Sunday, May 29, 2011

52 Cleveland Haiku (20)

Under the asphalt
the old brick paving shows through:
We walk on the past

--Geoffrey A. Landis

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Leonora Carrington dies at 94; a leading Link figure of the Surrealist movement,0,2188132.story

Links to work:

Short Story:

Novel: The Hearing Trumpet

"One has to be careful what one takes when one goes away forever." — Leonora Carrington (The Hearing Trumpet)


the recital of dreams

You DO know that you are a dream don’t you?
Do you realize how completely alone the Divine Being is?
All that there is is only this Divine Being.
Our Beloved, our Self!
To hide from the Truth the Divine Beloved dreams that It is You!
And Me and All of US!!!
An infinately multiple personality
Look deeply inside of your self.
You will find only Me.
You and Me and Me and You!
But one of us is the other’s dream…
One of us must, in the end, die the death of a lie and the Other return to its aloneness.
But what good is this Truth?
Shall we not have pity on Our Self then and continue dreaming that We are You and I and I and You?
Let’s us live a little longer in this dream
Until we can no longer look into each other’s eyes, fool our selves and see another.
One day my dear mask, my poor victim, That shall crush in upon you and wash you helpless into an ocean you have long forgotten like a grain of sand.
Drowning, you will be forced to release yourself and return to Self.

Leonora Carrington

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

52 Cleveland Haiku (19)

Like popcorn
hailstones bouncing off the roof
as tornado sirens wail.

--Geoffrey A. Landis

Bonus Haiku:

Sirens now silent;
hailstones melting in the grass.
Still the rain pelts down.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

52 Cleveland Haiku (18)

Old four-door Buick
J. Geils through open windows:
Ah, the sounds of spring.

--Geoffrey A. Landis

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hessler Street Poetry Winners!

On May 11, poets read their poems for the Hessler Street Fair poetry contest at Mac's Backs. After a great deal of discussion and analysis by the distinguished team of judges(*), the 2011 Hessler Poetry Contest winners were announced:

First place: Vladimir Swirynsky, for "Already the Sky on Bent Knees"
Second place: Shelley Chernin, for "Rise and Shine"
Third place: Andrew Line, for "Catalyst (in memorium)"

Honorable mentions went to T.M. Göttl, for "On the Feast of Snow and Shadow," and Michael Bernstein, for "What it Does."

(official list here).

You can read all the poems in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest book, available at the Hessler booth at the Fair, May 21 & 22, or available for purchase at Mac's.

If you missed the reading at Mac's, don't be blue: you've got another chance. On Sunday the winners will read from the stage at the Hessler Street Fair, simulcast on WRUW at 91.1 FM on the radio, and also on the internet, and webcast at
MC Joshua Gage gets the program moving

The winners: Left to right: Andrew Line, Shelley Chernin, Vladimir Swirynsky
*judged by the winners of last year's Hessler contest: Mary Turzillo, Jill Riga, and me.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Music and Words for Peace - May 14th in Cleveland

The Cleveland Non-Violence Network presents Music & Words for Peace, a coffeehouse fundraiser for the 10th Annual Labor Day Peace Show, with music by Deborah Van Kleef, Ian Heisey and the Cleveland Hip-Hop Club, and poetry by Kate Sopko, Phil Metres, Kazim Ali, Dianne Borsenik, John Burroughs and Sammy Greenspan.

Free will donations accepted at the door. Baked goods & fair trade coffee. Parking on Franklin Boulevard and adjoining streets. More info:, 216-932-8546,

It all happens Saturday, 7 p.m., at St. Paul's Community Church, 4427 Franklin Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. (Click on the image for a printable flier.)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

52 Cleveland Haiku (16)


Honk honk honk honk honk!
This pond is mine! All of it!
You stay out!
Honk! Honk!

--Geoffrey A. Landis

Friday, May 6, 2011

Legendary Cleveland poet RA Washington tonight!

Arts in Stark and The Poet's Haven present Canton's First Friday Poetry Spectacular! May 6th's featured poet is RA Washington.

RA Washington is a writer, multi-media artist, and musician living in the historic North Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. He is the author of a dozen books, most recently the novellas Open and HUEbris. Washington was awarded a Wexner Center for the Arts Fellowship in 2001. His paintings, photography, and mixed media installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers, including ARTbizzarre in Montreal, FACT.CO in London, and as part of SPACES Art Gallery’s Afrofuturism Exhibition in 2006. Washington's free jazz opera, Along the Eastern Shore: A Tribute to Albert Ayler, was premiered as part of the 2006 Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. A member of the performance ensemble Black Poetic, Washington is currently working on a play and film project based on the life of James Baldwin.

This show includes an open-mic, feature performance, and poetry slam. First place in the slam wins $50. Second place wins $30. Third place wins $20. Prize money provided by Arts in Stark.

This is an ALL-AGES/UNMODERATED event, meaning that all-ages are welcome to attend and participate, but parents should be aware that there are no restrictions on language and some performances may contain adult language and content.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau