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


   This week, April 16: A.J.Hayes
                                                             Baltimore, poet/publisher
                                                7 to 8:55pm. Come listen, read, enjoy
                             an open reading will precede the feature presentation.

          A. J. Hayes is a poet living in Baltimore, MD. He's the author of 30th Year Poetry and a chapbook of poetry and art, Look Upon. He has new poems forthcoming in The Light Ekphrastic as part of the Baltimore Ekphrasis Project. He's 1/3 of the hosts for PerVerse, a monthly poetry reading series and open mic at LitMore in Baltimore. He founded small press Hidden Clearing Books, LLC with his doppelganger, novelist and poet A. Jarrell Hayes.               More info: this website at www.ajhayes.com.

C  O  M  I  N  G    A  T  T  R  A  C  T  I  O  N  S

March 5 --  Feature: Joelle Biele. Host, Anna Jane

March 12 -- Open reading, with host Marty Esworthy

March 19 -- Open reading, with host Anna Jane

March 26-- Features: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter


April 2 -- Open poetry reading, hosted by Anna Jane

April 9-- Open reading, with host Marty Esworthy

April 16 -- Featuring Baltimore's A.J. Hayes , hosted by Anna Jane

April 23 -- Open reading, with host Marty Esworthy

April 30-- T/B/A


May 7-- Open poetry reading, hosted by Julia Tilley

May 14-- The Purple Thunderbirds' Review

May 21-- Open reading, with host Jonathan Frazier

May 28-- Onamatopoeia Thursday


June-- Bustin' out all over! 


  "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