Monthly Archives: March 2009

3/25/09 – Mother Tongue!

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue – a trio of women poets who have traveled the world in search of and in support of the written and spoken word. Valerie Lawson, Elizabeth Thomas, and Faith Vicinanza have been on various and multiple national poetry slam teams and stages, visiting artists in schools, competed side by side in the first Women of the World international poetry slam in Detroit in 2008, are widely published, and occasionally perform together as Mother Tongue. Don’t miss their Connecticut debut at Wednesday Night Poetry. For more information about each of the poets in this troupe, go to their websites at,, and

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Posted by on March 25, 2009 in * Past Features


3/18/09 CT Slam TEAM slam


Slam Master: Dan

At least two National Slammers will be in house! Come watch, come SLAM, come judge. START MEMORIZING YOUR POEMS!!!!! GET BUSY!!!

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Posted by on March 18, 2009 in * Past Specials


3/11/09 – Tad Richards



Soon, all my stories
will be told backwards.
My ingénue will
find love in the first act.
Deflowered in the second,
by the third, she is writing
entries in her journal:
boys she identifies
with cryptic nicknames.

And I’ll learn too late
lie and deceive,
yet use this knowledge
for purposeful blackmail:
I’ve slept with their wives,
serially or in pairs,
winning their trust
with pears and figs

HOST: Robin
Tad Richards is the author of two full-length books of poetry (My Night With the Language Thieves and Situations: a Novel in Verse) and three chapbooks (The Gravel Business, The Map of the Bear, and most recently Take Five: Poems in 5/4 time), all from Connecticut’s Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press. He has also written about poets and poetry for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry and The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry. A song, “Banks of the Hudson,” co-written with the Hon. John Hall (D-NY), can be downloaded from His two most recent works are Film Noir, a book of drawings, and The Rocklins, a collaboration at a distance of 60 years with his stepfather Harvey Fite, creator of Opus 40 ( His website is, his blog He is featured on the Italian web anthology of American poetry Fieralingue Two of his poems can be found online in the current Salt River Review and two more in the current Iowa Review (Winter 2008-9).

He will probably bring his guitar to the reading. 

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Posted by on March 11, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


3/4/09 – THE BOUNCE! a Quaker style open myk!

The Bounce – term coined by Coin Appraiser and poet Rich Hemmings, in his York County PA reading Poetry Brew. The idea is:

1) Everybody brings a pile of their poems.
2) Somebody reads a poem….
when he or she is done
someone who thinks he has a poem that SPEAKS to the previous poem
stands right up to read it – without introduction or signup.
3) When he or she is done, somebody else reads a poem that speaks to the second poem
etc etc etc……
We need a lot of willing readers, willing to think about the previous poem – and offer one of theirs that comments on it….. Come and try this crazy wonderful ORGANIC open myk style…..
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Posted by on March 4, 2009 in * Past Theme Nights

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