Thursday, September 30, 2010

Part I Mad Head

Mad Head - Part I

The slow glow
from the opaque street light near Bleecker
holding gaze

floating to a raunchy head beat
the distinct smell of eucalyptus honey
visions of thick drops running down
sides of my Enola's mason jars
extract thoughts of jazz

welcome resurrection
prepared to ride a riff with Trane
along side Dizzy's altering scales of composition spiraling

"I'll never go back to Georgia" licks

(music plays)

crisscross, seducing with his hurricane horn
stopping long enough to hear Moody scat
skedaddle with Pozo melting two
Afro, Cuban
Afro, Cuban
dawned virtuoso "Manteca"
thumping mad Max into memory
instead of memorex

easy flow where my mind go
groove side daddy do good
waited inside Sweet Basil
El Dios of drums

first click
first hit "pop"
full blown litany of sound boiling my blood
unleash the beast to rhythms so loose
so free

a tight leather jacket
fitted to the waist
cold,raw, and stiff bone
it's two a.m.
skin is thin

warm glass of Hennessy
"no ice please"
a couple of cool cats...
Art Blakey
playing solo

drinking and dragging a straw
across a pink formica table
sniff! last bit of blow
long after the light blew

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Thursday, September 23, 2010


Between The Lines Bulletin
Newsletter of the New York Chapter
National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981)
September-October 2010

Editor: Louis Reyes Rivera
Table of Contents

1. Last Call: RSVP for NWU Dinner
2. October 2: One Nation March in D.C.
3. NWU NY Forum: Taming New Media
4. Arts Garden's Exhibit Canceled
5. Call for Papers: Anthology-in-progress

1. Last Call: RSVP for NWU Dinner
This coming Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, NWU’s New York Chapter will host a pot-luck dinner for NWU’s National Executive Board (NEB) members meeting in New York. All local chapter members are invited to partake in welcoming the NEB and, if so inclined, to add a home-made dish to the menu. To help finalize the menu-in-progress, at least one of the following RSVPs is in order:
(1) all chapter members planning to attend must notify Chapter Co-Chair Susan E. Davis ( immediately (certainly, before Saturday!); and,
(2) to avoid over-duplication with our pot luck menu, those who want to bring a dish must contact Susan E. Davis immediately. Suggested entrées include dinner, salads, desserts, and appetizers.
The dinner/reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., at the UAW/NWU Headquarters, 256 West 38 Street, Manhattan (12 fl. Conference Room).
The National Executive Board is second only to the Delegates’ Assembly, the NWU’s governing body. It includes all National Officers, Chapter and Division chairs (i.e., Journalism, Book, Grievance & Contract Advisement), and meets annually.

2. October 2: One Nation March in D.C.
The buses are filling fast. A broad coalition of unions and activist organizations are planning to converge in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 2, 2010. It's a March for Jobs and Justice.
As part of the NWU’s contribution to this major push, President Larry Goldbetter, in conjunction with the UAW’s Region 9A, has announced that free bus seats, a box lunch, and UAW t-shirts (for visual identification purposes) will be provided to members of both unions and their guests (family, friends, et al). Buses depart on October 2, at 6 a.m., directly from UAW Region Nine and NWU headquarters, located at 256 West 38 Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, in Manhattan.
Interested members (family and friends included) should contact Larry Goldbetter a.s.a.p., at [extension 14] or via email at a.s.a.p.
“This is an event we should fully support,” says President Goldbetter. “While the thrust of the march is jobs and justice, other issues are being raised among our coalition, such as education and soaring student debts, environmental degradation, the mortgage crisis, the need to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, generally speaking, all of the issues our Congress is not fully addressing – universal health insurance, an honest policy towards immigration and human rights, as well as those federal bail outs of the rich."
With this march, says President George Gresham (1199/SEIU), “we’re going to make history. When we elected President Obama two years ago, it was such an historic victory that perhaps our optimism got the better of us – we underestimated an aggressive right wing and racist media outlets. Now it’s our time to raise our voices and make our power felt.”
Activists from Massachusetts have issued the following statement: “Why join the March(?) – because we voted for jobs; because we voted for stronger labor laws; because we voted for safe work places; because we voted for a stronger union; because we voted for immigration rights; because we voted for LBGT rights; because we voted for better homes; because we voted for people, not corporations; because we want the change we voted for!” For updates, visit or web sites.

3. NWU NY Forum: Taming New Media
The NWU’s New York Chapter presents a free seminar – Writers and Social Media: Taming New Media to Support Your Writing Goals. This special forum takes place on Monday, October 4, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m., Houndstooth Pub (downstairs meeting room), 520 Eighth Ave., at West 37 Street, in Manhattan. Author/consultant Don Lafferty will lead the discussion.
Whether you're a bestseller, an aspiring author, a journalist or blogger, knowing how to make effective, appropriate use of new Social Media can only enhance and advance your writing career. Don will slash through the cacophony of social media choices to show you how to build an efficient, effective online presence, identify proven tactics and practices with specific examples of the ways you can use your online presence to raise your visibility in the right places.
Writer Don Lafferty is both a lecturer and Web 2.0 marketing consultant. In addition to writing marketing and advertising copy, he’s written numerous articles for several national magazines. Through his blog, Don Lafferty's Practical Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Connecting with Your Public, Don is also a regular contributor to the global conversation revolving around online social networks, helping to define effective strategies for authors and publishers to connect with today’s readers. A member of the Philly Liars Club and board member of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, he also serves as social media director for the literary magazine, Wild River Review.
For more information, call Tim Sheard at 1.917.428.1352, or email the NWU New York Chapter at Free beverages of choice for the first ten attendees!

4. Arts Garden's Exhibit Canceled

Attention All Interested Parties:
The outdoor Garden Exhibition originally scheduled for this coming Saturday, September 25, 2010, at 260 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, has been canceled as the result of last week's tornado that completely uplifted an old sycamore in the garden's yard. Sponsors of the event, Travelled Rhodes International Sculptor Arts Garden (TRISAG), explained that it would take well over two months to get the yard back in order.
For additional information, call 718.398.4237 or 718.398.1331. TRISAG, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization; contributions are tax deductible.

5. Call for Papers: Anthology-in-progress
A group of academic editors is now reviewing abstracts for an anthology of essays tentatively titled, Working the Book: Black Women’s Writing as Spiritual and Ritual Experiment.
Interested writers may submit abstracts for essays that explore and analyze the use and nature of imagery, symbolism, and cognitive and/or cosmic structures derived from African diasporic religions (e.g., Vodoun, Hoodoo, Santeria, Yoruba, and Candomblé) in the literature of black women writers.
The call for abstracts include the following explanations:
“In the imaginative construction of subjectivity for their respective female protagonists (as authentic, self-actualized, and autonomous, in and out of love and/or marriage), broader communities, and fictional and otherwise figurative worlds, black women writers have been challenged with socio-cultural limitations and constraints that can proscribe representation. In search of a ‘usable’ cultural past that will facilitate such representation of the new world black experience, especially the quest for authentic selfhood, many writers have discovered that the symbols, rituals and language associated with African-rooted religions can open up spaces in their respective narratives within which to create more actualized protagonists.
“Employing African diasporic religions as intertext, these writers have at hand a system of beliefs and practices replete with powerful black female deities, leaders and adherents. Indeed, as religions which reflect the experiences and aspirations of their followers, these sacred cosmologies often prove effective vehicles through which black women writers can more appropriately represent their protagonists’ historical and cultural experiences with transgressive narrative strategies.
“Further, such writers may revise representations of whole communities, ritual practices, reader/author rhetorical relations, and more by calling on African-rooted traditions to enrich their literary experiments in English.
“However, along with this rich cultural legacy, black women writers also inherit the stereotypes and biases of a Western culture that labels these religions ‘primitive magic,’ ‘witchcraft,’ and ‘sophisticated con games.’ Consequently, a significant aspect of appropriating these religious elements becomes experimenting with narrative strategies that will allow these elements to be integrated in ways that challenge, subvert, and/or transcend the prevailing stereotypes and that legitimate what the writers believe to be relevant and viable spiritual paths.
“The essays accepted for inclusion in this collection will explore ways in which African American women writers appropriate and employ imagery, symbolism, rituals and language specific to African-rooted religions as a corrective to what the writers perceive as Western spiritual and cultural obsolescence in order to offer alternate and more empowering paths to representation of identity, community, and cosmos.
“The essays will also explore innovative and transgressive narrative strategies used by the writers to integrate these elements without compromising or jeopardizing the legitimacy and credibility of the particular narrative and their respective protagonists.
“Some questions that will be important to the essays in the collection are as follows:
“In what ways do the writers’ literary/spiritual ‘experiments’ inform and influence the construction of subjectivity in the writers’ respective works?
“Are there common imagery, symbolism, rituals and/or language that connect the narratives? What are the appeal and the benefits to the writers of employing these particular elements?
“What strategies are employed by the writers to integrate these cultural and spiritual elements and to legitimate them within the Western literary tradition?”
Abstracts of the essay-in-progress are to be sent to Dr. Brenda R. Smith via email at ( on or before November 15, 2010. Along with the abstract, a brief biographical statement and contact information (email address, postal address and phone number).
Completed papers are due no later than January 14, 2011. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts must be formatted according to MLA guidelines. Final essays should be between 15-25 pages in length.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Interstate 95

She dug his smile
pretty Tony style
the stolen line
"rap a taste on it"

after an animated night
lulled by "Lavender Blue"
his version tucked away
inside a drawer full of petit bijou

confiscated tar
obelisk blocks
eclipsed underground
chauffeuring Duchess recherche'
thru the shade of suburban streets

guns pinched
lock on
prevent a bump bullet ricochet
95 headed south
stop along highway
Philadelphia PA

65 Terra cotta El Dorado
chemist, Duchess, Johnny the thrift pimp
his babe chocolate
idling along
very loud Zeppelin "Immigrant Song"

state trooper rides bye
torpedo eyes
divert by CB
lights, tail spin

skid marks dust Dorado
cloud affairs
immune to static

chocolate sits
pulling up twisted stockings
hooking magenta garter's
puppy pouting
in the rear view mirror

Duchess kissing the pout away
with a day of yellow sunshine
fade the shade
relax pupils throw on color spectacles

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All Rights Reserved

From: lizzie625 (lizzie625)

To: lepadahxxx
Posted: Sep 28 10 11:43 AM

I love the Immigrant song.

and this poem, for that matter.

well written, well said, well done.

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Posted: Sep 28 10 02:02 PM

Brilliant poem

great use of language.




Upcoming book release "Pussy Toes" by Lepadah


Upcoming book release due out October 2010... Title
"Pussy Toes" by Lepadah

Finally completed with several other works in progress including a series of short stories, essays, poetry and full length plays which are in the process of being edited.

Ted Younger October 5, 2010 at 12:04am
Your book is going to be the shyt!!! Thanks to Captain Courageous!!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Beatle's introis to "Don't Let Me Down" is so wicked and beautiful I was BLOWN.

The Beatles "Don't Let Me Down" lyrics is some beautiful shit. The introduction instrumentals are so wicked I was blown totally.

Artist: The Beatles lyrics
Title: Don't Let Me Down

Don't let me down, don't let me down
Don't let me down, don't let me down

Nobody ever loved me like she does
Oh, she does, yeah, she does
And if somebody loved me like she do me
Oh, she do me, yes, she does

Don't let me down, don't let me down
Don't let me down, don't let me down

I'm in love for the first time
Don't you know it's gonna last
It's a love that lasts forever
It's a love that had no past (Seeking past)

Don't let me down, don't let me down
Don't let me down, don't let me down

And from the first time that she really done me
Oh, she done me, she done me good
I guess nobody ever really done me
Oh, she done me, she done me good

Don't let me down, hey don't let me down
Heeeee, don't let me down

Don't let me down
Don't let me down, don't let me let down
Can you dig it? Don't let me down


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Type of Work:
Non-dramatic literary work
Registration Number / Date:
TXu000161602 / 1984-05-25
Date of Creation:
Poetry / Lydia Elizabeth Percy (Adah)
Copyright Note:
C.O. correspondence.
Copyright Claimant:
Lydia (Adah) Percy
Lydia Elizabeth Percy 1960-

Love Hendrix Live At Monterey version of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

Jimi Hendrix: Like a Rolling Stone Lyrics
Songwriters: Dylan, Bob;

Once upon a time, you dressed so fine
Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you

You used to laugh about everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud, now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging around for your next meal

How does it feel, how does it feel
To be on your own with no direction home?
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
Don't you know you only used to get juiced in it?
Nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
Now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it

You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say,"Do you want to make a deal?"

How does it feel, how does it feel
To be without a home, with no direction home?
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

You never turned around to see the frowns
On the jugglers and the clowns
When they all came down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You should never let other people get your kicks for you

You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at?
After he's taken everything he could steal

How does it feel, how does it feel
To be without a home, with no direction home?
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
Drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts and things
But take your diamond ring down and pawn it, babe

You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, and you can't refuse
When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible, you got no secrets to conceal

How does it feel, how does it feel
To be without a home, with no direction home?
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Message to NY NWU members...

Subject NY Member: A Very Busy Week Lies Ahead
From: NWU President Larry Goldbetter
Sent: Sep 9, 2010
To: Lydia Percy



This coming week there are many important activities taking place. Some directly affect us as writers; all affect us as working people. I'll be there and hope you can join me. Look for the NWU/UAW banner!

* Friday, September 10: March and Rally for Jobs!
Meet at 4pm at the former North General Hospital, 122nd St. and
Madison to support striking SEIU/1199 members. March to
Harlem Hospital at 135th St. and Lennox. Protest health and transit
cutbacks. Demand Jobs!

* Saturday, September 11: Rally Against Anti-Muslim Racism:
Meet at 1pm at City Hall. March to the Church Street Mosque to
counter the racist anti-Muslim rally that is directly linked to the Koran-
burning racist preacher in Florida and the racist terrorists who burned
a Muslim Community Center in Tennessee.

* Sunday, September 12: 5th Annual Brooklyn Book Fair:
The NY Chapter will staff an NWU table from 10am - 6pm. This festival
features a multi-cultural array of authors, bookstores, literary
organizations and publishers, with as many as 30,000 browsing book
buyers. All members are welcomed to attend and bring their books to
sell while helping staff the NWU table.

* Monday, September 13: Open Forum "Marketing Your Book":
At the Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Avenue (37th Street), 6-9pm.
downstairs in the the Special Function Room. Discuss with media
consultants and marketing experts how to develop long-range
marketing plans and general marketing strategies as basic tools for
successful sales.

* Thursday, September 16: Action to Support GSOC/UAW 2110
Organizing Drive:
Meet at Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, from Noon-1pm
to support the Graduate Student Organizing Drive as we await
decision from the NLRB in Washington, DC. We will also be in
solidarity with UAW Local 7902 as they negotiate a new contract for
NYU adjunct professors.


Poetry Project Program Calendar

Peter Orlovsky Memorial Reading

September 22, 2010
8:00 pm

Poet, singer, farmer, yodeler, banjo-picker, Buddhist-practitioner, Allen Ginsberg’s lifelong-companion, Kerouac’s Simon Darlovsky in Desolation Angels & George in The Dharma Bums, the generous & wonderfully whimsical Peter Orlovsky, (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010), was an unforgettable & hugely colorful presence in the East Village, and in and around the Poetry Project. Please join us in a night of music, video, song and poetry, as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him including: Chuck Lief, Philip Glass, Ed Sanders, Steven Taylor, Hal Willner, Janine Pommy Vega, Andy Clausen, Patti Smith, Anne Waldman, Gordon Ball, Rosebud Pettet, Simon Pettet, Bill Morgan, Anselm Berrigan, and John Godfrey.

This event will take place in the Sanctuary. Admission is FREE.

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A Reading for VLAK

September 27, 2010
8:00 pm

This reading launches the inaugural issue of Vlak, an international magazine with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art, film, philosophy, music, science, design, politics, performance, ecology, and new media. Vlak is edited by Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan, Carol Watts, Stephan Delbos, David Vichnar and Clare Wallace. The reading will feature contributors Pierre Joris, Eileen Myles, Elizabeth Gross, Marjorie Welish, Vincent Katz, Arlo Quint, Stacy Szymaszek, John Wilkinson, Jess Fiorini, Joshua Cohen, Stephanie Strickland and Louis Armand.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Joseph Donahue & Laura Moriarty

September 29, 2010
8:00 pm

Joseph Donahue‘s most recent collections of poetry include Incidental Eclipse and Terra Lucida. This fall, Talisman House will publish Dissolves, Terra Lucida IV-VII, the second volume of an ongoing sequence. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Laura Moriarty’s books include A Tonalist an essay poem from Nightboat Books, the novels, Cunning and Ultravioleta. A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975 – 2007 came out from Omnidawn in 2007. She won the Poetry Center Book Award in 1983, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry in 1992, a New Langton Arts Award in Literature 1998 and a Fund for Poetry grant in 2007. She has taught at Mills College and Naropa University, among other places, and is Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. For more, see the blog A Tonalist Notes.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Open Reading

October 4, 2010
8:00 pm

at 7:45

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

Anne Carson & David Shapiro

October 6, 2010
8:00 pm

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. She is the author of Autobiography of Red (Knopf, 1998), Men in the Off Hours (Knopf 2001), Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (Knopf, 2005), NOX (New Directions, 2010), and many other works.

David Shapiro has written many books since his first, January, emerged in l965 from Holt, Rinehart and Winston with poems written when the poet was l3-l6. He was a violinist in his youth and was educated at Columbia, Cambridge University, and has taught at Columbia, Cooper Union, Brooklyn, Bard, and Princeton, both as art historian and as poet. Currently tenured at William Paterson University, he wrote the first book on John Ashbery’s poetry, the first volume on Mondrian’s flower studies, the first on Jim Dine’s paintings, and the first monograph on Jasper Johns’s drawings. He has won many prizes such as the NEH, NEA. He collaborated with John Hejduk on many operas, masques and books, and their Palach project was dedicated by President Havel at the Castle in Prague. He has been much translated and appears in many anthologies here and abroad. His play with Stephen Paul Miller, Two Boys on a Bus, was performed at the Kitchen with music by Laurie Anderson and stared Taylor Mead. He collaborated extensively with Rudy Burckhardt on films and photographic pamphlets, and at 24 was the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the National Book Award. His ten books of poetry include Poems from Deal, A Man Holding an Acoustic Panel, The Page-turner, Lateness, House (Blown Apart), Burning Interior, To an Idea, After a Lost Original, and the recent Selected Poems. He has a one-man exhibit of his collages at Turtle Point Press this Fall.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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David Lau & Douglas Piccinnini

October 8, 2010
10:00 pm

David Lau‘s first book of poetry, Virgil and the Mountain Cat, came out last year from UC Press. He is co-editor of Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion. He teaches regularly at Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz; for spring 2011, he is visiting faculty in the graduate program in creative writing at St. Mary’s College. New poems are forthcoming in A Public Space and Columbia. His other ongoing projects include Laborland, a video documentary on labor and art in California, and political organizing with the student movement in the golden state.

Douglas Piccinnini‘s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Antioch Review, The Cultural Society, EOAGH, Jacket, Lana Turner, Ping Pong, So and So, Supermachine and Verse. A chapbook, S♢FT, is forthcoming from The Cultural Society. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and curates the CROWD Reading Series.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Christie Ann Reynolds & Simone White

October 11, 2010
8:00 pm

Christie Ann Reynolds is a native New Yorker and holds degrees from Hofstra University, Queens College and The New School. Her chapbook, idiot heart, was chosen in 2008 by Brenda Shaughnessy for The New School Chapbook Competition. She is the co-author of a chapbook, Girl Boy Girl Boy forthcoming with Correspondences and author of Revenge Poems, Supermachine’s first chapbook. Christie Ann was the recipient of a 2003 undergraduate Academy of American Poetry Award. Some of her work has been published or is forthcoming in Blaze Vox, La Petite Zine, The Houston Literary Review, Pax Americana, Maggy, Sub-Lit, and others. She teaches writing at Hofstra University, for The Borough Writing Workshop and is co-curator of the Stain of Poetry Reading Series.

Simone White‘s first book, House Envy of All the World, was published this year by Factory School. Her work has appeared in The Recluse, Callaloo, Ploughshares and the exhibition catalog for The Studio Museum’s Flow, among other places. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at CUNY Graduate Center, she teaches at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Robert Hershon & Cedar Sigo

October 13, 2010
8:00 pm

Robert Hershon‘s most recent book is Calls from the Outside World, his 12th collection. His work has appeared in The Nation, American Poetry Review and Poetry 180, among many others, and he has recently written for the Poetry Foundation and Best American Poetry websites. Among his awards are two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three from the New York State Foundation on the Arts. Hershon has edited Hanging Loose Press since 1966 and served as director of The Print Center for 35 years.

Cedar Sigo is 32 years old. His books include Selected Writings, Expensive Magic, Portraits and Music For Torching. This past year he blogged for SFMOMA. He has collaborated with many visual artists including Oscar Tuazon, Colter Jacobsen, Will Yackulic and Frank Haines. His new collection of poetry, Stranger In Town, is number four in the City Lights Spotlight Series. He lives in San Francisco.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Ben Estes & Paul Killebrew

October 18, 2010
8:00 pm

Ben Estes is the author of the chapbooks Lamp like l’map (Factory Hollow Press) and Cymbals (The Song Cave). He has been educated by the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Iowa, and is currently enrolled in the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With Alan Felsenthal he is the editor and publisher of The Song Cave (a series of singular things) and the journal Sea Ranch. He currently lives in Northampton, MA.

Paul Killebrew was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He currently resides in Louisiana and works as a lawyer at Innocence Project New Orleans. His first full-length collection, Flowers, was published this year by Canarium, and his long poem Inspector vs. Evader is soon to be re-published online by Ugly Duckling Presse.

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Wanda Coleman & CAConrad

October 20, 2010
8:00 pm

Known for her take-no-prisoners readings, Wanda Coleman is a contributor to HARRIET ( and drgodine.blogspot. She has been featured in Writing Los Angeles (Library of America), Poet’s Market (2003), Quercus Review VI, The Los Angeles Review, the Burnside Review and online at MS. A seminal figure of L.A.’s poetry underground, she has shared the stage with such cultural icons as Timothy Leary, Alice Coltrane, Allen Ginsberg, and Richard (Louie Louie) Barry. She has been an Emmy-winning scriptwriter, and columnist for Los Angeles Times magazine; a nominee for poet laureate of California, and for the USA artists fellowship. Coleman’s books include Bathwater Wine, winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize—the first African-American woman to receive the award, and Mercurochrome (poems), bronze-medal finalist, National Book Awards 2001. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. Her most recent books include Ostinato Vamps (Pitt Poetry Series), The Riot Inside Me: Trials & Tremors (nonfiction, Godine/Black Sparrow), WANDA COLEMAN: Poems Seismic in Scene (de la chienne) – Mise en page et calligraphies/layout and illumination by Jean-Jacques Tachdjian, and new collection of stories, and Jazz & Twelve O’clock Tales.

CAConrad is the recipient of the 2009 Gil Ott Book Award for The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock, The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a co-founder of PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension). The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. Visit him online at, or with his friends at

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Program Calendar, Readings

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Re: Cowboy Somewhere in Texas...

Re: Cowboy Somewhere in Texas... Lepadah's "Texas Cowboy Singing to Midnight."

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I have no right to say - what I am about to say.
After all, I am just a Cowboy Somewhere in Texas.
Beads of sweat, this Texas sun is hot...
Hot it is, kinda like you,
refresh, a viscous brew.
Licking lips,
droplets, pouring off my brow, my nose.
Not round. The beadlets try to hang on.
Click - a pictured pose.
Not letting go until the last moment,
its salty scent,
grasping, each contorting, transforming,
a saturated wet...
Is it a heart-shaped bead of sweat?
Seeping from an inner sanctum,
kinda like you,
hot inside, not one, but two.
Content with life, a purring hum.
You offer me a sip of juice
from a rivered sluice
to quench my thirst,
a bubbled burst,
a feebled excuse cannot deduce...
Seduce a mind, lest not confined
and draw. Create a design,
continual like cursive,
intertwine, no end.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Death Poets

One of mass
spread traffic bankrupting rhyme
forget squandering time
creating crawl lines

forget the glitz
we're coming super tight
like spandex
super hyped explosion
macking mic's

rocking block heads
leave blown
cascading over preposition
lost inhibitions

test skills
medicate membranes
baptized deliriously insane
epically furious
deliverance sickly serious

forget the backdrop
delete that shit
fade the band
water the incense
the new scent
smell me...

forget the gloss
poetically embossed
beaming bold italics on strathmore
legitimate drip premium

© 2010 Lepadah


This was an interesting write, almost a rap, I liked the
off the wall style, had a good flow, opened the imagination. John



Please join The Moth for a special event at The New Yorker Festival

Tales Out of School 2 / A New Yorker Night with The Moth

Five New Yorker writers take you the behind the scenes.

Saturday, October 2nd

Hosted by:
Andy Borowitz

Featuring stories by:
David Grann
Jane Mayer
Susan Orlean
Jeffrey Toobin
Calvin Trillin

Leo Carey

at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street

6:30pm Stories Start on Stage

Please note, this is a partnership with The New Yorker Festival and they control all of the ticketing. The Moth will not be selling tickets or tables to this event. We expect tickets to sell out very quickly. Last year, tickets went on sale at noon and were sold out at 12:01 PM.

Tickets will be available starting TODAY Friday, September 10th at 12 NOON E.T. here:

You may also purchase tickets by phone at 800-440-6974 or by visiting Ticket HQ. Ten percent of tickets to all events will be available at the SVA Theatre, at 333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) the day before the show on Friday, October 1st, from 12 noon to 4 P.M. First come, first served.

Directed by: Catherine Burns and Jenifer Hixson
Produced by: Jo Krukowski

Andy Borowitz (host) is a humor contributor to The New Yorker and the host of PBS’s Next Week’s News. His books include Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO’s Guide to Surviving in Prison, The Republican Playbook, and The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, a collection of articles from his online column, The Borowitz Report, which received the first National Press Club Humor Writing Award.

David Grann has been a New Yorker staff writer since 2003. “The Lost City of Z,” his New Yorker article about his journey into the Amazon to uncover the fate of a missing explorer, was expanded into a Times best-selling book. Many of his New Yorker pieces are collected in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession.

Jane Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1995 and covers politics and national security for the magazine. Her honors include the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals, and the co-author, with Jill Abramson, of Strange Justice and, with Doyle McManus, of Landslide.

Susan Orlean has written for The New Yorker since 1987. Many of her pieces are collected in The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People and My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere. Her book The Orchid Thief, which originated as a piece for the magazine, was the basis of the Spike Jonze film Adaptation. She is working on a book about Rin Tin Tin.

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a senior analyst for CNN. His subjects for the magazine have included the Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, John G. Roberts, John Paul Stevens, and Clarence Thomas. He is the author of five books, including Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Calvin Trillin joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1963 and has contributed reporting pieces, humor, poetry, and essays. His many books include the comic novels Floater and Tepper Isn’t Going Out; Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme; and the memoir About Alice, which grew out of his New Yorker piece “Alice, Off the Page.”

Hope to see you there!

The Moth


Why hi,

We are back for season 45 (--45!), officially re-perched below the steeple at St. Mark’s & ready to go. The first brought-to-you-by-The-Poetry-Project-event will happen Wednesday September 22 (look below), but until then The Poetry Project will be participating in two events -- one sponsored by St. Mark’s Church (Sept 12) & the other by the HOWL! Festival (Sept 16). Details for those events are also listed below, or you can look at them on our Project Blog too Seeing you soon!


The Poetry Project

Peter Orlovsky Memorial Reading

Poet, singer, farmer, yodeler, banjo-picker, Buddhist-practitioner, Allen Ginsberg’s lifelong-companion, Kerouac’s Simon Darlovsky in Desolation Angels & George in The Dharma Bums, the generous & wonderfully whimsical Peter Orlovsky, (July 8, 1933 – May 30, 2010), was an unforgettable & hugely colorful presence in the East Village, and in and around the Poetry Project. Please join us in a night of music, video, song and poetry, as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him including: Chuck Lief, Philip Glass, Ed Sanders, Steven Taylor, Hal Willner, Janine Pommy Vega, Andy Clausen, Patti Smith, Anne Waldman, Gordon Ball, Rosebud Pettet, Simon Pettet, Bill Morgan, Anselm Berrigan, and John Godfrey. This event will take place in the Sanctuary. Admission is FREE.

An Afternoon with the Arts Projects of St. Mark’s

Please join The Poetry Project along with Danspace, Incubator Arts Project and St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery for a “season launch” event on Sunday, September 12 from 2-4pm. Poets Kimberly Lyons and Douglas Piccinnini will give short readings. You can also meet some members of the Poetry Project’s new artistic support staff and Board of Directors.

The 3rd Poetry Turn On for HOWL!

Poetry Turn On!
Thursday Sept 16, 2010
St. Marks Church in the Bowery
131 E 10th St

$8 general admission
For advance tickets /
For more info check out HOWL! Festival’s site /
presented by HOWL ! ARTS Project 2010 to benefit THE ACTORS FUND HOWL ! H.E.L.P. Fund !

Poets Thomas Fucaloro, Meghann Plunkett, Jon Sands, Jeanann Verlee, Michael Warr of The Bowery Poetry Club, poets Steve Cannon, Steve Dalachinsky, Amy Ouzoonian, Susan Scutti, Chavisa Woods, RA (R!)Araya of A Gathering of the Tribes, poets Daniel Gallant, Vanessa Hidary, Mariposa, Advocate of Wordz of Nuyorican Poets Cafe, poets Bridgette Wimberly, Melanie Hope, Metta Sama of Cave Canem and poets Julian Brolaski, Joanna Fuhrman, Paolo Javier, Dorothea Lasky of The Poetry Project come together one night only to share their poems with you ! Hosted by Nathaniel Siegel.

Cash only tickets available at the door the evening of the performance.

Become a Poetry Project Member!


The Poetry Project is located at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Trains: 6, F, N, R, and L.

Admission is $8 / $7 for students & seniors / $5 for members
(though now those who take out a membership at $95 or higher will get in FREE to all regular readings).

We are wheelchair accessible with assistance & advance notice. For more info call 212-674-0910.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Part II A New Song

Part II Music

Sing sweetly
educe anemic from melody
baby stroke it close
burning my ear
soft vibes... one hears

bounteous new beats bouncing
lyrical stride flouncing
a tailored skirt
ripping seams floating

hard not to turn a stare
tinkle tipper
metal studded turquoise heeled slippers
down cobblestone streets

music fabricate butterflies
aflutter inside
an angelic tremor

discover a lucky leprechaun
the happiness of a musical soul
jigging at the end of life's rainbow

baby, baby come sing to me
come so close
touch, torch leaving me aflame

with your euphonies...

© 2010 Lepadah

Inspired by Aerosmith's "Dream On." Blasting Aerosmith on my ipod on the way to work.

From: trkyounger (trkyounger)
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To: lepadahxxx
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Is this a song?

I would love to hear you do this one in spoken word. Try it out and let me know I think you would do good at it. And the word educe what does that mean? Or did you mean induce. I will be back:)



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

listening Led Z.

@ work listening to Led Zeppelin's version "Bring It On Home." The once recorded by Blues great Sonny Boy Williamson. Lyrics by Willie Dixon. The harmonica playing is so wickedly brilliant. Must mention these sick lyrics Billy Joel's "Captain Jack."

Saturday night and you're still hangin' around
Tired of living in your one horse town
you'd like to find a little hole in the ground,
for awhile..

So you go to the village in your tie dyed jeans
And you stare at the junkies and the closet queens
It's like some pornographic magazine
And you smile


Captain Jack will get you high tonight
And take you to your special island
Captain Jack will get you by tonight
Just a little push, and you'll be smilin'

Oh yeah,...

Your sister's gone out, she's on a date
You just sit at home and masturbate
Your phone is gonna ring soon, but you just can't wait
For that call

So you stand on the corner in your New English clothes
and you look so polished from your hair down to your toes
Ah but still your fingers gonna pick your nose
After all,..


[ From: ]

So you decide to take a holiday
You got your tape deck and your brand new Chevrolet
Ah, there ain't no place to go anyway
What for?

So you got everything, ah, but nothing's cool
They just found your father in the swimming pool
And you guess you won't be going back to school


So you play your albums, and you smoke your pot
and you meet your girlfriend in the parking lot
Oh but still you're aching for the things you haven't got
What went wrong?

And if you can't understand why your world is so dead,
why you've got to keep in style and feed your head
Well you're 21 and still your mother makes your bed,
And that's too long

By Billy Jack

Peace enjoy the music..

Thursday, September 2, 2010

CONGRATS T.Obatala new book "Stained with Light."

Congratulations to my fellow writer, friend and mentor T.Obatala on his new book of poetry was just released title "Stained with Light." I am so proud of you man. We are here. My book is due out this September and I can't wait to give notice for the book signing. Peace brother Obatala always 1. See you @ Quincy T's house.

Always 1 Lepadah


Large cover
Stained With Light

By T. Obatala
Also available as:

Published: August, 2010
Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
Pages: 60
Size: 5x8
ISBN: 9781450202503