircase.” Anthony studies at WCC, was on the 2008 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam team, and is featured in HBO’s documentary “Brave New Voices.”

Open mic follows. Bring 3-1/2 minutes of your best work! 7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington St. FREE. 369-2798. See you there!

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

123 W. Washington St.

Ann Arbor, MI

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CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES AND CHAMPAGNE : Poetry Boxx 2/14

Filed under: Upcoming Events — sunnydaypoetry @ 9:56 pm

VALENTINES DAY
CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES AND CHAMPAGNE…POETRY HOSTED BY FLOACISTS “T” MILLER AND EBONI HOGAN /WSG
MAKE LOVE TO ME WITH YOUR WORDS.
SOFTLY,TOUCH ME PLACES, OPEN MY HEART.
JOIN US FOR CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES, CHAMPAGNE, APPETIZERS AS WE ENJOY WORDS SO SENSUAL, REACHING DEEP DEFINING LOVE, PASSION, EROTICISM….POETRY AT THE BOXX
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM
$10.00 ADVANCE $15 DOOR

PANDORA’S BOXX

6221 E DAVISON BETWEEN MOUND/MT ELLIOTTE

Detroit MI

 

Neo Minds Poetry Slam Series 2/13 & 2/20 February 12, 2010

Filed under: Upcoming Events — sunnydaypoetry @ 4:12 pm

Eboni Hogan is a two time member of New York’s Nuyorican Slam Team as well as a two time National poetry finalist
T. Miller is a three time Detroit slam Team Member and has made the final round at Women of the World National poetry slam.

This Saturday they invade Neo minds to dislpay the power of great women in poetry.

These two women are a must see! They are some of the most powerful poets in the country right now! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Be there Saturday at 9:00 pm 5 Elements Gallery 2125 Michigan Ave at 14th street.

Only $10.00 for more information contact  neomindspoetry@gmail.com

*check out Eboni on YOUTUBE —>http://www.youtube.com/watch#playnext=1&playnext_from=TL&videos=_OKNUgTq3FY&v=lyRUAESvLiI

& T-Millerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch#playnext=1&playnext_from=TL&videos=NL6ouvujqpA&v=1S60sNHszEk

*** If you can’t make it out of the 13th

Make sure to catch the one on February 20th!

Same Place, Same TIme !!

 

Poem of the Day : Uncommon Denominators

Filed under: Poetry iLike — sunnydaypoetry @ 3:54 pm

UNCOMMON DENOMINATORS from UPROCK HEADSPIN SCRAMBLE and DIVE

I added up the times i’ve fantasized about

women I’ve seen but never spoke to

and divided that by the hours

I drive past cemeteries and add again

the weight of breath in your mouth

measured in the ancient Tagalog word yes

–But the number always comes out the same

~

So I subtract the moon

and the smell of incense on Good Friday

trying to connect Planck’s Constant

to the quantum moment between

a candlelit flick and the back of your neck

setting aside my 7 dreams of having sex once

with Tyra Banks who tell me God

You Filipino guys know

how to make love to a women

and even if I tally the 10,069

channels launched by satellites

which have an asymptotic relationship

to the count of stones cast

from a sinner’s fist raised

to the power of eight million punch-clock

stiffs heading home late

still the number comes out the same

and when a beggar pirouettes

along an expressway’s center lane

swearing this won’t be his last

cigarette (smoke rising from

the rust in his moustache) I suddenly know

the acceleration of a falling body

has little to do with slipping

a mother into the ground or

a whole greater that the sum of its parts

~

And if you ask what I’m doing

with 7 loaves ad 4 fish multiplied

by the root of a dried tamarind tree

or the coefficient of friction

of a bullet on the brink of a rib

or the number of clips emptied

into an unarmed Guinean man

on a dark Bronx stoop I’ll tell you

I’m looking for the exact

coordinates of falling in love plus or minus

the width of a single finger

lost along the axis of your lips

– Patrick Rosal

*More about Patrick

Rosal grew up in northern New Jersey, the son of Filipino immigrants. He recieved an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and has published poems in Folio, North American Review, The NuyorAsian Anthology, and elsewhere. The 2001 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State-Altoona, he teaches writing and literature at Bloomfield College and lives in Edison, New Jersey.

 

Love is …”Poem i did tonight for lyric lounge”

Filed under: My Shiit — sunnydaypoetry @ 4:14 am

LOVE is Cliché

I’m a firm believer that love is Cliché

So it is only right

That I write a cliché

Poem about love

We floated in the ocean until the

Sun was sucked into the horizon

Like he pulled my long-board

When my arms were too feeble to paddle

We are yellow around the edges

Chocolate on the inside

Of belly’s

We are carols

Falling like melons

From the lips of angels

We are stop signs

And globes

We are Mount Kilimanjaro

The Andes

We are wind

And plane rides

And letters to senders

We are dropped calls

And missed voicemails

It’s like

Falling stiff onto flat rock

Standing upward

With a crow’s-foot

Cradling 3 babies

With these same arms

Falling again

On an arrow head

Spilling everything I own

On mindless concrete

While falling promptly

Into his arms

Daily,

The Clouds kiss long and wet, like we kiss

The Sun smiles with its teeth

Like we do, when the moon shines through

The bay windows

We are windows

Locked on both sides

We are locks, and keys

Looking for a treasure chest to exist with

We are treasure

But only, for each other

We’re another man’s trash

We are maps

Of blackness and whiteness co-existing

We are a

Broken compass

That always points west

I am the other women sometimes

The reason other women can’t

Find the key to open his chest

He is always the other man

His key, lies within my chest

The reason other men never unlock me

We walk separately

But we always start with our

Right foot

We never run

Just fast walk the days we see each other

Hold hands

Until all of our blessings are

Counted aloud

We don’t love all the time

But it still matters

We are not ashamed

To stray away in cold weather

We don’t speak for days sometimes

But there are no guide lines with us

No way to  count the

Currency of this small country within our chests

No census, to know

Who lives inside these insulated walls of our hearts

We don’t follow lines anyway

We are all curve and symmetry

We are hips

Ready

We are one vagina

Dilated

We are the new born

We love each other when it’s convenient

And speak only to say I miss you

But this,

Is about real love

Not its convenience

Or its tale

Or fable

There is no dreadful beginning

To make a forever-after

I hope there will never

Be and end

We are all wrong

At the right times

We believe its fate

It keeps this newborn breathing

Our love so new, and hopefully

So sometimes

And never

So always , so not

There is distance between

Our symmetry

But at the end of the day,

We are another man’s trash

Yet we are each other’s treasure

And that’s all that matters

In love

 

Date Change – TeaHaus 2/11 February 10, 2010

Filed under: Upcoming Events — sunnydaypoetry @ 1:25 am

Due to severely inclement weather, we at Looseleaf Readings have decided to move this month’s reading/spectaculohganzathon to Thursday 2/11, so as to allow our friends/performers/selves driving in from EMU and Detroit to get there and back safely. Don’t worry though, besides the date, nothing else has changed.

SAME TIME
SAME TEA
SAME FREE

** This makes me sad! Because now I cant attend

EMU Poetry Society and Campus Life are having the Lyricist Lounge on the same day from 7-9 in Room 300 in the EMU Student Center!

Free Chicken!

Free Drinks!

Come Spit!

Come Listen!

Everyone is doing love poems in the spirit of Valentines day!

If your in Ann Arbor go to TeaHaus!

If your in Ypsi come to the Lyricist Lounge!

EITHER WAY YOU’LL HAVE A GREAT TIME

~TOODLES

 

Aimee Le @ TeaHaus (This Tuesday) February 8, 2010

Filed under: Upcoming Events — sunnydaypoetry @ 5:50 pm

Admission: Free
Tea & Cupcakes: Free (Suggested Donation of 1$ per)

Join us for our Valentines Day Spectaculoganzathon! Each month, we have a featured poet read, followed by an open mic. There will be free tea and cupcakes available while supplies last (though we kindly appreciate all donations), and all proceeds go to the Haitian Relief Fund. This month we have the indefatigable Aimée Lê, and in celebration of Valentines Day, Wordworks poets Peggy Burrows, Maggie Hanks, Michael Moriarity, Courtney Whittler and others will be making love-poem cameos! Gahl Liberzon hosts.

Itinerary:
7:30-8:00pm- Aimée Lê
8:00–9:00pm– Open Mic

“Aimee Le is a sophomore at Dartmouth College who originated from Ann Arbor. She transferred in her senior year of high school from Pioneer to Community High, where she wrote and directed a one-act play, The Chair. Aimee was youth slam champ ’08 and has a sizeable cardboard box full of trophies and press clippings. She spends her time tramping in the trainyards, freezing her kneecaps, watching execrable television shows and trying to find a job. Although most “asian fusion” cuisine tastes like plastic with some peanut sauce, Aimee is Asian fusion at its tastiest. ”

TeaHaus

Tuesday Febuary 9th 2010

7:30-9pm

204 N. Fourth Ave

Ann Arbor MI