PoetsWest Seattle

Saturday      Mar. 9th      4-5:30 pm

Tara Hardy

Mike Hickey

Kendra Steel

Green Lake Branch Public Library, Seattle Washington

Open Mic too     5-5:30pm                                               

Host Rayn Roberts

 

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What the Cicadas Are Saying

There’s a method in the music, the buzz
Filling the trees, a sizzle, a scream
The clicking and the ringing of cicadas.

Where some leave off, others pick up
The cantos of love, a hum like a dream
That is all of summer and seventeen years:

“Here, here, I’m the one, I’m the best,
Here, here, I’m the one, forget the rest!”
It’s an old serenade, it does not let up,

It defends, drives off birds that come
To make an easy meal of them, it assails
Fox, wasp, raccoon, boy with butterfly net–

In the end, all the songs whirl into oblivion.
Their bodies wash into rain-gutter and trail
Dried up, cried-out shells of what they were.

Other singers rise in a coffee shop in town
Worn thin by years of blinding night labor
Soul-broken, lost, jubilant, newly in love

Sick of love, but madly in love with sound
Looking to bend an ear, the poets file in.
Autumn and an open mic are about to begin.

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Note: Depending on the species, cicadas live underground for 17 or 21 years. They emerge for one summer to mate. Males sing, females do not.
They listen & select the loudest singers.
This poem is a slight re-vision of the first in Jazz Cocktails & Soapbox Songs.

African American Writers Alliance Readings: Seattle Washington 2018

 

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Readings Worth Witnessing by the African American’s Writers Alliance Seattle, Washington 2018.                                               (Click Above)

 

  1. Sunday, June 10th Columbia City Library 2:00 p. m.
    4864 Rainier Avenue South
    “Getting Close and Personal with Kibibi Monie”
    Open Mic
  2. ​Monday   June 11th 7:00 p. m. Third Place Books
    5041 Wilson Avenue S 98118
    Open Mic
  3. Friday     June 15th 7:00 p. m.
    Humble Vine Wine Gifts
    824 SW 152nd St. Burien, WA 98166
    Open Mic 
  4. Sunday     July 8th Columbia City Library 2:00 p. m.
    4864 Rainier Avenue South
    Open Mic
  5. Monday, July 9th Third Place Books 7:00 p. m.
    5041 Wilson Avenue S 98118
    Open Mic
  6. Friday July 20th Humble Vine Wine Gifts 7:00 p. m.
  7. Open Mic 
    NO READING AT COLUMBIA CITY LIBRARY IN AUGUST
  8. Monday, August 13th Third Place Books 7:00 p. m.
    Open Mic
  9. Friday August 17th Humble Vine Wine Gifts 7:00 p. m.
    Open Mic

MORE COMING UP. Posting those when I know.

Get the latest AAWA Anthology–Voices That Matter, at most any reading . $15.00.

African American’s Writers Alliance