1.                                      POETRY THURSDAYS at MIDTOWN SCHOLAR 
  2. Midtown Scholar Bookstore 

    1302 North Third Street,  
    Harrisburg, PA 17102 
    Phone: 717.236.1680 

    The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel hosts  
    a community reading series  
    every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. 

                                                                       Open to all who'd like to share  or listen to the many varieties of spoken word                                                            -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


            September 29-- Where the Buffalo Roam Open Mic


                     There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
                        Touch of manner, hint of mood;
                        And my heart is like a rhyme,
                        With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.
                                                             --A Vagabond Song, Bliss Carman

Open poetry reading, September 29, 

A theme is often suggested for events, this weeks’ theme is Where the 
Buffalo Roam. But, hey-- the theme isn't mandatory, just a suggestion. 
Read what you like. Or, sit in and just listen if you like.

The poetry’s pretty good, and if you’re inspired, jump right in. 
There's no sign-up sheet, 
read as the spirit moves you, it's all done Quaker style. 

Doors open at 6:45pm. Seating is limited. 
For more information, (717) 236-1680.
Everything’s waiting for you.


                                                         October 1 Little Buffalo Festival
                October 1— The Little Buffalo Festival. October1, Newport, PA. It’s an Arts festival with a range 
                of activities for all ages, Musiccal events, like Shawan and the Wontons, for instance, face painting, 
                and a serving of poetry too-- Lynne Reeder, Tony Bosak, and Marty Esworthy.
See, http://littlebuffalofestival.com/


                             More Autumn Midtown 
                                  Scholar excitement:
                                   October 6-- Open poetry reading
                                   October 13-- Phillip Wheeler
                                   October 20-- open mic
                                   October 27-- Stina Nouaisen

                                                      November 3—open reading 
                                            November 10-- Jessica Flynn
                                            November 17-- Staged reading, a play by Randy Gross
                                            November 24—Thanksgiving 

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            Philadelphia native and Hummelstown Poet Jack Veasey passed away recently.
            Jack was a fine man and an excellent poet. At the Midtown Scholar Bookstore
            the Poetry Cartel hosted a Jack Veasey memorial reading on August 25. 
            There was an open reading and a featured reading of Veasey's poems by 
            Harrisburg poet laureate Rick Kearns, Bill Fritz, Carla Christopher and others.

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                                                                      August 11, Keith Snow, featured performer.

                               7-9pm. Poetry Thursdays, since 1999, a continuing poetry series,  
                               now held weekly at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third Street


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Great Moments in Poetry History:

Marianne Moore and Muhammad Ali writing a sonnet together


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                                  June 25, 2014-- Lady Glori at Midtown Scholar
                                                                                                                              Christine O'Leary-Rockey, August 2015




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Onomatopoeia Thursday, our annual open reading featuring passionate imitations of sounds 
made by, 
or associated with, their referent. Wha? 
                                                                           You know, whiz, bang! burrrp, kerflooie!
          Like sounds from dinosaur grunts to whirring star-ship engines, choking on a peach pit anapestically, 
or, if one were to gargle “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”?  

             ArgGHHhh! I mean, you could just read a sonically-neutral regular poem if you like. 
         We only suggest themes, we don't bully.

   Some sound poetics were used by poetry movements like the beat generation in the fifties, or the spoken word 
in the 80's, and by other art and music movements that brought up new forms such as text sound art 
that may be used 
for sound poems which more closely resemble fiction or even essays. 
Words are sounds. "Zing, went the strings of my heart!"

                                                     "Pocketa pocketa-pocketa pocketa." --James Thurber, The Secret Life ofWalter Mitty

"Zang-tumb-tumb-zang-zang-tuuumb tatatatatatatata picpacpampacpacpicpampampac uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu..." -Marinetti
                                       Gigantic troubadour, speaking like a siege gun!
                   - Vachel Lindsay, "Bryan Bryan Bryan Bryan"



                                                                             from poetry cartel archives:







          The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, a true American
       institution, has been at Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar Bookstore's
       Internet Cafe since September 2012. 
But we've been taking care of 
business much longer than that.
Poetry Thursdays has met (almost) every Thursday 
since April 1999. 
                           Venues? Well, just to name a few:
                                      Sweet Passions, 3rd St, Harrisburg, 1999--2001
                       Sparky & Clarks, 2d St, Hbg. 2001--2002
                     Gamut Theater, Strawberry Sq. Hbg. 2003
                    Susquehanna Art Museum, Hbg. 2003--2007
                       Crimson Frog, Cedar Cliff Mall, Camp Hill, 2007--2008
 Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, 2008--2012
          Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, 2012--present