Monthly Archives: September 2008

9/24/08 – White Plains National Slam Team

White Plains National Slam Team

Freshly returned from the 2008 National Slam in Madison Wis…  those wild wooly slammers, chair standers, hallway streakers, mannequin suitors and poe(rtry) ho-ho’s from the White Plains National Slam Team – (from left to right) James Joseph, Anne Marie Marra, Sean, (winner of WNPS’s first slam) and our very own Delirious Dan DeRosa! will perform as a team again!  Of course their coach and slam master Mr. PopTart and the renown Ms. Sweetie will lend a hand(s) too.
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Posted by on September 24, 2008 in * Past Features



9/17/08 – Sandra Ebner


Sandra Bishop Ebner, an RN in psychiatrics whose poetry has appeared in various journals including the Poetry of Nursing, belongs to Monday Poets, a Litchfield County workshop group. She has studied with poets Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds and Honor Moore and has won honorable mention in the Comstock Writers’ Group poetry contest and has been published in their literary journal. Since 1991, she’s give poetry workshops at Wisdom House for “Sage Days” and for youth at the elementary level. Her first book is called The Space Between.
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Posted by on September 17, 2008 in * Past Features


9/10/08 – Jean Jacques Poucel

Jean Jacques Poucel

Quiet simply invades

this warm and sunken hull,
ribs verging in
brightest blue tides
Halting almost this merry-go-round
of flower fish chasing the airy light

Stutter-lenses tripping each
second over the celestial blanket,
tricked by light speed
A fragment in self-admiration,
consciousness broken again but
whole-hearted in breaking

Like the discrete mind of a solitary
sea-turtle casting into dark
waters drained of her eggs
Your eye is stretching time’s
rubber-band again, irreverently
unwinding the clocks

Refreshingly, the load always seems
compressed tightest before release

Jean-Jacques Poucel is an Associate Professor of French at Yale University where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature. He is the author of Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (UNC Press, 2006) and co-editor of Pereckonings: Reading Georges Perec (Yale French Studies 105). He is currently writing a study of French lyrical poetry from the early nineties to the present. He has translated poems from the French by Espitallier, Roubaud, Hocquard, Alferi and Forte. According to Mr. Poucel, his own poetry is “unpublished and written somewhere between.”

NOTE: Mr. Poucel has made a special study of a technique called OULIPO which seeks to create endless poetic possibility via mathematics. Click here for an explanation of the technique on

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Posted by on September 10, 2008 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


9/3/08 – LABOR DAY THEME: great work if you can get it

HOST: Robin

Work takes more than we bargain for, sometimes it gives more too. Sometimes it pays. Sometimes we give it away to our families. Sometimes we give away our essential selves to corporate structures or family structures that simply don’t care.. Sometimes we are desperate to work anywhere at all, just to make ends meet, to pay for the roof overhead, to buy supper.

So for this open mic – bring your working papers – (poems, prose, etc)
Bring your workin’ blues and you not workin’ blues to share.

What do you labor at? What do you labor for? What kind of labor?
Do you work for money? For time off? For your own inner vision? For the love of what you do? Do what you love, the adage says… but what if you can’t? What if you HAVE TO TAKE ANY OLD JOB TO PAY THE RENT? WORSE what if you can’t find any old job and don’t have the rent….

So many questions for one open mic theme, Whatever the angle, labor is the topic

(Originally posted in May…. date changed to facilitate the order of events on this blog)
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Posted by on September 3, 2008 in * Past Theme Nights

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