• Reception for the Art of Jerry Fishman
    June 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at SPC — 1719 25th Street
  • Real Poets
    Sacramento Poetry Center's Real Poets program pairs trained poet mentors with at-risk youth to write original poems about their lives.



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Albert Garcia


He plops them in the green mesh basket,

knowing they are through

feeding each other, knowing he can pull

until the vine rips but only ripe

berries will give with a gentle tug

releasing themselves to the faint

pressure of his skin.


Picking in morning-cool sun,

he thinks of placing them

on her tongue,

between her lips of nearly the same

color.  So delicate the movement,

from afar one might assume

he is soothing some small wound.




Walk in and feel the stones,

round and slimed with moss,

in the arches of your feet.  Feel the warm


water of the shallows, tadpoles darting off

fingerling bluegill

easing into shadows.  You’re six.  Your mother


brought you to this summer creek

to swim, to learn the pleasure

of getting cool in the sultry heat


of this valley.  How could you see

across the levee, on the other side

of the world, men slogged up another creek


in a place called the Mekong Delta,

packs slung over their backs, rifles

raised above their helmets?  How could you know


why they were there

or if they knew?  You’d learn later

many never made it


and many returned haunted

by the water.  Here you were, a kid

whose skinny legs poked down


like an egret’s, caught up in a world of water striders,

those creatures that stay afloat

by surface tension,


and the pollywogs using their wide tails

and undeveloped legs

to push their fleshy bodies to safety.


Jeff Knorr

At the Schoolyard


The sun is on my back as it burns down in the sky.

The day is closing out like drawn curtains.

I’m wishing you were here now, with us, the dog and me

tossing the bumper into the green carpet of grass in the schoolyard field.

It’s not like the fields where we chase birds, flushing roosters,

but right now the dog and I want you

right here, your musky smell and smile, the firm

hands that swing the bead always on target

against the rooster veering away toward the slope of the draw.

There’s just too much cement around you now and

not enough tall grass, sunlight, and wind.

But when you’re here with us next, we’ll

chase the roosters like girls, whistle to the dog

to hold and flush, and finish the day in the dusk

on the tailgate, the way we always have;

you giving me lessons on how to shoot

and me burning the sunset and your face into my eyelids

like the glowing end of your cigarette against the dark.


Poeming Pigeons Book Launch Celebration, an Anthology of Bird Poems, ed. Shawn Aveningo

June 27, 2015
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Stella Beratlis, Lisa Erin Robertson, and Helen Wickes

June 19, 2015

Stella Beratlis, Lisa Erin Robertson and Helen Wickes Monday, June 22 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Stella Beratlis is an Instructor of English at Modesto Junior College. She co-edited an anthology of Modesto poets titled More than Soil, More than Sky, on Quercus Review Press, and her poems have appeared in Penumbra, hardpan, […]

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Silvia Kofler and Matthew Brouwer

June 13, 2015

Silvia Kofler and Matthew Brouwer Monday, June 15 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street at Sacramento Poetry Center Host: Tim Kahl   Silvia Kofler’s most recent publications include poetry and translations published in The Colour of Saying, an anthology is celebration of Dylan Thomas. German translations of 10 Hafez ghazals in collaboration with Bill Wolak and Mahmood […]

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All-American Poets Reading

June 8, 2015

All-American Poets Reading   Bethanie Humphreys, Sue Daly, Ann Kantor, Stuart Canton, David Gay, Rhony Bhopla, Kate Campbell, and Dan Brenner   Monday June 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Emmanuel Sigauke Join us for a lovely evening of poetry by a small group of entertaining All-American poets. These writers […]

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Allegra Silberstein and Katy Brown

May 30, 2015

A river of words flows by me. I see them ripple in the water dance with the falling leaves. I hear the murmur of vowels, little spits of consonants in a language pleasing though foreign to my ears. There’s a house of cards at the river’s edge with symbols beyond my ken, I see the […]

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Alexandra Teague and Matthew Siegel

May 23, 2015

  Alexandra Teague and Matthew Siegel Monday, May 25 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Tim Kahl Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award Gold Medal in Poetry, and The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, April 2015)—which […]

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Asian-American History Month Reading: Fong Tran, Jasmine Wali, Kevin Yang

May 18, 2015

Asian-American History Month Reading with Fong Tran, Jasmine Wali, and Kevin Vang Monday May 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM SPC at 1719 25th Street Host: Rebecca Morrison Fong Tran is a Sacramento community organizer and youth advocate. He is a proud product of South Sacramento, California, and has given many readings locally and nationally with […]

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Squaw Valley Benefit Reading: Gander, Hass, Hillman, Martinez, Olds, Shockley

May 14, 2015

  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1414112  (BrownPaper Tickets) Parking and Directions The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street in Sacramento. For location map and directions, please visit the Crocker Art Museum’s website <http://www.uusf.org/>. PARKING: On-street parking meters bordering the Museum and Crocker Park accept coins and credit cards (free after 6 PM). A small parking lot (Lot Y) […]

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An Eye to See: Prose Poetry ||| Zumbiel, Rivasplata, Asche, Flynn, Cooper, Gardiner

May 8, 2015

An Eye To See: Prose Poetry by Six Poets from Susan Kelly-Dewitt’s Prose Poetry Workshop Stan Zumbiel, Melinda Rivasplata, Kate Asche, Susan Flynn, James Cooper and Lisa Gardiner Monday May 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM 1719 25th Street Host: Emmanuel Sigauke Melinda Rivasplata grew up in Oklahoma, Colorado, and the southern San Joaquin Valley. She […]

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