Bob Hart Memorial at ABC NoRio, Sunday, 9/28 at Noon

Bob Hart Memorial at ABC No Rio, Sunday, September 28 at Noon

I will be attending this:

Update on Bob Hart’s memorial from David Lawton

BOB HART (1931 – 2014)

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, we will celebrate the work of this consummate artist and human being.

We will do the thing Bob loved to do – read his poetry, at ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street (bet. Clinton & Suffolk), a place where Bob workshopped his work and dialogued with his colleague poets. We will come together there at 12 noon. The reading will begin with invited poets, and time permitting, we will open the
reading up to those who would also like to read. Bob’s publisher, Jee Leong Koh, will have copies of Bob’s collection, Lightly in the Good of Day, available for sale, with the proceeds donated to ABC No Rio.

F Train to Delancey, J, M or Z to Essex.

Hosted by David Lawton and Thomas Fucaloro.

Peace.

photo credit: Jodi Lynn Concepcion

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Memorial Service for Bob Hart Saturday 8/30 at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial Service for Bob Hart Saturday 8/30 at 1:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Our dear friend and poet, Bob Hart,  passed away last week.  He was 85 years old, but his lively spirit and dance moves could outdo those more than half his age.  Bob featured for me back on January 5, 2013 with Bruce Weber and Joanne Pagano Weber as part of The No Chance Ensemble team. It was a fun event for everyone.  Bob’s poem, A Longer Shorter Comedy, is in the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology.  I plan to do a special memorial section for him in the 2015 anthology.

 

 

There will be a non-denominational funeral service for Bob Hart:

 

Saturday, August 30, at 1:30 p.m.

 

The Scientology Church

 

65 East 82 St., between Park and Madison

 

New York, NY 10028

 

If you have any questions, please call Eden at 212-288-1526.

 

I wish I could go, but I’m scheduled to work that day.

 

Every poem is a gift from the poet’s heart.  Bob Hart had a heart filled with poetry.  I have posted his poem from the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology below.  Please read, enjoy, and share his gift.

 

A LONGER SHORTER COMEDY

midway this trip

beginning with one and

ending with another nothing;

bubbling in the wakings of

sensation’s edgy finding of

the light and morbid substance of infinitude

we who met (or not met at all) are amazed

in our urging or purging round this fountain cup

of bright and dim variety

how many (or few) exuding life’s vibrancy

we find in this contriving of eternity

midway my trip or midway our trip

so many steep concavities

of sloping in and climbing out—

the filling of the dark green living leaf

with freezing white (whose eye of ice

will weep a different beauty in the spring)

midway like sun and blossom   hope and help

close with opening we sanctify or vilify each other—

truth-spiders

weaving forever as substance sublime

or else a void to avoid.

—Bob Hart

9th Annual Brevitas Festival of the Short Poem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
For further and deeper information contact: Richard Storm, rdstorm@nyc.rr.com
The 9th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
Sunday, November 11, 2012
2:30 – 5:30 pm
POETS HOUSE
10 River Terrace (at Murray Street)
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The Stars
One night I spoke
to the stars.
“Write a poem,”
they said.
“What kind of
poem?” I asked.
“Doesn’t matter.
Just make it short.”
            ~ Sparrow
           (poet-member, brevitas)
Poets House is hosting the 9th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem on Sunday November 11, 2012 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm.
Poet-members Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin (founder of City Lore) launched brevitas by inviting a variety of dedicated poets to share original, short poems (14 lines max) with each other via email on the 1st and 15th of each month. Now ten years later, this community has grown to nearly 40 poets who offer individual, constructive feedback to each other’s works. This experiment has nurtured the collection of over 200 short poems for the anthology “2012 brevitas 9” that will be celebrated and given to everyone who attends the Festival. Poems will be projected and performed by each poet. Books will be signed. Literary antics will entertain. Laughter, pith and meaning will collide.
Poets in the audience will have an opportunity to sign-up for the Short Poem Open Mic (14 lines max) hosted by Bob Holman, international spoken-word poetry guru and founder of The Bowery Poetry Club).
Memorial tributes will honor our departed poet-members Iris Berman and Sue Machlin.
“Because of brevitas,” poet-member Richard Storm observed, “everything is a potential poem and everyone is a potential poet.  Because of brevitas, poetry waits for me…. On the next block, around the corner, on every stranger’s face.”
brevitas members are a feisty mixture of well-known, emerging, and irrepressible artists and poets, including program hosts Angelo Verga (Spoken Word Curator for The Cornelia Street Café) and Flash Rosenberg (artist in residence for LIVE from the New York Public Library). Other poet-members include New Yorker poet Sparrow, Poet Laureate of Jones Street Sanford Fraser, Mobius editor Juanita Torrence-Thompson, First Literary Review-East editors Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg, co-founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative John J. Trause, along with a lively roster of accomplished wordsmiths including Dorothy Freidman August, Susan Gerardi Bello, Claudia Carlson, Patricia Carragon, Jan Garden Castro, Esther Cohen, Gil Fagiani, Christian Garaud, Leigh Harrison, Bob Heman, Eileen Hennessy, Evie Ivy, Judy Kamilhor, Andrew Kaufman, Maria Lisella, Tsaurah Litzky, Georgia Luna, James McMenamin, Katrinka Moore, Leslie Prosterman, Dorothea Hutton Scher, Zev Shanken, Ed Smith, Esther K. Smith, Nathan A. Versace, Carolyn Wells, and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. 
$10 admission includes a copy of the brevitas anthology of short poems, 2012 brevitas 9.
9th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
Sunday, November 11, 2012  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm
When:  Sunday, November 11, 2:30 – 5:30
Where:  Poets House, 10 River Terrace (at Murray Street).
   Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C to Chambers Street.
Admission: $10 (includes the brevitas anthology)
Contact:  Richard Storm, rdstorm@nyc.rr.com
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Iris Berman Memorial


For IRIS BERMAN, 

a beautiful person, friend, 

and sister Brevitarian:

Memorial Tribute to Iris Berman

Sunday July 15 at 6:00 PM

A special memoriam to honor the works of Brooklyn-born poet/writer,IRIS BERMAN, who passed on June 1st. Please come pay tribute to thisamazing, prolific writer, a long-time active member of New York’s

poetry and literary community. Featured poets, friends and colleagues

will read poetry, prose, share anecdotes and stories with an Open Mic

as well. Iris writings will be available for sale and to read. A

portion of the proceeds will go to Gilda’s Club.Hosted/Presented by: Cynthia Toronto and Patrick Christiano

Donations accepted at the door
Watch Live on the Web!

http://www.bowerypoetrylive.com/

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology at BookCourt Sun, June 24 at 7 p.m.

A Labor of Love is Now A Celebration of Love–
the Love of Poetry and Prose. 
The
Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology Book Event
A Celebration
of Poetry in Brooklyn
Sunday, June
24
7 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
BookCourt
163 Court
Street
Cobble Hill,
Brooklyn, NY 11201   Phone # (718)
875-3677
Take the F or
G to Bergen St., R to Court St.,4 or 5 to Borough Hall
Hosted and Curated by Patricia
Carragon

The Brownstone Poets is proud to have its annual anthology event at BookCourt on Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Rain or shine, this is a celebration for sixty-one diverse poets (featured poets from 2011 or poets who had frequently attended the Brownstone Poets reading series during 2011, plus a guest poet). All scheduled anthology contributors are reading from the anthology. Admission is free. This reading will not include an Open Mic.

Sadly, two contributors have recently passed away:

Brant Lyon – May 12

Iris Berman – June 1

Their poems in the Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will be heard and cherished. Their poetry was a vital part of the Brownstone Poets community. We will not forget our friends. Their poetry will live on.

Brant Lyon’s “FOREVER DADA,” will be read by Patricia Carragon

Iris Berman’s “RUNNING SCARED,” will be read by Cynthia Toronto

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will sell for $8 at BookCourt. All anthology contributors will get their complimentary copy at the reading if they haven’t already received one.

George Wallace, the Brownstone Poets’ first Guest Poet, is coming to read at BookCourt:

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will sell for $8 at BookCourt. All anthology contributors will get their complimentary copy at the reading if they haven’t already received one.

George Wallace, the Brownstone Poets’ first Guest Poet, is coming to read at BookCourt:

George Wallace is a regular on the NYC poetry scene, who tours the US and Europe to read, lecture, and conduct workshops. Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, he’s author of 22 chapbooks in the US, UK, Italy, and Greece. Recent appearances: US: Woody Guthrie Festival (Okemah, OK); Mabel Dodge Luhan House (Taos, NM); Church of Beethoven (Albuquerque, NM); Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles, CA); the John Steinbeck Center (Salinas, CA); Beat Museum (San Francisco, CA); and Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival (Lowell, MA). UK: Robert Burns Centre (Dumfries, Scotland); the Dylan Thomas Centre (Swansea, Wales); Citizen 32 (Manchester, England); John Ruskin’s Brantwood (Cumbria, England).

This is the current line-up of poets from The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology who will be reading at BookCourt:

This is the current line-up of poets from
The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology who will be
reading at BookCourt:
George wallace (guest poet)
Amy holman
Austin Alexis
bernard block
BOB HEMAN
Brant Lyon’s poem to be
read by Patricia Carragon
CINDY HOCHMAN
DEAN KOSTOS
DONNA HUNT
ELIZABETH HARRINGTON
ELLIOT ABOSH
EVIE IVY
GAIL FISHMAN GERWIN
IRIS BERMAN’s POEM TO BE
READ BY cYNTHIA tORONTO
JAMES MCMENAMIN
JOSEPH CHARLES REBIS, JR.
KATHRYN M. FAZIO
LAURA BOSS
LINDA LERNER
MARY ASKIN-JENCSIK
MATTHEW ANISH
MINDY LEVOKOVE
MIREYA PEREZ
PATRICIA CARRAGON
PETER MARRA
RICHARD FEIN
SWETA SRIVASTAVA VIKRAM
TANTRA-ZAWADI
TINA CHAN
VALERIE CONTI
VELEZ MOORE
VICKI IORIO
ZEV SHANKEN
ZEV TORRES

BookCourt is a charming independent bookstore dedicated to serving the Cobble Hill community and surrounding Brooklyn areas with friendly service that’s both kid and adult-friendly. This bookstore provides a wide selection of books to attract any bibliophile, as well as the Barnes and Noble aficionados. Books from local authors are welcomed at BookCourt and find homes on its shelves.

The Brownstone Poets, a Brooklyn-based literary series, is generally held twice a month. It’s an Open-Mic with usually two featured readers. Patricia Carragon, the host and curator, is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the annual anthology. Her assistant editors are Cindy Hochman, Brenda J. Gannam, and Karen Neuberg. Ms. Carragon began this reading series back in 2005 with Evie Ivy, who was her co-hostess.

Sad News from the Poetry Community




Two
poet friends and vital contributors to the Brownstone Poets Anthologies are no
longer with us:

Brant Lyon on May 12 (my birthday).  He died suddenly that morning.
Iris Berman on June 1.  She has battled lung cancer for several years.
I am still in shock and disbelief that both Brant and Iris have passed
away.  The poetry community will not be the same, although their poetry
will live on.  Their poems in the Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will be
honored at the Annual Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading at BookCourt on
Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
Bookcourt163 Court StreetCobble Hill, Brooklyn 11201
Right now, I only have memorial information for Brant.

I will keep you posted on the upcoming Hydrogen Jukebox Show on Thursday, June 28.

Regarding
Iris Berman, as soon as I hear
about the memorial arrangements from Cynthia Toronto, I will let you know.

For donations in Brant Lyon’s memory, please send to the following
organizations:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender
Center (http://www.gaycenter.org/support)


 or
 PEN (http://www.pen.org/)
MEMORIALS FOR BRANT LYON:


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From Three Rooms Press:
BRANT LYON MEMORIAL
Bowery Poetry ClubSaturday, June 9, 3-5:30 p.m. Our heart is heavy with the loss of
Brant Lyon, 
who passed away suddenly on May 12. Brant was a vital, caring, creative, and 
enthusiastic poet,
musician, producer and publisher. He was co-founder of the 
New York independent press great weather for MEDIA; author of the book
 “You
Are White Inside,” a full
length collection of his poetry; and
producer 
of the popular series Hydrogen Jukebox, at which poets read their work to live
 improvised music. He recently recorded and produced the cd “Brain
Ampin,” 
which included tracks by Hydrogen Jukebox regulars. His passing has left a 
great hole in the lives of friends worldwide.To celebrate his life, a memorial for Brant Lyon
will be held at Bowery Poetry 
Club on Saturday, June 9, from 3-5 p.m. The event
will feature several scheduled 
 speakers discussing Brant’s impact on their
lives (no open reading). Please come 

to pay your respects to Brant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & 

Transgender Center (http://www.gaycenter.org/support)
or 

to PEN (http://www.pen.org/).




Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Bleecker & Houston)
New York, NY 10012
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From Great Weather For Media:
A CELEBRATION FOR POETRY AND COMMUNITY 
Dias y Flores Community Garden 
Saturday, June 16, 4-7 p.m.
 

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This event was the idea of Brant Lyon. Rather than
holding it as a memorial,
we wish to honor his vision of a poetry celebration for the

community.However, it will also be a beautiful place to share memories with old
andnew friends.

An outdoor celebration of poetry a nd
performance in the East Village. 
Featured readers selected by great weather for
MEDIA, Mike Geffner 

for The Inspired Word, and David Lawton for
Jujomukti Spoken Word 

Sundays.

Plus open mic.

Representing great weather for MEDIA: Eric
Alter, Billy Cancel, 

Aimee Herman, Karl Roulston.

Representing The Inspired Word: Dean El Negro,
Christopher J. Greggs, 

Ululy Rafael Martinez.

Representing Jujomukti: Corinna Bain, Karen
Grace, Puma Perl.

Hosted by Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro, and
George Wallace.

With thanks to Jeff Wright.

520-522 East 13th Street,
New York, NY 10009
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