Dec 13, 2017 - 05:01 AM  
ChicagoPoetry.com  
  Welcome to Chicago Poetry Press
CJ Laity is Mr. Chicago Poetry

Poetry Press

Go to the homepage with calendar
The Chicago Poetry News
Journal of Modern Poetry

Chicago Poetry Scene Top 135

· A Cram On WBEZ
· After Hours Press
· Anobium
· Another Chicago Magazine
· Antena
· Anti-War Poetry
· Apparatus Magazine
· AquaMoon
· Audio Party
· Barbara's Bookstore
· Beach Poets
· Big Other
· Bob Boone's Teacher's Hangout
· Book Cellar
· Book Slut
· Book Stall
· Caffeine Theatre
· Center on Halsted
· Chaotic Radio
· Chicago Amplified
· Chicago Calling
· Chicago Literary Club
· Chicago Poetry Brothel
· Chicago Poetry Club
· Chicago Poetry Project
· Chicago Poetry Neutral Zone
· Chicago Public Library
· ChicagoPublishes (City of Chicago)
· Chicago Reader
· Chicago Readers Blog
· Chicago Shakes
· Chicago Slam Works
· Chicago Writes
· College of Complexes
· Columbia College
· Columbia College Events
· Columbia Poetry Review
· Cracked Slab Books
· CRWROPPS
· Curbside Splendor
· Danny's
· Dollar Store
· Drinking and Writing
· 826 Chicago
· Encyclopedia Show
· e-poets.net
· Featherproof
· Gapers Block Book Club
· Girl Speak
· Golden Rule Jones
· Green Mill
· Guild Complex
· Gwendolyn Brooks Center
· Homolatte
· Illinois Arts Council
· Illinois Poet Laureate
· Illinois Poets Society
· In One Ear at Heartland Cafe
· JackLeg Press
· KuumbaLynx
· La Bloga
· Lake Forest College
· Lethal Poetry
· Letter eX
· Literago
· Literary Chicago
· Louder Than A Bomb
· Loyola
· LVNG
· Mango Tribe
· March/Abrazo
· Mental Graffiti
· Milk Magazine
· Muzzle
· Myopic Books
· Neighborhood Writing Alliance
· Neutron Bomb
· Newberry Library
· Next Objectivists
· Northwestern
· Northwestern Press
· NNWAC
· Oyez Review
· Paper Machete
· Parlor Reading Series
· Partner Dance Press
· PerformInk
· Poetry Center of Chicago
· Poetry Foundation
· Poetry Magazine
· PoetryPoetry
· Poets and Patrons
· Powells
· POW-WOW
· Printers Ball
· Printers Row Lit Fest
· Proyecto Latina
· Puddin'head Press
· Publish Chicago
· Quickies!
· Quimby's
· Ragdale
· Rambunctious Review
· Reading Under The Influence
· Real Talk Ave
· Rec Room
· Revolving Door
· Red Rover
· Rhino
· 2nd Story
· Series A
· Seven Corners
· Shakespeares Monkeys
· She Writes
· Silver Tongue
· Slampapi Blog
· Small Garlic Press
· Spoon River Review
· StarWallpaper
· Sunday Salon
· Sun Times Books
· Swan Isle Press
· Switchback Books
· Tallgrass Writers / Outrider Press
· The2ndHand
· Third World Press
· Tianguis Bookstore
· TimeOut Books
· TriQuarterly
· Tuesday Funk
· Twilight Tales
· U of C Poetics
· U of C Press
· U of I Press
· Underground Library
· Unscene Chicago
· Vaporacle
· Virtual Artists Collective
· Vocalo.org
· Weeds
· Weighed Words
· Woman Made Gallery
· Woman Made Gallery Audio
· Women and Children First
· Young Chicago Authors

Right Now . . .

There are 30 unregistered users and 0 registered users on-line.

You can log-in or register for a user account here.


spacer.gif
spacer.gif   A CLOSE LOOK AT EFFIE'S THREEBEE SERIES
Posted by : cj on Monday, December 06, 2004 - 11:40 AM
  spacer.gif
 
Chicago Poetry Archives: Click Headlines THREEBIES AT TEEPEE NO TRAVESTY
THE THREE DANS, Reviewed By C. J. Laity

Effie Mihopoulos. On Saturday, February 9, long-time Chicago poetry pioneer Effie Mihopoulos presented a reading titled "The Three Dans" at a gallery called Karim Silva Studio, at 410 N. Oakley. The thing about this gallery is that if you didn't know it was there you wouldn't have had a hope in hell of stumbling onto it. In the middle of nowhere, there's an unmarked door which leads to a tall dark staircase which leads to a long empty hallway, at the end of which, if you happen to find the door to the left and open it--wow--an art gallery. For Effie's event the space was filled with teepees of all sizes, decorated with a variety of patterns in the grand tradition of the Chicago cows. It's in character for Effie to bring poetry to such a place, as she has made her mark opening the doors to strange and unique venues throughout Chicagoland. A group of usual suspects came out to enjoy her features: namely, Dan Godston (who couldn't remember the title of his own self-published chapbook and who, of course, had to leave early to make another gig in Pilsen), Dan Cleary (who, besides contributing his poetry, also painted a wonderful teepee for the show), and Dan Pearson (who went to college with Effie and who writes film revews), in that order.

Dan Godston. Even though Effie compared Dan Godston to Jack Kerouac when she introduced him, I was not as impressed with this feature's performance. Maybe it was the fact that he wasn't charging seven bucks at the door, but I've seen Godston with more energy schmoozing at a Poetry Center party (he even did his "Tongue" twister poem with his hand in his pocket). Plus, before he went on, a toffee-nosed Godston dropped the lining of his coat, waiting for me to pick it up for him (humph), and then he said "if" I ever publish anything, he'd like to see it. Well (clear throat), I'm publishing this. I'll tell you what really grated my cheese: Godston used the word "undulation" within the first twenty seconds of his set (ouch). Also, his work was sometimes so abstract (with lines such as "a pencil won't stop the downpour" or "if a shoe could cry it would be a train") that it once or twice reached the point of insignificance. But he's got a great voice and he can't wait to blow his horn; and in all honesty, when he does, his poetry comes alive. The beat of his voice then breathes life into his otherwise in-need-of-a-rewrite work. However, Godston also has the unfortunate habit of lowering his voice at the very end of his poems, making it hard to understand the final few words. Godston has some wonderful, young energy, as well as budding talent. He has a keen appreciation for the history of the craft, and shows it by once in a while reading the work of other poets. But he should remember he's Godston, not God's son. Arrogance has never helped any poet get anywhere except laughed at.

Dan Cleary. During his poetry set, Daniel Cleary shared his wisdom with poems which captured moments in time using clear, not too fancy language. His visions were very poignant, such as his attempt to save a "princess floating on the air of indecision." His art is one of subtlety delivered with a special grace. Within the subtleties are wonderful vantage points creating striking images in the mind's eye, such as how he turns "it upside down" in his poem about youth, "The Tree Climbers." Even though his Chicago jazz poem was accompanied by the fingersnapping of a white boy, the awesome language was filled with "rumbling traffic slow and fleet." Cleary is one of the few poets I know who can effectively pull off rhyme schemes without sounding stupid. He also is the master of the short, concise poem, as in the one about how a car alarm makes him feel like using a sledgehammer. It was a delight to hear some of the classics from his book, The Green Ribbon. But let's not just ignore the fact that Cleary stutters his esses and effs when he reads, leaving us in suspense before he shows us a "solitary streetlamp." Dan Cleary has the ability to turn his way of speaking into a feat of magic, as he stands poised, reading from the page; as if waiting for "one tiny bit of sense" we sit on the edge of our seat as he struggles through--then suddenly: "in the air we felt a stirring change of mood." And the hint of any stutter vanishes as his singing voice appears from his heart straight out of his wide open mouth.

Dan Pearson. Dan Pearson, getting off to an awkward start (as Effie interrupted him as her friends showed up), and reading from a manilla envelope, was as totally whacky as his eyebrows, like a "penguin of death." Pearson has a smell for humor. His witty lines were well timed and nonsensical, at times spawning laughter, also at times missing the mark, as in "Ten Rules For The Novice Writer" (most of them having to do with a duck). Just when I thought I knew what the hell he was talking about, he threw in a live grenade. His poetry even has its own imaginary venue, "The Borderline Psychotic Café," where the "prices on the menu change six times before desert." And despite Cleary yammering away in the background and Godston taking off before Pearson's set began (don't the three Dans like each other?) and a beeping cell phone, Pearson's epic poem, which included the titles of every Alfred Hitchcock movie ever made, was a true gem, prompting laughter from even those at a distance, and leaving us "in suspense" as he searched for the lost second page to it, allowing a chance for the audience to heckle in delight, making his set all the more intimate. Dan Pearson's poetry set was fun.

After that, well, the booze got cracked open and a giant crowd partied until who knows what time. And I found out what was behind that big, sliding iron door. You want to know what it was? I bet you do. I'll never tell. I'm no gossip you know.

--C. J. Laity



**We hope you found the information on this page useful. ChicagoPoetry.com needs your help. We are holding a fundraising drive in order to stay online. There are two ways that you can help: Click here to offer a financial gift or click here to order the new book by ChicagoPoetry.com Press.




 
spacer.gif
spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  Poetry Contest
· Enter Our Contest
  spacer.gif
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  Bookstore
Order a book
The Ultimate Chicago Poetry Anthology
JOMP
Clever Gretel by Jennifer Dotson
JOMP 15 Is Here
Postcards from Poland by Joseph Kuhn Carey
Journal of Modern Poetry 16
Vape Mania
Jomp 17
  spacer.gif
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  JOMP
· Buy JOMP 18
· Buy JOMP 19
· Buy JOMP 20
  spacer.gif
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  Poetry Publishing
Chicago Poetry Press publishes the highest quality poetry in beautiful, perfect bound editions. We rely on your continued support to operate, because we are not funded by any corporation, foundation, government agency or university. You can always contact
CJ Laity at Publisher@ ChicagoPoetry.com.
  spacer.gif
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  eX-ceptional 150
· Acme Artworks
· Alarm
· American Perspectives
· Answer Tag Home Press
· Area Chicago
· Avant Chicago
· Bailliwik
· Beard of Bees
· Black Arts
· Blossom Bones
· Bohemian Pupil
· Borders Open Door Poetry
· Born Magazine
· Bucktown Arts Fest
· Chance Operations
· Chicago Artists Coalition
· Chicago Cultural Center
· Chicago Dramatists
· Chicago Innerview
· Chicagoist
· Chi Labor Arts Fest Blog
· Chicago Magazine
· ChicagoPoets.net
· Chicago Quarterly
· Chicago Review
· Chicago6Corners
· Chi Town Daily News
· CHIRP
· Christian Poets Society
· cinematheque
· CLTV
· Common Review
· Conscious Choice
· Contra Tiempo
· Conundrum
· Court Green
· Crab Orchard
· Cross Roads
· Curious Theatre
· Elastic Arts
· Elder Stories
· EM Press
· Empty Bottle
· F News Magazine
· Fast Geek Press
· Fence
· Fifth Wednesday
· Free Lunch
· Free Street
· Front 40
· Gapers Block
· Gargoyle
· Haiku Society
· Haymarket
· Heartland Cafe
· Hemmingway Foundation
· Highland Park Poetry
· Hotel Amerika
· Hour Glass
· Hull House
· Humanities Fest
· Hyde Park Art
· Improv Olympics
· Intersections
· In These Times
· The Ivory Tower
· JAB
· Kalamu
· Karamu
· Kedzie Press / The Green Parent
· Lake Claremont
· Lawyers For Arts
· Lisle Library
· Literary Chicago
· Literary Pizazz Radio
· Lit Line
· Links Hall
· Looptopia
· Love Chicago
· Lumpen
· Machine
· Make Magazine
· Manual of Style
· Mayapple Press
· Mayor's Office of Events
· MetroMix
· Mexican Fine Arts
· MCA
· Midland Authors
· Midwest Literary Fest
· Midwest Zines
· Milk Weed
· Millions
· Moria
· Mule
· Muse Letter
· Naperville Writers
· National Writers Union
· Nelson Algren Committee
· Neofuturists
· Nextbook
· Ninth Letter
· Old Town Folk School
· Open Book
· Osbey Books
· O Sweet Flowery Roses
· Other Voices
· Otium
· Palatine Slam
· Paper and Carriage
· Paper Mustache
· Perpetual Motion
· Plainfield Poetry
· PM Poetry
· Poem Present
· Poetic License
· Poetry Cache
· Poetry Daily
· Poetry Radio
· Poets and Writers
· Poets Kitchen
· Polvo
· Polyphony
· Pudding House
· Punk Planet
· Reconstruction Room
· Redmoon
· Roctober
· Rose Metal
· Room 315
· Rubba Ducky
· Sawbuck
· Scars Publishing
· Screwball
· Second Run
· Seminary Co-op
· Seventen Bishop
· Shark Forum
· Shelter
· Shortpants
· Skeleton News
· Small Happy
· Stop Smiling
· SOBS
· Sourcebooks
· Spareroom
· Spondee
· Stone Jones
· Story Studio
· Story Quarterly
· Street Level
· Teatro Luna
· This Is Grand
· Ticket2Write
· Time Out
· Uncommon Ground
· Unlikely Stories
· UR Chicago
· Venus
· Visions For Chicago
· Wordsfest
· Writers Workspace
· WBEZ
· WFMT
· WLUW
· WNUR
· WQNA
· You Are Beautiful
  spacer.gif
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer


Web hosting provided by TechFinesse