Friday, October 1, 2010

Poems, Prose & Pints at Dressel's on Tuesday, October 5

I'll be reading at Dressel's 419 North Euclid, in the Central West End, on Tuesday, October 5, as part of the monthly Poems, Prose & Pints series. The reading begins at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Also reading will be Jon Dressel, Erin Goss, Kelli Allen, David Lucas, Rebecca Brown Gregory, and the featured reader James Stone Goodman.

I'm not sure yet exactly what all I'll read but I'll be sure to read some of the poems I wrote during National Poetry Month this April:

A Question

trouble, do you need

us, all shades of restlessness &
delicate nuances of

lamentations, we are but
the ethical absolute,

an inflection given to words, well
aware of our sticky

do you need us?

Summer, Washington University in Saint Louis

smokers outside in a circle
four boys -- one girl
in black and white stripes
one guy shuffles his feet and paws
at the ground with his right foot
like a horse, a stallion, a randy

girl swings her arms in front of her
back and forth until she suddenly

hugs herself tightly and then
explosively un-hugs herself and then

she begins to swing her arms again
the next guy in the circle
begins to shuffle and paw


she came to him
and he carefully
built a chance

but knowing his
foe he tried to
insure his success
before finally she
saw that her hostile
country would suddenly
come to defeat

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