Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Poetry Extravaganza to Benefit Haiti/Chile

image to publicize reading including Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) to benefit Haiti/Chile relief
Please come to -- and/or tell your Bay Area friends about -- this astonishing and rare line-up of poets and performers. Your contribution will help Haiti and Chile recover from their recent earthquakes.

I'm honored to participate!

Collective Poetry Reading by More than 35 Bay Area Poets

A Benefit for the Relief Efforts in Haiti
by Doctors Without Borders / Médicins Sans Frontieres

Also Dedicated to the Victims of Chile's February 27 Earthquake -- And Celebrating César Chávez Day!

Sunday March 28, 2010
7 - 10 p.m.
La Peña
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 849-2568
$10 suggested donation - No one turned away for lack of funds 

Guest Poet:Diane di Prima, San Francisco Poet Laureate

and reading/performing for only 5 minutes each!

Adrián Arias • Alejandro Murguía • Al Young • Boadiba • Carlos Barón • Daniel del Solar • Devorah Major • Dorinda Moreno • Evelie Delfino • Fernando Torres • Francisco X. Alarcón • Francisco Letelier • Genny Lim • Geri Digiornio • Graciela Ramírez • Jack & Adelle Foley • Jack Hirschman • Jennifer Andrea Porras • Jennifer Fox Bennett • Jewelle Gomez • JoAnn Anglin • Joyce Jenkins • Katherine Hastings • La Tigresa (Donna Nieto) • Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) • Lorna Dee Cervantes • Lucha Corpi • Mamacoatl • Marc Piñate • Mary Rudge • Nicole Limón • Nina Serrano • Nellie Wong • Odilia Galván Rodríguez • Paul Lobo Portugues • Rafael Jesús González • Roberto Vargas • Rosa Escamilla • Samuel Iñiguez • Sharon Doubiago


Saturday, March 6, 2010

"I heard a Fly buzz -- "

Emily Dickinson image from Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) blog

Taught my 4th-grade poets Emily Dickinson's great poem

"I heard a Fly buzz – When I died

The Stillness in the Room

Was like the Stillness in the Air –

Between the Heaves of Storm – ..."

They thought it was weird & unsettling. Right! They were more inspired than I'd ever seen them after we wrote a poem together on the board and then wrote in pairs. It's starting to happen. Better to begin in 2nd grade, tho'.