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

     May 28-- Onomatopoeia Thursday: 
          W H A A M ! An open poetry reading.

      A semi-themed reading featuring 
imitative sounds made by, or 
their referents. Wha? You know-- whiz, BANG! 
   burrrp-- sounds 
grunts to the whirring of 
   star-ship engines. 
     Filippo Tommaso Marinetti discovered that onomatopoeias were useful 
   to describe a battle in Tripoli where he was a soldier, creating a sound text 
   that became a sort of a spoken photograph of the battle. 
     Try some sounds, or, just read a regular poem. We're only suggesting a theme, 
   just an idea.
 We're friendly & pretty darn flexible. But make some noise if you like.
     Crash! BAM! Boom! BaZinga! It's all good.
Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam! (1963, Tate Modern, London)
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

                                                                             earlier 2015 events:


Jonathan Frazier

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


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


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!


July 2-- t/b/a

July 9-- John Destalo

July 16--

July 23--

July 30-- Sultans of Swat



August 6-- Theresa Rodriguez

Spetember 24-- Joelle Biele 


May 14, our feature: 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. 
        She's appeared in dozens of shows across the East Coast including the Harlem  Book Fair and the 2014 US Open Tennis Tournament. 
   Her talents have also led her to be named as a nominee for best hip-hop song by DC  Rap. 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.          




"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