Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Poetry Thursdays, April 19-- Hydrangeas, Crocuses and Christine (coming soon)

April, “mixing. memory and desire, ...with spring rain.” --T.S. Eliot

April 19: an open reading at Midtown Scholar
All about crocuses and hydrangeas and their
inherent reflective qualities. Sort of
a suggested theme, if you like suggestions.

Ultimately, it's your theme that matters,
your choice, your gig--- there's no sign-up sheet,
no thematic restrictions, read as the spirit moves you,
I mean, you got to move.
Read, listen. Declaim! Everything's waiting for you.

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Poetry Thursdays, a renowned reading series
is hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

APRIL 26: Featuring
Baltimore's Christine O'Leary-Rockey, who'll perform works from
her book, "The 3 Faces of Brahman" (PostDada Press, 2010),
April 26 at the Scholar. The Midtown Scholar
Bookstore is located at 1302 North 3rd Street, across
from the Broad Street Markethaus, Harrisburg, PA 17102,
Phone: 717.236.1680.

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.......And, featured in May:
Harrisburg’s first poet laureate,
the redoubtable Gene Hosey!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Poetry of Glasnost open mic, April 5th, Don't be Cruel!

“April is the cruelest month, breeding. lilacs out of the dead land, mixing. memory and desire, stirring. dull roots with spring rain.”  T.S. Eliot

Our first special OPEN POETRY READING this month on will be on April 5. It's open to all. Come read or listen. Our theme (not obligatory) is a celebration of the spirit of Glasnost.


Finally, it's Spring. Featured performers coming soon--  Rick Kearns, Christine O'Leary-Rockey, Gene Hosey, and more. These special presentations are generally preceded by a brief open reading. Come early, seating, time is limited.

Brokering peace for decades: the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, Poetry Thursdays. Seven to nine p.m. Yes, every Thursday, open to all and sundry.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jessica Flynn: Macedonia, York & the Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Jessica Flynn, Rooted Gallery, York, PA, holding her latest opus-- "Through the Cracks"!

Jessica Flynn, November 10, featured performer at Midtown Scholar Harrisburg, PA, this reading is hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, more: -


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Vachel Lindsay: staged poetry events, which he called poetry games, with dancers swaying to the rhythms of his poems and the banging of pots with wooden spoons.

-------------------- If one experiences Ecstasies or Angst, or a craving for iced coffee, language is changed. One day you’re speaking German, the next day it’s Italian, and by Wednesday all you can do is weep mournfully and murmur a bit during the commercials.

-----------* * * * *----------------* * * * * * *------------ Aarrrgh! as Experience by Cocteau

And I just wish, I just wish I could remember the curve of your cheekbone, Rosalyn Drexler. Fax machines, rubyfruit jungle. Harold Lloyd, fireflies. Bright lights, big city.

... So, I mean, I mean: sheesh! a reverie could blithely sing to the future, or trench warfare… a/ cloud in 2014, or last Easter, or an STD rash in any inglorious month of Sundays.

Screeching owls, moonbeams, woodcuts. Kate Chopin. Free ringtones. Homina, Homina. [soft & far off: beginning riff from O Superman] P-P-Pa-Pocketa-pocketa.Pocketa….

------------------------------ THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

1794, By William Blake

-----------------------------!marty-esworthy/c1jvi from Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs

Sunday, July 24, 2016

JULY 28, Manny Cartagena at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

MANNY CARTAGENA FEATURED at POETRY THURSDAYS The featured performer, July 28 at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s Poetry Thursdays, a continuing series, hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel will be the incomparable Manny Cartagena.

Cartagena is an exciting young author, artist, and poet from Berks County, PA. His work is brooding—but chilling-- dare I say, thrilling?-- with dynamic twists and unexpected literary turns. He's quite a dynamic performer.

Cartagena’s verse has been published in Paper Planes, the Atlantean, TopHat Raven, New Plains Review, and PigeonBike Poetry.

He’s performed extensively throughout the Middle–Atlantic states. Cartagena is currently compiling a book of drawings, expected to be released in late autumn.

This event is part of Poetry Thursdays, the long-running poetry poetry series (1999-2016), 7-9pm,.held weekly at the Midtown Scholar. 1302 N. 3rd Street. For more information, (717) 236-1680.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Joelle Biele. SEPTEMBER 24. Midtown Scholar

September 24-- Featured at Poetry Thursdays, Joelle Biele is the author of White Summer (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002) and the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). She was 2008-09 Fulbright Professor in American Literature at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel hosts Poetry Thursdays, a community reading series every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:55 pm. Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 , Phone: 717.236.1680


"Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?" Spidey asks Marlena Shaw.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fave Fall Cartel Classic, POETS-DRESSED-as-the-SPIRIT-of AUTUMN Open reading

Joy is Everywhere: Annual Fall Poetry Classic returns to Midtown .Poetry Thursday gig (October 23) at the Midtown Scholar. You're featured, it's up to you. It's the annual fave, the ever-popular POETS-DRESSED-as-the-SPIRIT-of AUTUMN-WIN-a-COOKIE! OPEN READING. Garnish yourself with autumn leaves and/or share the bounty of freshly-baked cookies with other versifiers. Seriously peeps, it'll be a night to remember! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, the reading, the revelry, the cookie/costume/camaraderie begins at 7pm. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (Best come early as seating is limited.) It's all happening at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore-- right across from the Markethouse-- at 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, Phone: 717.236.1680. 7 to 9pm.