memorial for a brilliant woman

Saturday, August 30, 2008

ComedySportz tonight!!! 7:30 and 10:00

Sure- it goes on every Friday and Saturday night at those times- but not with Shann Palmer playing piano for both shows!!

I Prov- the all musical improv group performs at the 10:00 show!

I'll be playing here and there at 7:30

Come on! Call 266-YESS to get a reservation!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Whatever chance McCain had with me just left

with his VP pick- her views on gays and lesbians, creationism, abortion rights, and who knows what else at this point have left me fully behind Obama and company.

Geez- did he think merely picking a woman (and a mom- oowheee!!) would sway my little old vote?

Maybe if he sent chocolates and took the kids to the movies so I could have a quiet evening at home would do it.

It's really hard to think about poetry right now.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Richmond Times Dispatch actually posted


Claudia Emerson new poet laureate!

and quickly??? (5:29pm)

wow- I am amazed- and pleased. They must be trying to scoop Style LOLOL.


are you ready for it?? Really ready??


The poet laureate for Virginia 2008-2010 is

Claudia Emerson!!!!

Well, that's the best news I've heard all day!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

For all my weird friends- David Lynch poems

Check out this submission guideline: Blue Velvet

and why not? I think I'll order A Slice of Cherry Pie

In the meantime- art6 is seeking new members, interns, and volunteers. We need people with talent, with time, highly motivated individuals who have seeds of ideas and want to see them flourish into something bigger.

We need artists and art lovers, people who love Richmond, people who are interested in seeing the downtown art scene hit the next level.

You don't have to be a star to be in our show, but if you've got the starstuff, we're ready to support your efforts, but please, prima donnas, there are plenty of other places for you to strut while you're waiting for new york to call- we want people who aren't too high on themselves to paint a podium, to take out a bag of trash, to do the hard work some boring committee requires.

Yeah, you're too busy to sit or to come to meetings- whatever- we're busy too, but the members of art6 believe in something bigger than art on the walls- bigger than First Friday- bigger than Broad Street-

if you think you're the kind of person who cold find a home with us- go HERE

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Speaking of recreation...

Here's some tips from poet Bernadette Geyer, a wonderful Virginia poet on revising your poems.

I spent hours this morning switching verbs, then nouns, then starting over again.

Writing's easy- revising is hard.

We got FIOS!

and I haven't accomplished anything for days...

actually, that's not true- I'm still working on a few poems, dealing with art6 stuff, wondering why it's so hard just to get by these days.

That's a kind of untruth also- I have plenty of what I need, bills are caught up, pantry adequate, plenty of time to do what I want.

must be ennui- yeah, that's it- August Ennui.

Sounds like a good book title, doncha think?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

We're getting FIOS!

bye bye Comcast!!

it's being installed right now, right here in Lakeside- a farmer's market, a great little Indian restaurant (particularly take-out), and now freedom from Comcast!!


Now, if getting a new poet laureate were just that easy~

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Update on the Poet Laureate and Gov. Kaine

After all my letters to the Governor about not appointing a poet laureate in a timely manner- we have been without since July 1st- I had lunch with Carolyn Foronda (Virginia laureate 2006-2008) at her home near Deltaville and got the scoop.

The poet laureate must provide years of financial records, tax forms, job history, all manner of personal data to prove (I suppose) they aren't terrorists or criminals. She said it took her weeks to come up with all the needed data, and she's a very organized person!

I can't imagine that many poets have all that info at their fingertips, more likely in shoeboxes and Ukrops' bags or somewhere deep in the chaos of their dwellings. All that for an unpaid position that very few people actually care about.

Ridiculous? Yes. The nominee is probably trolling through files for minutiae they shouldn't need to share with the government. I guess we'll wait till they get it together.

There goes my chances-

In the meantime, have vision- there will most likely be a Poetry Festival in the Richmond area in 2010- something for poets at the top of their game, something James River Writers doesn't offer, the Festival of the Book doesn't provide, the University in-house shows can't open up for- it's coming, poets- be ready, start writing and revising now!

What a Party! Richmond Mag's Best/Worst

What a cool party Richmond Magazine had last night! I sampled foods from all sorts of restaurants I can't afford to patronize, drank decent wine, and we folks from ComedySportz Improv performed our six-minute musical "What's There to do in Richmond?".

I didn't try to ride the Segway, but I did hobnob with other James River Writers folks and the artsy crowd (who were those other people?)

Interesting music by the DJ- very typical easy listening classic late disco-ish fare (michael jackson ferchrissakes?) though early on (before everybody got there) it was better. White boys in white suits dancing- heh!

Richmond is such a strange city- and despite what Michael three-names said in his column in the RTD today - it's about as provincial as any place I could name.

You know, a famous poet once told me no one cares as much about your work as you do, so get over yourself. Sounds like good advice for this place (my home for almost forty years).

We ain't all that- seriously. I have developed a fondness for the place, I must say.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Dogwood Dell

It's the last chance to see Little Shop of Horrors at Dogwood Dell tonight at 8:30.

The weather is PERFECT! It's FREE.

I went last night, it was wonderful. Sure, you've seen it before, but you've never seen a set quite this elaborate. And the actors are excellent!

and my daughter did costumes (she's worked seven summers for Richmond Parks and Rec).

GET THERE!! Don't bring any money, but DO bring bug spray.

Friday, August 08, 2008

SlamRichmond in the semi-finals, still no poet laureate!

Go Team Richmond!

Currently ranked 18th in the country, the Slam Richmond team has made semi-finals!

For a complete story, go HERE

This is great news!

Support Your Local Poets!!!

In spite of my constant email campaign and Gov Kaine having the list of candidates at his fingertips, we still have no poet laureate (position open since July 1st!). I understand how much there is to do, but this is a no-brainer- Claudia Emerson is the best choice of the list he's been given.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

ANOTHER letter to the governor

I will write weekly until something is done- this is ridiculous!

Dear Sir:

Once again I write to implore you to proceed with the appointment of a poet laureate for our state.
The information has been in your hands for more than a month (the suggested names provided by law from the Poetry Society of Virginia).

There is no money involved, but schedules and speaking engagements in schools and community groups need to be made.

Our previous laureate, Carolyn Foronda, has been retired from the position since July 1st and I,
a poet and your supporter hope that you will both recognize her for an exemplary job since 2006 and announce your new appointment.

Please, I implore you to act on this now!

Shann Palmer

Support Your Local Poets!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Shockoe Poets found a new home!!!

Globehopper Coffee has offered to let the Shockoe Poets try the scene on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 2-4pm.

Come on over- we'll start out at Shockoe to pick up the people-not-on-the-internet, then move over to Globehoppers for our grand opening.

Bring poetry! Your own or someone else's, to read and share!

and thank you Cafe Gutenburg, for offering even though you have Sunday brinch- maybe we can bring a once a month event back to your wonderful place!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Poetry reading needs a home!!!

The Shockoe Poets have been evicted from the Shockoe Espresso Coffee Shop in the slip!!!! We're homeless!

It's true. After ten years, the longest running open mike needs a new home ASAP!! Started back in the 90's at Ashland Coffee and Tea, Cheryl Ball and I moved it to Richmond where Kelley Lane took over as cohost at the Shockoe Espresso location.

We'll be there (unofficially) on the second Sunday in August from 2-4 to discuss and regroup if you have any ideas.

Apparently, the parent company Mill Mountain ( anything to do with the theater?) had some sort of problem somewhere and somebody screwed it up for the rest of us and the order is out for NO MORE ENTERTAINMENT at their establishments.

The truth is, we were almost always the only people there on Sundays- I tip at least 100%, and we talked up the place constantly. Oh well.

And we just had a piece on Mash Up July 29th- figures.

Cafe Gutenberg offered, but they have a brunch on Sundays and needed us to change times (later in the day). We'd really like to try to stay in the 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4pm if we can.

If anybody has any ideas, please let me know shannp at gmail dot com.