Wednesday, August 31, 2011

End of summer!

Hi folks :  Here's the events for this week but before I get started here's a link to the obituary for Scott Wannaberg:,0,7491875.story

Okay here we go:

1. Rochester Employment Network Workshop – September 20 FREE and Open to the Public
Presented by: Eric Derby

WHEN: Thursday September 20th, 6:30-9 PM
WHO’S INVITED: Open to the public
WHERE: Temple Sinai – Youth Lounge
363 Penfield Rd, Rochester , NY 14625

2. Pondwater Society 16504 E. Masline St. Covina, California 91722 Saturday, September 3 · 4:00pm - 7:00pm
YES ! Its the fab Pond Water Society
YES! Fun
YES !! AN Open Mic
Featuring : Yours truly (Bren Petrakos) &; Eric Lawson

I am excited to feature at this amazingly fun and wonderful venue
Please come out and enjoy the POND!
We are driving from the west side
let me know if you want to carpool!!
Contact Pond Water Society page for more info!!
3 .SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 -- Round 21: Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts -- "Wild Bunch"@ Art House Gallery &; Cultural Center (2905 Shattuck @ Ashby) in Berkeley.The 9/10/11 Spar will feature the following poets: Neeli Cherkovski, Amelie Frank, Marc Olmsted, Mel C. Thompson, A. Razor and David Smith's tribute "Remembering Scott Wannberg." Musical guest Zo &; Rick. There will also be an "Outlaw Open-Mic segment. Sign-up to read at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m.There is a $5 donation with proceeds benefitting Poetry Festival Santa Cruz on 2/12/12.www.sparringwithbeatnikghosts.comView the event album at:

4.Saturday, September 17 · 3:00pm - 10:00pm 

681 Venice Blvd.

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Saturday, September 17, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
We invite anyone who was touched by Scott Wannberg's life to join us at Beyond Baroque for a wild and wooly party to share memories, console, grieve, drink, dance and generally raise the roof in memory of the amazing Mr. Mumps.

BBQs will start getting heated up at 3:00 PM. BYOE (everything). Carlye Archibeque is coordinating the pot luck sides &; such.  Email to if you want to know what to bring.

This is a party! Bring liquor, beer, musical instruments, poetry, and your dancing heart. Let's send him off with a noise they can hear in heaven and beyond.

Street parking.

Dear Poets,
This is a reminder that our next Just Poets meeting is after Labor Day. We will meet
Saturday, September 10: 1:30 to 4:00 PM at our usual meeting place at St. John Fisher
College 3960 East Avenue in Rochester (COP conference room of the Campus Center
(2nd floor) up the stairs to your left)
In the first part of the meeting I will be presenting a powerpoint, What in the World is
Poetry. Based on interpretations of Ezra Pound's injunction, Make it new, I invite you to
join me in examining the ways we pay attention to poems and possibilities for deepening
our appreciation of them. What universals link great poems across cultural barriers and
across time? What windows in our own world vision do we learn from their translation?
Whether language of nature, art, music, sign language, dance or silent traces, no matter
your background, the goal of the talk is to leave you with an urge to talk to your muse,
and tap into new ideas for your writing. If time permits, we will test contemporary
poems against those revived from the classics in the 20th century. Following the
presentation, there will be the usual workshopping of poems with Colleen Powderly. The
other facilitator will be announced at the meeting. Remember to bring 10 -12 typed
copies for sharing.
This is an ideal time to consider inviting A NEW FRIEND! If you are a teacher, bring
your students. If you have met someone who has never tried poetry and is curious why
you are smitten with the poetry bug, bring them!
See you there!  Kitty
 Just a few of the events that have come across my desk that I thought might interest you !

Here's a poem for you! 

Time for change
is always there
it is the one constant in the universe
and gives us all kinds of new material

neat huh? 

If you like it check out my book:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We'll miss you !

Hi folks : My friend and mentor and LA,CA literary legend Scott Wannaberge  past away this past Friday  (8/19/11) his work can be viewed in : The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and on the archives of the Poetry Super Highway's Past Poets of the week section.visit  for more info. check out this Awesome tribute to Scott by Christian Elder: Christian Elder
The Day the Air Stopped Singing: In Remembrance of Scott Wannberg

Here's this weeks events:

1. The Four Horsemen of the Apostrophe:Saturday, August 27 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Brendan Constantine, Rick Lupert, Robert Arroyo, Jr. and Robert Wynne read together for the 2nd time ever...surely the end of grammar is nigh!4107 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA

2. Hello Everyone!
I know we are all busy and that there are lots of events, but don't miss Bill Lavender at the Flying Squirrel this Sunday(8/27/11) at 5 pm! I won't be hosting many more of these poetry events--only one more on Sat., Sept 24th ( 100 Thousand Poets for Change-a global live streaming event). So come out and support poetry and the Flying Squirrel. 285 Clarissa St. Rochester, NY 


J. P. Dancing Bear11:54am Aug 22
There are 9 days left before the deadline of the 2011 Orphic Prize
Poetry Book Prize.

The postmark deadline for entries to the 2011 Orphic Prize for Poetry is Deadline is August 31, 201l1. To enter, submit 48-80 paginated pages of poetry, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, email address for results (No SASE; manuscripts will be recycled), and a $25.00 non-refundable fee for each manuscript entered. The winner is awarded $1000 and publication, plus 20 author copies. All entries will be considered for publication. All styles are welcome.

The Orphic Prize for Poetry entries may be sent, following the guidelines above, to:

Dream Horse Press
P. O. Box 2080
Aptos, California 95001-2080

Make checks payable to: Dream Horse Press

Or, you can submit your manuscript in email, save on postage, paper, and envelopes by paying online at

4. Save the date! Kitty Jospe will be doing a presentation on World Poetry at 1:30 P.M. in the Cops Building of St. John fisher college ( 3690 East Ave. Rochester, NY )  for details email:


Wheeler Hill Poetry Reading
Saturday, August 27 at 3:00pm
Location: 5858 Ridge Road, Avoca, NY 14809

Well that's What came across my desk this week!

I'm still seeing articles about the Page VS. Stage types of poetry
so here's a little poem about that:\

The great debate
By "Laughing" Larry Berger

The story still rages on
divide and conquer rules the day!

Poets have a hard enough time
getting respect as it is ! Let alone if we divide ourselves!

"Reverend" Otis of the Watts Prophets gave me the answer
" Page poets write on paper .
 Performance poets write on the hearts of their listeners!" 
 What more needs to be said on the subject ?
Can we please move on now?

Neat huh? 
if you like that please check out my books:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Hi folks : Boy what a difference a week makes! The stock market has recovered all of last weeks losses, the dollar and The United States of America both still exist, and  I'm now selling in China!  The world is good again!
YAY!  I keep this blog as pretty much an events calender because in addition to selling books and giving readings I make my living promoting poetry related events. Here's a few coming up:

1. Pure Kona this week will feature longtime veteran Libby Varno-Colbert ; her hubby Matt performing as a duo in a set of poetry & improvised music......I expect Electric Bass, Loops &; Drones accompanying Poetry, but cannot say for sure....starts around 8-8.30pm Wednesday, August 17th at The Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street in Rochester NY.

2. Word beat: hosted by Yvonne De la Vega check it out.

3. I got this from my friend J.P. Dancing Bear  of the American Poetry Journal.

4. Moonday East will have a rollicking August reading with Don Kingfisher Campbell, Los Angeles poet/impressario and New York poet, Bob Hart.  Where: Flintridge Books is at 1010 Foothill Blvd, La Canada, CA Date: Sunday, August 21, 2011 Time:  2 pm Open Reading? Yes, come early to sign up for the open reading. Questions?  Email: Visit our website!  More about the poet and more poems at:

5. There back! James "Boomer" Maverick hosts The 9 Th level Tuesdays from 7-9 pm PDT  with a rebroadcast Wednesdays at 5A.M. PDT ( 8:00 a.m. on the east coast) visit!     and check it out!

That's it for the events this week .Here's a poem for you ( Hey, I said I was a poet so the least I can do is prove it right?)

Thank God we survived!
by "Laughing" Larry Berger

The world can change 
in the blink of an eye
We are fortunate if we
have friends to share 
the burden.

The government is an easy target
its big and loud and kind of crazy

But if we did not have it 
there would be chaos
and no one could sleep at night

There would be violence in the streets everyday!
and no place would be safe!

So the next time you rally against the Establishment
remember to thank your lucky stars that you live
in a country that allows you to speak so freely!
and that you didn't get shot in the head for doing so.

Neat huh?  If you liked that please check out the books  ( again hint hint hint!)  Here are the links:!)?dref=2207&store=ALLPRODUCTS&startat=1&keyword=instant+poetry+%28just+add+words%21%29&size=

see you next week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Special post August 10, 2011

Hi folks:  I know usually I post info on what's going on in the world of poetry on this blog but there has been a GREAT  deal going on over the last few days that I feel the need to speak on and so this week might be a little less  poetry and a lot more conversation. Here's what I have to say:

On Friday,  August 5th 2011 after the markets closed Standard and Pours announced that It was downgrading the US credit rating from AAA+ to AAA. Over the weekend everybody was nervous, including me, about how the markets would react. As many of you know I built what reputation  I have by physically "going everywhere"In the Los Angles,CA  poetry scene and over the last 8 years expanding on that from Rochester,NY. While through the magic of the Internet I've gotten to know people in  Punjab, India, Madrid, Spain and Shanghai, China     I'm still basically a US poet and if the economy tanks that badly I'm out of business!

 I gotta to tell you I let out a huge cheer when the market closed ONLY 635 points down on Monday!  I was expecting it to be a 1200-3,000 point drop myself!  What a difference a few days makes !  Today as I write this blog the Dow is up 200 points and treasury securities are selling like hot cakes. This might even make up
for some of the losses and allow the US government to actually pay its bills for a day without needing to borrow money.

Why should poets care about all this ?

Well , having spent the last 18 years in the buissnes, I can tell you that yes YOU CAN make a living in poetry! You may not become a millionaire, but you can pay your bills, create books/CD's, put food on the table and gas in the car.  Now more than ever poets need to mark the changes in the world . Even if you don't want to make a living at it.  Poetry has carried the message of the times for eons and should continue to do this. Even if you just use what I've shared in this blog you should have material for a few poems anyway!

So go to your local readings  and support your local poets  
 Now more than ever we need to
keep writing and performing!  Thank you for listening and letting me get this off my chest!

Here's one or two things you might want to check out:

1. Mondays at the Tango Cafe: 389 Gregory St, Rochester NY. Poetry, Comedy , music and whatever. 8-11P.M. EDT. See you there.

2.I just got a Challenged to write an all purpose birthday card  ! You write something too!

Lastly , In the event of the fact that you cannot find some other poet to support by buying thier books here are the links to mine. ( hint hint hint!) :

 see you next week.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer Loving Part 3.

Hi folks : Here's what's up:

Saturday, August 6th · 4:00pm - 7:00pm

G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbott Kinney, Venice CA 90291
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LMU Extension & Write Bloody Press presents BRENDAN CONSTANTINE in the release of BIRTHDAY GIRL WITH POSSUM with DERRICK BROWN &; MARK SAVAGE
at 4 pm at G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbott Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 
2. Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)Tuesday, August 9th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM(Networking and registration starts at 9:00 AM) Mental Health Association / Creative Wellness Coalition 320 North Goodman Street Rochester, New York (585) 325-3145 x 142 (Call to reserve a spot by August 5.)

3.Date: Monday (Moonday) August  8, 2011 Time:  7:30 pm Place: 14839 West Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades. (Parking on side streets) Open Reading? Yes, come early to sign up. We start on time!
Questions?  Email:  More about the poets and more poems at:
4. The Tango Cafe has moved its open mic to Monday's. still 8-10 p.m. come on down ! The Tango Cafe: 389 Gregory St.
Rochester, NY . call for info (585) 260-9005    

5.Sunday, August 14, 2011 Doors open at 7:00pm - Reading begins at 7:30pm

The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027 (east Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of Hollywood &; Hillhurst) 21 and over only. RSVP at rhapsodomancyla at gmail dot com (RSVP not required, but appreciated)
$3 suggested donation at door. There will be a cash bar.
This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.


Sunday, August 21 · 2:00pm - 4pm

Ross Art Gallery, Skalny Welcome Center
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY

Created By

ForRochester Poets New Group

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Dear Rochester Poets Members & Friends,

Join us on Sunday, August 21, for a reading and book signing by poet MARK POVINELLI, followed by our usual open mic. ,

Mark Povinelli was born in Buffalo and grew up in Louisiana. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and his Masters degree form Syracuse University.

He's the author of two books of poetry, "Hunting for Box Turtles" and "Disconnections" (this fall). He's also the author of the book "Gram Water, an exploration of image as verse.

Mark was a founding member of the art collective F.A.S.T. (Free Art Society Trend), and an artist-in-residence at Syracuse University in 2006. He's the father of three children and has lived in the central New York area since 1998.

The reading is FREE, and refreshments and muchies will be served.

See you there,

Lots of stuff going on this week! Here's just one more:

7. 8/11/2011 7-9 PM EDT. at the Barnes & noble in Pittsford Plaza (3349 Monroe Ave. Rochester,NY 14618 (585)586-6020) will be Rochester,NY's first ever ESP reading ! No , you don't have to be psychic, just bring a typed poem and put it in the pile ! ESP stands for Everybody Swaps poetry. see you there ! 

Whew !  Sorry, no room for a poem this week ! but here are the links to my books:



see you next week!