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Sue Daly’s poetry has been published in “The Clinical Update,” “Survivorship,”  “The Literary Humanist,”  “When the Light Changes,”  “Brevities,” and “Poetry Now.”  Her work will be included in two anthologies due out in 2017. Sue facilitates a Poetry
Workshop at Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento. She has an interest in
empowering women to find their unique voice through writing and sharing their
poetry with others.

Dan Brenner is a Bay Area native who has been writing since the early 90s while a student at San Francisco State University during the 25th anniversary craze of “On The Road.” He is influenced by imagery of many kinds that has led to a favorite saying of his, “Consider the Unconsidered."  He is also an up-and-coming watercolor/acrylic painter and known to shoot a mean game of pool, which was the source of an unpublished poetry chapbook. He works in the Geographic Information Systems field for Caltrans and lives in Midtown.

Invocation

If you asked me to

I’d bring you ten dandelion days

roll up the sirens’ song

for your bedtime lullaby

 

If you asked me to

I’d spin silver into straw

weave baskets of joy

to lay soft at your feet

 

If you asked me to

I’d pocket the stars

give you each one

for a kiss and caress

 

If you asked me to

I’d tell yesterday morning to

answer your prayers

naming them one by one

 

by Sue Daly

 

OBSERVATIONS FROM CAMP/CAFE PENSTEMMON

6-28-16

It is a new form of
body contouring that
we need to slumber
into being at one
with the earth

 

Do malleable soils
lead to better dreams?
Roots snake
up
and hump
the ground
lizard like

 

logs, debris, detritus
deceive us–
emerging from the lake
as a tiger salamander

 

snow melts
where it may
flossing out soils
between rocks
setting the stage
for a chaotically orchestrated
miracle

 

Birds
from Douglas Fir podiums
at the top of a peak
tweet out
bulleted communiques
at night
about the opening acts
for Nature’s Night Club
performing with reckless efficacy–
mosquitoes
dive bomb us
into appropriate evening attire
as the sun sets
into the frogs’ ephemeral chorus
the sound track for
endless passing of
judgment on the stars
above

 

This is the best form
of being subtracted
hearing frequencies
conversing between
each other

 

What are the
sounds of silence
outdoors?

by Dan Brenner

 

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Jason Shapiro and Monika Rose ||| Monday, July 11, 7:30 pm ||| SPC 1719 25th St

July 7, 2016

Jason Stephen Shapiro rambled from the east coast, has a background in theater, photography, and radio. He currently resides in Sacramento. Like a fox on a hare, he is pursuing his master’s degree in creative writing at California State University, Sacramento. He was an editor to the American River Review at American River College before […]

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ASIAN DIASPORA Reading, July 2, 2016 at 2 pm, Sacramento Poetry Center

June 28, 2016

YUYUTSU SHARMA Yuyutsu Sharma is the recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections […]

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Yuyutsu Sharma and Arturo Mantecón ||| Mon, June 27 @ 7:30 pm ||| 1719 25th St

June 9, 2016

Poem by Yuyutsu Sharma I see my world shaking… I see my world shaking— my floor, my bed, my table, my house my pen stumbling across the soggy span of my page the stanzas splintered from the kicks of a demon awake after a sleep of million years… I see my squares mangled from the […]

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Koster, Thompson and Kelly-DeWitt ||| Monday, June 6 at 7:30 PM

May 24, 2016

                                        DANA KOSTER                                       LYNNE THOMPSON                                       SUSAN KELLY-DE WITT  OPEN MIC HOST:  TIM KAHL    

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Danny Romero ||| Monday, May 23 at 7:30 PM ||| SPC at 1719 25th Street

May 20, 2016

Get there before the reading to sign up for Open Mic! Danny Romero earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught writing for many years. He currently teaches at Sacramento City College. Romero’s poems and short stories have been published in a […]

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Traci Gourdine ||| Monday, May 16 at 7:30 PM ||| SPC at 1719 25th St

May 10, 2016

                                   Sacramento Poetry Center Traci Gourdine’s poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and she has been anthologized within Shepard and Thomas’ Sudden Fiction Continued(Norton Publishing). Traci and Quincy Troupe were paired in a year long exchange of letters for the anthology Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia Books). She is co-editor […]

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Marcene Gandolfo and Shawn Pittard

May 7, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Emmanuel Sigauke Marcene Gandolfo’s debut book, Angles of Departure (Cherry Grove Collections, 2014), won Foreword Reviews’ Silver Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals, including Poet Lore, Bellingham Review, Bayou, DMQ Review, and Paterson Literary Review. She has taught writing and literature at several northern […]

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