Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Poetry Saturday, September 6

Sat. Sept. 6 Haiku Potluck and writing session

From Shirley Blackwell, Rio Grande Valencia Chapter of the New Mexico Poetry Society:

Last call for RSVPs for Sat. Sept. 6 Haiku Potluck and writing session! Please respond to Shirley Blackwell by Thursday evening, Sept 4, ASAP, and include your telephone number so that she can call you on Friday if Saturday looks like a bust.

Sat. Sept. 6, noon to 4:00 pm, at the home of Shirley Blackwell, 18 Blackberry Lane, Los Lunas 87031, a Haiku potluck luncheon and writing session with a mini-refresher on Japanese poetry forms, and writing session. There is an option for the group to submit their haiku to Jim Applegate, editor of small canyons haiku anthology and Coordinator of the SW Region of the Haiku Society of America. The deadline for submissions to the anthology has been extended to October 1. If you can't make the potluck but want to submit, you can send up to 10 poems for $10 (covers cost of the anthology--make checks out to Jim Applegate) to Jim at or snail mail to Jim Applegate, editor, sc3, 601 Fulkerson Drive, Roswell, NM 88203

Shirley will provide beverages and serving utensils, plates, napkins, etc. Please let her know via e-mail at or by calling her at 505-565-1806 if you will attend. Need directions? Post request in comments.

Bob Reeves at The Treehouse Saturday night 9/6

Sat. Sept. 6, 7 pm, The Treehouse reading series features poet Bob Reeves, 2nd floor of Sumner & Dene Gallery, 517 Central Ave NW in downtown Albuquerque. Signup begins at 6:30 for Open Mic at 7 pm, feature at approx. 8 pm

(Please note this is a change from their usual 2nd Saturday date in order not to conflict with the STIR Festival)

Here’s what organizer Adam Rubenstein says:

BOB REEVES has been a somewhat indigestible part of the Albuquerque poetry scene unsteadily since 1993. All the while he's managed to pull off a suspiciously authentic masquerade as a part-time professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at UNM and CNM, but keeping under the radar enough to publish his poems in such places as Fulcrum, Arsenic Lobster, Skidrow Penthouse and Permafrost. He edited the local zine Willow Street in 2000-2001 and helped produce Central Avenue from 2002 to 2007. His girlfriend and two cats allow him to live in their house, where he watches way too many movies.

A sample of his work:

two kids

he’s one
& keeps saying his sister’s name
over & over

she’s three
& keeps answering “What!”
with more & more annoyance

she’s learned
that names are beckonings

he’s only learned
that names are bursts of praise

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