1.                                      POETRY THURSDAYS at MIDTOWN SCHOLAR 
  2. Internet Cafe  
     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                                         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  


                                     Jack Veasey (1955--2016)
Philadelphia native and Hummelstown Poet Jack Veasey passed away July 15. 
      Jack was a fine man and an excellent poet. In recent years there'd been a resurgence in
publication of his work, most recently with Jack Veasey. The Dance That Begins And Begins: 
Selected Poems 1973-2013 released by Poet's Press. The Poetry Cartel plans to present 
a Jack Veasey memorial reading sometime in the near future. 
      Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

For more about the poet:


Midtown Scholar Bookstore's Poetry Thurdays 1302 N. 3rd Street, 17102. (717) 236-1680

July 21—no reading. (Midtown Scholar will be closed.)

July 28-- Featuring Manny Cartagena
                                 Cartagena, an exciting author, artist, and poet from Berks County, PA. plays out July.
                              His work is brooding, chilling, thrilling, with dynamic twists and unexpected literary turns.
                              Cartagena’s verse has been published in Paper Planes, the Atlantean, TopHat Raven, New 
                              Plains Review, and PigeonBike Poetry.                                                                                                                                                                                        

                               7-9pm. Poetry Thursdays, since 1999, a continuing poetry series,  
                               now held weekly at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd
                                            For more information, (717) 236-1680. 
                                           Hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.  
                                     ~Listen, read, whatever. everything's waiting for you.~

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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


June 2-- open mic

June 9-- June-bustin' open reading

June 16-- open poetry mic

June 23-- open poetry reading

June 30--  featuring Jeff Rath, 


July 7-- open mic

July 14-- open mic, Julia Tilley, guest host

July 21-- open mic

July 28-- Featuring Manny 

August 4-- open mic

August 11-- t/b/a

August  18-- Open poetry reading

August 25-- 

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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"


 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.                  


                                                                             pix from poetry cartel archives:

                                                           Jonathan Frazier


  May 14, 2015, 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.                                    
                                                                        pic from May 14 Scholar gig.          




                                               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                                                                              



          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