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Tue 9/30 Laura Boss & Bina Sharif Read at the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday September 30th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Laura Boss & Bina Sharif

Laura Boss’s recent themes include searching for love on the internet and the usual themes of love,loss and betrayal( even of oneself).

Bina Sharif will read from her on going project of, “Stream of consciousness of singing birds.” It consists of memories past and present, thoughts of leaving and arriving and never leaving, observations on things amazing and,tragic and funny..

$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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Poem: l’rondini di framura (the swallows of framura)

up from africa

for the season

to feast on insects eating orchid fruits

and to hatch their babies

under drain pipes

and the corners of tunnels.

peaceful jets,

they pitch,

roll,

glide,

and float

down narrow sloping streets

and circle anicient towers.

©- 2014 – Vittoria repetto

 

a poem of thanks

in my 20’s,
coming home
3am from the dyke bar
i climb the stairs up from dekalb station.
a monarch butterfly flutters on the stair lights;
lost from its course.
thinking someone might hurt it,
i wait ‘til it closes
its wings together,
softly grab the paired wings
wait for it to relax its legs;
once taught to me by the old italian guy
who grew morning glories
next to the bocce court on leroy
when i was a kid.
i cup the monarch in my hands like a prayer.
out on the street, 3 young guys
coming from where i need to go say
hey dyke!
where you going, dyke!
i figure i’m in trouble
then i remember
i still have the butterfly
and need it let it go.
i turn,
face my future beaters,
lift buddhist prayer hands to my face,
open and push the butterfly away.
it flies towards their faces.
the 3 guys duck,
confused and startled.
as the monarch goes safely to its course,
i too
go safely home.

©- 2014 – Vittoria repetto

poem: summer 2014 – chinatown park

80 degrees

and the water games begin:

ballons and space guns

block vs block,

girls vs. boys,

b ball team vs. b ball team

run, throw, retreat,

repeat.

in their enthusiasm,

they rain

near misses on the daily bench sitters.

an old chinese woman,

resting from her collection

of discarded water bottles,

yells her distain.

©- 2014 – Vittoria repetto

TUES 5/27 Linda Lerner & Cynsei read at Bluestocking’s Women/Trans Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday May 27th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Linda Lerner & Cynsei

Linda Lerner’s recent chapbook, Ding Dong the Bell Pussy in the Well uses nursery rhymes as a spring board for her to jump into subjects she has been dealing with–relationship games, the struggles of being an artist, daily life in New York city.

Cynsei’s poetry and rhythms are moments – moments of lust, mania, depression, love, oppression and compounding isms, and recollections – all wrapped together neatly inside her black token code-switching and bohemian demeanor.

$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: saving the best for last


nonna once told me
when mamma was a child
one day during sunday dinner,
nonna noticed a slice of salami under her plate,
nonna asked why.
mamma said she saved the salami
so she have it for last
leaving the best taste in her mouth.
today eating an italian pizza
(not an italian american one)
i eat the crust first,
leaving the best for last,
and eating it with a knife and fork.

@2014 – Vittoria repetto

Poem: Blue Eyes

her eyes are blue
robins cover their eggs
with their wings in shame
her eyes are blue
blue bonnets in a field
close in disgrace
her eyes are blue
the summer sky covers itself
with clouds
her eyes are blue
the mediterranean sea
tosses itself
on italian shores
and groans

@2002 – Vittoria repetto

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.

Tues 10/29 Maureen Brady & Nati Reyes read at Bluestockings’ Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday Oct 29th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Maureen Brady & Nati Reyes

Maureen Brady will read from her new novel, Getaway, about a woman who stabs her abusive husband and makes her way to the far reaches of Canada, to attempt a start at a new life.

Nati Reyes is a 25 year old New Yorker living at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and national borders and she’s confused. So she writes.”

$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 stor

Sat 9/21 Italian-American Writers’ Word Feast – NYC

Writers include:
Vittoria repetto
Gil Fagiani
Gerry La Femina
Patricia Leuzzi
Rosalind Palermo Stevenson
Maria Terrone
and others to be announced.

The reading series includes books signings by participating authors

When:Sep 21st @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where:New York Public Library Mulberry Street Branch
10 Jersey Street
Off Mulberry St between Prince & Houston St
New York,NY 10012

Cost:FREE

Join the Italian American Writers’ Association and the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library as they celebrate New York’s Italian heritage and Naples’ patron saint during New York City’s oldest and biggest religious street festival.