Cleveland Poetry

The week­end is here and in cel­e­bra­tion, I’m go­ing to put to­geth­er as much Cleveland Poetry [and per­haps a bit of mu­sic] in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble. Maybe you can catch some­thing on the flip side.

From the Cleveland Scene:

Poetry/​Open Mic Nights

Arabica Coffeehouse (Bedford)
720 Broadway
Open Mic host­ed by Dave Terry, 7pm every Thursday

Arabica Coffeehouse (Cleveland)
818 E. 185th
Open Mic, 8pm every Saturday

Arabica Coffeehouse (Cleveland Hts.)
2209 Lee
Open Mic host­ed by Charlie Mosbrooks, 8pm every Tuesday

Arabica Coffeehouse (University Circle)
11300 Juniper
Open Mic host­ed by Steve2​.net, every Wednesday

B-side Lounge
2785 Euclid Hts.
Open Mic host­ed by Xela, 7:30pm every Monday

Lucky’s Café
777 Starkweather
Open Poetry with Russ Vidrick, every 2nd Saturday 5pm-7pm

Many more can be found along the right hand side of this page. It would prob­a­bly be best to call them first, since I don’t know the last time any of those were up­dat­ed.

Poetastic Linkage:

There is a Cleveland Poetry Meetup Group whose next meet­ing is sched­uled for Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 8:00 PM.

The Cleveland Poetics Yahoo! Group seems to be the best bet in re­gard to up-to-the-minute in­side in­for­ma­tion. Looks ac­tive!

Deep Cleveland is a lo­cal LLC that has the very cool Kid Poet pro­gram as well as pub­lish­ing lo­cal writ­ers and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be grapho­ma­ni­acs.

The Cleveland State Poetry Center has tons of more aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly toned po­et­ry stuff go­ing on.

Despite their ter­ri­ble web­site po­ets’ and writ­ers’ league of greater cleve­land of­fers a ton of class­es and work­shops for as­pir­ing writ­ers of all kinds. Hey, when you’re busy writ­ing, you don’t have time to pimp out a site.

The Lakewood Public Library has its own po­et­ry stuff go­ing on as well.

Cleveland Poets:

Now the ex­cit­ing part! Cleveland po­ets!

Michael Salinger:

it was like
ac­ci­den­tal­ly in­ter­rupt­ing your moth­er
while she chowed down on a hu­man fore­arm
you nev­er talk about it

Don Iannone:

fire en­gine red sun­set
my heart burns out of con­trol
life’s hills dis­ap­pear

Sara Holbrook:

Will my ears grow long as Grandpa’s?
What makes us look like kin?
Tell me where’d I get long eye­lash­es
and where’d I get my chin?

Lauren Spisak:

This frag­ile sculp­ture
of feath­er and bone
is craft un­rav­el­ing,
shock un­curl­ing
to­wards some heav­en.

With all of this po­et­ry stuff go­ing on, I’m kind of bummed that I’ve on­ly re­ceived one po­em sub­mis­sion for my con­test.

Who/​What did I for­get on this list?

2 thoughts on “Cleveland Poetry

  1. Amongst lost souls i be ex­act­ly who i be..i,ve fought..witnessed the weep­ing af­ter war..tha beau­ty in her innocence..her scent still pure..My ego full blown my self es­teem immature..Still im hu­man..

  2. I’m DONE hun. done be­ing a dumb dumb. its such a co­nun­drum, how those bub­ble buns give me down syn­drome like I just smoked a blunt of sum sticky bub­ble gum. looks like trou­ble so it must be fun. but, I got­ta hus­sle so I’m al­ways on the run, cant have none. ben franklin’s been my num­ber 1 since I was mad young son so chick let king kong come beat it like a drum I beat it till she cums then I beat it when I’m DONE

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