Tooth Telling See at the Literary Cafe

I did something yesterday that I haven't done in a long time. I Googled "John Burroughs poetry" and clicked the Videos tab to see what came up (since I'm supposed to send a performance clip to an event organizer and I wasn't sure which to send). In the process, I discovered a video I didn't know existed of me reading at the Literary Cafe in Cleveland during an event hosted by Writing Knights on 6 October 2012.  Thanks to Lit proprietor Andy Timithy for recording and posting it!

The first (short) poem, "Tooth Telling," was written at the Literary Cafe in 2008 as part their pad-pen/pen-pad thing where hosts Steve Goldberg and Nick Traenkner encouraged open mic participants to write and immediately read impromptu poems.  Writer's Digest published an early version of it in the 2009 Valentine's Day anthology Red Heart :: Black Heart.  The latest version will appear in my new chapbook, It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change, to be published in June 2013 by The Poet's Haven.

The second poem, "See," was written on 9 October 2009 at the Literary Cafe, lost for several years and then rediscovered last summer when I finally bought Microsoft Word for my current laptop and could again open and read files I'd transferred from my old laptop.  "See" appears in my 2012 book The Eater of the Absurd (published by NightBallet Press) combined with two poems called "Leave" and "Land" (get it?) to form a long piece I call "Lit (er, a Tour)."  I was beginning to read "Leave" where this clip cuts off.

At least half a dozen of my poems had their genesis at the Literary Cafe. One is the aforementioned "Land" (although "Leave" was written elsewhere). Another is "The Wanterror," which first appeared in a 2009 issue of Admit2 before being incorporated into my 2012 chapbook Barry Merry Baloney (published by Spare Change Press).

I'm gonna be headlining another Writing Knights poetry event at the Literary Cafe on 6 April 2013.  I hope you'll stop by and discover for yourself (though most of you already know) what's so damn special about the place.

Literary Cafe
1031 Literary Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 308-1962

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  • 3/5/2013 11:46 AM Christina wrote:
    The Lit Cafe event on April 6th.. is not on the Poetry Calendar ....
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    1. 3/5/2013 5:35 PM Jesus Crisis wrote:
      Neither is my March 14th feature at the  Slow Train in Oberlin.  I'll try to get those posted tonight.
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      1. 3/6/2013 9:06 AM chris wrote:
        was unaware of your reading in Oberlin.. best of luck on that. Would love to get down for something sometime... but will be doing an orthopedic visit with Dick that particular day to see if his cast will be ready to come off... You never know.. I might surprise folks and show up at something soon once fate allows it... and legal issues are finished. I can't wait to hear you read some of your newer work..

        best wishes Mr. B..
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        1. 3/7/2013 8:55 AM Jesus Crisis wrote:
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