Tag Archives: poetry

GuerrillaReads no. 80: Melinda Palacio

Poet Melinda Palacio reads two “how to” poems from her collection, How Fire is a Story, Waiting. First, the title poem:

My grandmother caught the flame in her thick hands.
Curled fingers made nimble by kaleidoscope embers.
Fire burns hot and cold if you know where to touch it, she said.

Then she shares with you the must-have secrets of How to Make a Mediocre Poem Sing.

GuerrillaReads No. 78: Laurel Ann Bogen

 

Poet Laurel Ann Bogen does a guerrilla reading of two poems from her book, Washing a Language, at LitFest PasadenaVocation of the Chair and Winchester Mystery House. Yes, it’s about that world-famous mystery house. And much more:

and so built sliding floors, gilt-edged parlors
and staircases at the top of which a door
slammed against heaven.
Yet, isn’t that what we all want –
to stave off death with architecture
of our own design?

Stay tuned for more videos from the LitFest.

Paint Poems on My Car: LitFest Pasadena 2013

Poet Just Kibbe of the Pirate Pig Collective drove a white sedan to the second annual LitFest Pasadena. He handed out big, fat markers and invited people to write poems on it. After some hesitation – What should I write? What kind of poem is right for a car? Do you have any white-out? – people began to write. Their own poems. Poems by Famous Poets.

I wrote a portion of a poem by Pablo Neruda:

I was walking
down
a sizzling road:
the sun popped like
a field of blazing maize

Kibbe drove away that afternoon with a car covered in poetry.

More GuerrillaReads videos to follow from LitFest Pasadena. Stay tuned.

GuerrillaReads No. 68: MIKE the PoeT

MIKE the PoeT has a date with Density.

He’s got so much guerrilla poetry street cred, that we’re featuring him for a second week in a row. Mike is a fixture in the LA literary scene, writing about the city and its subcultures:

Who’s Sunset Strip sipping?
As the neon super-semiotics
is punctuating the power of place
In this distinctive social space
you call your own home

Mike also blogs at KCET and he’s been featured in the LA Times.

GuerrillaReads No. 67: MIKE the PoeT

MIKE the PoeT is ALIVE in Los Angeles!

Mike Sonksen has been doing guerrilla poetry readings for fifteen years. “On the subway, out on the street, even in the middle of literary events when I wasn’t invited.” His love for the city is rooted in honesty about its beauties and its shortcomings.

I’m alive in Los Angeles
Where there are more angles than isosceles
City topography’s undulating across massive landscapes
We move from chain link to palatial gates in separate economic states

We’ll feature another video from Sonksen next week on GuerrillaReads.

GuerrillaReads No. 65: Cheryl Klein

Highland Park’s own Cheryl Klein is the author of Lilac Mines and The Commuters, and a bunch of other great stuff. She also keeps the carbo-healthy Bread and Bread blog.

Klein joined us on the GuerrillaReads Video Walk on March 24, and read these three lovely poems.

GuerrillaReads No. 63: Lynne Bronstein

Lynne Bronstein is a Santa Monica writer, journalist and poet. A New York native, she’s proudly maintained her New York state of mind despite many years in Southern California.

Here she does a guerrilla reading of her poem, “Born.” You can read and learn more about Bronstein on her website or buy her most recent book of poems, Border Crossings.