WOA Open Mic-July 20th-w/ Feature Jeremy Greene

Jeremy Greene-Part 1-Poetry and Prose

Jeremy Greene-July 20th, 2020 Feature

Jeremy Greene-Part 2-In Conversation

Langston, Whitman, cancel culture

BIO

Mr. Jeremy DeWayne Greene is a school psychologist/poet currently living and working in the Sacramento region. In his spare time, he writes, records, and performs poetry/rap which has been featured in both Sacramento and Shanghai (China) literary circles. Though previously living and working in Shanghai, Mr. Greene strongly connects with his familial roots firmly planted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

His works can be found on the following platforms: https://gmile.bandcamp.com/, https://www.youtube.com/user/GMile, and https://youtu.be/dWzBWToX4cg (TEDx talk: The Transformative Power of Rejection).

Still Busy aka The Art of Loving From the Moon

Still Busy aka The Art of Loving from the Moon
shanghai

Isolate Your Distance

Isolate Your Distance

Mimosa Sunday-July 19th, 2020-Jennifer O’Neill Pickering Reading

Jennifer O’Neil Pickering July 19th, 2020
Dear friends,

I am pleased to announce my new book of poetry, Fruit Box Castles: Poems From a Peach Rancher’s Daughter is available for pre-0rder from 
Finishing Line Press.
Please support my goal of selling 55 books by August 15 so, that the book will be available for additional releases. You can order 
here .

The book will be released at the end of October 2020.
Also, join me for my first soft book launch on Zoom at Writers on the Air July 19, 4 pm hosted by Todd Boyd (Mimosa Sundays!)  Open Reading to follow. (Meeting ID: 358 106 078/Password: 025674)


Below find some of my favorite poems from the book.
Bountiful  

Mom midwifed rows of freestones 
Late July we’d sit
under umbrellas of the walnut tree 
peeling pink ribbons of skin
release pits in a curl of wrist
These filled canning jars clicking and clacking in cauldrons of water
pale circles of paraffin 
floated on bountiful mouths 

November we’d yank the light’s chain 
creep down the grouchy stairs
to the basement crocheted in spider webs
scatter whatever, behind steamer trunks that stored secrets: 
kimonos wrapped in tissue paper, waiting an occasion, the dragon tea pot, a formal table, 
helmets pitted by shrapnel, uniforms grown too small letters in cursive, a wedding gown— a first mistake;

On one wall summer saved in jars: green beans, pickles, yellow hearts of peaches; 
Mom stopped canning and I could never fit into her waders
use the watery screen of an I pad
to recipe words,can memories
picked ripe in season 
honest labor.
  
Mother’s Sadness Writes a Daughter’s Poem

They lean against the flatbed truck
mother’s hair escapes a bandanna
dad’s straw hat half cocked
both in bibbed overalls arms chained,
smiles bright as charms.

Winter mother sews hope
into gingham curtains
crochets thimble sized shoes
pieces together squares
into pastel blankets
craves pickles and honey
keeps busy.

Named for their father she is born still
first born, sister the siblings won’t hold
tumble of crimson curls
on satin pillows pink as taffy.

The clergy speaks lovely words
for a child he didn’t know
the mourners call a porcelain doll
placed in a casket small as a shoe box
the mother’s sadness writes
the daughter’s poem.

Trembling Stars quilt earthy beds 
where olive orchards once grew
and families of crows dressed in black,
still harvest the fruit from
those trees that remain.
Sparrows sing lullabies
from the choir stalls of cedar boughs.
Guardian angels hold watch 
spread marble wings frozen in eternal flight.
Blessing

Blessed with a blossoming heart
with summer flowers seeded in spring
in this garden of wild, native, exotic, and tame;
this pitcher of morning light
poured across the wooden planks
Cannas’ umbrella of leaves.
the walnut’s basket of nuts
squirrels’ steady harvest
mandalas of black-eyed Susan fringed in gold
sycamores and breeze linked in song.
 
Blessed with sparrows’ passion to sing,
hummingbirds’ endurance, inquisitive jays,
afternoon baptisms quiver of wings
release of sorrow
space that cultivates joy;
feelings turned over
like the trowel amends;
the yin yang
sadness and joy
different and the same.
the yin yang
sadness and joy
different and the same—


Jennifer
         

WOA Feature-Doreen Procope-Monday, July 6th, 2020

Feature Reading July 6th, 2020

Doreen Procope

Doreen’s Bio-Doreen Procope was born in England to parents who immigrated from Jamaica. Today she lives in Sacramento, California. She’s a wife, mother of two adult children, and a new grandma. 

Doreen discovered her purpose and passion in life during a brief illness. Having very little to do besides focusing upon recovery, she unearthed her passion for writing. In 2019, she published her first book entitled “Be inspired To Inspire”  with her daughter’s company, Mertina Publishing. This collection of faith-based poetry chronicles the journey of a person who has minimal knowledge of God and desires to dig a little deeper. 

Doreen also writes and recites personalized poems for any occasion or event. Today Doreen enjoys a close walk of faith. Her goal is to introduce the concept of faith in a practical and simple manner. Her writings attempt to bridge the gap between humanity and spirituality and the main thrust of her mission is to tell the world there is still hope despite the seemingly prevalent nature of darkness. Doreen outlines the simple process of faith as well as the many facets of this journey. 

Doreen’s hobbies include reading, photography, meeting people and learning new cultures.

To purchase your copy of Be Inspired To Inspire, Please visit:

Amazon: ($18.99) Or Mertina Publishing: http://www.mertinawriting.com/store/beinspired ($14,99 + free shipping)

WOA Zoom-William Carr Feature-June 22nd, 2020

Bill Carr Feature-June 22nd, 2020

And More Bill Carr…..

The Boy Has Some Dogs

Blue Soul by Bill Carr

 Blue cracks mental me
  Abstractions riding my soul
  Today they are gone
 
Eyes on the white lambs
fresh prime rib choice cut visions
Mothered by rams
 
   Eyeballs on her hips
targets for the sick  in heart                           
  For a stiff hard dart
 
  Whispering into his mind
  Leave those thoughts behind
  He heard the soft wind
 
Curving red train tracks
  Blue veins twisting down old cracks
 Needing to “detrain”
 
Blue ocean so cool
  Roll through my long icy throat
  twirling spray upon
Brilliant bright pupils
  Milk white and red inner eyes
  Johnny sings the blues
Books drop from the sky
  Novels water the Earth’s soil
•  Wet to my armpits
American child
  winter’s hot and summer’s cold
  Inhale the white snow
Living in the cold
winter builds up hard crystals
 reflecting by the moon
Purple sunglasses
 
 
The bottomless pit
  Satanic society
  Run by the Moloch
The goat looking down
  Wondering when to descend
•  Into this old town
Dogs landing like cats


  The cats smelling cheese like rats
  Rats eaten by me
Twirling down steel tracks
  A whirling north towards the sea
  To see the full world
 
Rough men at road work
 clearing the  rocky mud path
With each mighty stroke
Bubbles beneath skin
  Lake fire with blue visions
 Cleansing  mind devils
 
 
 
  In the face of hate
  The soft sweet hands of the sun
 Warming cheeks and hands
 
mother of real truth
  father in the blue shadows
  holy ghost power
 
A loud evening sound
  Dogs are all around, talking
  With people, howling
 
Generation gone
  Never far from their cell phones
  And text messages
Ocean cascade
  Eyes full of silver crystals
  Apex sky rising
 
From rainbow droplets

splashing upon hitting ground
  Cleansing ,smoking brains
The Moonshine nightmare
  The cat dives under black sun
  The dog’s resting place
A bus ride round town
  Slow trek throughout a square street
  circular city
The big dark black dog
  Plays poker and rolls dice  well
•  No match for snake-eyes
The purple creatures
• With invisible features
• Vanishes in smoke
 
Soul shoes foot dancing
•  Full of James Brown stomp prancing
•  And black and white shouts
She rose from the tomb
• Slow as the drinking full moon
• weeping in the sun
 Night rider glides home
• He Stops to smell a rainbow
• In the pouring rain
Black horse white pony tail
new modern zebra hybrid
Rides into the sun
The Earth’s ride
                               i.
It was just another Sunday morning blow job
And the headache would pass as swift as the new
Monday morning coming{and I needed some me-di-cine}
 
 
 The flu had caused the most terrible of effects within my face that of running mucus from the nose.
•  But I blew my nose and said no more.
•  Everything was just fine for awhile. Then,
•  The hacking midnight pirate arrived and
•  Dropping with every passing hour his anvil on my head, so I took more medicine to subdue the cough.[me-di-cine]
iii.
•  The night was good and hot as well as cold and mean;full of boogers drops working their way about my body’s stream.
•  I put one oar in the water for balance;it
•  Drew a shark who snapped it off. I could
•  Smell viscid fluid in my mouth flowing
•  To my stomach and the increasing pounding of my brain, so I took more
•  [med-i-cine].I had to stop the hacking cough, tapping tummy pop, and the hammering head throb, so I took more mee-dii-cine].
iv.
•  “The iron tongue of Midnight struck”
•  “All lovers to bed,” I dozed.
•  Then the dusk came. I awoke in water vomit surrounded by the Atlantic, Arctic,
•  Pacific,Indian and sweat oceans, so
•  I took some more [mmee-di-ccine].
v.
•  I oozed my way through the liquid and puss.
•  Phlegm flying from my mouth;
•  Waste ready for dumping from the boat’s
•  Bottom.I sat up in the bed rocking and
•  Rolling:back and forth,calling for an anchor
•  To be thrown over board!
vi.
•  The boat disappeared replaced by fear.
•  The ghost darts around the bed in the darkest part of the room.
•  It’s in black and white.
•  I paddle hard heading for shore,
•  Looking for another dose of medicine.
 
vii.
•  The figure looms over me beginning a movement towards the left: a series of shadows and clouds are my eyes.
•  A roar from the universe pulled over to the right.
•  Circling the room with wide sweeping scans moving out of frame.
•  My medicine need I
viii.
•  Darting globins, singing witches, laughing zebras criss-crossing trains pulsating
•  Gyrating further to far end of the globe on my bed…lum.This rubber legged crew member attempts stance rewarded by a splash to boat’s bottom.
 
•  [mee-di-ci-ine took I]
 
 
ix.
•  I arise again to breath. Quickly,on my knees crawling down the hall
•  Through a worm hole
 
 
x.
•  A long linear corridor conversing merging
•  With whales and stars into a single vision
•  Within my eyes the Earth sky and it’s as blue as my soul.
BUBBLE’S BALD HEAD
•                                       I. 
 
•   AS THE MIST CLEARS THE MOUNTAINS, THEIR BROWN  SKINS AND DARK SHADOWS MAY BE SEEN AMAZINGINGLY RISING ABOVE THE LONG HIGH HILLS AND FOG ENCIRCLING THE REDDEST CAMP FIRES WITH  DANCING GERONIMO, SINGING COHISE AND PRAYING CRAZY HORSE,CRYING ROBERT KENNEDY AND HIS BROTHER JOHN,PREACHING MARTIN AND MALCOM,PROTESTING CESAR CHAVEZ,OBJECTING BARBERA JORDAN ALL IN MOTION…AROUND THE CAMP FIRES UNLIKE THE MODERN LAND BOUND BROOM DRIVING WEAPONLESS WARRIORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY GIRTH.
.
•   UNTIL ONE DAY, BUBBLE EYES ROSE UPWARD, TOWARDS THE MOUNTAINS AND VIEWING MANY SHADOWS ,BUT QUICKLY RETURNS TO HIS EARTH SOUND TASK OF BROOM PUSHING, MOP DRIVING, WAX FLOPING DUTIES
•   FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P. M. BUBBLES’S JANITORIAL HAUL MUST CONTINUE;
•   MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ON HIS FEET,WITH KNEES AGAINST KNEES AND HANDS PRESSING FLOOR GLORY: NORTH BY NORTH WEST.
•   IT’S HIS JOB SWEEPING FLOOR TOPS: BRIGHT, DUSTING THE PEEKS OF HILLS UNTIL THE VERY CRISS/CROSS SHINES
•   HE’S A BLEACH BLUES MAN …PRAYING ON THE KNEES
•   UNTL YOU CAN SEE    JESUS
•   AND AT 11.95 AN HOUR THERE IS THE LEMON PLEDGE SMELL THAT MUST RADIATE FROM  THE VALLEY’S FLOOR.
 
•   YOU CAN HEARD THE OLD MAN SAY: “GOTS TO GET CLEAN ,LORD
•   GOTTA GET IT CLEAN ‘CAUSE MASTER GONE UH BE HERE IN SETTING DAY”
 
 
III.
•  SO ON THE OLD MAN BUBBLE SCRABBLED,SCUBBLED
•  HE HAD TO GET RID OF THE SINGING FROM THE MOUNTAIN PEEKS
•  THE VAPOR DANCING OVER THE WOODEN FLOORS
•  FOR HIS JOB DEPENDED ON THE CLEAR WHITE FLOOR
•  AND THE BOSSMAN SAYING IT WAS SO
IV.
•  MR. EDISON ARRIVED ON TIME AN DROVE HIS HUMMER ABOUT THE FLOOR KILLING BUGS AND SPITTING
•  THEN WITH A EAR FULL OF MOUNTAIN SONG HE SAID DO IT AGAIN , OLD MAN
•  THE SONG IS WRONG
V.
•  THE OLD  MAN’S EYES THEN EARS ROSE TOWARDS THE INDIAN SONGS
•  ABOVE THE CLOUDS INTO THE VERY PUPILS OF THE ELDERS OF MARTIN OF MALCON OF GERONIMO OF COHISE OF CRAZY HORSE OF BIG BUBBLE BALD HEAD SR III
VI.
•  DOWN WENT THE CLIFFS AND STEEP HILLS
•  DOWN  HE THREW DOWN THE BLUE DETERGINE WITH WHITE BLEACH
•  DOWN WENT THE AJAX AND COMET
•  DOWN WENT DOWN THE EXTRA LONG HANDLED MOP THAT HIS DADDY HAD  BROUGHT HIM
•  DOWN CAME THE ROLLING MOUNTAIN PEEKS
•  LANDING IN ONE LARGE PILE OF DO-DO
VII.
•  BUBBLE KICKED THE BUCKET
•  DROPPED THE WAXER AND WALKED
•  AWAY INTO THE CLEARING MIST
•  OF DUN
The Earth Smell
•  i.
•  She smells like the earth at all times of the passing moon
•  Likes to walk about in her underwear
•  Pushing against the wind’s crying warning
•  With that fresh earth smell of hers…
•  Depositing it where ever she goes… on an arm, on a stomach, on the face, on the leg or any place on planet earth.
ii.
•  She sweats in Channel No. 19 and when all becomes calm, she takes that 6 a. m. yawn: the big breath inhaling in Africa, exhaling out of Europe. She’s full of air throughout her lungs; is full of water within her throat; full of land under her feet.
iii.
•  Whirling air
•  Spinning water
•  Tambling over the land
•  She sends
•  Virgins ocean tides against old rock of ages;
•  High pressure centers bouncing off low;
•  Dirt careening off of boulders
iv.
•  In time, all shall mountain down to the smallest of  hills and the earth smell shall hover above the earth. And her soulful droplets shall drop from the nose like falling rain to the ground to be absorbed by the soil and soul and only the earth hounds know—the scent.
v.
•  Blue blood dogs endlessly chasing the stuff from her nose keeping up a powerful pace compelled by her aura. Blue blood dogs seeing red while keeping the beat in the warning wind with the half moon moving to full.
vi.
•  Now, she breaths more heavily, for the moon has reached her full cycle and the dogs have slowed. She turns over grasping a tree branch to blow her nose. And when her nose comes clean and empty, she all at once takes to the sky:
•             jetting from the earth
•             blazing from the solar system,
•             blotting from the universe,
•  Leaving us poor dogs behind sniffing for the odor of her earth smell.
The blue soul by bill carr
•  All rights reserved. 02/21/2008
•  Written, edited and published by bill carr
•  A special thanks and dedication to penny



Bio

Bill believes in the long poem. The poems that travel down unknown roads and paths, twists and turns, where only imagination can travel blind.It is always grand joy, a desire to pursue for some pass on dramatic skills. We who look to teach others can always distinctly remember how proud those elementary school teachers made them feel when each child performed his/her school work to the best of his/her abilities. The goal of all good teachers and poets is to inspire their future students to perform their skill set to the best of their abilities.My interest in a teaching career continued through my college days at the University of California, Davis.

While at Davis, I majored in English and participated in many forensic events such as plays, poetry readings, and speaking events.During my junior year at Davis, I was awarded a fellowship to [attend any of ten Schools in the Calfornia University system and earn a masters degree. After I was awarded the fellowship, I spent my remaining time at Davis developing my academic skills and preparing for graduate Study. Upon graduation from U.C. Davis, I enrolled in California State University, Sacramento, in the Masters Program, I earned my Masters degree in English language and literature. Immediately after earning my Masters Degree, I obtained both a Community College teaching credential and an Emergency teaching credential and I began to teach professionally.We who have spent  years in teaching and counseling at both the elementary school and junior college levels learn the importance of communication skills. This experience teaches all that the world of instruction is rewarding, yet demanding. Students come to realize that the journey can be both demanding and rewarding in ways that they had never before imagined. While the learning of a new skill set  may appear to an outsider to be tedious and monetarily unrewarding, students find the skill set accomplishment of great joy . Truly.it is the educational trek that powers gaining of the storytelling and poetic skills.

WOA Features: June 29th, 2020-Len Germinara and Sarah Oktay

Poet – Len Germinara

len geminara

Len Germinara is author of 6 collections of poetry. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He was the 2003 winner of the Cambridge Poetry Award for best narrative poem. Founding member of Spoken Word Nantucket and the Moors Poetry Collective. Len ran a Spoken Word venue on Nantucket for 12 years and one in Southern Massachusetts for 4 years. In addition he has provided literacy workshops on poetry and bookbinding for a host of schools in Massachusetts and Colorado for over 15 years

Len’s webpage

https://lengerminaradotcom.wordpress.com/

Sarah Oktay

sarah oktay
the right way

Sarah Oktay works for the John Muir Institute of the Environment’s Natural Reserve System at University of California Davis as a Reserve Director for Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve and as the Director of Strategic Engagement. She received her B.S. in Marine Science and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Texas A&M University – Galveston. From 2003-2016 she was the Executive Director of the University of Massachusetts-Boston Nantucket Field Station, a biological field station on Nantucket Island. Her research focuses on climate change, carbon transport and harbor processes. After 9-11, she mapped the chemical signature of the World Trade Center ash and tracked it in the Hudson River. She currently is the President of the Society of Women Geographers. Her nine years of service on the Nantucket Conservation Commission has been featured in Vanity Fair, Yankee Magazine, Cape Cod Times, ABC.com, CNN, the movie “Rising Tides”, and many other news outlets.  She also was a science adviser for actor Mark Ruffalo, advising on topics such as climate change, fracking, and water quality monitoring for the non-profits he founded. She is working on three books, two non-fiction compilations of eight years of science essays from the weekly publication Yesterday’s Island on Nantucket and a memoir on finding her family in Turkey. Along with her husband, the poet Len Germinara, she funded and served as co-host for Spoken Word Nantucket for 12 years. She has dabbled a bit in poetry along the way, this will be her first public cofeature. More about Sarah can be found at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-oktay-ba84869/   

Zoom June 29th, 2020- Len Germinara and Sarah Oktay

WOA Open Mic with Michele Drier and Writing for Open Mic Writers

Michele Drier Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series. She is the past president of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime and co-chair for Bouchercon 2020 the world’s oldest and largest convention for mystery writers and fans.

Her Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries are Edited for Death, (called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review), Labeled for Death and Delta for Death and a stand-alone, Ashes of Memories.

Her paranormal romance series, SNAP: The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, was named the best paranormal vampire series of 2014 by PRG. The series is SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story, Danube: A Tale of Murder , SNAP: Love for Blood, SNAP: Happily Ever After?, SNAP: White Nights,  SNAP: All That Jazz, SNAP: I, Vampire and SNAP: Red Bear Rising .

The first book in the Stained Glass Mysteries, Stain on the Soul, was published in summer 2019. You can reach her at mjdrier@gmail.com or micheledrier@att.net

Her webpage is under reconstruction but visit her facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMicheleDrier or her Amazon author page, http://www.amazon.com/Michele-Drier/e/B005D2YC8G/ or find her on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram.

Michele Drier

Writing for Open Mic Readers-Andy Laufer, Rose Ann Goodwin, Todd Boyd

Andy Laufer-Andrew is currently a gentleman farmer, writer, and storyteller. The lion’s share of his career was with the California Department of Education. Prior to that, he was a Registered Dietitian, a butcher’s helper, a janitor, a food service worker, construction laborer, firefighter, research lab technician, phlebotomist, a soldier in the US Army, and a salesman. He’s hitchhiked throughout the western United States and had coast to coast adventures too. All of these, and many more experiences, have prepared him well to tell stories about life in America.

In 2014 he began writing his stories down for his kids. His stories are a written record of his legacy for them and theirs to remember him by. The stories will make you laugh and make you cry. They will make you think about life and elicit similar memories of your own. A few are sad, most are humorous, all are thought provoking to either lighten your heart, or to move you to deeper conversations. All are told from the truth as he saw it and it is his deepest hope that you will derive pleasure from them and remember him fondly.

His first attempt at oral storytelling was at a slam competition at the Sierra Storytelling Festival back in 2016. Although he didn’t win, he began to understand what it would take to become a proficient storyteller on stage. Practice, and he’s been practicing ever since. He participates in open telling whenever the opportunity arises. He told again at the Sierra Storytelling Festival and at the Auburn Winter Festival. Last October he told to a mixed audience at the Wilton Community Fair. Locally, he tells at the Sacramento Storytellers Guild, the Avid Reader, and at Writers on the Air.

Andy Laufer

Todd Boyd-I survived as a carpenter, railroad worker, and a social studies teacher before I retired for good, so I am no longer tied down to the wage industrial complex tracks, like Sweet Sue, like sweet sue used to.

I define myself as an agnostically oriented spiritual believer in Hope and second, third, and fourth chances because there’s no future in believing only in your own fallibility, no matter how much attention/notoriety you get nor how smart you are.

I’ve been taken on some long rides down life’s road and I’ve driven some too.

Nowadays I write illogical, mythological realism and continue to try my literary hand as a self-published author, internet radio host, blogging, making some visual art, hosting both writing and open mic events, working on another novel, and enjoying whatever sports my body will let me do.

Self-published author of one novel (Marat, Untrue Loves, working on a second novel, self-published four chapbooks-(Shark Poems and Caroline’s Adeline Street and Other Poems), one book of short stories, (Allred’s Short Stories), one journal of personal history (The Election of 2012- A Year of Living Inside the Definition of Insanity). Radio programmer (KUBU-96.5LP-FM), blogger (saylavproductions.com), website manager (writersontheair.com), and visual artist working with recycled materials.

Some of my work can be found at www.writersontheair.com and at my blog- www.saylavproductions.com.

Todd Boyd

The Open Mic

Addie

Aeisha

Joanne

Lynette

Pat

Zia

A selection of recorded readings by Sacramento area writers