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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Erica Goss to appear at the Aqus Café, Petaluma Poetry Walk, on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Erica Goss will present her poetry as part of the Petaluma Poetry Walk at the Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, on Sunday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on a program with J. R. Brady, Karen Melander Magoon, Leah Lubin and Susan Weinstein.

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, from 2013-2016. In 2011, she won the Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2010 and 2013. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teenage girlsShe is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared and are forthcoming in many journals, including Contrary, West Trestle Review, Tinderbox, The Tishman Review, Connotation Press, Hotel Amerika, Pearl, Passager, Main Street Rag, Rattle, Eclectica, Blood Lotus, Wild Violet, The Bohemian, Café Review, Zoland Poetry, Comstock Review, Lake Effect, and Perigee.

Love Poem with Broken Things
By Erica Goss

I like to think of him as a small boy, disassembling

the old phonograph his father gave him.

When we moved in together,

he filled our garage with red metal

toolboxes, boxes with drawers

inside of drawers, stuffed with

wrenches of every conceivable size,

drill bits, washers, screws, and nails.

It seemed as if he knew our life ahead

contained a lot of broken things,

and he, for one, was prepared. Back then,

his boxes of tools annoyed me, tripped me,

forced me to park in the driveway.

But now, when I think our life cannot accept

another broken, hopeless thing,

I know that somewhere in the garage

he has a tool that will mend it, tighten it,

wire it or stabilize it, and if he doesn’t,

we’ve learned to let it go with a shrug,

like when he finally admitted he couldn’t

put the phonograph back together, and solemnly

handed the screwdriver back to his father.

                                        First appeared in Eclectica, 2016

Buck Moon
by Erica Goss

I didn’t ask why my country was

moonstruck, deep in the month of July

when I was nine years old. I didn’t

care about the stiff unflapping flag

and even less about steps, leaps or

mankind. I was not impressed with the

lunar module and its spider legs,

or the black sky, or a man’s footprint.

I didn’t know the US flag, fixed

upright in the bone-dry dust, was a

challenge to the world: beat this. I had

no idea who the Soviets

were. None of it mattered in that hot

July, for I received a brother,

knowledge that filled me with lovely pain

and made me dizzy, like when I caught

my first glimpse of a photo of Earth,

its blue surface mottled with storms and

continents, my head a whirlwind of

ragged energy, spinning, spinning,

breathless, euphoric, alive. Beat that.

                                         First appeared in Atticus Review, 2013

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Leah Lubin to appear at the Petaluma Poetry Walk, September 18, 2016

Leah Lubin will present her poetry as part of the Petaluma Poetry Walk at the Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma on Sunday, September 18, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on a program with J. R. Brady, Karen Melander Magoon, Erica Goss and Susan Weinstein.

Leah Lubin is an author and artist.   She was born in Israel, grew up in England, and now makes her home in Woodside, California.  Leah recently completed her first novel, Between Two Worlds, along with nine poetry books.  The poetry compilations, Continent of Light, published in 2011, and World of Change, published in 2014, include her work.

Leah’s short story, An Artist’s Fairytale, first appeared in Detail, A Journal of Art Criticism, published by the Women’s Caucus for Art, in September 1997.

In 1998, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, published by the MIT Press, presented her short story, I Paint the Cosmos. The April, July, and November 2000 issues contained parts one, two and three of a series titled An Artist's View of Space Science.

Leah has also written a column, A Personal View, for CoastViews Magazine.

America’s only national British newspaper, Union Jack, recently published two articles by Leah.

Leah is listed in Poets & Writers ( under both the creative writing and poetry categories.

Earth School
by Leah Lubin

Home School,
Earth School. 
Life on the line. 
We are finally figuring out the truth.

It’s no picnic down here. 
Apparently these hardships
and lessons mean something.

So is the plan to move forward you ask? 
Well, sort of, but what you
think is important sometimes isn’t.

So what’s the point? 
I think it is to keep going by learning
and questioning yourself and others.

Then what happens? 
Does it eventually get easier? 
On some levels, yes. 
But generally speaking there seems to be
a path that can be called self improvement.

We take what we now understand as our
personal truth which helps lead us. 
Do we eventually graduate and is there
a diploma involved? 
Not sure, but when it becomes clear,
I will let you know.

Rebel, Rebel, What Now?
by Leah Lubin

When overcome with
complex personal issues,
one asks one self
rebel, rebel, what now?

Defining progress takes work. 
I pace myself to complete and
continue the journey.

Amongst flowers and ashes,
dusk and dawn. 
I encourage the rebel side of
me to a rebirth.

Don’t just linger in the past. 
Come forward and demand
your future. 
Because without you, I am lost.

Frozen in niceness, but no longer
interested, I realize now that who
I really am is more complicated
than I originally thought.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Susan Weinstein to appear at the Aqus Cafe, Petaluma Poetry Walk, on Sunday, September 18, 2016, 6-8 pm

Susan Weinstein will present her poetry as part of the Petaluma Poetry Walk at the Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, on Sunday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on a program with J. R. Brady, Karen Melander Magoon, Erica Goss and Susan Leah Lubin.

Susan Weinstein first published at the age of 8 in Aunt Elsie's column of the Oakland Tribune.  She has written through the years and participates as part of Sonoma County Writing Practice.  Susan plays harp and piano both professionally and for her own enjoyment.  She works full time for the County of Sonoma as a health inspector, which provides fodder for poetry. Susan dreams of retirement at which time she will be able to pursue her many interests.

A Poet Walks Into A Bar
By Susan Weinstein

There are bistro tables set at angles
The steady hum of conversation stops
Heads turn
Like when the bad guy enters a saloon

She glides forward
Notebook and pen in hand
Patrons gasp as though in fear
The bartender breaks the silence
"What'll it be?"

Everyone is watching
"Gin and tonic", "Tanqueray"
She adds, to sound cool
Small scoop plunges into bin
Ice rings into the glass

She spots an empty table
Takes it
Sips her drink
Opens the notebook
Begins to write

The hum of conversation returns
It is almost as though she is alone
Laughter floats from other tables
The poet keeps writing
Not making eye contact
Pen to paper
Sparks fly

Before Yoga Pants
By Susan Weinstein

Everybody was doing it
My Mother loved it
My neighbors raved about it
and so I tried it
Signed up for a class
at the Good Shepard Center

Ivy covered brick building
Used to be a  "Home For Unwed Mothers"
A long time ago
Before yoga pants

Some women in sweats
Some with tights and leg warmers
Like dance majors gliding across campus
but that was before yoga pants

The wind chimes were in the window
Providing soft background
Gentle instructors circled the room
Correcting posture and positions

I kept looking at the clock
and out the window
Thinking about my cup of tea
The one yoga was not

What was my favorite part of yoga class?
Besides corpse pose and my walk home?
Rain soaked streets
Magnolia blossoms tossed in the wind
First sign of Spring
That was before yoga pants