Wednesday, November 25, 2009

6th Grade Poet!!!!!!

Anthony P. Gonzalez of Burbank Middle School wrote this recently in my poetry workshop there:

AFTER SCHOOL

I walk home
in freshness
for millions of
drops of water

Then I sit
for roasted
crispy chicken
and liquid

After I finish
mathematics
I get a cold
icy treat on
a stick

Next I kick
a ball with
black pentagons
on it

When I come
home
I have
liquid from skin

Finally I fall
on cotton
and close eyes
for another day

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New compilation for school use...



...contains 12 food poems (a very delicious subject) I share with high school students to inspire them to create poetry in classroom workshops:

A Bowl

French Toast

Owed To Aluminum

Wanna Go With Me?

Another Green World

If I Could Smell Heaven

99 Cent Store Life

Nap Kin

El Planeta De Los Oreos

Just An Apple

13 Ways Of Looking At Little Chocolate Donuts

One Potato, Two Potato

Order your copy by going to http://paypal.com, selecting Send Money, and directing payment of $5 (shipping included) to kingfisher1031@charter.net, then just wait by the ol' mailbox for fast first-class delivery.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Gigantic THANK YOU to 53 Guest Poets!!!!!

THESE ARE THE WONDERFUL GUEST POETS WHO VISITED MY UPWARD BOUND WRITERS SEMINAR CLASSES THIS SUMMER AT OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE:

PERIOD 1

Monday, July 6th - Eli Goitein
Tuesday, July 7th - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th - Alice Pero
Thursday, July 16th - Scott Kaestner

Monday, July 20th - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd - Thea Iberall
Friday, July 24th - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th - Robert Lundy & Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th - Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th - Stosh Machek

Monday, August 3rd - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th - JD Glasscock
Wednesday, August 5th - Marvin Dorsey

PERIOD 2

Monday, July 6th - Mike Sonksen
Tuesday, July 7th - Mina Kirby
Wednesday, July 8th - Dan garcia-Black
Thursday, July 9th - Steven Kutcher & Radomir Luza
Friday, July 10th - Brandon Cesmat & Paul Koenig

Monday, July 13th - CaLokie & Tucker Smallwood
Tuesday, July 14th - Regina Higgins
Wednesday, July 15th - Russell Salamon
Thursday, July 16th - Andrea Carter Brown
Friday, July 17th - Ed Houston

Monday, July 20th - Joseph Camhi
Tuesday, July 21st - Jack Bowman & Lisa Helene Donovan
Wednesday, July 22nd - Mikel Weisser
Thursday, July 23rd - Leah Brown, Mona Jean Cedar & Maja Trochimczyk
Friday, July 24th - Barbara Cogswell & Lois P. Jones

Monday, July 27th - Lynn Thompson
Tuesday, July 28th - Jeffry Jensen & Mary Frances Spencer
Wednesday, July 29th - Corrie Greathouse
Thursday, July 30th - Ron Gregus

Monday, August 3rd - James Maverick
Tuesday, August 4th - Amelie Frank
Wednesday, August 5th - Reynald Romea
Thursday, August 6th - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Finalized line-up of Guest Poets for Occidental College Upward Bound SUMMER 2009!

Hey Poetry People,

This is the first time I've used Facebook to help fill Guest Poet slots for my Writers Seminar classes at Occidental College Upward Bound...and it was a rousing success! Thanks to you, my students will be experiencing an onslaught of...people who love writing...and live it!!

We'll be meeting in Johnson Hall, room J204 every day. And all are welcome to sit-in to experience their favorite poet. You might even get a chance to share a poem too!

PERIOD 1 GUEST POETS:

Monday, July 6th, 10am to 11am - Eli Goitein
Tuesday, July 7th, 10am to 11am - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th, 10am to 11am - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th, 10am to 11am - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th, 9am to 10am - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th, 10am to 11am - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th, 10am to 11am - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th, 10am to 11am - Alice Pero
Thursday, July 16th, 10am to 11am - Scott Kaestner
Friday, July 17th, 9am to 10am - no poet

Monday, July 20th, 10am to 11am - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st, 10am to 11am - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd, 10am to 11am - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd, 10am to 11am - Thea Iberall
Friday, July 24th, 9am to 10am - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th, 10am to 11am - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th, 10am to 11am - Robert Lundy & Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th, 10am to 11am - Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th, 10am to 11am - Stosh Machek

Monday, August 3rd, 10am to 11am - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th, 10am to 11am - Hilda Weiss
Wednesday, August 5th, 10am to 11am - Marvin Dorsey

PERIOD 2 GUEST POETS:

Monday, July 6th, 2pm to 3pm - Mike Sonksen
Tuesday, July 7th, 2pm to 3pm - Mina Kirby
Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm to 3pm - Dan garcia-Black
Thursday, July 9th, 2pm to 3pm - Steven Kutcher & Radomir Luza
Friday, July 10th, 11am to 12pm - Paul Koenig

Monday, July 13th, 2pm to 3pm - CaLokie & Tucker Smallwood
Tuesday, July 14th, 2pm to 3pm - Regina Higgins
Wednesday, July 15th, 2pm to 3pm - Russell Salamon
Thursday, July 16th, 2pm to 3pm - Andrea Carter Brown
Friday, July 17th, 11am to 12pm - Ed Houston

Monday, July 20th, 2pm to 3pm - Joseph Camhi
Tuesday, July 21st, 2pm to 3pm - Jack Bowman & Lisa Helene Donovan
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2pm to 3pm - Mikel Weisser
Thursday, July 23rd, 2pm to 3pm - Leah Brown, Mona Jean Cedar, & Maja Trochimczyk
Friday, July 24th, 11am to 12pm - Barbara Cogswell & Lois P. Jones

Monday, July 27th, 2pm to 3pm - Lynne Thompson
Tuesday, July 28th, 2pm to 3pm - Jeffry Jensen & Mary Frances Spencer
Wednesday, July 29th, 2pm to 3pm - Corrie Greathouse
Thursday, July 30th, 2pm to 3pm - Ron Gregus

Monday, August 3rd, 2pm to 3pm - James Maverick
Tuesday, August 4th, 2pm to 3pm - Amelie Frank
Wednesday, August 5th, 2pm to 3pm - Reynald Romea & Julia Stein
Thursday, August 6th, 10am to 11am - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

Thank you everyone for your interest and involvement!

One extremely grateful teacher,
DKC

Monday, June 29, 2009

Guest Poets Still Wanted!

Hey So Cal Poets,

Because so many of you wanted to visit my teens...and it killed me to have to turn you down because of budgetary concerns...I'm going to try something new...I might be crazy but...let's try an afternoon Guest Poet schedule exclusively for my 2nd Period class...in addition to the already scheduled morning one which will now be only for my 1st Period.

These 2nd Period sessions will take place between 2pm and 3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (no lunch, of course)...and between 11am and 12pm on Fridays (with lunch). And just like with the poets visiting my 1st Period, you need only share three of your own poems, answer any questions the kids might have, and, if you'd like to, offer them a writing idea. So, if you couldn't get onto the Period 1 schedule, and you'd still like to share your poetry, please let me know which date is best for you...and I will find a way to compensate you for your time.

Here are the openings for poets to visit my 2nd Period class:

Monday, July 6th, 2pm to 3pm - Mike Sonksen
Tuesday, July 7th, 2pm to 3pm - Mina Kirby
Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm to 3pm - Dan garcia-Black
Thursday, July 9th, 2pm to 3pm - Steven Kutcher
Friday, July 10th, 11am to 12pm - Paul Koenig & Ruth Nolan

Monday, July 13th, 2pm to 3pm - CaLokie & Tucker Smallwood
Tuesday, July 14th, 2pm to 3pm - Don Newton
Wednesday, July 15th, 2pm to 3pm - Russell Salamon
Thursday, July 16th, 2pm to 3pm - Andrea Carter Brown
Friday, July 17th, 11am to 12pm - Ed Houston & Abel Salas

Monday, July 20th, 2pm to 3pm - Joseph Camhi
Tuesday, July 21st, 2pm to 3pm -
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2pm to 3pm - Helen Graziano & Mikel Weisser
Thursday, July 23rd, 2pm to 3pm - Leah Brown & Maja Trochimczyk
Friday, July 24th, 11am to 12pm - Lois P. Jones

Monday, July 27th, 2pm to 3pm - Lynn Thompson
Tuesday, July 28th, 2pm to 3pm - Jeffry Jensen
Wednesday, July 29th, 2pm to 3pm - Frankie Salinas
Thursday, July 30th, 2pm to 3pm - Theresa Antonia & Ron Gregus

Monday, August 3rd, 2pm to 3pm - James Maverick
Tuesday, August 4th, 2pm to 3pm - Amelie Frank
Wednesday, August 5th, 2pm to 3pm - Reynald Romea
Thursday, August 6th, 10am to 11am - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

AND HERE'S THE PERIOD 1 SCHEDULE:

Monday, July 6th, 10am to 11am - Mary Torregrossa
Tuesday, July 7th, 10am to 11am - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th, 10am to 11am - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th, 10am to 11am - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th, 9am to 10am (no lunch) - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th, 10am to 11am - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th, 10am to 11am - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th, 10am to 11am -
Thursday, July 16th, 10am to 11am - Scott Kaestner
Friday, July 17th, 9am to 10am (no lunch) - Marie Lecrivain

Monday, July 20th, 10am to 11am - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st, 10am to 11am - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd, 10am to 11am - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd, 10am to 11am - Mary Frances Spencer
Friday, July 24th, 9am to 10am (no lunch) - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th, 10am to 11am - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th, 10am to 11am - Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th, 10am to 11am - Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th, 10am to 11am - Stosh Machek & Angel Uriel Perales

Monday, August 3rd, 10am to 11am - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th, 10am to 11am - Hilda Weiss
Wednesday, August 5th, 10am to 11am - Marvin Dorsey

And a galactic thank you to all those who have visited in the past for being very generous with your time!

Poetic love,
Don

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thank you for signing up as Guest Poets for my Upward Bound classes!

Hey So Cal Poets,

It's going to be Summer #25 for me teaching Creative Writing at Occidental College in the Upward Bound program. For decades, wonderful poets have volunteered to perform for my students. Now's it's time to do it again, or, for some, to try it out. What will they get? A free lunch and the infinitely good karma of sharing their love of poetry with impressionable teenagers!

Due to budget restrictions in this day and age, I can only have one poet come in each day. They will be asked to share three of their own poems, answer any questions the kids might have, and, if they'd like to, offer them a writing idea. Yes, you've all bowled me over once more, you good ones, having reserved the date of your choice. Here's our schedule:

Monday, July 6th, 10am to 1pm - Mary Torregrossa
Tuesday, July 7th, 10am to 1pm - Sharmagne Leland-St.John
Wednesday, July 8th, 10am to 1pm - Ryfkah
Thursday, July 9th, 10am to 1pm - Eric von Mizener
Friday, July 10th, 9am to 11am - Brandon Cesmat

Monday, July 13th, 10am to 1pm - Ron Baca
Tuesday, July 14th, 10am to 1pm - Chrystine Julian
Wednesday, July 15th, 10am to 1pm -
Thursday, July 16th, 10am to 1pm - Scott Kaestner
Friday, July 17th, 9am to 11am - Marie Lecrivain

Monday, July 20th, 10am to 1pm - Eric Morago
Tuesday, July 21st, 10am to 1pm - Michelle Angelini
Wednesday, July 22nd, 10am to 1pm - Pete Justus
Thursday, July 23rd, 10am to 1pm - Mary Frances Spencer
Friday, July 24th, 9am to 11am - Katherine Norland

Monday, July 27th, 10am to 1pm - Neil Aitken
Tuesday, July 28th, 10am to 1pm - Elizabeth Yahn Williams
Wednesday, July 29th, 10am to 1pm -Emma Rosenthal
Thursday, July 30th, 10am to 1pm - Stosh Machek & Angel Uriel Perales

Monday, August 3rd, 10am to 1pm - Maureen Alsop
Tuesday, August 4th, 10am to 1pm - Hilda Weiss
Wednesday, August 5th, 10am to 1pm - Marvin Dorsey
Thursday, August 6th, 10am to 11am (no lunch) - Brendan Constantine & Mani Suri

And a big thank you to all those who have visited in the past for being very generous with your time!

Poetic love,
Don

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pictures from Kidspace!

Michelle Angelini gets the kids involved!

Kingfisher introduces Lindy!

Lindy Hill used to be a Kindergarten teacher!

Mary Torregrossa surveys the audience!

Thanks to Yvonne Chavez Lombardi for taking and allowing us to post these photos.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Poetry Night @ Kidspace is coming!

Here is the list of the 14 Guest Poets who will be performing one of their poems at the Kidspace Museum in Pasadena for the Family Poetry Night I'm hosting on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6pm:

MICHELLE ANGELINI
THERESA ANTONIA
MARCIELLE BRANDLER
CALOKIE
BETH CHENG
JEFFRY JENSEN
MINA KIRBY
DEBORAH P KOLODJI
STEVEN KUTCHER
SHARMAGNE LELAND-ST.JOHN
LAURA LONGORIA
RADOMIR LUZA
JAMES MAVERICK
MARY TORREGROSSA

If anyone else would like to visit, you are welcome...and if one of the Guest Poets fails to show up, or if we are given extra time, you might even get a chance to perform a poem. All of us will also help the kids to each write a poem.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two exhibitions of poetry!!

I've got two exciting local featured reading opportunities coming up where I will be performing for young people:

1
Thursday, May 14th
Don Kingfisher Campbell & other poets
The Bozana Poetry Show
Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd
L Building
Harbeson Hall
7pm

2
Tuesday, June 2nd
Don Kingfisher Campbell & Friends
Free Family Poetry Night
Kidspace Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena
6pm
http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events

Hope to see you at either or both,
DKC

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Student poems from our Napa Elementary School visit!

Here are three poems that were composed by students in Ms. Cross' classroom during our presentation last month:



Dianna T.

WHAT IF

What If
There was something
watching you
haunting you as they
say
think hard you’ll never know
unless you see it
imagine if they were there?
should we know?
Is it true?



Oscar D.

DISASTER MONSTER

What if Godzilla was real and
was eating people and throwing
them away from here? He is so
evil and angry. He is big and strong
and not scared of anything.



Maria A.

FISH

If a fish could talk
I’ll be scared and surprised
Maybe he’ll be helping me with my homework
He’ll tell me stories that he made up.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Aveson School of Leaders in Altadena

Had the opportunity today to perform three poetry writing workshops for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for two classrooms. The kids were wonderful. I had a great time performing A First For Me, I Vacuumed A Bee; Godzilla!; and 13 Ways Of Looking At Little Chocolate Donuts...then lead them into writing emulations. I got to give a lot of individual advice on their newly composed poems, and wrote two myself:


IT'S NOT UNUSUAL

I visit a classroom
and share poetry

The kids all so nice
diminuitive adults

I feel like a giant
sharing my love

of poetic ideas
One girl sits in a chair

adjusts the fit of her shoe
I say that's a good start

Then there's a boy who puts
his arm behind his head

It looks like it's growing
out of his hair

So what can I do
I'll make another poem

and growl with pleasure
over every newborn couplet


ATCH!

Looking for a batch
to catch

I had to detach
from my hatch

go to a klatch
unhook a latch
find a match

Now I can say natch
about needing a patch

All this helps me ratchet
up the contents of my satchel

Just watch!


And tomorrow...I'm reading at Roosevelt High School for the faculty poetry reading during their extended Cinco de Mayo lunchtime celebration. Woo hoo!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another gig!

I'm going to be performing a demonstration poetry writing workshop at Aveson School Of Leaders in Altadena on Monday, May 4th for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I'll be sharing three of my poems, answering any questions, and sharing with the kids how I created each one of them...then it will be their turn to compose using whichever of the ideas I present they prefer. I'll keep you posted on what I create there as well.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Poem from my La Crescenta visit

On April 8th I visited Mrs. Guarino's Creative Writing class at Clark Magnet High School. We started off with her students asking me many questions about my poetry (which they had obviously researched on the internet...far out). I then shared all 12 poems from my new chapbook compilation for high schools (at their insistence, with additional questions asked). After that it was time for everyone to write (payback). I gave them no instructions, just time. The poems they shared were awesome. The poem I wrote definitely demonstrated my favorite quick creation idea: to use objects in the room for inspiration. Here it is:

SMOKE DETECTOR

My heart is
a black teddy bear
looking at humanity

Oh, I've been many places
mountains, tall buildings,
beaches

I've always sought
pink roses
to educate me

amidst the multitude
of colorful faces I've seen
(some cat ears, blue cheeks)

It's like reading
a clock on the wall
I tell the hanging flag

of my brain sometimes I need
a fire extinguisher to leave
my green field mindset

The view out these eyes
so naturally inclined
to want trees, clouds, sky

forgets I can find truth
and beauty in meeting
another new individual

gum chewing human
who sits in a plastic chair
thinking thoughts

And then the little black
teddy bear that is
my wandering soul

smiles just to gaze
upon hair, limbs,
minds which create

poems to share our insides
so we see we are
each others fluorescent lights

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New chapbook suitable for high school classrooms



Contents
CAR TROUBLE
CATALINA AND WASHINGTON
HOMO SUPERIOR
JOSHUA TREE SERVICE
LXXVII
ONLY MINUTES
POETRY IN THE PARK
700 BILLION DOLLARS
SIXTH PERIOD CHEMISTRY
SOUNDTRACK
STREAKED HAIR BLUE
THE RELOCATION OF THE JAPANESE DURING WORLD WAR II

I've created it to share with high school classrooms these 12 poems written in the last year.

Gets its first road test on Wednesday, when I visit Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta.

You can order a copy (or copies) of this chapbook for just $3 each by going to http://paypal.com and selecting Send Money to kingfisher1031@charter.net, then just wait at your ol' mailbox for rapid first-class delivery by postal employee. (Think of how this will help the economy!)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Poem commemorating our visit to Napa Elementary School

Mary Frances Spencer

POETS INVADING

we infiltrated another
elementary school
weapons
locked loaded
shooting ideas
bombs overhead
pencils in hand

the enemy
blank lined sheets
white paper
crying out for mercy
as the young

students scribbled
unleashed
their
poetic volley
word by word

we left
creative wreckage
and maybe some bits
of inspiration
floating in the dust

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Poem inspired by a Napa Elementary School student!

Don Kingfisher Campbell

THE BOY WITH POEMS IN HIS HEAD

He keeps them inside
Always smiling

He's tapping his pencil
On the desk to beats

He quietly laughs
For his own reasons

His hair stands up
And then his teeth

Move a little in his mouth
Whispering words

So nobody can hear
Don't you wish

You had verses inside you too
He taps his noggin some more



Did you write a poem at Napa today? Send it to poetrypeople@charter.net and I'll post it!

Also look below to see 13 poets who shared their poetry this afternoon with Napa students....

POETRYpeople visit Napa Elementary School!

CaLokie

Maja Trochimczyk

Michelle Angelini

Poet X

Radomir Luza

Laura Longoria

Beth Cheng

Jeffry Jensen

Toti O'Brien

Ron Gregus

Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Mina Kirby

Mary Frances Spencer

Photos by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A big gig!

On April 2nd, as part of National Poetry Month, I will be leading 13 poets to perform our poetry for 13 Napa Elementary School classrooms in Northridge. Now, that's exciting! Here are the poets who will be joining me there:

3rd grade
MINA KIRBY - Carolyn Taylor's Room 1
MARY FRANCES SPENCER - Olga Diaz' Room 3
SHARMAGNE LELAND-ST.JOHN - Nancy Gelber's Room 4
RADOMIR LUZA - Arnold Rosenthal's Room 23
LAURA LONGORIA - Karen Eskildsen's Room 24

4th grade
RON GREGUS - Elizabeth Cross' Room 37
TOTI O'BRIEN - Donna King's Room 38
POET X - Cecilia Garcia's Room 30
MICHELLE ANGELINI - Christina Riggs' Room 29

5th grade
JEFFRY JENSEN - Tina Gilmore's Room 25
BETH CHENG - Rebecca Platt's Room 26
CALOKIE - Emilio Arauz' Room 27
MAJA TROCHIMCZYK - Christy Moore's Room 28

We'll be performing between 1:15pm and 2:15pm. One poet to a classroom. Performing three poems, answering any questions, and sharing a writing idea. Oh, and receiving a $20 stipend too.

Here's a Google Map that shows the school's exact location:

View Larger Map

How's that!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shared a poem with Ms. Foley's students yesterday...

...shared "I Got The American Right" at Garfield High School and a student dared me to write a poem on the spot, so I got out my look around the room technique, and here 'tis:

HUMANITAS

My face feels out of order

One eye higher than the other

I'm a beautiful pig

Posing by a big flower

I say welcome to my world

It's time to draw hearts

Walk through open doors

Dream about college days

Then I get a light bulb

In the TV screen of my brain

I am turning into Shakespeare

See, my forehead rises

Like a proud pinata

Standing firm but fragile

Like a row of books on a shelf

We'll all be dust in another century

Monday, February 23, 2009

A great visit!

Visited Zane Grey High School today in Reseda. Sharmagne Leland-St. John read her moving poetry to the teens, then it was my turn. After that, a little writing time. I recommended they look around the room for ideas. Here are the poems Sharmagne and I wrote:



Sharmagne Leland-St. John

UNTITLED

clock ticking
flag unfurls
savannah sunset
darkness covers
a weary world
temple gongs are rung
echoing ancient songs unsung
sun in shadow
birds take flight
stain the sky with wings of white

Abraham watches
then bows his head to pray.



Don Kingfisher Campbell

I'M A CURIOUS TIGER

carefully walking
around the room
with my eyes

I look out the window
trees are still
more patient than me

I know the sun is in the sky
even though I can't see it
I feel the warmth of the world

so this is my valentine existence
If I had a loud speaker
I'd use it to tell all

I love to go through classroom doors
Happily growl as I pass plastic squares
full of other people's words

The TV screen inside my head
may be blank again, but I stare
intently and find a spider

woven into my heart
where I sense time beating
and a smile from decades ago

wears red high heels
to remind me ideas are reproducible
If I make like an elephant

and eat every flower of memory
I can bite claw scratch to remember
while I'm on the third planet

and then poof
back to the cosmos
just to change my station

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I'm going to visit another classroom!

Just got a gig to perform my poetry for students at Zane Grey Continuation High School next to Reseda High School on 18230 Kittridge St. It's on Monday, February 23rd at 11:30am. Y'all drop down if you wanna hear and/or join me! Here's a link to a Google map to help you find it: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=18230+Kittridge+St+Reseda,+CA+91335&fb=1&geocode=17988157074447922316,34.189967,-118.530576&oi=manybox&ct=14&cd=1&resnum=1