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spacer.gif   Poetry Center of Chicago Loses Touch
Posted by : cj on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 12:51 PM
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Note: Can the Poetry Center progamming get any worse? Can the Poetry Center of Chicago get any more anti-Chicago? CJ Laity is not afraid to speak his mind.

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spacer.gif   THE ORIGINAL AND AUTHENTIC CHICAGO POETRY GOSSIP
Posted by : cj on Friday, June 12, 2009 - 09:05 AM
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Note: Here is the latest poetry news for you.

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spacer.gif   GOSSIP: SLAM POETS SNUB SCHEDULED ONSITE AWP SHOW
Posted by : cj on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 07:50 PM
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Note: Marc Smith, Kevin Coval, Idris Goodmwin and Mark Elevand completely blew off their scheduled AWP panel titled Chicago Poetry Slam. We have photos of the disappointed crowd and the breaking news about what actually happened. NOW INCLUDES A RESPONSE LETTER.

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spacer.gif   MENTAL GRAFFITI INJECTS POETRY SCENE WITH ADRENALINE
Posted by : cj on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 12:42 AM
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Note: Laity checks out Mental Graffiti at Funky Buddha and has a few words to say about it. Click here for full story.

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spacer.gif   PRINTERS BALL GETS BUSTED
Posted by : cj on Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 10:08 AM
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Note: The Chicago Police bust Chicago literature. Click Here for the story.

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spacer.gif   GUILD COMPLEX DIVVIES OUT DINERO DURING POETRY DUEL
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 11:44 PM
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Note: On Wednesday, June 21, the Guild Complex held the 13th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic. Awards. ChicagoPoetry.com's own C. J. Laity was there to report on the big poetry duel. Click here for the complete story.

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Posted by : cj on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 01:25 PM
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Note: Here is the new year scoop on Ink and Ashes, The GuildComplex, The Cafe's Birthday Bash, The PoetryCenter of Chicago, a Sonnet Contest, The Lisle Library, and more. UPDATED: now includes an opportunity from WomanMade Gallery.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 12:46 PM
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Note: Here's the scoop on Doņa Rosita, The Welfare Poets, 3 Guys From Albany, Ana Castillo and Carlos Cumpian, A Carlos Cortez tribute, Poetry at the Wild Hare, and the Illinois State Poetry Society contest winners.

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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:44 PM
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Posted by : cj on Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 12:03 PM
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Note: I'm all moved into my new crash palace and ready to rock and roll. Here's some gossip about Carlos Cortez, Robert Bly and Kenneth Clarke. RECENTLY ADDED: THE SCOOP ON KURT HEINTZ and Discrete's move to Spareroom and the infamous September 11 poetry show!

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Posted by : cj on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 04:55 PM
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Note: Keep up to date with the latest poetry scoops, including news about Beach Poets, The Illinois Poetry Society Contest, Ebony Energy, and Yahale Yadede,

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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 10:26 AM
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Note: Here is the latest juicy gossip, including news on New Jersey's Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Poetry World Radio, The Cafe, and images from the Mirror Ball and the Printers Row Book Fair.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 01:48 PM
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Note: Jill Scott sticks it to the Poetry Center and now there may be a lawsuit on the horizon.

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 07:08 PM
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Note: Click here for the latest gossip about Court Green, Ellen Wadey, Gary Soto and Charlie Rossiter. NOW UPDATED WITH THE LATEST GOSSIP ABOUT FRACTAL EDGE PRESS.

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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 09:47 AM
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Note: The National Endowment for the Arts is establishing a student poetry contest with cash prizes. Click on the headline for this story, as well as the most recent gossip about Quraysh Ali Lansana, Jared Smith and Milk Magazine.

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, February 06, 2005 - 02:06 PM
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Note: An incriminating piece of audio file was uncovered about the publisher of Letter eX. JUST ADDED: a bootleg copy of Laity's new poem: BLOW ROCK. Is this the end of that loudmouth? Click on the headline.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 07:32 PM
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Note: David Kodeski, Anita Loomis and Dave Awl will be among the artists performing for the release party for the new Neo-Futurist book. Click on the headline for details.

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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 05:00 PM
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Note: Brenda Cardenas, Barry Silesky, and Larraine Harrell are among those who got a piece of the pie. Click on the headline for the details.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:17 PM
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Scenes From The Discreet Series


I heard about the hip 3030 W. Courtland space run by The Elastic Arts Foundation from several artists as well as from an article in the Chicago Reader. Finally, I had my excuse to venture out to Humboldt Park to check it out, on Sunday, November 21, the night the Discreet Series presented Matthew Goulish and Charles Bernstein, the 24th event for a poetry series that normally happens on the 2nd Friday of every month. It was a good night to see poetry, and apparently I wasn't the only one who thought so. About a hundred people packed the pews of this old church building.

This venue has a wonderful stage surrounded by walls painted maroon with a black backdrop. It also has a great sounding PA system and awesome lighting. As the readers took the stage, the lights were turned down, so that the entire place was dark except for the poet at the microphone. Cool.

Mathew Goulish of Goat Island Performance Group did a long performance piece about Hamlet, Act One, Scene Five. Well, really it was about a locally known performance artist, the late Lawrence Steger. Goulish's material worked best when he slowed down and zoomed in on the imagery, such as in his description of a man doing a handstand on a chair, or when he played a recording of Steger, who described someone tapping a brass pot pipe into an ashtray. Though the atmosphere in the room might have been appropriate for Goulish's somber eulogy, having known the subject of the story personally when he was alive, I couldn't help thinking Steger would prefer to be remembered with something less sentimental and serious, maybe something a lot more bizarre and cynical.

Charles Bernstein was next. Bernstein has a way of taking a subject that at first seems utterly ridiculous, and he just goes on and on with it until we are forced to accept its significance. In his new poem "Likeness", Bernstein spits out over a hundred short phrases that are mockeries of similis, such as "the Uncle is like the Uncle." Okay. With 22 books to his credit, I guess he can do whatever the hell he likes. In this reading, Bernstein read some material inspired by current events. He (and his daughter Emma) described war as "the first resort of scoundrels," "a five mile hike in a one mile cemetary," "the broken dream of the patriot," and "an excuse for a lot of bad anti-war poetry." Some of his material sounded like song lyrics, such as the whimsical "Doggy Bag." He used his voice in a manner many struggling performance poets would be envious of, deliberately getting closer and farther away from the microphone for the sake of effect during his poem "The Bricklayer's Arms." Bernstein never failed to inspire laughter, such as with his poem "Ballad of the Girlie Man," but all the while there was also a foreboding side to the humor, that left me in a state of deep reflection.

If you would like to know what the Discreet Series is going to be up to next, click here and enjoy the poetry.

--C. J. Laity

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:16 PM
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Have you been wondering why you haven't heard "Spaceman Blues" read at a ChicagoPoetry.com show lately? One of Chicago's favorite poets, former host of the infamous 90s poetry venue Kill The Poets, Jacqui Wolk, has been a bit busy; she gave birth to Eleanor Grace Wones on Friday, October 22, at 9:31 AM. Eleanor weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:14 PM
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Forget the open mic. Forget the frills. Don't expect a slam or a jam. The Myopic Books' Poetry Series, at 1564 N. Milwaukee, gets right to the meat, featuring a Sunday night double feature reading at 7 PM in the bookstore's second floor space. The audience sits between the books, between political science and criticism, between women's spirituality and mythology. They are there for one reason only, to hear some great poetry read by some serious writers. The last time I've seen a poetry audience this polite and attentive was at the Third Saturday Coffehouse in Oak Park. There is an intellectual peace in the Myopic room before the reading, as the thinkers converse. From behind the bay window stage can be heard the sounds of Wicker Park, a saxophone playing, some drunk howling.

The highlight of the October 24 reading was Murat Nemet-Nejat (pictured to the left), the editor of the new anthology of Turkish poetry, Eda (Talisman Press, 2004). His reading was educational and delightful, ranging from poems based on films that he has seen, to religious work, to poems that he has translated into English, written by other Turskish authors.

Myopic Books is the place to see the poets that you don't normally get to see elsewhere. It's a tight hour of poetics that doesn't mess around. And it's free. Can't beat that. Check out the upcoming line-up here.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:12 PM
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The African-American / Latino performance ensemble Universes recent presentation, "Slanguage" (presented for three days in Chicago by the Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the Guild Complex), is definitely at its best when the spoken-word pieces escape the highly choreographed South Bronx version of PBS's ZOOM that holds all the parts together. Using minimal props, moments such as Gamal Abdel Chasten's "Muhammed Ali poem" (during which shadows box) and also his hilarious Bruce Lee bit--or, for that matter, when Ninja, standing inside a square spotlight, demonstrates pure rage as he mimes being trapped in a box--allow raw emotions to come off more naturally and less scripted. The learning-of-our-ABCs variety show interludes are important and do have their sharp moments as well, such as the wonderfully lit subway scenes, or all the chiming in from the silhouettes of cast members waiting in the wings as their comrades take center stage. Marlyn Matias helps to blend the reality-intruding-upon-Sesame-Street theme with her performance of a "SpEnglish" Dr. Seuss tale, and Mildred Ruiz never hesitates to fill in the blanks with her powerful singing voice.

As a team, Universes managed to guide my mind out of the theater and make me feel like I was actually a part of their world at least a half dozen times, which is more than can be said about most poetry theater that I see.

Though Steven Sapp may have been caught off guard at first by what seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm from the audience on Saturday night, the group quickly accepted that, in Chicago, such enthusiasm is not a given, but must be earned. They proceeded to give their fierce talent to us, and by the end of the show, the audience's energy had been transformed from polite applause to a roaring standing ovation.

Enough material is packed into these two hours to fill up several nights at the Nuyorican Cafe. There is rarely a moment for the audience to pause to think as one chunk of urban reality plunges right into the next, making the show as a whole a little difficult to absorb. But, I suppose, getting too much for your money isn't a bad deal at all.

For more about Universes, check out UniversesOnline.com.

--by C. J. Laity, Chicago's most trusted poetry critic

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:08 PM
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This is no illusion. This photo shows only part of The Cafe, at 5115 N. Lincoln, when about 80 people literally crammed in on the evening of Tuesday, July 20. The poetry record of 28 poets set at the first poetry cram was smashed to smithereens, when 39 poets read during The Poetry Cram II, which was a benefit for The 2004 Chicago Poetry Fest; the event raised over $250. Never before was The Cafe so crammed, as when C.J. Laity took to the stage on that rainy night. And the quality of the poetry, ah, the quality . . . was wonderful. I won't bother going into detail, because if you missed it, shame on you.

Now that the record has been broken, the Year of Good Karma can resume; a New Poetry Order has been established. To ensure the good karma flows at ChicagoPoetry.com, Publisher Laity has established a new "parody page," where he will publish his rants and raves from this point on. The new page here at ChicagoPoetry.com can be found only by the domain name e-poet.net or by clicking on that new banner with the toilet at the right of the home page. Now readers will have a choice. Those who wish to keep up with Laity's signature rants can check out his new project, e-poet.net. Those who wish to skip the madness, can concentrate on the uninterrupted Chicago poetry news here at ChicagoPoetry.com. Those who desire both, knock yourself out.

Thank you for reading Operation Poetic Justice. Our mission was a success! Please vote in our poetry contest. And see you at the poetry fest. Solidarity forever!

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:05 PM
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Billy Tuggle at TraceTrace is a bar at 3714 N. Clark, right down the street from Cabaret Metro. They do their "PolyRhythmic" thing on Tuesdays, late, starting at 10:30 PM (though you'd be wise to get there by 10:00 PM if you expect to get a spot on the sign up sheet). Spoken-word is celebrated with massive energy upstairs, in a rectangular room full of mirrors. This is the night spot for twenty-something poetry. Expect a grab bag full of goodies. It is well worth the hassle you'll have finding parking.

On July 13th the open mic. was an impressive mixture of styles, offering a little bit of everything, from Billy Tuggle (pictured) representing the Wicker Park Slam Team (he promised his team would concentrate more on the art of slam poetry and less on the competitive aspect of it), to a wonderful new female voice rising in Chicago, Lane Falcon, who will be one of the features at this year's Chicago Poetry Fest. A DJ kept the giggles coming as he sampled Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Queen, and anything else he could muster, between each poet. Musical sets are allowed during this program, so also expect one or two songwriters with guitars to share their work, but the focus is primarily on poetry.

The older generation better get busy, because if the quality of the work presented at Trace is any reflection of what the younger generation is up to these days, we have some major catching up to do. The work (except for one babbling screamer who ignored the four minute time limit) was extremely literate and well performed. There was a lot of heart in that room. You just gotta check it out to understand it.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 04:00 PM
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Molly Malones In Oak ParkBob Chico ChicoineOn Monday, July 12, 2004, a group of extremely talented poets gathered at Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 7652 Madison Street in Forest Park, for a spoken-word shin-dig. Nina Corwin (with an especially delightful glow about her) and Al DeGenova (who recently returned to Chicago from a series of trips, including one to Germany) hosted the evening; they have a habit of hosting this poetry shin-dig on the 2nd Monday of every month. The microphone was opened up to a variety of artists, including Bonnie Summers, who started the evening off with a poem so short that she read it twice. Ruan Wright, who is one of the features in the upcoming Chicago Poetry Fest, read an anti-list poem, and Susan Messer read a "brooding interior piece." One of the high points of the evening was Patty MicMillan's poem about suicide, which was an "address to Spaulding Gray." Patrick Brown mixed things up with a serious poem about land mines, followed by a hilarious poem about attempting to file taxes on the internet. Larry Janowski proved he is not one of those stage hogging poets who always does the same three poems everywhere he goes (you know the type). Janowski read some fresh stuff I haven't heard before. He startled us with his imagery in a piece about the beautiful flowers among the weeds next to the highway, and then gave us a taste of the whimsical with his piece about enjoying Barry Manilow songs.

After the open mic. there was a break, during which even more poets showed up, specifically to hear the feature. One of these late arrivals was none-other than father of the Poetry Slam Marc Smith himself. It was really refreshing to see Smith come out to support this grassroots poetry shin-dig. The feature for the evening was Bob "Chico" Chicoine, who honored the 25th anniversary of The Disco Demolition (you might recall they blew up a pile of disco records at Comiskey Park), by reading some baseball poems, including a character study about Bob "the smiling beer vendor." Though much of his work leaned toward the lighter side, such as his gut aching Bukowski haikus, or his marriage poems, Chicoine also demonstrated a more somber side with a war poem. Venue hosts, prick up your ears--Chicoine's set was tight and it was a delight.

Next month Molly Malone's will feature Brenda Cardenas. Hmmm. Now that sounds hot. Oh yeah, Molly Malone's co-host Nina Corwin wants me to be a nice guy and remind everyone to come out to see Lisa Buscani during her Word Gourmet show at Guild Complex on Wednesday, July 28. And you guys know what a nice guy I am.

--C. J. Laity

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 11:14 AM
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Publishing some poetry is now against the law.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 11:12 AM
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Check out the magic cube with images from the 2003 Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writers Conference.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 11:09 AM
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Michael PuicanManuscripts by Michael Puican (who regularly writes reviews of poetry for Another Chicago Magazine) and Zada Johnson (a professor of African-American Studies at Olive-Harvey College) were selected as the winners of the inaugural Tia Chucha Press Chapbook series. The Guild Complex received approximately 50 manuscripts, which were judged by an editorial board consisting of Reginald Gibbons (chairman of Northwestern's English Department), Julie Parson-Nesbitt (former director of the Guild Complex), Michael Warr (currently the producing director of DanceAfrica) and Quraysh Ali Lansana (director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center). In addition to these two winners, Tia Chucha Press will also publish a chapbook by Guild Complex Poetry Fellow Josie Raney, who will receive $10,000. Straying slightly from the original intent, which was to publish poets who had not previously published a full-length book of poetry, a chapbook by well-known poet Tony Fitzpatrick will be the fourth in the series. According to the original guidelines, 400 copies of each chapbook will be printed.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 11:01 AM
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Letter eX covers the 2003 National Poetry Slam.

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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 12:03 AM
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