a found poem via facebook pics

polar skeletons

wander the thin ice

soon a drowning doom.

droughts

and elephants die;

dry meat in the sands

for scavengers.

in venice,

the aqua alta higher

than the rubber boots

usually worn;

waist high now

w/ sewage,

pieces of lives,

history,

culture rotting

but wait

a rich tourist

gets a louis vitton bargain

manages to hold the shopping bag

above water,

they will count their possessions

as we all rot together.

 

 

Friday 11/22 Linda Whalen Quinlan & Vittoria repetto read at BGS-Queer Division

Friday November 22th at 7pm – LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (between 7th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue) Room 210
Suggested donation of $10 – no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Linda Whalen Quinlan will read from her poetry book, Chelsea Creek which won the Wicked Woman Poetry Competition.
Long-time LGBTQ activist and poet, Quinlan grew up the daughter of union parents, a factory worker, and a carpenter. As the lesbian mother of two sons, Quinlan explores issues of gender and motherhood while also observing the particularities of the past and present cultural landscape.
“Linda Whalen Quinlan renders the rough terrain of working-class New England with a lush beauty that pulls no punches, letting the brute hardness of a place and its people coexist with longing and love, finding the tenderness hiding inside tragedy,” PEN Award winner Michelle Tea said of Quinlan’s work. “I love these poems.”

Vittoria repetto will read from her first poetry book Not Just A Personal Ad and from her second book My Fingers Wonder which is not yet published.
Her poetry paints unforgettable moments within unforgettable scenes and casts an unapologetically direct and witty eye on life’s complexity
Poet and reviewer Rigoberto Gonzalez wrote in the Lambda Book Report about Vittoria repetto’s first full length poetry book Not Just A Personal Ad , “Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.”
Vittoria repetto hosted the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore from 1999 until 2018 and was the vice president of the Italian American Writers Assoc from 1991 to 2016.

poem by Mary Oliver

to live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
–Mary Oliver

the taxi driver

sunday 6 am

driving up  Park Ave.

no business.

i’m on the inside divide side.

the chirp of a bird.

a couple cars in front

start moving to the middle lane.

then  i see it

a small bird

its lower body

smashed into the concrete

chest and head calling out

the other cars not wanting it on their tires

i aim

i become death

tears in my eyes

 

©- 2019 – Vittoria repetto

valentine day poem

three days ago
he had to go,
there was no denying it
but no more
his white paws on the side of the kitchen sink
reaching
demanding
some leafy greens,
a taste of flesh,
or the “human” tuna in olive oil
his neck resting on my leg
as we relax on the sofa
his curled up body
between my flank and arm
going into rem sleep
in my bed,
or the sound of him
calling me
as I ascend my stairs,
no more.
and my eyes moist
with sadness and memories

 

©- 2019 – Vittoria repetto

Poem “the protector” online at Ovunque Siamo – New Italian-American Writing

https://ovunquesiamoweb.wordpress.com/current-issue-vol-2-issue-3/vittoria-reperto/

Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam Cancelled

This is to inform everyone (and) please pass it on) that, after 18 years, I will no longer be hosting the Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam at Bluestockings

Seems the event manager does not think that 1) I do not include enough trans people and people of color 2) I shouldn’t  ask people who look like men if they are trans or not and 3) that I too aggressive w/ my voice.

I’ve had numerous trans and persons of color read as features

FYI I ask if someone is trans it is to stop “cis men” from invading a safe space specially for women and trans. If the person says “yes, they are trans”; I accept it without further question.

And yea, I’m Italian American, I have a “loud” voice.

Anyway I’ll be looking for a new place…somewhere in downtown Manhattan, (not Tues or the weekend.)..

Thanks for listening and for the pleasure of your words

Sincerely
Vittoria repetto

Thurs 9/27 Maureen Brady & Patricia Carragon Read at Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike for Women & Trans’

Thurs Sept 27th  7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Maureen Brady & Patricia Carragon

 

In Maureen Brady’s new novel Getaway: After stabbing her abusive husband and leaving him dying on the kitchen floor, Cookie Wagner flees to remote Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and, for a moment, she seems to have gotten away with murder. But, consigned to a secretive life with a new name and the need to be on constant alert, she faces all she has not gotten away with. 

Patricia Carragon writes about how screwed up the world is getting and sometimes sticks a cat into the plot. She is currently using music as inspiration for poems and writes plenty of prose and haiku.

bluestockings

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

$10 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/

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south downtown

Thurs 7/26 Miriam Stanley & Tsaurah Litzky Read at Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike for Women & Trans’

Thurs July 26th  7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Miriam Stanley & Tsaurah Litzky

Miriam Stanley is a NYC based poet who writes about how her childhood and ethnic background  affects intimate relationships and her relationship with the world. Writer is best known for her poems on family and global issues.

“In her new book Flasher, Tsaurah Litzky writes  about sex, yoga, the family, the body and aging, the New York scene past and present, work, and, most of all, love. She illuminates the experiences, processes and strategies of a bountifully creative woman who has sustained a significant body of work and joyously full life

 

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

$10 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/

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down

Thurs 6/28 Leah Umansky & Joy Ladin Read at Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike for Women & Trans’

Thurs June 28th  7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Leah Umansky & Joy Ladin 

Leah Umansky’s themes are  gender, power, love, pop culture, hope, and dystopia.

Joy Ladin writes about about trans experience, America, illness, and love, among other subjects.

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

$10 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/

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down