POETRY READINGS

POETRY READINGS

Poems performed by professional actors.

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POETRY READINGS
  • Poetry Reading: Drop me off in the Wilderness, by K.C. Wilson

    Performed by Val Cole

    Drop Me Off in the Wilderness

    1

    Drop me off in the wilderness
    By the river shore where we were before
    By the abandoned shack by the railroad track
    Slow down and I’ll jump out the door
    And find my own way back, I guess,
    From the valley of excess
    And the Land of 10,000 Dan...

  • Poetry Reading: DEATH, by FERNANDO MAGELA DA SILVA

    Performed by Val Cole

    DEATH, by FERNANDO MAGELA DA SILVA

    From my most unbreakable certainty, I worship my most
    visceral doubt, the legacy of death, day by day, in
    seconds that drag on through my time, and to his
    throne, now I am attentive, now I am careless

    Death seems fair to me, it does not...

  • POETRY Reading: A Mourning Hug for John Mendelssohn, by Stacy Alexander

    A Mourning Hug for John Mendelssohn
    A glowing day
    hell-orange
    Nimbostratus cloud
    hovers here,
    choking everything,
    from plants to crows
    to this disillusioned woman
    as a hard wind
    whips the cloying air,
    from Northern California,
    taunting an already-battered heart.
    This time last year
    I ...

  • POETRY READING: Morning Dew, by Kyle Leighton

    Performed by Val Cole

    "Morning Dew" by Kyle Leighton

    And so it is, a new day has dawned
    As here I sit to greet it right
    A pebble, nay, a grain of sand
    In the depths of space on this land
    Tomorrow brings what we not know
    But care at all is nay we have
    For sorrow comes to those who wait
    Who lie...

  • POETRY MOVIE: [So, it began like], by Robert Giron

    [So, it began like]

    So, it began like
    I have a dream of the
    perfect, lovely evening.

    So, it began like
    Well, hello.
    Is this seat taken?

    So, it began like
    Why it’s for you.
    —Thanks—smiling.

    So, it began like
    I’m looking
    forward to
    seeing The
    Little Shop
    of Horrors.
    —So am I.

    So, it began li...

  • POETRY Read: A RIDDLE OF BREAKABLE THINGS, by Janine Parkinson (with Interview)

    Performed by Val Cole

    “A riddle of Breakable things”, by Janine Parkinson
    A love like ours starts out
    with one cup of sugar
    a teaspoon of thyme

    Add a fight,
    some words unkind
    we sit broken, cracked, poached

    Resting in silence, stirring
    your pointed finger, stabs
    Oozes yellow

    The sunset
    repla...

  • Poetry Reading: COFFEE, by Paul Wood

    Performed by Val Cole

    COFFEE by Paul Wood

    On no what a palaver

    What an awful din

    The barista is going crazy

    As the customers all pile in

    Mums with small children

    Spotty teenagers with attitude

    All sorts from all walks of life

    Are waiting in the que

    I shuffle slowly along the co...

  • Poetry Reading: An Abridged Autobiography, by Theresa Cardiello (with interview)

    Performed by Val Cole

    Get to know the writer:

    1) What is the theme of your poem?

    An autobiography – told in little snippets.

    2) What motivated you to write this poem?

    I am currently in a creative writing class.

    3) How long have you been writing poetry?

    I really started writing creatively ...

  • POETRY READING: “Sword of War”, from “Of Virtue, Love and War”, by Ryan Christiansen

    Performed by Val Cole

    “Sword of War”, from “Of Virtue, Love and War”, by Ryan Christiansen

    Would I were a soldier still – would I were yet still a knight
    A servant of the beautiful – honor bound to all that’s right

    I’d marsh’ll out to meet the foe – for her return to fight
    Would I were love’...

  • POETRY READING: A Civil Soldier's Tale, by SJ Roebling

    Performed by Val Cole

    Genre: Historical

    A Civil Soldier's Tale

    "Lie still now, soldier", the Union General said,
    As he knelt down beside the boy's bloody, wounded head.
    The dying young lad, no more than fifteen, if a day,
    Wore the blight of cannon, from being in its way.

    The General swallo...

  • POETRY READING: My Mountain To Climb, by Bethany Zare

    Performed by Val Cole


    My mountain to climb by Bethany Zare

    Diagnosis cancer,
    like others have had.

    My type is common,

    so not really that bad.

    The experience feels

    like an amusement ride,

    With ups and downs

    but nowhere to hide.

    Each test brings more questions

    no clear path t...

  • POETRY READING: Isolated Vodka, by Lizbeth Wartemberg

    Performed by Val Cole

    Isolated Vodka, by Lizbeth Wartemberg

    Last night I died
    I cried and I cried and I cried
    I drowned all my pride and I cried
    and I cried and I cried

    I drowned all my pride and I cried
    and I cried and I cried
    I tripped over half a bottle of vodka
    Did a U-turn on my bed
    Whe...

  • POETRY Reading: Sovereign Wisdom, by Kamanadine

    Sovereign Wisdom, by Kamanadine

    Dancing on the razor’s edge

    No mind

    No body

    Zero point

    Shunya

    Free falling in space

    A fractal of light

    A crystal skull starts vibrating

    And shining iridescent

    Never seen before

    Patterns of light

    Seeing through the eyes of Goddess

    A lens of purity

    Of ...

  • POETRY READING: STAINING/CRUSHING/BRUSHING, by E.K. Gaylord III

    Performed by Val Cole

  • POETRY READING: MILKSHAKE, by Leslie DuFresne

    Performed by Val Cole

    MILKSHAKE, by Leslie DuFresne

    In having everything and nothing to do all at once,
    this mother strips herself bare
    of dignity. I do what I have to.
    The happy meds I fed my mind this morning
    kicked themselves in
    far past the buzzed feel-good uprights
    landing amidst a stad...

  • POETRY READING: Rust, by Kelly Loraine Stearns

    Performed by Val Cole

    Rust
    By Kelly Loraine Stearns

    collecting old keys
    seeking answers unseen
    lost in a puzzle
    of amnesiac complexities
    the clock chants why
    timeless moments pass her by
    orchestrating a symphony
    of a perpetual dream
    silence whispers
    echoing particles of dust
    a young womans de...

  • POETRY READING: Dedicated To The Unknown Woman, by Sharmaine Anna Dobson

    Performed by Val Cole

    Dedicated to the Unknown Woman
    Listen to the drums
    Echoing through the valley
    See the demons fly
    through the night

    Hear the old woman
    Cry out with fright
    As a young woman is stripped bare…
    Violated, beaten and bruised
    She lays
    With unseeing eyes
    All she hears
    Are the silen...

  • POETRY READING: Innate Soaring, by Edward Longo

    Performed by Val Cole

    INNATE SOARING, by Edward Longo

    This is a poem dedicated to those

    Men and women who cannot help but follow

    The unspoken meanings of their soul;

    who will search or soar until

    They unite their personas with their innate

    Motivations; and

    Whom will continue soaring

    T...

  • POETRY Reading: Aaliyah, by Pete B.

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    Aaliyah, by Pete Borreggine

    All throughout my life,

    I’ve searched for love alone,

    A quest I made to find that love,

    Was something I would never know,

    For years I’d wonder where true love was,

    And why it had forsaken me,

    Years of turmoil and being left alo...

  • POETRY Reading: The Hindu’s Lament, by Edmund Jonah

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    (Bhagwan is God! or O God!)

    As I passed a lonely temple in the after-evening glow,
    On the banks of the Ganges where the quiet waters flow,
    When the sun had sunk to rest and cool softness touched the air,
    I saw a dark-skinned Indian and I heard him chant this pr...

  • POETRY READING: A Rescues Song, by Tommy Anderson

    Performed by Val Cole

    A Rescues Song, by Tommy Anderson

    Once upon a time I was a lost dog. I was abandoned, lonely, forgotten,
    and praying for a home. I had no place to hide, no place to go,
    no one person who would love me and let me love them.

    I had been abused, starved, left alone out in the...

  • POETRY Reading: Aaliyah, by Pete Borreggine

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    Aaliyah, by Pete Borreggine

    All throughout my life,

    I've searched for love alone,

    A quest I made to find that love,

    Was something I would never know,

    For years I'd wonder where true love was,

    And why it had forsaken me,

    Years of turmoil and being l...

  • POETRY Reading: Lorca, by John Kaniecki

    Performed by Allan Michael Brunet

    ----

    Before I read Lorca
    My words were blunt swords for
    Slicing rotted wood
    Constructing
    Rackety trellises
    To fortify
    Pathetic castles of sand
    Praying never the waves
    Or even harsh winds
    Ascend to my feeble heights
    Where from above with disdain
    Cupid mocked
    My...

  • Poetry Reading: Reunion, by Laleeta Suhas

    Performed by Hannah Ehman