Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy fall!

Hi folks: Well, we've made it through summer! Fall is now officaily here! Soon the "Ha-ha"days are coming up! Thanksgiving turkey anyone? Caroling?  Here's what's happening this time:

1. The Art Bar Poetry Series takes place every Tuesday at 8 pm
at Pauper's Pub (second floor), 539 Bloor Street West Buffalo,NY(Bathurst Subway)
Free admission, but we pass the hat for donations.
Click for info: http://www.artbar.org/

2. On Monday night, October 8th we are having a very special Moonday West reading, as we will have achieved our tenth year. We began in 2002 as a modest reading in Seattle's Best in Santa Monica, continued on at Village Books in the Palisades, survived the death of the beloved bookstore and moved forward proudly (and a little sadly) at a beautiful chapel/reading space  just down the street. It has been no mean feat to  keep a reading going this long, especially with the quality and care that are known to Moonday.We are planning a celebration at our regular reading at Aldersgate/Buerge Chapel and this is the first announcement. First of all we have two wonderful features, Peter Serchuk, recently on Writer's Almanac, and Ruth Thompson, brilliant 
seasoned poet, who hails from New York and Hawaii. And we are giving a little extra time in the open reading to R.G. Cantalupowho was one of the founding members of Moonday...and that's a whole story in itself.
Date: October 8th, 2012 Time: 7:30 pmPST
Location: Aldersgate Retreat House in the Buerge Chapel: 925 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Open Reading?  Yes. Email pero@earthlink.net to beat the crowd.

3. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!Autonomous Individuals Network announces
TWENTY THREE SECONDS OV TIME VOLUME 5: in chaos we trust 
a collection ov 23 Second audio tracks  submitted by members ; allies ov AIN23 ; thee 23rd Current for an Autonomous exploration into the Cut Up Method.
(to be released as an audio cut up collage compiled for download & limited edtion CD) SUBMISSIONS FOR VOL. 5 will begin JULY 23, 2012 
PLEASE READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  http://www.ain23.com/23sot.html
Tracks can be sent via Email to: 23SOT @ ain23.com Tracks can be sent by postal means if needed to:
23SOT c/o AIN23
Station West
PO BOX 163138
Sacramento, CA 95816
any questions can be sent to the same Email address listed above

4. Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, Massachusetts
65 James Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01603
Help us launch our monthly word-performance feature with the triumphant return of The Worcester Storytellers. Join us to hear Dave Macpherson, founder of the Worcester Storytellers, feature at the re-launch of the series. Don't forget to bring a story (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose) to share with the crowd during the Open Mic at the beginning of the reading (your own or someone else's work is quite fine).More information can be found at http://worcesterstorytellers.blogspot.com/


Not quite as busy as Last time but still some good stuff huh?  Things have slowed down a little for me and I was actually able to get some sleep last night !   So , I'm going to try and write a poem for you this time. It may not be my best work ever and for that my apologies. However, I do think you'l like it! Remember, If you'd like to join Ilana Haley, Kitty Jospe and the other guest poets who have contributed to this blog just send me an e-mail and I'm happy to talk about it! for quick reference the e-mail address for that is: laughingl@yahoo.com Now here's the poem:

Nuts
By " Laughing" Larry B.

They come in bags now.
Pecans 
Almonds
Pistachios
and more! 

Just like people 
the varieties are endless 
with shapes and textures to please any palate.
However, some nuts are not left whole.
we grind them into a paste
and spread them on toast
like so many children throughout the world 
They are conditioned by their cultures to conform to beliefs that
may not let them experience the world.

On the other hand,
a form of peanut butter called "plumpynut" 
has been known to save the lives of thousands of young children suffering from
starvation and related diseases.

Like the diamond being shaped by the pressure of time these ground nuts are precious jewels
that actually become more valuable than anything.

Sounds crazy doesn't it?

But then again those nuts would be another poem! 

Sorry if you don't like it ! I warned you it may not be my best work.  but if you did  enjoy the poem here are the links to my collection Instant poetry (Just add words!) Third edition: 
You can get signed copies directly from me  for $15.00 (includes S&H charges)
 Send your check or money order to:

Skysaje Enterprise
50 Amesbury Rd
Rochester, NY 14623 

you can also order unsigned copies "off the shelf" from the publisher at:
 http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000187234 

From Barnes and Noble at:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/instant-poetry?keyword=instant+poetry;store=allproduc
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or from Amazon.com.   Amazon also has signed copies avalible for $53.65 as well as the "Off the shelf books.  Here's the link:
 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=%22Laughing%22+Larry+berger


see you next time! 




Friday, September 21, 2012

Holy Halibut ! There is a LOT of stuff going on! Here whats coming up this time:

1. The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce new fellowship opportunities for writers:
James Merrill Fellowships two awards for outstanding American poets with demonstrable financial need. These fellowships are in honor of the literary and philanthropic legacy of the poet James Merrill and are supported by the Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation.
Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship one fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC. This award includes a stipend of $1,250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency.
These are just a few of the 35 fellowships available at our October 1st deadline--other awards include 16 open merit-based fellowships, 2 awards for a parent-artist raising young children, and more. Learn about all of our current fellowship opportunities at
www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.
Applications are due by October 1st, 2012. Apply at apply.vermontstudiocenter.org

2. GENESEE READING SERIES
Tuesday, October 9 ,  2012
7:30 PM,  Writers and Books
$3 members, $6 publ ic
Curated by Wanda Schubmehl                                                      
Two of Rochester's Giants of Poetry together in one Genesee Reading Series on Tuesday, October 9 Norm Davis and Thom Ward 740 University Ave. Rochester,NY

3. Save the date! This years edition of " Laughing" Larry Berger's HA-HA DAY FEATURE will take place on December 27th 2012as part of the Flowetic Rhythm's series at Gallery One Fine Art 2575 E. Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14623 Show starts at 8:00p.m.  and costs $5. includes food and bottled water and one of the hottest open mic's in the area! See you there.   

4.  We have a new web site! visit http://www.skysajeenterprise.com to learn all about our services. 

5. 
This man holds the keys to the wisdom of the 

Universe!”“I’m glad he’s on my side!” 

“Holy crap! This guy really knows his stuff!”

 And these are just some of the comments 

people have made after attending one of the 

presentations by Lawrence R. Berger A.K.A 

“Laughing” Larry B. Join him as he reveals the

 success secrets he’s learned in his thirty 

plus year career as a salesman and thirteen 

years as a nationally renowned performance

 poet as He presents:

Sales and Marketing 101

You’ll learn:

The difference between Sales and Marketing.

 (They are two separate things after all.)

The six types of marketing

The Law of 50/10,000

The three parts of a Sale

The three funnels method

The two basic sales theories

And much, much more!

Special guest speaker Kim Pandina Owner of 

Panda Wear, Kim has being using event 


marketing techniques to promote her business 

at festivals, trade shows and conventions for 


over ten years now making her an unquestioned 

expert in this area of marketing. Join us as 

she shares her secrets

$10 in advance $15.00 at the door. Seminar 

will run from 5-8:30P.m. on October,24 2012 at 

TC Riley’s 200 Park Point Drive Rochester, NY 

14623 Phone: (585) 272-9777 Advance 

registration will close on Saturday October 

20th 2012. To register call: (585) 334 6388, 

Send your check to Skysaje Enterprise: 50 

Amesbury Rd. Rochester, NY 14623 to pay by 

credit card contact Kim Pandina at : 

sales@pandajewels.com

6. I'm basically a street poet and didn't even know this 

existed till my Uncle Lenny sent me the link last night. Who 

knew there actually was an Emily Dickinson Museum? Here's 

the link: http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/?

utm_source=Late+Summer+2012+E-

update&utm_campaign=Late+Summer+2012+e-

update&utm_medium=email


Whew! told ya there was LOTS of stuff going on! here's the links to Instant Poetry (Just Add words!) :


You can get signed copies directly from me  for $15.00 (includes S&H charges)
 Send your check or money order to:

Skysaje Enterprise

50 Amesbury Rd
Rochester, NY 14623 

you can also order unsigned copies "off the shelf" from the publisher at:

 http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000187234 

From Barnes and Noble at:

ts   
     

or from Amazon.com.   Amazon also has signed copies avalible for $53.65 as well as the "Off the shelf books.  Here's the link: ttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=%22Laughing%22+Larry+berger


SEE YOU NEXT TIME! 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Aren't Ilana's poems fantastic?

Hi folks :  Ilana Haley's work just keeps getting better and better doesn't it ? I'm VERY glad she is continuing to post poems on this blog! Do you want to post a few too ? Just let me know and I'll hook you up! Here's whats going on this time:

1. Simple steps for growing your business: a seminar series produced by SCORE  of Rochester. Thursday evenings 6-9 p.m. Dates: October 11,18 and 25th  and November 1st and 8th 2012 . Price $175 for all five seminars in the series . Held at : The Rochester Business Alliance 150 State St. Rochester NY. Registration required. To register or for more info visit: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e65z5d2429c3f920&llr=zsoktncab


2. Current Visual Explorations” by Bruno Chalifour and Howard Koft. Different Path Gallery, 7 Market S:treet, Brockport NYSeptember 7-29, 2012 585-637-5494


3. John Cieslinski, the owner of Books, ETC. on Main Street in Macedon has written a play that will be presented at the first Rochester Fringe Festival. His play is called The Divine Milieu: The Last Confession of Teilhard de Chardin and will be performed by his lifelong childhood friend, Rev. Ed Heidt, on Friday, September 21 at 4:30 pm and Saturday, September 22 at 11:30 am at the Xerox Auditorium downtown. 100 South Clinton Street, Rochester, NY 14604. The entrance for the theater is on Broad St. Congrats John

4. I'l be reading at Books ETC on Sunday September 30th 2012 from 4-6 p.m. I'll be reading along with my guests: Cindy Blair, Frank Judge and Josh Smith. Stop on by 78 W. Main ST.Macedon, NY 14502 
 585-474-4116 See you there! 

5. Sales and Marketing 101.  $10 with advanced Reservations $15 at the door.
This man holds the keys to the wisdom of the Universe!” “I’m glad he’s on my side!”               
“Holy crap! This guy really knows his stuff!” And these are just some of the comments people have made after attending one of the presentations by Lawrence R. Berger A.K.A “Laughing” Larry B.  Join him as he reveals the success secrets he’s learned in his thirty plus year career as a salesman and thirteen years as a nationally renowned performance poet as He presents:
Sales and Marketing 101
You’ll learn:The difference between Sales and Marketing.  (They are two separate things after all.)
The six types of marketing,The Law of 50/10,000, The three parts of a Sale,The three funnels method.
The two basic sales theories and much, much more!
Special guest speaker Kim Pandina Owner of Panda Wear, Kim has being using event marketing techniques to promote her business at festivals, trade shows and conventions for over ten years now making her an unquestioned expert in this area of marketing.  Join us as she shares her secrets $10 in advance $15.00 at the door. Seminar will run from 5-8:30P.m. on October 24 2012 at TC Riley’s 200 Park Point Drive Rochester, NY 14623 Phone: (585) 272-9777  Advance registration will close on Saturday October 20th 2012. To register call: (585) 334 6388, Send your check to Skysaje Enterprise: 50 Amesbury Rd. Rochester, NY 14623 to pay by credit card contact Kim Pandina at :  sales@pandajewels.com

6. 
Apryl Skies is pleased to be honored as the first featured reader of the Valley Poets East reading series commencing on October 7th, 2012. Hosted by Apryl and JR Phillips! This will be a reading series dedicated to highlighting and celebrating some of the most prominent voices in Los Angeles. *May the confetti rain!* Held at the Unitarian Universalist church of Los Angeles 12355 Moorpark Boulevard, Studio city California 91604  
Whew!  a whole bunch of stuff this time! Here is the buying info for Instant Poetry ( Just Add Words! ) 

You can get signed copies directly from me  for $15.00 (includes S&H charges)
 Send your check or money order to:

Skysaje Enterprise
50 Amesbury Rd
Rochester, NY 14623

you can also order unsigned copies "off the shelf" from the publisher at:
 http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000187234 

From Barnes and Noble at:

ts   
   

or From Amazon.com  . Amazon also has signed copies avalible for $53.65 as well as the "Off the shelf books.  Here's the link: ttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=%22Laughing%22+Larry+berger

SEE YOU NEXT TIME! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

SORROW HAS NO VOICE


                 

SORROW HAS NO VOICE



Where were your arms  

when I was still entwined   

in webs of dreams, 

when I reached out to you,  

tiny arms in primordial thirst?  

You turned away and shut the door;  

I didn't know yet   

how to cry your name.   

For years I wandered amongst   

the trees, gathering leaves,  

inhaling the scent of flowers.    

The marigolds withered,  

the narcissus hung its head,  

you were harsh as a barren soil.  

Now you are dead,   

and I am still searching for you,   

lost,  

among   

frozen  

marigolds -




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

VISION




VISION
 (From the collection Songs For A land)

The wilderness and the solitary place 
Shall be glad for them; and the desert shall 
Rejoice and blossom as a rose. 
The desert rose, will welcome us.

She split the stone wide away, 
She gave her heart unto our hands,
A rose, a ruby red and gold, pale pink 
And cream, honey and wine, nectar of peach, 
Orange and lemon.

She welcomed us, painted pale in muted 
Tones of vivid formations
Wilderness wild
Solitary place.

You mystic, men of yore, 
Come here to see our mirage desert 
A long stemmed rose is gladdened 
For them, for us,
She sings she dances and rejoices
In the way of a bride.

For the ground shall become a pool,
The thirsty land springs of water.
Mirage

She lifts her head in song
And bends in swaying,
Rejoices arcs of movement
She welcomes us,
she becomes us,
she becomes me.
I stand away and sway.

Water break out of streams
Of dancing, grass-green reeds and rushes; 
Rushes rushing toward blossoms, rejoicing,
I stand away in silence.

She welcomes me, circles me and whispers
”Anew heart also will I give you, 
A new spirit will I put within you, 
I will take the stony heart out
I will give you a heart of flash, 
Blood and blossoms.“

I place my heart unto her hand, 
She split the stone away, wide away.
Be glad for them O wilderness,
She stand up to rejoice;
I stand up 
We dance and sway and cry and laugh.

THE TIME BEFORE


THE TIME BEFORE

I will return
I will return one day to the land
Where I met him–
There was the hour before.
He did not know that I existed
I didn’t know he was alive.

It was some sort of miracle
That he was alive.
I did not know that the first hour
Or the hour before– that came much later on,
The second hour, or was it the first?
Anyway it is still the time before,
I will return, I will return.
When I return what name shall I give you,
What name?

I shall give you the name Adam
You should love that name,
So should I–it suits you.
I shall love your name, the man you are
(the boy you were)
My Adam who walks this earth.

I can’t give you your name just yet–
I don’t know you yet– it is still the time before.

I wonder what name you will give me
When we wee meet.
They say I have diaspora eyes,
But you cannot call me that.


Anyway, it is still the time before–

poetic conversations: Preview "THE TIME BEFORE"

poetic conversations: Preview "THE TIME BEFORE"

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Congrats Brendan!

Hi : an old friend of mine just got his props as they say in the music biz . Why not in poetry too? Here's what's happening:

1. http://www.pw.org/content/brendan_constantine_finds_poetry_outside_his_window?cmnt_all=1
check out my friend Brenda Constantine's article in Poets and Writer's magazine.

2. This blog was hacked over the Labor day 2012 weekend . Google has assured me it is now safe but please let me know!

3.  Sunday, October 7, 2012 8:00pm in PDT The BURFDAY PARTY OF THE YEAR is just around the corner. Poetri's parties are filled with  celebrity guests, dope poets, incredible comedians and a whole lot of fun. This year Austin Brown (Michael Jackson's nephew) will be taking the stage singing his hit song that has been blowing up everywhere. Also, Yashi Brown, the amazing poet and daughter of Rebbie Jackson. AKA the legendary Jackson family will be in the house. Not too mention Ron G. The funniest man alive! Along with Steve Connell, one of the best poets to ever touch a mic. Yes, this show is gonna be CRAZY! Get your tickets now on Spokenfunk.com.

The Haha Café 5010 Lankershim blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601

4.Keti Sharif's Canada Sep 2012
Keti Sharif is an Australian-born dancer and film producer who has lived in Egypt the last 12 years, where she developed A-Z Belly dance and hosts the Sphinx Festival. She is traveling to 15 cities worldwide on her Farida film screening and Pulse8 Elements training tour. Keti will be visiting Brantford for the day with a fun series of events hosted by Karima Helou– starting from late afternoon until the early evening.The events begin with a free 30 minute talk, followed by a dance workshop and finish with the screening of the Farida film. This is Keti’s first visit to Canada and she is looking forward to meeting the Canadian dancers! For more info or to see Keti’s full tour schedule including Puse8 training USA, and festival events please visit:
4:00pm until 8:00pm www.ketisharif.com, www.pulse8fitness.com
Energy & Essence of Bellydance- free

A-Z Bellydance Creativity - $30 pre-booked online or via Host Karima Helou. $35. on the day

Farida Film Screening- $10 pre-booked online or via event host or $12. on the day

Book via Karima Helou or online via

Paypal on www.ketisharif.com


5..Where... inside Genevas salon 3041 e. 38th st. from 9-11ish with DJ Soul( Adrian DjSoul Mickens) and DJ Big Will(Tony Williams) and I will not forget to mention The Drink Lady(DeNyne BeautiFly Rush), and The Door Lady(StacE' Chanelle) admission is $10 with FREE food, wine, and soda < is Located in Indianapolis Indiana


6. http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/landofsunshine/la-letters/ban-this-and-ak-toneys-elegy-for-dee-black.html#.UEpxdVlLHd8.facebook

Visit site for details.

Whew! there's a lot going on again this week! Still no room for a poem but  here's how to get copies of my book Instant Poetry (Just Add Words! ):

You can get signed copies directly from me  for $15.00 (includes S&H charges)
 Send your check or money order to:

Skysaje Enterprise
50 Amesbury Rd
Rochester, NY 14623


you can also order unsigned copies "off the shelf" from the publisher at:
 http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000187234 

From Barnes and Noble at:

ts   
 


or From Amazon.com  . Amazon also has signed copies avalible for $53.65 as well as the "Off the shelf books.  Here's the link: ttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=%22Laughing%22+Larry+berger

SEE YOU NEXT TIME! 


Sunday, September 2, 2012

On to Autumn part 2

Here's even more stuff:

1.We are looking for well crafted poetry, and black and white art. Send us your art, your poetry, and even your art that goes with your poetry, and all you have poured into it! We want to hear from everyone. It doesn't matter if you haven't published before, or if you are an old pro. It doesn't matter to us how many galleries you have hung in. We just want great work that makes us feel what you are expressing.

We read year-round. Our Summer featured poet is Michael Waters! For more information visit our site,
http://www.ovsmag.com

2. OPENING ARTIST RECEPTION - Saturday September 8, from 5 - 8 PM ARTIST TALK - Tuesday September 18, from 6 - 8:30 PM   176 Anderson Avenue, 2nd FL.,  Rochester, NY 14607 Contact Us -  
T: 585-232-6030 / F: 585-232-8563  W: www.axomgallery.com  

3. Congradulations to Kitty Josep on having one of her poems selected as a finalist in the Goodreads poetry contest. to veiw the poem visit this link:  http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

4.  The US Library of Congress is holding it's annual National  Book Festival  September 22-23/2012 for complete details visit : http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

5. Working Writer is a magazine for and about the craft of writing for pay. for details visit:
 http://www.workingwriter1.com/

6..Want to be a guest poet on this blog?  Send me an Email and let me know ! laughingl@yahoo.com
for a sample of what we're looking for check out the following on this blog: Time of Roses, Perhaps I m Dreaming or Out of the Void  by our most recentr guest poet  Ilana Haley. .


Whew! Tons of stuff going on. Contact me for additional info.  Here are the links to get my book Instant Poetry (Just add words!)

1. http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000187234 

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3. Or you can get signed copies directly from me  for $15.00 (includes S&;H charges)
 send your check or money order to:

Skysaje Enterprise
50 Amesbury Rd
Rochester, NY 14623


See you next time!