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Odd Words September 22, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.

I always forget something when I do this too early in the morning. See below for added events in italics?

It’s Arthur Guinness Day and I spent too much of yesterday listening to Democracy Now!’s coverage of the Troy Davis execution and I could use a pint now, Mr. Guinness but it’s early so instead, how about a little Seamus Haney instead? If you’re not familiar with Author Guinness Day, pop into your favorite Irish (American) “pub” and ask what they’re doing today? If you get a blank stare, find yourself a new local.

& Tonight poet, musician and activist John Sinclair will perform at 17 Poets! along with Simon Pettet. Trembling Pillow Press, the publishing house of 17 Poets! organizers Dave Brinks and Megan Burns, have just published Sinclair’s latest book SONG OF PRAISE HOMAGE TO JOHN COLTRANE. Sinclair, who has made his home in Detroit, New Orleans and now Amsterdam, has had a long and colorful career not only as poet but as DJ, a founder of the White Panther Party, manager of the band MC5, political prisoner, and musicoligist. If you missed him at the Ogden last Thursday you had best get yourself downtown tonight, Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm at the Goldmine Saloon.

& Also tonight, Octavia Books may have to clear out the folder chairs when they host Neal Pollack, author of STRETCH: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude, the “a hilarious true account of an overweight, balding, skeptical guy’s unexpected transformation into a healthy, blissful yoga fiend.” Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., Octavia Books.

& On Saturday, New Orleans will participate in 100,000 Poets for Change, a sort of vague (it’s organized by poets) viral event in which poets gather all across the nation to, well, probably read poetry. And drink. All in the name of change, which poets never have enough of and which America could use some of. What can poets do? How about run a national gracefully, with a commitment to democracy and justice? Look up José Luis Bustamante Rivero and Leopold Sedar Sengho. I will bring the Molotov cocktails. (It’s a drink. Relax) Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Fortier Park (the little, triangle pocket park at Mystery Street and Esplanade Avenue).

& Also on Saturday (and omitted from the first posting; tracking all this stuff down is hard) Tekrema Center for Art and Culture will host SoulSpeak Afrobeat Partym The first of its 2011-2012 performance series, with a jazz poetry set with Sheldon “Shakespear” Alexander, a live performance by the extraordinary Donald Harrison Quartet at 10 P.M. in Tekrema’s Aya Garden. “SoulSpeak Open Mic is for poets, artists, and stevedores.” Food and Cash bar; Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, 5640 Burgundy Strreet Cover $7.

& This weekend The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society will lift glasses in honor of their namesake, William Faulkner on his birthday. Please try to keep your tributes to under 100 dependent clauses. Remember Faulkner House requests an RSVP for their events to faulkhouse@aol.com. Sunday, September 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Faulkner House Books.

& Also this Saturday, Maple Street Book Shop will bring back story time with Miss Maureen, in her magical story time apron, readiong from various storybooks starring pigs, 11:30-12:30. And now I can’t get All The Little Piggies out of my head. Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11:30 am.

&Get your fill of mystery with a two-fer at Garden District Books on Saturday, featuring Rexanne Becnel and her book The Thief’s Only Child and June Shaw, author of Deadly Reunion. Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.

& In other tribute news, on Monday Crescent City Books will be paying tribute to Lafcadio Hearn, who died on September 26, 1904, by reading his work. Bring a Hearn book and something to drink or just bring yourself. There will also be a few Hearn titles available if you don’t have one handy. Any questions, email Michael @ mzell@earthlink.net. Monday Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., Crescent City Books.

& If you can’t get your fill of YA vampire literature, maybe you should check to see if you can see yourself in the mirror. And you should probably get down to Octavia Books to meet author Heather Brewer and pick up a copy of THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD and the new THE SLAYER CHRONICLES. Garlic necklaces optional. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Octavia.

&On Wednesday I’ll be off to Far Algiers to an invitation-only event at Studio in the Woods for a potluck dinner and reading by SitW fellow Benjamin Morris. It’s not open to the public, but I just wanted to give Ben a shout out for being accepted into their artists retreat program.

& I guess it’s safe to post this now that I have my tickets, but the New Orleans Museum of Art is bringing back its Bestoff Sculture Garden performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in October. And, this being in New Orleans, the weather will likely cooperate. This sold out quickly last time (I missed it) so you had best get over the Eventbrite and get your tickets before they are all gone again.

&OK, this isn’t until next Thursday but I was just tickled to find this while doing my usual Internet research to put together Odd Words. Yr Humble Narrator will join Danny Kerwick as featured readers at 17 Poets! Kerwich has just published a new book of poetry, and I’ll be putting out a limited edition chapbook for the occasion.


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