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MARY MACKEY & AL YOUNG: Poetry at Ohmega Salvage, Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1 to 3pm

August 17th, 2014


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Ohmega Salvage logoMusic, Fun, and Poetry! Saturday, August 23, 2014, Berkeley, CA:  Mary Mackey and former California Poet Laureate Al Young will read their poetry at the burgeoning cultural arts center Ohmega Salvage, one of California’s oldest antique and salvage stores. Famed Berkeley slide guitarist Freddie Roulette will perform along with other musical guests. TIME: 1:00 PM; PLACE: Ohmega Salvage, 2407 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA. 94702 | MAP | Free and open to the public. 510.843.7368

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TED JOANS LIVES!: A Film Documentary by Tom Knoff and Kurt Hemmer

July 22nd, 2014


David Amram & Ted Joans: Improvised Scat Vocals

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Ted Joans Lives! is a visual and aural collage by Kurt Hemmer and Tom Knoff examining the life and works of the legendary, tri-continental poet Ted Joans, who was born in Cairo, Illinois on 4 July 1928 and went on to become one of the significant poets of his generation performing his work in the United States, Europe, and Africa. The film has the sound of jazz and the flavor of surrealism. As Ted Joans declared, “Jazz is my religion and Surrealism is my point of view.”

Official Selection of the 2013 Langston Hughes Film Festival.
Honorable Mention/The Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival.
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DMQ Review | Summer 2014 | Sally Ashton, editor

June 16th, 2014


‘Summertime Blues’?

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Sally Ashton: DMQ Editor and Santa Clara County’s former poet laureate

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Three Poems   David Lazar
Two Poems   Ronda Broatch
Howling  David Ebenbach
Signals   John Nimmo
Hum In Me, Muse. No Words, Just Thousands of Arpeggios   Tina Kelley
The Uppermost Affliction    Sarah Sloat
Under the Lines  Melissa Gordon
Why Your Signature Is Illegible   M. Nasorri Pavone
First Night Alone  Donna Vorreyer
Always you will  Sara Kearns
Exotic Travel  Bernard Henrie
Farmington: August   Jeff Streeby


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From the Archives    Karyna McGlynn, August 2004 Issue

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Assitant Editor: Marjorie Manwaring
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Poet’s Bookshelf  Editor: Peter Davis


CHARLES WRIGHT: The new U.S. poet laureate

June 13th, 2014


Charles Wright on Poetry as ‘A Reason for Living’

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Who Is Charles Wright, the New Poet Laureate?

The Library of Congress announced today [Thursday, June 12, 2014] that Charles Wright will be the next Poet Laureate, kicking off his tenure with a September 25th reading of his work

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The older we get, the deeper we dig into our childhoods,
Hoping to find the radiant cell
That washed us, and caused our lives
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxto glow in the dark like clock hands
Endlessly turning toward the future,
Tomorrow, day after tomorrow, the day after that,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxall golden, all in good time.

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An excerpt of “Archeology” from  Nothing to Say & Saying It (2006)


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New Poet Laureate: ‘The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same’

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What Does a Poet Laureate Do, Anyway?

On Thursday, the Library of Congress named poet Charles Wright the country’s 20th Poet Laureate. Mr. Wright, 78, has received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his past work. Reached by phone in Charlottesville, VA, where he said he was “just about to be attacked by a huge thunderstorm,” he spoke about his plans for the new position, his summer retreat in Montana, and Ezra Pound

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“I saw and read a lot of Charles Wright during the years he and I served on the Associated Writing Progams’ board of directors. As the 1970s faded into the early 1980s, I worked in Hollywood, writing and rewriting scripts. Reading Charles’ poetry alongside the lyrical prose of another Charles Wright — the late African American novelist and Village Voice essayist — I began to sense the intimate relationship poetry and screenwriting share. The screenplay is indeed a lyric form. The poetic novels of Charles Wright and much of the new U.S. poet laureate’s work read like scripts waiting for creative filmmakers.”
– Al Young

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The novelist Charles Wright


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The Art of Poetry #41

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GIANT STEPS: 17 of the World’s Most Beautiful Steps & Stairs (Bored Panda)

May 18th, 2014


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STAIRS | ValparaĂ­so, Chile

Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps.  more

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