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  1.                                      POETRY THURSDAYS at MIDTOWN SCHOLAR 
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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                                         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                            

                   May 26--  Two Hussars:             
                                       Rick Kearns, John Catalano
                                      
                                                   
                                            Music and poetry, one night only-- at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s 
                   Poetry Thursdays.On May 26, Rick Kearns and John Catalano will bring compelling magic. 
                   And the spirit of Lorca, and Tolstoy too! 
                     
                        Two volatile dimensions, poetry and music. Rick Kearns will read some of his flamenco 
                   poetry, and more, while accompanied by the talented John Catalano on guitar. Both men have 
                   been jamming together in the flamenco kitchen and in various groups for over 10 years.   
                   This performance marks the second time these artists have collaborated in a poetry/music
                  endeavor. 

                       John Vincent Catalano (c. 1955) is an American musician, teacher and performer whose
                  areas of interest include prepared and improvised music, flamenco, folk, blues, experimental, 
                  classical and Gypsy jazz. Catalano is widely sought for performances, workshops and private 
                  music instruction. 

                       Rick Kearns is the current Poet Laureate of Harrisburg and Northern Bressler. His poems 
                   appear in numerous reviews and anthologies.  He has been sowing poetic mayhem in the
                   Harrisburg area for almost 30 years.  


                   7-9pm. May 26. This event is part of Poetry Thursdays, since 1999, a continuing poetry series, 
                   since 1999, now held weekly at the Midtown Scholar. 1302 N. 3rd Street. For more information, 
                   (717) 236-1680. Hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.
                                                                                                                                        
  

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PAST GLORIES:

 
June 25-- Lady Glori at Midtown Scholar



Poetry Thursdays events are held weekly at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA. 
1302 North Third Street, 17102. Call 717.236.1684

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                                                            Christine O' Leary-Rockey, July 23
 

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MAY BOOKINGS

May 5-- open mic

May 12--  open mic

May 19-- Onamatopoeia Thursday 

May 26--  John Catalano, Rick Kearns, a special poetry/music collaboration


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RE: 
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 
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
                                          
                                       Gigantic troubadour, speaking like a siege gun!
                   - Vachel Lindsay, "Bryan Bryan Bryan Bryan"

http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Lindsay.php
                                                                     
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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.

                   

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 Jonathan Frazier

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 E V E N T S   &   F E A T U R E S

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MAY BOOKINGS

May 5-- open mic

May 12--  open mic

May 19-- Onamatopoeia Thursday 

May 26--  John Catalano, Rick Kearns, a special poetry/music collaboration

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UNE BOOKINGS

June 2--

June 9--

June 16--

June 23-- Craig Czury


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UPCOMING SUMMER BOOKINGS

August 4-- 

August 11-- 

August  18-- Open poetry reading

August 25-- 


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UPCOMING AUTUMN BOOKINGS

September 3-- 

September 10-- 

September 17--

Spetember 24-- 


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October 1-- 

October 8-- 

October 15--

October 22--


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November 5--

November 12--

November 19--

November 26-- THANKSGIVING DAY
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LOOKING BACK:      
 
  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.                                    
 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