Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Next Saturday at Harold Washington

Frome Dave Gecic:

A Reading With The Poets of The Puddin'head Press

Harold Washington Library
Author's Room
400 S. State
7th Floor
1 to 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 1st

Nina Corwin author of Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints
Carol Anderson author of Ordinary
Cathleen Schandelmeier author of Chicago Phoenix
Larry Janowski author of BrotherKeeper
Sandy Goldsmith author of Imaging Center
Lee Kitzis author of Eight Dollars An Hour

There will be books by dozens of Chicago poets available.
Come and buy a poetry book for Christmas.
For more info visit
or e-mail us at or call 708-656-4900.

And Friday November 30
at the Mercury Cafe
1505 W. Chicago Ave
at 7 PM
presents featured poets
Janet Kuyper, Ixta Menchaca
and Nina Corwin, author of Conversations with Friendly Demons and Tainted

I feel like I'm 16 again...

At least for a minute when I look ast this old pic!

Me, circa 1978:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

November Green Leaf Poetry Recap...

November was an intimate but lively session for poetry at the Green Leaf Coffee House.

Shannon & her Dad joined in the discussion, and Shannon's Dad brought in a wonderful poem he'd written about what writing poetry meant to him.

Russ Pergram, one of our most romantic poets, was reading and driving a great deal of discussion, and Mary Andersen joined in with her first poetic writing in twenty years for our new last hour segment, the Green Leaf Coffee House Poetry Circle.

The poetry circle is where all writers in attendance who are willing to contribute a verse to a jointly-written poem. (Rights go to Green Leaf Coffee House, as they are our generous hosts.)

I hope a happy Thanksgiving was had by all - and with the December holiday season, a wonderful month coming up.

Here is our November creation:

Eggnog Latte...

In the falling afternoon sunlight,
Lazy Fall Sunday afternoon,
A steaming cup of holiday,
Whirls about my mind,
Stirred and lidded hand-warmer,
From which I spill poetry.

As I sip from that cup of memories
Of holidays long gone by
I savor the fragrance of their joy
Amid the velvet echoes
Of loves' sweet caress

Creamy and dreamy,
blackness and fluff
sweetness lingers
covering the bitter bite

Last minute shopping,
frantic wrapping,
hiding all the whimsical surprises,
at last a reward of frothy delight,
time being held still with a sip of holiday enjoyment,
a sense of satisfaction of new memories
being created and old ones passed on.

By: Green Leaf Coffee House Poetry Circle
© 11/24/2007
Contributing Authors: (In order of verse written)
Daniel A. Stafford
Russ Pergram
Shannon Prahl
Mary Andersen