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POETRY: POESY Magazine Release Reading
Date Saturday October 25
Time 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
Santa Cruz Public Library 224 Chruch Street Santa Cruz, CA
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorBrian Morrisey
Don't be afraid to step forward, look it in the eye, and ask it to dance with your mind. It is a two-step with words stimulating a true face of artistic impression. It is poetry. On Saturday, October 25th, Poesy Magazine will be dancing with words at the Central Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library. The editors have decided to host a poetry and open mic reading celebrating the release of its 22nd issue since its debut in 1991. Present and past Poesy poets will be reading during the afternoon in honor and support of the free press. Many of the poets featured in Poesy are best characterized by Robert Peters (nationally known poet ˆ critic ˆ dramatist) as: "a special outsider group of powerful and original American poets largely ignored by Poetry Establishment forces." This group is presenting poetry that is free to roam several avenues of creative expression straying from the binding walls of academia into the neighborhoods of modern man. There will be an hour of Open Mic poetry following the Poesy features. Poets of all nature are encouraged to sign up and join the celebration. Poet Linda Lerner was interviewed in this issue of Poesy. Linda Lerner was born and educated in New York City. Robert Peters also notes, "Linda Lerner should be one of the most visible of our poets in this country. She loves the open form, and works in a tradition of Ginsberg, Charles Plymel, the Beats, and has quzzled much from Charles Bukowski." She edited an on-line anthology, POETS on the line the first poetry anthology available on the net. Issues six and seven, Vietnam Veterans / Poets, was the recipient of a 1997 Puffin Foundation Grant and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant. Her work has appeared in hundreds of journals throughout the country. Among them; The New York Quarterly, The Christian Science Monitor, Slipstream, Home Planet News, Chiron Review, Atom Mind, The Maverick Press. Poesy is a publication which was noted as "the best idea in the small press for 2001" by poetry critic, Timothy Scannell. The idea of narrowing the focus to East and West Coast poetry came after (the editor) Brian Morrisey's relocation to Santa Cruz from a Boston suburb in 1999. He noticed a vast difference in poetics between the two coasts. He explains his focus as, "there are huge gaps of communication between the two sides of the country. I'm working on filling them in." Poesy is available in the free newsprint sections of your local Santa Cruz bookstores.
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