Zoom Event, March 12, 10am-12pm EST 

Calling All Poets is proud to host the third in a series of March 2022 POETS BUILDING BRIDGES ZOOM EVENT, a triangulation project for World Poetry Day that brings together artists from three different regions on the world for a few hours of sharing. The event, set for Saturday Mar 12 10am-12pm EST, will be MC'd by series host George Wallace, writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and director of Poetrybay Productions.

Participants will include

from LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY: Octavio Quintanilla Edward Vidaurre ire'ne lara silva; musician Ray Perez 

from KOREA: Hack Hee Kang Park Dukkyu Hanyong Jeong; musician Young Ok Hwang f

from NYC: Mike Jurkovic Kofi Forson Marc Ellot Stein; musician Alan Semerdjian 

comperes Octavio Quintanilla, Tanya Ko Hong fb livestream by Calling All Poets 

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New Books: Howarth, Carr, and Jurkovic

Two months into the new year and we have 3 new books from CAPS members to tell you about. The first, Wild Man of The Mountain from Anthony Howarth available through the CAPS Store and Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Man-Mountain-Drama-Verse/dp/1937968944/

Larry Carr's Paradise Loft is the first ever joint venture for CAPS Press with Larry's lightwoodpress and is available also through the CAPS store and Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Loft-poems-Laurence-Carr/dp/1735441023/

mooncussers, the follow-up to Mike Jurkovic's AmericanMental, is also available through the CAPS store, Bookshop.org at https://bookshop.org/books/mooncussers-9781952411861/9781952411861 and Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Mooncussers-Mike-Jurkovic/dp/1952411866/

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CAPS January 2022

Friday, January 7 7pm Zoom Only: Leslie Gerber, Prince A. MacNally, & Jules Nyquist. Register for Zoom link above.

Thursday, January 13 7pm: Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets livestreamL  Features Celia Bland, Greg Correll, and Amanda Russell. Eventbrite link: https://greenkill.substack.com/p/calling-all-poets-caps-january-13?r=561li&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

Thursday, January 20, 7pm Zoom Only. Be The Feature Extended Open Mic. Feature poet: Gregory SETH Harris. Extended open mic. Register for Zoom link above.

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As perverse and unpoetic as it sounds, the last twelve to fifteen months has been good for CAPS. We've managed to strengthen our ties with those of you who have been with us for any stretch of the last two plus decades and through the wacky, wild west world of ZOOM we've become the international enclave we wildly once dreamed of.

Imagine featured poets and open mic'ers from France, Nepal, Australia, Brooklyn, the UK, Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, California, Colorado, Connecticut, and other far flung global points reading with and alongside all of us here in the Hudson Valley, Albany, and NYC. No language barriers, just poetry! Give yourselves a well deserved standing O. Fuckin' eh!

CAPS Press lives! Besides the publication of our anthologies, CAPS 2015, CAPS 2020, and Mightier - Poets for Social Justice, we are days away from the publication of Larry Carr's enigmatic, full length, Paradise Loft. Pretty cool. (And thanks Larry for trusting us with your words)Now add that to the burbling idea that we're thinking of starting CAPS Chapbook Series and you begin to see just how far we've come from those days in Beacon. . .

We've expanded our traditional First Friday feature event from two poets to three to broaden the range and scope of the myriad voices we've encountered through ZOOM. We've added one featured poet to our Third Thursday Be The Feature Zoom events, while still leaving space for an expanded open mic and salon style give and take. Thanks to David Schell at Green Kill Gallery in Kingston, we've been live-streaming poetic events every Second Thursday for over a year now and will continue to do so, virus or no virus. Our membership has grown and as we begin 2022, these three events will continue on their set days, starting at 7pm. Plans are also in the works for a JazzOetry event in April and a Zoom Marathon in the spring. We hope to go live again come spring but we'll keep the live/Zoom hybrid. We know it works. Stay tuned. Join the email list. Check Facebook. Become a supporting member!

But perhaps the biggest news is we're beginning to plan a Calling All Poets online archive.Thirty plus years of Hudson Valley poetry ranging through 9/11, the '08 bust, the Arab Spring,Clinton, Bush, Obama, it who will not be named, COvid and Biden. Voices of protest, loss, victory, community. Voices of those we've lost - Don Lev, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Lynn Hoins - new voices, familiar voices. Audio, video, photos. . .the whole enchilada as they say. If you can help us find funding for this endeavor, please contact us. Any help is a  great help.

The CAPS community thrives worldwide because of your words and fearlessness to have them heard against the breaking waves of alternate facts, disinformation, and flat out n out lies. I've always said CAPS has kept me honest. Let me just say that Jim, Greg, and I thank you most heartedly for yours. 

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CAPS @ PUF starting September 3, First Friday 7pm

Though we'll certainly miss New Paltz and Roost Studios, CAPS goes live at our new location at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, 8 N. Cherry Street, Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday, September 3rd. Our features that night will be Roger Aplon, Greg Correll & Ronald P. Brenmer. We will continue with a hybrid of Live, in person features and open mic participants as well as Zoom participants, who now range from the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn to Florida to Europe and Easter Europe. So please register for the Zoom here on the home page. PUF is easily accessible coming to and leaving via the 44/55 Arterial and is adjacent to the Poughkeepsie Police Department. Plenty of parking. Join us as we get back to in person readings! 

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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets, Thursday Aug 12 7pm

Ken Holland, Stephanie JT Russell and yours truly will be the features for the next installment of Green Kill Sessions presents. We will also be allowing 20 living, breathing human folk into the gallery as an audience.  Please click the link to choose one of two options: to receive the livestream link or to reserve seating and receive the livestream link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-poets-caps-august-12-7-pm-live-streamlive-audience-tickets-164866533239

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Link for 5/13/21 Livestream w/ Will Nixon, Irene O'Garden, & Amanda Russell

Just in case you missed it, here is the YouTube link to our last Green Kill Sessions Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvX58cEpm7g 

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Welcome! Welcome New Members & Contributors!

Jim, Greg and I would like to give another shout out to our newest members and generous contributors.  From Florida we welcome to the CAPS community Deborah DeNicola whose work has been published in such journals as The North American Review, The Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, and many more. Most generous membership contributions from Margi Condyles from Mahopac and singer/songwriter, poet and longtime CAPS member/supporter John Martucci, Daniel Brown, Steve Otlowski, as well other long time friends of CAPS, Jan Z. Schmidt, recently retired Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz and former Dutchess County Poet Laureate Raphael Kosek. CAPS continues anew ! Thank you all for continuing with us.

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Welcome new CAPS members!

We would like to take a moment to send a special shout out and welcome our newest CAPS members: Phil Linz from Wilmington, DE, Penny Brodie, Paul Clemente, David Capellaro, and James Seegert from here in the Hudson Valley. Membership donations helps maintain CAPS online and in our new physical space, (TBA soon), helps us further establish CAPS Press (three anthologies and two ekphrastic catalogs), and keeps future JazzOetry events on the front burner. Member donations will also go to fund The Calling All Poets Archive Project, our latest attempt to categorize and digitize 30 years of Hudson Valley Poetry! Huzzah to all new members. Please consider a membership today!

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Mother Incarnate

Mother Incarnate                          from The Impossible, Kelsay Press 2021

My mother asleep on the chaise with the moving water adjacent.

We two, only residents at the pool, late spring afternoon,

long shadows from the high-rise swaddle the lounges. Dark towels

of treetops fold over brick tiles. Supple sun in the rails of the catwalk.

Slatted shadow cast on the grounds. Always the dark

and the light, dark and light. The pooled water keeps moving

because the wind is up and the palms are passing it between them

finger by finger, a rush of messages only a mystagogue might decipher.

The swish and wash of the breeze complements the clouds rumpling

toward comfort. The water goes where the wind says and the voices

of gulls follow. The water moves because the wind says

something moving, what a mother might say to her daughter

calming her worries before she must sing for a crowd. I remember

my mother praying always, now almost cheerfully waiting to die,

breath expectant each night. Like anyone, she'd prefer to pass

over in sleep. Proud mother who says out loud nonetheless,

she's aware of her mind's decay, under crimped skin, aware

of a silkworm lighting her limbs, something spoken in code

by trees and shadows. Small strokes like those that skirt across water.

One spark burnt here, one brain cell's invisible damage, memory's

chemicals draining away. What life did. The visible skull

behind her smile. What it does to us all. The truth of my mother

incarnate at ninety in the sundowning hour, my own head

deflowering like hers. In this moment we're two peonies weighted

with sun. How they sing in our living faces, afloat, dozing upright.


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