Monday, June 24, 2013

Beast Crawl, Saturday, July 6, 2013


Saturday, July 6, 2013

5:00-6:00 PM - Leg 1


Pandemonium Press

riverbabble  *  Doorknobs & BodyPaint


The Hutch Bar & Kitchen

2022 Telegraph Avenue

Oakland, California


Rafael Jesús González

Joyce Young

Sara McAulay

Jon Sindell

Book Table

Books & Broadsides

by González, Young, McAulay, &  Sindell

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Full moon: The Poet to his Pupil


------------El poeta a su discípulo

------------------------------(al modo de Ben Abd Rabbihi
----------------------------------poeta cordobés 860-910) 

Con este dirham que me han regalado
compra una botella de vino,
una pieza de pan, un ramo
de rosas y de jazmines
y esta noche cuando salga la luna llena
espera en el jardín bajo
de Madinat al-Zahra, Ciudad brillante
listo para cantar canciones de amor.

---------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013


---------The Poet to his Pupil

---------------------(in the mode of Ben Abd Rabbihi
----------------------------Cordovan poet 860-910)

With this dirham given me
buy a bottle of wine,
a loaf of bread, a bunch
of roses and jasmine
and tonight when the full moon rises
wait in the lower garden
of Madinat al-Zahra, the Brilliant City,
ready to sing songs of love. 

--------------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013


Saturday, June 22, 2013

riverbabble 23, summer 2013


Center by Christopher Novak

riverbabble 23

Valentina Cano:
         A Disagreement   

George Korolog:
         A Cold Dark Hard
         Winter Birch

G.S. Scott:
          Christmas Honey

Anne Whitehouse:
          Dancing in Water
          After the Performance

Merle Bachman:   Blue Hour

Gary Beck:   Northern Mariners

William Doreski:    Ice Walking

Joanne Faries:    Is the Sun Shining Today?

Richard Fein:   Appealing the Last Judgment

Rafael Jesús González:   Poema de amor, temor y deseo / Poem of Love, Fear & Wish

Maureen Brady Johnson:   Rose Garden at Ringling Manor

Kirk Lumpkin:    Artichoke

Claudia Castro Luna:   Wounded City

Doug Mathewson:    Unravel

J.B. Mulligan:   Beyond the War

Edward Mycue:   Fooled By Carmel's Sleepy Charm

Marie Nunalee:   Bottom Shelf Whiskey

Gregory Owen Pearse:   On the Day I Saved You . . .

B.L.P. Simmons:   Viene y va la luna / The Moon Comes & Goes
    Nina Serrano:   English Translation

Sandy Steinman:   David

Hao Tran:   Between Us

Corlene Van Sluizer:   The Hummingbird Suitor

Sandy Vrooman:   Wishin' My Life Away

Joyce Young:   Conjur Woman's Song

Haiku & Tanka

Rafael Jesús González:    Tres Tanka / Three Tanka

Sandra K. Heggen:   Haiku

Claudia Castro Luna:   San Pablo Boulevard (Tanka)

John Ritchie:   Water Music (Haiku)


Cynthia Benson:   The Center of the World

Darlene Campos:   The Dance

Tomas Moniz:   The Way Other People See You

Garrett Rowlan:   Babylon, Nevada

Tom Sheehan:   Old Man with a Broken Walking Stick

Flash Fiction

j.d. daniels:   Oleacede: Flowering Gifts of the Universe

Chella Courington:
           Balzac and Dogs
           White Space

Jim Eigo:   Figleaf, or: The Road Out

Dana Jerman:   The Lights have the Floor and the Walls and the Ceiling and all space.

Brent Powers:   Paris Redoubt

Brad Rose:
         Shreveport Bank Job Mojo
           I Meet the Noir Editor


Paul Lobo Portugés:   Mao (Excerpt)


Maureen Brady Johnson:   A Terminal Case


Christopher Novak:  Center  

The hero folded her willowy form in a loving embrace murmering fondly Sheila, my own. Encouraged by this use of her christian name she kissed passionately all the various suitable areas of his person which the decencies of prison garb permitted her ardour to reach. She swore to him as they mingled the salt streams of their tears that she would ever cherish his memory, that she would never forget her hero boy who went to his death with a song on his lips as if he were but going to a hurling match in Clonturk park.

                                                                    JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses, p.254. 12, 639-646.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blowing the Whistle

---------------Soplando el pito
“This is a matter of extraordinary consequence to American intelligence.”

----------------------------------------- Diputado Republicano Peter King 

-----------------------para Deep Throat, Dan Ellsberg, Karen Silkwood,
-----------------------Philip Agee, Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden
-----------------------y todo héroe que sopla el pito para despertarnos.

Asunto de consecuencia extraordinaria
para la inteligencia americana en verdad,
y no solamente la inteligencia
del estadounidense
tal pone a la prueba
sino su posesión de una espina dorsal.
¿No agradeceré que se me diga
que me espían?
-----que se me roba a ciegas?
----------que se me miente?
que es asesinado mi vecino?
¿Seré bobo?
---------------O ¿tan asustado
que tan fácilmente entrego mi libertad
a los espías, los embusteros, los ladrones,
los asesinos que me tienen miedoso?
Olvídate de la seguridad de la cual poco tenemos;
que todo mundo tenga conciencia,
-----------un pito,
y suficiente espina dorsal pare soplarlo.

Este no es poema
------aunque las líneas sean quebradas —
como pito soplado
esto es llamada, advertencia, alarma —


-----------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013


-------------Blowing the Whistle

“This is a matter of extraordinary consequence to American intelligence.”

-----------------------------------------Republican Congressman Peter King 

--------------------for Deep Throat, Dan Ellsberg, Karen Silkwood,
--------------------Philip Agee, Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden
--------------------and all heroes who blow the whistle to wake us.

A matter of extraordinary consequence
to American intelligence indeed,
and not only is the intelligence
of the U. S. citizen
that such puts to the test
but his/her possession of a spine.
Am I not to be grateful to be told
I am being spied upon?
------being stolen blind?
--------------being lied to?
my neighbor being murdered?
Am I a fool?
----------------Or frightened so
that I give up my freedom that easily 

to the spies, the liars, the thieves,
murderers that keep me scared?
Forget security of which we've little of;
let everyone have a conscience,
--------------a whistle,
and spine enough to blow it.

This is not a poem
------though the lines are broken —
like a whistle blown
this is a call, a warning, an alarm —

----------Wake up!

---------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013



Sunday, June 9, 2013

Poetry Past & Present, Berkeley Central Library, June 23

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2013

Poetry Past and Present at Berkeley Central Library

AL YOUNG, California Poet Laureate Emeritus, along with four other poets will present POETRY PAST AND PRESENT at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 2:00pm. They will be reading original work and the work of celebrated poets of the past. There will also be an open mic session giving attendees an opportunity to read their original poems coupled with poems by their favorite poets.

POETRY PAST AND PRESENT will also feature poets Rafael Jesús González , Avotcja Jiltonilro, Kirk Lumpkin, and Ava Bird. The poets will read their original work as well as work by poets from across the centuries including Federico García Lorca, Gwendolyn Brooks, Denise Levertov, Rainier Maria Rilke, Nicolás Guillén, e.e. cummings, Jayne Cortez, Henry David Thoreau, Kabir, Robert Graves, Robinson Jeffers, Pat Parker, Hafiz, Diane di Prima, and Rumi.

Audience members are invited to sign up for an open mic reading when they arrive at the event. Each person will be allowed up to 5 minutes to read one original poem and one poem written by a poet whose work they admire. Readers are reminded that this is a family event.

Al Young was California’s Poet Laureate in 2005. He was recently honored in Berkeley by the declaration of Al Young Day, February 5, 2013. His most recent book is Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems 2001-2006. His poetry and prose have been translated into many languages.

Rafael Jesús González is Professor Emeritus and founder of Laney College’s, Department of  Mexican and Latin-American Studies. His most recent book of poetry is La musa lunática/The Lunatic MuseAvotcja Jiltonilro is a poet and also leads the award winning band, Modupue. She is a D.J. at KPFA and KPOO radio stations. Her most recent book of poetry is With Every Step I TakeKirk Lumpkin is a poet, performer, lyricist, environmentalist, and cultural worker. Ava Bird is a poet and prose writer who in addition to her books has published articles, poetry, recipes, reviews and photographs in a wide variety of journals and publications.

The program will take place at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, on Sunday, June 23, 2013, 2:00pm, in the 3rd floor, Community Meeting Room.

The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240,

Contact: Isobel Schneider
(Tel: 510-981-6150)


Eve Franklin, Administrative Secretary
City of Berkeley, Berkeley Public Library / Administration
2090 Kittredge Street Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 981-6102     Fax: (510) 981-6111
Website: <>

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Reading: Wed., June 12th, Adobe Bookshop

Wednesday, June 12th, 7:00 PM 


3166 16th St. (at Albion St.) 

San Francisco, California

(415) 864 3936 

A. D. Winans, Christopher Bernard, Bobby Coleman 
Carol Dorf, Rafael Jesús González, Steven Gray 
Dorothy Payne, Gerardo Pacheco, Virginia Barrett
Dan Brady, Mahnaz Badihian, Jimmy Mankind