Not this one.
Not whatever this is either (which is in the top 5 Google image search results for “double poetry,” and is also now my desktop background, because WOAH MULLET.)
Rather, we’re talking back-to-back poetry entertainment this weekend in St. Louis:
This Friday, October 11, Whole Foods Town & Country hosts 2nd Friday Notes — a monthly poetry series curated by Dwight Bitokofer featuring two poets and some stellar musical entertainment. This time around, you’ll hear work from myself and Josh Anderson and music from Jan Marra. Josh is great; his work deals with family and relationships in a way that’s both intimate and reflective, and his language has this wonderful subtle music to it. Hearing him read is meditative. The fun begins at 7:00pm.
Then on Saturday, October 12, Words on Purpose rocks Black Bear Bakery with an all-female line-up. I am SO PUMPED to share a stage with Jennifer Tappenden and Kelli Allen — both rock stars in the poetry community. (Jen recently won the RiverFront Times’ Mastermind Award, and Kelli’s work in both poetry and fiction is all over the publishing world.) The reading is free, but if you’re so inclined, you can make a suggested donation of $5 to support St. Louis Bookworks, an organization which gives kids “a safe, supportive place to nurture their creativity and build a sense of commitment and responsibility” by matching them with volunteers who help them write and create a book of their own. Get there at 4:00pm — or a little early so you can snag some baked goodies first!
And you know, I can’t say for sure that 30 Rock cast members/mulletted Yoko Ono/”reflections” won’t be present at either of these events.
Happy Oc-TWO-ber! (See what I did there?)