Monthly Archives: January 2008

1/30/08 a Screaming Good Open Mic


Terry McLain has proposed a “Screaming Out the Window” theme! Woohoo!

Ginsberg “Howl”ed, and this is a night for it! A night for poets as pundits, for ranting, raving and rhyming… for rhythm, rap, ‘n rhetoric. Bring your irony and your ire (your alienation and your alliteration too). Be sure not miss this….

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Posted by on January 30, 2008 in * Past Theme Nights


1/23/08 Kim Bridgford

Kim Bridgford

Kim Bridgford


The raven turned, and offered up an eye,
the blue-black of his shoulder like a drape
that shivered with a sorcerer’s escape,
or with the layered look of poetry.

One thing could be another thing, or all—
the way the eye could speak for who he was,
while being grounded in the physical.
Between the two was metamorphosis.

He perched on SUVs where families thrilled
to watch him preen. A horn, and then he rose,
his movements like the putting on of clothes.<
The poem is like this: both the moment stilled,
and all anticipation hanging there.
the poem’s the raven once he’s in the air.

* previously published in The Iowa Review

Kim Bridgford is a professor of English at Fairfield University and editor of Dogwood and Mezzo Cammin. Her books include Undone, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; Instead of Maps, nominated for the Poets’ Prize; and In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records, winner of the Donald Justice Prize. She is currently working on a three-book poetry/photography project with visual artist Jo Yarrington, focusing on journey and sacred space in Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan. She is the Connecticut Touring Poet for 2007.

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Posted by on January 23, 2008 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


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1/16/08 – “So What’s New?” Open Mic


So, What’s New?” on 1/16/08. 3 featurettes, will read poetry that was a part of a new movement that somehow expanded the poetic universe. And we will ask Open Mike readers to somehow address the concept of new — hopefully by not just reading a new poem, but a poem that takes them in a new direction, or adding something they have never done before in their reading. If they have never sung in public, this is a time to try. If they usually stand still while reading, try reading while jumping, or running in place. Bring a prop. It’s a new year! Expand!

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Posted by on January 16, 2008 in * Past Theme Nights


1/9/08 – Mary Elizabeth Lang

Former host of the monthly series at the Cafe Internationale in Cheshire, member of Artemis Rising, MARY ELIZABETH LANG is a native of Connecticut who has been writing poetry since the age of seven. She has published poetry in Connecticut Review, The Prose Poem, Underwood Review, Connecticut Artists, and High Tide. She has written a number of nonfiction articles for newspapers and magazines, and has coauthored two books on child and family issues. Ms. Lang now teaches writing at Southern Connecticut State University. She is amateur naturalist and environmental advocate, a member of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association, and a fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project.

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Posted by on January 9, 2008 in * Past Features


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1/2/08 Field Trip: Cecilia Woloch & Carmen Palmer 7PM

The first Wednesday of the new year is a WNPS field trip – which means we are not meeting at our usual location at Molten but are having a joint event with Western CT State University’s English department which will take place at Alumni Hall on the downtown campus of the college.

Following a 45 minute open mic starting at 7p.m., Cecilia Woloch and Carmen Palmer will read their work. Ms. Woloch (Cecilia is a Writer in Residence in the M.F.A. program and author of several poetry titles, including “Tsigan,” “Late”and “Sacrifice.” She directs Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and the Paris Poetry Workshop. Ms. Palmer is a poet and graduate of WestConn’s M.F.A. program. She is poetry editor or the Miranda Literary Magazine and currently lives in Puerto Rico.

The event is part of the college’s annual winter literary festival. (Check out the link for other tasty events that week.) Come early – the open mic is just 45 minutes long and starts at 7PM sharp. Alumni Hall which is a little, white former-church building, and there is guest parking to had in a visitors lot off White Street in Danbury.

In regard to parking I found this on the University web: VISITOR PARKING ADVISORY: Western Connecticut State University offers several convenient, centrally located parking spaces for visitors…Midtown visitor parking is in the lot next to Old Main and in designated spaces next to University Hall. From 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. parking in the university’s White Street and Fifth Avenue garages is restricted to students, faculty and staff with hang-tags and/or parking stickers. At all other times on Monday through Thursday; visitors are welcome to park in the garages.

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Posted by on January 2, 2008 in * Past Features, * Past Specials

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