The following is courtesy Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP):
The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months. Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.
Monday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. – Carrie Shipers and Jim Pollock
Carrie Shipers’s poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Laurel Review, New England Review, North American Review, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ghost-Writing (Pudding House, 2007) and Rescue Conditions(Slipstream, 2008), and a full-length collection, Ordinary Mourning (ABZ, 2010). She currently teaches English at UW-Marshfield/Wood County in Marshfield, Wisconsin. A sample poem:
Living Among the Dead
I expected mist or fog drifting, not this hard
Hopper light, a sun I can’t see shining
on and through. I’d imagined the dead
living in houses, or something like houses,
imagined them having lives—loved ones,
laughter, meals to prepare. Across the plain
I saw a high school classmate who was killed
by a grain auger. I called his name.
He turned, waved, walked on. I watched
his legs scissor the ground’s slow unfurling,
wondering if he’d forgotten me,
if I’d forgotten some teenage grudge
he’d died holding. When I caught up to him,
I asked how he was. All right, I guess.
The weather’s a little dry. He nodded
toward what might have been the horizon.
Have you seen your dad? I asked. Not yet.
I heard he’s here somewhere. If the dead
have ghosts, it must be the living
who haunt them. A murdered woman called me
by her husband’s name. I’m not the man
who killed you, I said as gently as I could.
I know, she said. If the dead hunger,
it isn’t for revenge. Like them,
I have no need to eat, though I’d like
to feel bread tearing between my teeth,
blueberries snapping open on my tongue.
My hands hang useless on their hinges.
There’s little here that can stand our touch.
Jim Pollock, Stevens Point, is the author of the chapbook, “Ashes and Sparks” and has had poems published in Free Verse and the WI Poets’ Calendar. He is the poet’s voice in the Gallery Q Artists’ Cooperative Project, Verse & Vision, from which artists selected poems, including Jim’s, for illustration which later appeared together in a gallery show/reading and a book of the same name. In partnership with the Sanders family who owned the Fox Theater in Stevens Point, he started the Haiku Marquee project and was awarded a Woodrow Hall First Place Award of $500 to launch it. He also founded a poetry open mic in Stevens Point last year. Previously, he taught English in colleges, prisons and on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. A sample:
Could It Be Madness — This?
The right to own
a musket flintlock front loader
kept in the corner of a cabin
needing a single lead ball
powder-wad tamped tight
to fire at with any hope of accuracy
a target no more than ten paces away.
The right to own
a musket used for venison or squirrel
wood stove or root cellar essential
a musket ripped out of pioneer hands
by red-clad enemy
following decrees from a foreign land.
The right to own
two hundred years since
a weapon armed with thirty round clips
of torpedo-shaped projectiles
spiraling through a burning barrel
exploding as they hit
no venison no squirrel no invading army
only school children in its sight.
ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013
Aug 19 Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein
Sept 19 Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie
Oct 21 The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer
OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS
JULY 10 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES GARY JONES: On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free. 7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim. For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.
JULY 23 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES LISA VIHOS: The poetry of Lisa Vihos has been published in various small presses and online journals including Big Muddy, The Camel Saloon, Seems, and Verse Wisconsin. She has two chapbooks and one Pushcart Prize nomination. She is an associate editor at Stoneboat and an occasional guest blogger for the Best American Poetry digital. The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love. Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.
JULY 23 (TUES), THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTER IN APPLETON FEATURES GARY GLAZNER & THE ALZHEIMERS POETRY PROJECT CELEBRATION: Residents and staff who have participated in the three-month long Appleton Poetry Project invite the public to join them in the culminating celebration of their poetry-making. The celebration will take place on July 23 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Ogilvie Hall at the Thompson Community Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, go to www.alzpoetry.com or contact Gary Glazner at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants in the Appleton Poetry Project live and work at Brewster Village, Appleton Health Care Center, Fox River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Valley VNA Senior Services, and Bridgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Residents and staff will present well-loved classic poems and originally created works. As a highlight of the event, New York poet, Gary Glazner, the internationally acclaimed founder and director of the Alzheimer Poetry Project, will lead the audience in the creation of a new poem.
This will be a high energy, fun event with lots of audience participation. It will highlight the creativity of people living with memory loss in long-term care. This event is sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, and the Fox Valley Memory Project.