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Thurs 2/23 Bina Sharif & Maria Lisella Read at Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam – Bluestockings

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

Thursday Feburary 23rd  7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Bina Sharif & Maria Lisella

Bina Sharif is writing about dreams; it’s called “Dream Projects”. Some dreams turn into nightmares but she guesses it’s  ok. We are going through a nightmare any way.

Maria Lisella has been revisiting themes of loss, survival, searching for joy and gratitude. And she visits those themes through the eyes of others in short and longer forms.

$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

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 only) – 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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Tues 11/29 Maureen Brady & Francine Witte Read at Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam – Bluestockings

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

Tuesday Nov 29th  7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers:  Maureen Brady & Francine Witte

Maureen Brady is writing a collection of short stories centered on the theme of lesbian life-styles, to include the Saints and Sinners Prize Winning Story, “Basketball Fever.” Her most recent novel, Getaway, is the story of an abused woman who stabs her husband and escapes to live under the radar in Nova Scotia.  

Francine Witte writes about the themes of her childhood family as well as the theme of pop culture. She has also been very attracted to writing that is inspired by paintings and photographs.

$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 only) – 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 12/29 Deborah Hauser & Miriam Stanley read at Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings

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

Tuesday Dec. 29th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Deborah Hauser & Miriam Stanley

Deborah Hauser writes about cancer, breast cancer, illness and women’s bodies, pink ribbon exploitation and writes a series of alphabet poems-a poem for each letter of the alphabet with heavy alliteration about women, illness, relationships, and, sometimes, Moby Dick.

Miriam Stanley writes about relationships ( both familial and romantic) and portraits of New York, especially Brooklyn

$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 only) – 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 1/28 Marisa Frasca & Joanne Pagano Weber Read at Bluestocking’s Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday Jan 28th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Marisa Frasca & Joanne Pagano Weber

Marisa Frasca’s poems deal with feminist issues, others a naturalist’s concerns, yet others are about an immigrant’d duality and experiences, but her characters are usually women and how they face questions of love, pain, subjugation, coming of age and growing into old age.

Joanne Pagano Weber’s writing and visual art is directly influenced by the matriarchal narrative tradition learned in her grandmother’s kitchen in the Bronx. Through a tiny lens, she is ever on the lookout for the miraculous in the everyday and the redemptive in the fallible, grounded in a plebeian and fatalistic world view.

$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: 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

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 3/26 Jennifer Miller & Erika Lutzner at Bluestockings’ Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam

 Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

 Tuesday March 26th  7pm – 9pm

 Feature Writers: Jennifer Miller & Erika Lutzner

 Jennifer Miller often writes about the natural world and the insights and consolations it can provide. She is currently working on a collection of poems exploring her relationship with one of her sisters through the prism of addiction and mental illness.

 Erika Lutzner’s work gives a voice to the invisible; she writes about those who are often left unheard or kept silent. Her work, though often brutal deals with subjects such a grief and violence trying to add color, texture and balance to an imperfect world.

 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 Nov 30th – Bina Sharif & Christine Bruni read at Bluestockings

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

 Tuesday Nov 30th 7 PM – 9PM

 Feature Writers: Bina Sharif & Christine Bruni

 Bina Sharif will be reading from the excerpts of her ongoing writing projects called Manhattan Spleen and Sing Bird. It’s a stream of consciousness expression of the characters’ daily lives.

 Her memoir Left of the Dial is about the healing power of creativity. Christina Bruni rebels the life she is expected to live after a devastating illness by using her love of fashion music and writing to create a life lived on her own terms.

 

 

Bluestockings Bookstore
$5 suggested donation

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 – 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

Press contact person: Vittoriar@aol.com

the fade out by Vittoria repetto

The following poem is appearing in the 38 issue of the Paterson Literary Review.

the fade out

by Vittoria repetto
1
i miss the first signs
him speaking only in italian
figured a chance to practice mine
said the sunday times
has stories of people he doesn’t care about
figured his usual lack of caring
not trouble reading

2
new year day ’99
i call dad up
to wish him a happy new year
says he was tired
went to bed early
when i ask what he cooked
he can’t remember
says i opened a can
a can of what, i ask
he can’t remember
he gets annoyed
cursing porco di madonna e jesu
pig of madonna and jesus
the same curse to my mama
on the day she died
the 12 yr old in my head
looks around
sees the martial arts
the medical knowledge
in my brain
whispers in my ear
we know how to kill him now
i shut the kid up
as dad says piselli
a can of peas
and i say ciao
see ya dad and hang up
2 days later
he walks into my office
a 2 day old beard
he couldn’t find his razor

3
hospital referral
not enough piss
for a test
we hit the local bagel place
some coffee
hoping to load him up
he stares at the counter
the signs.
not talking
i wonder
can he count on one hand
the times he’s had a bagel
italian chef
50 yrs
in the foreign land of new york

4
he goes off
just after easter
his usual 6 months in italy
to make this year’s wine
3 days later
he’s wandered off
lost somewhere
they search in the wrong direction
down the hill
dad’s face on TV
for 4 days
more than warhol’s 15 minutes of fame
.
 
5
back in l’merica
he wanders again

police phone me at 5am
he’s at st. vincent’s emergency.
i put some clothes on
get up there
he ids his butch daughter
to the attending
as his brother.
6
on way out of the assisted home
to a restaurant
gnocchi with pesto
he hovers over
the pretty young girl at the front desk
thinking he’s the cat’s meow
not seeing himself
bent and befuddled

 

7

he’s waiting

for the free barber,

he complains to me

not enough money in his wallet.

he explores,

throws a chair.

i back up

to protect him

from

my demon.

 

8
i finally start
to clean his apartment out
the containers of farina, polenta all ajar
and full of bugs
the pasta machine
the coffee grinder
the potato masher
for the swiss chard pie
all dirty
and busted
the frustration  of not knowing
anymore
9
before lunch
we call italy
tells franca
he never sees me
she says call her
and you will see her
and i sit in front of him
and watch
as he calls
vittoria
vittoria
vittoria

10
too unmanageable to go out
i bring him some gnocchi
for me
some fried calamari and broccoli di rabe.
i sit him down
refuses to eat
so i eat mine
he stares at me eating
somewhere in his head
a voice says eat
and he does

11
on the way up the elevator
from the early thanksgiving dinner
he seems to know me
talks a little
i lean over
and even though
it was never enough;
i whisper in his ear
dad i know you did the best you could
you understand?
he nods yes.

12

his 80th birthday

the social worker brings a sheet cake

i feed him

he is old man

his head drops

leaning into the plastic fork

he is child

his head drops

he is protozoa

cytoplasm engulfing the fork

i lift the prongs into his hard palate

he lifts his head

looks at me

says in italian

i know you

you’re the one w/ the money

 

13
in the hospital
diagnosed w/ malignant colon cancer
he keeps ripping
the feeding tubes out
they tie his arms down
6 months or more to live
legato giu come un cane
tied down like a dog
or….
let him go
14
i lift the sleeping eyelids
eyes three whites
blue iris
no pupil
person gone
a shell
i stroke his cheek
kiss it
ciao

15
i come home
holy saturday
dinner w/ friends
answering machine message
that he’s passed
remembering him saying
to an 8 yr me
not to call him dad
pronouncing it
w/ an e thrown in
I’m papa, no dead
and now
dad’s dead
dead
dead

 © 2008 –Vittoria repetto