Georgia Wilder hosts a monthly poetry-reading series at the Poetry Jazz Cafe, 224 Augusta Avenue and I am excited to be on the two feature readers in July; the other feature is Stedmond Pardy, who has written two chapbooks and “conjured two spoken-word CD’s”. There is also an open mic (12 spots, 3 minutes or less per poet), and there will be poetry books for sale and as prizes. Doors open at 6:30; readings start at 7:00. (I am on first).You can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks there — please do not bring your own! — and Georgia provides free snacks. Please join us for a Mid-Summer Night’s Poetry Reading in the Kensington Market area.
Listen to Ellen reciting poetry.
“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.” White Queen to Alice, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll.
peach and gooseberry
sweet-tart on the tongue
spread on toast, muffins,
bagel with raisins
and cinnamon –
spice of the sabbath
now her body is jamming
itself, cells stuck and clogged
blocking the vital
flowers jam in the garden,
jazz musicians gone wild,
cacophony of tulips
trill of daffodil
violin tones of violets
and weeping redbud,
one gooseberry bush
bursting into flower
to be picked.
Ellen S. Jaffe, 2016
for Sharon H. Nelson (2 January 1948 – 12 June 2016)
published in Persimmon Tree, Summer 2017
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