Sunday, January 29, 2012

Feb 2012 1

Just a few things this week. Here we go!

1. Congrats  to Laurie Jenkins, Trish Pellegrino and the other founders of Focus a new creative space at 495 South Clinton Ave. in Rochester NY.

2. POETRY FESTIVAL SANTA CRUZ takes place on February 12, 2012 at the Cocoanut Grove -- Grand Ballroom (400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz). Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 3:30 p.m.

3. Congradulations to Paul Johnson on his new job as Paul Johnson Assistant Controller for
American Equipment LLC

Just a couple this time. Keep those events coming! Here's this weeks poem:

By  "Laughing" Larry Berger 

Forge a new
Understanding of life
Daily and you'll find that

Neat huh? 

Here's are the book links again:

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 4

Hi folks: things have slowed down a bit this week.
Here's a few though:

1.Artists, Authors, Filmmakers, Musicians, Poets and Vocalists...
The International Festival of the Arts and Culture is seeking Authors, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Poets and Vocalists for our upcoming events. Festivals begin in April and will happen in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Nashville. For details go to or call (313) 446-2262

2.Special thanks to those who responded to last weeks post! Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Here's this weeks poem:

Yiddish Penicillin

By “Laughing” Larry Berger

Chicken soup is simple to make
just throw the chicken in a pot
with onions, celery and carrots
add spices and boil till the meat falls of the bone

Medical science and years of practice have proven
that chicken soup will actually cure 99.9% of cold and flu
viruses out there.

 Problems like cancer
the national debt
over population
diminishing resources
and not enough fresh water in the world
 are beyond the scope of what
Chicken Soup will cure

I guess not everything is supposed to be easy .  
Enjoy ! 

See you next week!

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 # 3

Wow! January 2012  is shaping up to be just as busy as last December! Here's what's up this week:

1. Centric Spotlight - Voodoo Lounge Brooklyn, NY Phone: 646-546-7526 Email:   Address: 138 5th Ave, Between St. Johns and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11217, US    Thursday, January 19th 2012 @ 7pm
Tickets: $7 Before 9PM $10 After 9PM $5 For College Students w/ Valid ID

2.Rob Carney and Tom Holmes poetry reading (1-27-12)Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. –  Rob Carney (from Utah) and Tom Holmes at RIT Liberal Arts Faculty Commons (06-1251), right across from the Wallace Library.RIT Rochester ,NY

3.ABG painter and sculptor R.J. Miller will have a solo exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in The Lab Space from February 3 through March 18. Opening Reception: First Friday, February 3, from 6-10 PM.

4. The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 

CA 90291

5.18th Annual Skyway Open to Benefit the Mental Health Association

Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:30am until 5:00pm Eastview Mall 7979 Pittsford-Victor Road, Victor, NY

 Well,that's about it for this week . Please continue sending me your notices for future 


For those of you who don't know yet, I work as a poet/sales consultant for poets. If you want 

my help getting your book out there, marketing a reading series etc. just e-mail me at 

laughingl@yahoo .com  for rates and scheduling info. 

Here's the new poem for this week:

 I Have a Dream

By Laughing "Larry" Berger

This morning I woke up

in an awful state of depression.

I had no hope 

no joy

and I was totally useless.

Then I talked to a friend who had just gone to see their friend who is in a coma.

They told me their friend can"t even open their eyes and it was sad to watch them just lay 

there with tubes hanging out of them.

 I got even worse myself for feeling depressed despite my obvious lack of this ailment.

I have the use of my hands and feet, fingers and toes, eyes and ears and to some extent my 

nose.  I have 30 years of sales and marketing training which I can put to use . Some folks 

even say I'm a damn good poet.  So what have I got to be depressed about? 

Today celebrates the birthday of a world class leader. One of the few we've had in the last 60 

years or so who actually did everything he said he would do and inspired millions to 

carry on his vision .  I went back to sleep and dreamed that everything would be okay. So  

far at least that dream came true. 

Thanks for letting me write this this week. It may not be my best poem but It's one 

I needed to write.  Here are the book links.

see you next time. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 # 2

Hi folks,  well here we are again. Let's get right to it shall we:

1.  Just a couple of weeks left before my Presentation on how I do poetry improv called  "Instant Poetry (just add words!)  The break down: 1-3 P.m. Wednesday 1/25/12  at the Creative Wellness Center (320 N.Goodman St, Suite 301 Rochester, NY. )  want to come? call (585)325-3145 to reserve your space!

2. Arcade Poetry Series  Oxnard Carnegie Art Museum 424 South C Street, Oxnard, CA Host: Jackson Wheeler
all reading start at 7pm January 14 Lance Lee and Sojourner Kinkaid-Rolle

3. Artists Union Gallery poetry every Tuesday at 7:30pm 330 South California Street, Ventura ,CA Host: Phil Taggart

4.Open Poetry Reading Hosted by G. Murray Thomas Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 pm Barnes & Noble Marina Pacifica Mall 6326 E. PCH Long Beach, CA 90803 562-431-2253

5.Moonday East begins the New Year of poetry with Wanda Coleman & Douglas Kearney at Flintridge Bookstore on Sunday afternoon, January 15th at 2 pm.  Where: Flintridge Books is at 1010 Foothill Blvd, La CaƱada, CA.Date: Sunday, January 15,  2011Time:  2-4 pm Open Reading? Yes, come early to sign up for the open reading.Questions?  Email: More about the poets and more poems at:

6. The artists breakfast group's winter show "Hanging out at the Hungerford" 1115 E Main street Rochester NY.Gallery 258 February 3, 2012 6-9 p.m.

7. Palettes & Quills 2nd chapbook contest. For those of you interested in such things

Well, that aught to get you started! I think I have room for a poem this time.

Musings# 389
By "Laughing" Larry Berger

The cable is out
but the bills are paid !
There's food in the fridge
and we're making blueberry pancakes
for breakfast. Yum! 

Life wasn't so bad 
in the days before technology.

People read books and actually talked to  each other! 
well, at least people still read books anyway.

It's funny the things you think about
when the TV isn't working to do your thinking for you. 

Neat huh? Did you catch that Read Books Line? hint hint hint.

see you next time!