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Poem: the universe likes a good joke

years later
after a childhood
of watching him ignore my mother
walk away
as i held her in my arms
during her fits
the universe plays a joke
robbing him
of his memories of his mind
making me
his caretaker

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

Poem: more study is needed

on the train to milan
an older english lady
reads a book on mindfulness
she sneezes
i say god bless
in italian and english
she doesn’t respond

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

Poem: the change

for years,

dad would ask me if I’d be coming for dinner

last sunday in june

“no, i’d say

i’m going to the gay pride, dad”

“why you want to go to that, he’d ask”

“cause you don’t have cute girls for me to meet here”

and he’d be quiet

1999

his mind going

he asks and i answer

“going to the gay pride”

he says “you should be happy”

i chuckle to myself

thinking it took dementia

for him to change

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

Poem: going to the protest

on the bus

dawn opens her rosy fingers

lighting the statue of liberty,

i yearn for the end of an oil greedy war.

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

Tues 7/30 Deirdre Sinnott & Elina Shnayderman Read at Bluestockings’ Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday July 30th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Deirdre Sinnott & Elina Shnayderman

Elina Shnayderman is a queer, genderqueer, student who likes to
write about gender, mental health, and kink.

Deirdre Sinnott is a memoirist, essayist, and screenwriter whose essay Right-Sized Rats has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She writes about the disturbing truths, outrageous behavior, and humbling circumstances (in other words, her life).

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

poem: at columbus park

after i finish feeding them,

the sparrows watch me,

perch on the bench besides me

hoping for more.

one or two play chicken with me

flying so close to my head

i feel the half second breeze of their wings.

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

poem: at muhammad’s fruit stand

a black lady wonders aloud

how to eat the pears he sells.

pears with cheese

best combo, i say

as i remember nonno giovanni saying

“solo il contadino sa come buone pere e formaggio sono”

only the farmer knows how good pears and cheese are

nonno’s pears so good

fresh off his trees,

better even than the organics ones

but i will eat mine w pecorino

and smile.

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

Tues 6/25 LuLu LoLo & Tammy Remington Read at Bluestockings’ Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday June 25th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: LuLu LoLo & Tammy Remington

LuLu LoLo will perform excerpts from two of her plays:“38 Witnessed her Death, I Witnessed her Love: The Lonely Secret of Mary Ann Zielonko (Kitty Genovese Story)”; forty years after the brutal murder of Kitty Genovese, Mary Ann Zielonko breaks her silence and reminisces about gay life in NYC in the 60’s, her life with Kitty, the murder, the trial, and its aftermath and “OBITS: An Exercise In Limitation” a series of monologues based on obituaries from The New York Times written while an LMCC writer in residence.

T.Remington, a 2011 Pushcart nominee, has been a featured reader here at Bluestockings twice before as well as being a frequent open mic participant.
She will be reading her story “The Last Risk” which was published in Takahe Magazine in New Zealand last year and she’ll be reading her new story “Giving Ground” in June. Both stories tug at our ideas of what’s real and what’s imaginary with unexpected outcomes.

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

Tues 5/28 Geri De Luca & Deborah Hauser Read at Bluestocking’s Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

 Tuesday May 28th  7pm – 9pm

 Feature Writers: Geri De Luca & Deborah Hauser

Deborah Hauser’s poetry chapbook” Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders” is a satirical take on the current status of women and the “woman question.” Her poetry seeks to (dis)enchant the reader and dismantle the happily ever after myth.

Geri De Luca states that novelists  only invent plots they can resolve. They ask the questions they can answer.  They ultimately have to trust their own knowledge, experience and curiosity, and keep going deeper into the plots and questions they already have.

 Bluestockings Bookstore
$5 suggested donation

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

 Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) - sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

 

Tues 4/30 Leah Umansky & Gabriella M. Belfiglio Read at Bluestockings’ Poetry Jam

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

 Tuesday April 30th  7pm – 9pm

 Feature Writers: Leah Umansky & Gabriella M. Belfiglio

Leah Umansky’s Domestic Uncertainties is her first collection of poems, t’s a memoir of marriage and divorce told through poetry. It focuses on the themes of: feminism, literature, and art and revolves around elements of repetition and wordplay.  Both the title of the book and its end-poem are borrowed from the letters of Virginia Woolf.
 
Gabriella M. Belfiglio is an Italian-American lesbian poet and teacher living in Brooklyn, whose narrative poetry resonates with the themes of love and loss andfamily.  She is currently working on a long series poem exploring grief that will become a chapbook

 Bluestockings Bookstore
$5 suggested donation

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

 Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) - sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

 

  Bluestockings Bookstore
$5 suggested donation

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

 Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) - sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store

 

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