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     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                                         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        

                  
                                       
THIS WEEK, 
       July 9-- featuring John Destalo! 

July 9--A
 special Poetry Reading 
featuring John Destalo, July 9 
at Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar 
Bookstore. 

John Destalo lives in Harrisburg but is originally from Pennsburg, PA a small town in Montgomery 
County. It was an industrial community with railroad tracks running right through the community, 
but when John was growing up the tracks weren’t used very much so he spent many hours 
wandering along the tracks thinking to himself, dreaming of being either Socrates, or a hobo.

He first started writing his thoughts down about ten years ago using simple words to explore complex
 ideas, creating what he calls his expressions. He began this exploration as a conversation with himself 
and then eventually started sharing his conversation with others through the Almost Uptown Poetry 
Cartel Open Readings and has become a regular participant.

He then expanded his interests in writing to creating ways of displaying his work through postcards, 
bookmarks, brochures, and booklets. He has self-published a few booklets including I want to be a star, 
Being Human, and Afterbirth which are available through Lulu.com and recently published his first book 
through PostDada Press titled Raw: Exposing the Untamed Mind which is available at The Midtown 
Scholar Bookstore on the bottom shelf of the local authors where they place their most dangerous 
and disturbed minds.

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel hosts Poetry Thursdays a reading series, 
every Thursday 
from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 
1302 North Third Street,  
Harrisburg, PA 17102. Phone: 717.236.1680 











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 June 25-- Lady Glori at Midtown Scholar


         Ladi Glori, an innovative spokenword artist, poet, writer and emcee. Born and raised in Maryland, she
prides herself in featuring in various events and television shows, teaming up with musicians, dancers, painters, 
fellow poets and all talent that the art community has to offer. 

       Sometimes it all comes together. Last Thursday (June 25) was a magical evening. In music it's called "hitting the note". 
Music takes place in time, and when the right note comes at the right time, it can be magic. More than just a note in a score 
or in the air, but something that resonates long after the concert is over.

A poem by Conrad Aiken begins “Music I heard with you was more than music….”

Every picture tells a story. Every poetry reading has a vibe.


Last Thursday was special from the git-go, the poetry resonated with the audience and the performers felt the response, 

and became the reponse. The open reading was pulsing with beautiful interaction. You could feel it in the room. Everyone was 

involved, connected.

And it vibrated through Ladi Glori's stunning performance, resounded through Midtown and continued on to 

a deck off Forster street where the melody lingered into the wee, small hours of the morning. And beyond.

Beyond. Yes, beyond. They say life is short, but art is long. Sometimes, seriously, it all comes together.

Yes, sometimes it all comes together.
      


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                Windows on the World

"People do not talk, they exchange links... --"
Open mic 6/4/15
                                                                                                                      Poetry Thurdays, as seen through a Third Street window.


   When you look at a poetry gathering from the outside, through a window, it seems to be decidedly 
more visual than word-ly. People, poets, are faintly visible inside, but large reflected apartment buildings seem, clearly, to dominate the view.

And this could be a good thing if you're paranoid about apartment buildings sneaking up on you.


Anyway, poetry is mostly about rhythms and words, and these are difficult to hear from the outside 

of a poetry event.

So, why not walk boldly inside and listen to some poetry. Maybe even share some of your own verse? 

I mean there's two sides to every story, or poetry reading. Try both. 

Stop, look and listen, read a poem or two. Soak up some culture. 

Hey, be culture!

Everything's waiting for you. 
Every Thursday, 7--9pm. Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

                   

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Some sound poetics were used by poetry movements like the beat generation in the fifties, or the spoken word movement 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
                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 
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Jonathan Frazier


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May 7-- Open poetry reading

May 14-- featured: Theresa (Ms. Reign) Taylor

May 21-- Guest Host: Rick Kearns, 
               Harrisburg's current poet laureate

May 28-- Onomatopoeia Thursday

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June 4--  Bustin'-out-all-over open reading

June 11-- Michael Olimpi, 
                 Chris Fox, spotlight

June 18-- Open reading

June 25-- Ladi Glori, Baltimore's finest!

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July 2-- Open reading

July 9-- John Destalo

July 16-- Open reading

July 23-- Christine O'Leary-Rockey

July 30-- Sultans of Swat

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UPCOMING BOOKINGS

August 6-- Theresa Rodriguez

August 13-- Adam Fausey & Cassie VerBurg

August 20--

August 27-- Kwoteman


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September 3-- 

September 10-- 

September 17--

Spetember 24-- Joelle Biele 


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October 1-- 

October 10--

October 15--

October 22--


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LOOKING BACK:      
 
  May 14, our feature was Theresa (Ms. Reign) Taylor, conscious hip-hop artist, 
music producer and motivational poet from Queens, New York.                                            
   Known for her assertive voice and  poetic flow, she was the featured spoken word artist in Nike's Lunar Flyknit  
shoe commercial, appeared in dozens of shows across the East Coast including the Harlem  Book Fair and the 2014 
US Open Tennis Tournament. 
  Never one to forget her humble beginnings, Ms. Reign takes time to give back  to her community through the arts.  
Taylor also produces a monthly music & poetry  concert in New York called "Unspoken".  
   Donations from each show are given to non- profit organizations throughout the East Coast.                                                 
 pix from May 14 Scholar gig.          

          


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"Fishing on the Susquehanna in July"

           by Billy Collins


I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.

Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure—if it is a pleasure—
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one—
a painting of a woman on the wall,

a bowl of tangerines on the table—
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,

rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.

But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia

when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend

under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandanna

sitting in a small, green
flat-bottom boat
holding the thin whip of a pole.

That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.

Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,

even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.

Billy Collins, “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July” from Picnic, Lightning. Copyright © 1998 by Billy Collins                 

                                                              
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A BRIEF CARTEL VENUE HISTORY:
         

          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