SLAM AT THE WILKINSON … With $600 in prizes about to be awarded to winning participants, it might be worth pulling out that dusty old manuscript this Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in the Wilkinson Library program room and joining in the competition. It’s free, although a donation jar will be there ... Talking Gourds has joined with the library to host a wild poetry slam event, with Day Acoli as emcee (she runs the wildly popular Café Nuba in Denver, a premier performance poetry space) and Bianca Mikahn as participant (Bianca was a member of Denver’s prize-winning slam team that took the national championship last year) … And for those that don’t know much about slams and want to learn, Bianca will lead a workshop Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the Wilkinson Library (donation recommended) called “Slam 101.” Come learn from one of the state’s masters.
FREE FILMS … Thursday night there are two free movies (and a donation jar too) – both winners of Talking Gourds’ annual Tellus Award … The first film, Committing Poetry in a Time of War, was last year’s winner, and documents the firing of poet and teacher Bill Nevins at New Mexico’s Rio Rancho High School for allowing his kids to read antiwar poems as part of the classroom experience. It includes some powerful performances by New Mexico slam poets and Bill and Priscilla Baca y Candelaria, who also appears in the film, will be present to talk about the documentary … The other film, this year’s Tellus Award winner, is Polis is This – Charles Olsen and the Persistence of Place.
LOTS MORE … Check this paper for a full schedule of the five-day event, including workshops, walks, performances, open mikes and the event’s trademark talking gourds circles.
THE BAD NEWS … At least for me. I’ll miss Talking Gourds this week. My father collapsed on Friday night and was rushed to a hospital where it was found he had a brain tumor. Poor Vincenzo … Although I just came back from visiting him with my son Gregorio two weeks ago, by the time you read this I should be in California with him again… If you need me on county business, you can email me at
CLUB 19 … After a big battle with oil&gas insiders who’ve taken over control of Club 20, the regional lobbying group for Western Slope business and industry interests, I pulled out of the organization for not representing the interests of San Miguel County citizens and have created a big of a stir. Check out the political blog, Colorado Confidential, for a good summary of what’s going on:
(© 2008 Art Goodtimes)
THE TALKING GOURD
What’s Driving Us?
a Renga for Mark Fischer
[Hai-unCouth #18, 19, 20, 21]
hurtlin’ along that long
bitten by my own drive.
we are what we do.
our explosive specie reach
endemic. stop. go.
beyond the binary
παντα ρει where all things flow
who goes there?
where the hole are we?
locked behind glass.
burning up gas. out of control.