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Jackie Sheeler Teaching "Putting It Out There,"
a class at the 63rd Street
Y during the Winter & Spring sessions.
It's a workshop for non-slam poets interested in performing their
work, who need just a bit of help in getting started. Poem selection,
poem delivery and venue selection, choosing the right mix of poems @
the right venues, overcoming stage fright, pacing and modulation, rhythm
and silence -- how to introduce – or not introduce! – your work, audience
assessment and tailoring readings on the fly. The ten-week workshop
meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:45 starting January 8th and concludes
with a public performance by all students at The Bowery Poetry Club.
To learn more, attend the "Meet the Instructors" night at the Y on December
18th (about 7:30pm). The Writers Voice is at 5 West 63rd Street, just
off Central Park West. To register, call 212-875-4124 or email.
The News from Poems with Angelo Verga
Mondays 7:00-8:30pm (please note: I will be available till
9 PM). January 14 first class 10 weekly sessions CPLP 104, members $200/non-members
$225. Can a poem be "political" and still sing to the depths of the
soul? Together we will explore the impulse to invent forms, such as
newspaper poems, crime poems, photo poems, lists and advertisements,
and also use writing exercises to unleash hardcore, gut themes. We will
also work on performance, and getting into print, with an eye toward
the class doing a group reading at a major downtown poetry venue. Instructor
Angelo Verga's poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies,
including the Village Voice, Graffiti Rag, Chiron Review,
Rattle, Hanging Loose, and The Massachusetts Review.
Verga has two collections of poems, Across the Street from Lincoln
Hospital and The Six O'clock News. Mr. Verga is the curator
of spoken word and poetry events at the Cornelia Street Cafe. For more
information on programs, please call Veronica Golos at 212-780-0800=
ext. 255, or e-mail Veronica
Golos . To register for classes, call 212-780-0800, ext. 0. All
classes have a 10-person minimum enrollment.
Fiction, Screenwriting, and Poetry Workshops
taught by published fiction writer and poet. (Product of
Columbia's grad writing and NYU's grad film programs; credits in The
Christian Science Monitor, Essence, and many award-winning
literary reviews; teaching experience at UC-San Diego, U of Hawaii,
NYU, U of Alabama, SUNY, and CUNY.) Classes emphasize mastering form
-- example, character, plot, setting, and point of view for fiction
-- and are part lecture, part analysis of great works (past and present),
part positive, instructor-led workshopping of participants' writing.
Open to motivated students of all levels and ages, these classes remove
the mystery from writing, and assume there are no pieces of writing
that can't work, only abandoned pieces. $25 per three-hour class. Free
introductory class and pay-as-you-go option. Contact email@example.com.
Henry Singer's Hollywood Diner Story
I have a story that I want to share, and that I think you
Last night I was in a bar called the Hollywood Diner, here in South
Jersey. At about 9:30pm I excused myself from the bar to use the men's
While I was in the relative quiet of the men's room, I decided to call
my wife to see how she was feeling, because she hasn't been feeling
well lately. Standing next to me at another urinal was a 72- or 73-year-old
man who was wearing white pants and a tight red golf shirt.
While I was speaking on my cell phone, he turned to me, without provocation,
and said "This guy thinks he's so important that he needs to talk on
his cell phone while he's urinating." He was careful to enunciate the
I wasn't in the best mood, so I turned to him, abruptly, and said, "Shut
up, you old fuck, or I'll break your fucking neck and leave you dead
on the men's room floor."
To which he replied, "Yeah? Well, I haven't killed anyone since Korea."
He then assumed a pseudo karate/martial arts pose, maintaining this
posture for several minutes, apparently ready for whatever action he
thought I might take. His red shirt was riding up over his pasty stomach,
and then he coughed.
Laughing, I left him, in his pose, and notified the management.
Various Writers' Anonymous Hawkish Opinions, Submitted, As We Said,
Anonymously, Since Everyone In PoetryLand Seems to be Pro-Peace at the
(AP) -- Osama bin Laden's spokesman on Tuesday called for a holy war
against U.S. interests everywhere and praised the hijackers who flew
planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon for their "good deed."
"America must know that the storm of airplanes will not stop and there
are thousands of young people who look forward to death like the Americans
look forward to life," said Sulaiman Abu Ghaith said.
can't we just all get along?
how about a big group hug?
can't we talk it out?
Links, All Terribly Interesting
Can We Have Our Ball
Men Who Look Like
(you didn't think it would be all literary,
final thought from Rick, Our Patron Saint
new motto: Anthrax,
when detected early, can be treated in 10 days. Oddly, that's the exact
same amount of time that I was directly exposed to Darva Conger. And,
so far, I've learned of no known treatment for the side effects from
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