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Poetry

March 2008 – Beyond Baroque Is Here To Stay

Beyond Baroque, the nationally acclaimed poetry and literary arts center, will keep its home in the former Venice City Hall, thanks to the actions of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and the letters of support from a great many Venetians. The City Council today unanimously approved a Rosendahl motion directing city agencies to renew and extend a...

March 2008 – Philomene Long’s Cold Ellison I

 “Cold Ellison,” the apartment building on Paloma Avenue where she and John Thomas lived, became a theme of a number of Long’s poems.  Cold Ellison I By Philomene Long “Cold cliffs more beautiful The deeper you enter Yet no one travels this road” Cold Mountain – Han Shan In this old cold building The Ellison...

March 2008 – Poetry

• The Vatican Rag – Marvin Klotz • Tell Me Again – Mary Getlein • Greedy Night – Lynette • Hope Is Hip – S.A. Griffin • Praise for a lost Woman – hillary kaye • Applause – Paula Ross • After the rain – Jim Smith ————  The Vatican Rag Headline: “Vatican toughens rules...

February 2008 – In Memorium – Teresita (Teri) Vestal

 December 8, 1939 – December 20, 2007  Sister of Light Daughter of Darkness An idol of strength and perserverance during a life of adversity We love you Teri -Carol Fondiller and Emily Winters

February 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – John Thomas

By Jim Smith Charles Bukowski – who should know – called John Thomas, “The best unread poet in America. He is the invisible genius of American poetry.” Referring to John Thomas when he died, the London Independent quoted Lawrence Lipton, author of The Holy Barbarians about the Venice Beat “scene,” as follows: How does one...

February 2008 – Poetry

• The Empty Blues – John Thomas • So Odd Is Venice – Jim Smith • Allen Ginsberg – Hal Bogotch • The Ladybugs of Venice Beach – Krista Schwimmer • Obituary of Man – Exit Homo – John Kertisz ————   The Empty Blues (circa 1960) By John Thomas     hitchhiking 46 hours no sleep no food either except...

January 2008 – And Still They Come – Poems for Philomene Long

• My Dear Lady Nite – S.A. Griffin • poem for philomene long – John Dorsey Philomene Long’s death in August triggered an outpouring of tributes, sympathy, sorrow and creativity sent to the Beachhead from throughout the country. This month is no exception. This month’s contributions come from S.A. Griffin, contributing editor of The Outlaw Bible of American...

January 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – Frank T. Rios

By Hillary Kaye Frank T. Rios is a man who lives consciously in a world not only inhabited by form but by spirit. He makes it clear that his life is not his own, it is given over to the muse who speaks through him. The path to his muse was not his choosing. He...

January 2008 – Poetry

POETRY •  Rise Venice Rise – Jim Smith • Auction – Sherman Pearl • Just once – Lynne Bronstein • The Sky – Hillary Kaye • reflection – D.T. Jenkins ————– Rise Venice Rise By Jim Smith Venice A dream so sublime A fate so unfair A planned city by the Bay So unlike the city of the Devils In...
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