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Posted by : cj on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 02:05 PM
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2004 CHICAGO POETRY FEST DAY TWO PHOTOS


Yes. That's right. After a six month hunt, the missing photos of the controversial Day Two (the adult's only show) of the Chicago Poetry Fest at Weeds have finally been uncovered. The event happened on the last Sunday of August, 2004, after Day One, which was held outside in Lincoln Square. Here are the never before seen photos of that rompin', stompin' poetry event.

There has been much gossip about that event. Now I will set the record straight.


Day Two of the 2004 Chicago Poetry Fest at Weeds started out on a strange note. I knew the poets were in an odd mood when Dave Gecic and Wayne Allen Jones began arguing about who had the most impressive hair-line. All I know is the name Count Leonard was brought up, and then Vito Carli entered the room, and then the shit really hit the fan.



The poetry began about an hour late. It included a fine performance by Ken Green. As the day progressed, the poetry became raunchier and raunchier. It soon became apparent that the poets were taking the theme of "Tone It Up" very seriously.



Kim Berez stormed in about two hours late, and she shouted at Sergio, "I don't want to hear any excuses! Give me Meyer's Rum!" She was all cocky about winning the ChicagoPoetry.com Readers' Choice Award.



Everyone was excited about performing for Chicago's very own poetry fest. Lisa Hemminger even belted one out for the cause. About sixty poets came to Weeds to show their solidarity.



Then Jeanette Green took to the stage and got everyone's blood flowing. By that time, Sergio had been splashing Tequila into shot glasses for about four hours. The place was packed. Jeanette started shouting the P-word (and I don't mean "poet") into the microphone. Suddenly, audience members began falling off their stools onto the floor. They held their sides as they experienced hilarious spasms.



Some drinks were spilled. Some church ladies who had wandered in started praying as they made for the door. A dog was running loose in the joint. There were bras hanging from the ceiling. The crowd was getting really out of hand, so we asked Bhudda 309 to be the official bouncer.



It is still a mystery what exactly ticked Marvin Tate off, but Shelly Nation has had a few theories. In any case, when Marvin finished his set, he went outside to get some air and . . .



As soon as Joel Brussell got on the stage in his bizarre get-up, madness broke out beyond the front door and several poets rushed to break up the rumble. Marvin's glasses got broken in the shuffle.



Cathleen Schandelmeier made a guest appearance. She had missed her feature the day before because her Beach Poets van burst into flames. Now it seemed like Weeds was ready to explode as well.



By the end of the show, many of the poets seemed to be heavily under the influence of poetry. Josephine Lipuma was one of the final poets scheduled to read.



And when it was all over, Gregorio Gomez could relax, knowing he helped to make another great poetry fest possible. It was an event people would talk about for a long, long time.



The "adults only" portion of the 2004 Chicago Poetry Fest was fun for all. David and Batya Hernandez hung out, until Sergio kicked them out.



Without going into the part about a certain someone flashing her you-know-what's, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. But I think I'm getting a little too old for this. But, then again, maybe not . . .



--C. J. Laity



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