“Repetition” is a poem I’ve been working on for a little while. This is a freestyle version with Shannon Hoover on bass and Matt Dingledine on guitar. The gig at the Five Forks branch of the Greenville Public Library, back in April 2019, was sponsored by the library. They reached out to the Greenville Jazz Collective to provide a program of jazz and poetry, so then the GJC reached out to me for the poetry. I would still like to work on an arrangement for this piece, especially including some percussion, and then record it…
I met my husband Tony, a poet, when I was hosting Listen & Be Heard Open Mic in Vallejo, CA. He appeared to be trying not to be noticed, but after creating a sensation on the mic, he stood out in the crowd. I tried to act like he wasn’t going to rock my world, but he did anyway. After that fated meeting we published Listen & Be Heard Weekly together and opened Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe in downtown Vallejo. We had to close shop with the downturn in the economy, and I followed him to his hometown Greenville, SC.
He always told me that Greenville was a beautiful and unique city and he was going to move me there one day. And I’m glad I did! Greenville is indeed a rare gem, and in the five months that I have been living here, I’ve seen many signs of a flourishing arts community.
On Saturday December 12, at 7:30pm we will make our arrival official with a poetic performance in the theatre at the Coffee Underground in downtown Greenville. We have distinctive styles, quite different from each other. Both improvisational fun and the culmination of the decades of spoken word performance between the two of us, what happens when we come together is synergistic and transformative.
We look forward to sharing the excitement with friends, family and poetry lovers in Greenville. The Coffee Underground serves dinner and desserts and of course espresso drinks, coffee and tea. Seating is limited to fifty. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended, and will be available at the counter, at the Coffee Underground.
Last week when our new issue went live on March 26, 2008, some very strange things happened which brought the entire site down for a little while, and left it only semi-functional for a few days. Now, although we are fully functioning again, with a few little bugs, we are missing our entire last issue from our database, because somewhere in there we were hacked. I may make the effort to restore the missing content, but that will not be possible this week. Thanks for all the comments left on my letter from last week, which are now gone along with the article…
The madness and mayhem on-line occurred while in the real world Tony and I were in our next-to-last week at Listen & Be Heard Poetry Café. There was still one more Metaphysical Muse event last Thursday. Then on Friday was a very memorable final open mic. And on Saturday, we had a pot-luck closing party. I say the next-to-last-week because this week is all about clean up and clean out before we can move on.
This Saturday from 10am-2pm you can come around to Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe one last time for our Yard Sale. Everything must Go!!! So please call your friends and come buy up the cutlery, cups, art, books, cd’s, furniture, office equipment and more.
This publication, Listen & Be Heard Weekly, is also now in a state of clean up and clean out. You can expect with my new found free time that I will be examining what is good and bad about the site, and developing it into what will probably be a virtual poetry café. But for now, I’m going to continue sweeping and sweating until the final task is completed and we turn the page on the chapter called Listen & Be Heard Poetry Café.