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A Poem by Nazim Hikmet – 1948

ON LIVING I. Living is no laughing matter : you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example- I mean without looking for something beyond and above living. I mean living must be your whole occupation. Living is no laughing matter : you must take it seriously, so much so and to such...

A Poem by Helene Wolff

Are they blinded by the rays of sun and floodlights? Do they look the other way and cup their hands to fog-stopped ears, those scornful sneerers by the Bay? Here inside my heart is where it lies! Here laughter rules, jazz wails and beats for dancers in the surf. Helene Wolff 1972

3 Poems by Marty Liboff

HAPPY HOLIDAZE marty liboff It should be Christmas every day of the year give gifts to the poor and those who are dear. Give love, kindness, compassion and joy to every man, woman, girl and boy. Don’t just be good on December 24 th every day let your love go forth. The homeless, poor and...

Frank T. Rios — Venice West Poet (March 22, 1936 – August 20, 2018)

By Bill Mohr Frank T. Rios, a poet who joined the Venice West poetry scene in the late 1950s and remained one of its most loyal advocates, died early this morning, at age 82, according to his friend, the poet S.A. Griffin. Rios was born in New York and grew up there; he moved to...

VENICE LOSES THE LAST VENICE BEAT POET FRANK T. RIOS

By Pegarty Long – Photos by Pegarty Long I first saw Frankie in 1974. Not that I actually spoke with him at that time because he was lying back on a chair, dressed entirely in black, head down and talking to no one. He was depressed. His best friend, Venice Beat Poet Stuart Z. Perkoff,...

GRAND DAMES AND DIVAS

  Sunday July 22, 2018 One Night only! 7:00 PM Jacki Apple and Anna Homler join the fatally fabulous Linda J. Albertano for an evening of performance readings, vocals, and sonic excursions, raves, prophesies, healings, and words of warning for dangerous times. Some old, some new, a little blues, and a dash of dark humor...

Internment Haiku

Internment Haiku from “May Sky : There Is Always Tomorrow : An Anthology of Japanese Aerican Concentration Camp Kaiko Haiku.” Compiled, Translated, and Prefaced by Violet Kazue de Cristoforo. ZANSHO MICHI SHIROSHI RETSUSHI MAMORARETE YUKU NIPPON JIN Lingering summer heat Japanese proceeding under guard on dusty white road   YANEURA ITA TO FUTOI DENSEN TO...

QUESTIONS ANSWERED ONLINE

QUESTIONS ANSWERED ONLINE by era Q: If you had a time machine that could travel into the past, what era would you visit? A:Hmmm. +Anywhere? Advance scouting would be helpful, history is notoriously inaccurate, and locals may be thuggish. The honored guest of an ancient “High” Civilization’s great Artist. Nice RPG. Sent 9:06 AM Q:If...

TROUBLES

– marty liboff (sung to a reggae beat) Troubles here, there and everywhere. A troubled time, a troubled mind a world gone blind. Troubles all around me more and more troubles I see. Troubles we all share pain and suffering we all bear. Trouble and more trouble troubles come on the double. Troubles all around...

I’d Like to Punch Fred Astaire in the Nose

I’d Like to Punch Fred Astaire in the Nose marty liboff I fell in love and gave her a rose she said I’m too short & have a big nose. I saw an old movie musical with Fred & Ginger he was short but was a great dancer and singer. So I crooned and sang...
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