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Jan 22 2019

CLMP Face Out Emerging Writers Showcase

Featured authors include Youmna Chlala (The Paper Camera, Litmus Press); T’ai Freedom Ford (& more black, Augury Books); Shiv Kotecha (The Switch, Wonder); and Zahra Patterson (Chronology, Ugly Duckling Presse). Wine reception to follow.

For over 50 years, The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has been the service organization for small independent literary publishers across the nation and beyond. CLMP is proud to bring readers and writers of literature—including print, digital, and online publishers—together in the true spirit of community. With support from the Jerome Foundation, CLMP's Face Out Program empowers writers and their publishers by sharing essential tools that enhance digital visibility and marketing presence. Greenlight is excited to host a showcase of this year’s emerging writers introduced by editors from their presses. 

7:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene
686 Fulton St
11217-1609 Brooklyn, New York
Jan 24 2019

POETRY NIGHT at Opolis

Join us for the first Opolis Poetry Night.  Our Vegan | Vegetarian Kitchen and Full Bar opens at 6 p.m., and we are hoping to start readings at 7 p.m. Please bring and share what you write.
 
6:00pm
Opolis
113 North Crawford
73069 Norman, Oklahoma
Jan 26 2019

Grief, and What Comes After Book Launch Party

The poet Ailey O’Toole will be reading from her debut collection, Grief, and What Comes After (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2018).

This fierce first collection, a compilation of pain, rejuvenation and rebirth, pioneers landscapes of forgiveness, where Ailey O’Toole’s poems ascend to create a resting place of self-compassion and atonement. Follow along as O’Toole recounts her journey from emotional decimation to a place of redemption and self-love. Her shuttles of reckoning dive-bomb and crash, but never fail to pull passengers from the wreckage. These poems are a punch to the gut, a heart beating on the page, a nightmare turned daydream, as Ailey O’Toole buries what we hope to find and helps us see grace in the wild. How do we heal after re-injuring ourselves the same way? Following any major collapse, O’Toole helps us to find resiliency within ourselves in her debut collection.

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7:00pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
19119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

poems

poem
Love makes you feel alive 
Johnny my animal you have no idea
How beautiful you are to me in the morning
When it is 5 a.m. and I am lonely
Everyone is dying around me
I eat spinach bread to keep my sanity, I am
Like Lisa in the mental unit with my father
I am Muriel who throws tables
I play blackjack with the
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poem
If from great nature's or our own abyss
  Of thought we could but snatch a certainty,
Perhaps mankind might find the path they miss—
  But then 't would spoil much good philosophy.
One system eats another up, and this
  Much as old Saturn ate his progeny;
For when his pious consort gave him stones
In lieu of
poem
The holly! the holly! oh, twine it with bay—
   Come give the holly a song;
For it helps to drive stern winter away,
   With his garment so sombre and long.
It peeps through the trees with its berries of red,
   And its leaves of burnish’d green,
When the flowers and fruits have long been dead,
   And not even