** The Waiting 4 the Bus show on Monday (which takes place every 3rd Monday of the month) at Powell’s Book Store near Halsted and Roosevelt (it has a fairly good poetry selection) was quite lively.
The event featured some seasoned and energetic open micers as well as a couple of fine features. The show featured the immense talents of the Beast Woman, Robin Fine, as well as the former Resonate poet, Felissia Mae Cappelletti, who will be moving to a far off alien land filled with suspense, danger, adventure and extreme joy soon (Colorado).
Next month promises to be excellent as well, and the co-founders of the event, Esteban Colon (of Poetry Bomb fame) and Buddah 309 and will be the features on June 15th (again at 1218 S. Halsted).
** After the show I wandered into my old stomping grounds, the Hideout, and I ran into the new Waiting for the Bus host, Dana Jerman, who has always impressed me, along with her charismatic husband, Don, and her friend and fellow poet, Elizabeth Tieri, who I unfortunately missed at the open mic.
They informed me that Tieri will be performing at the next Lit Mash show from 8-10 (the cover is $8) on the first Monday in June (the doors at 7:30) at Haymarket Pub & Brewery at 737 W Randolph St (corner of Randolph & Halsted).
Tieri has been featured at Elizabeth Harper’s show and her work can be seen in the current issue of The Deadline (it is released on the first Tuesday of every month alongside an open mike at 8 pm at Uncharted Books at 2620 N. Milwaukee.)
**I had the pleasure of experiencing the live brilliance of the English poet, John Cooper Clarke at Schuba’s a few weeks back and he was marvelous. It was the first time he ever came to Chicago and he did not disappoint.
The highlights of his show included the sardonic, “She has a Metal Plate in the Middle of her Head which rivaled the Smiths song “Girlfriend in a Coma” for best title (Clark’s title was taken from a title of a song that was written by a forgotten band from a song that was never recorded in ‘79). He also did the ever popular, “Some —– Used the N Word (You can fill in the blanks)” as well as “I Have Fallen in Love with My Wife.”
I was a bit disappointed that he did not do my favorite poem by him, “Health Fanatic,” but it was still a great show filled with gritty revelations about street life and even a few about marriage.
Clarke is often associated with punk and new wave (New Order supposedly opening for him early on ), but because his works often include rapid fire rhyming couplets it sounds like a weird form of pre Brit hip hop. Because of its similarities to rap I tried to play some of his stuff to my college class, but they hated it so much I had to shut it off (most of them think there was no music before Lil Wayne). Oh well, so much for bridging the generation gap.
Item: I’m noticing that I have slipped into a certain generic mock gossip column tone (with added parentheses) which is kind of similar to Stan Lee’s old Bullpen Bulletins style of writing as well as Shag’s excellent Chicago Artists News Column (I miss reading his writing every month.) Maybe I should start every paragraph with item.