Monday, March 27, 2017

National Poetry Month at Big Blue Marble

While we ALWAYS have poetry happening at Big Blue Marble, we have plenty of special guests coming up for National Poetry Month.


Join us to hear old favorites and fresh new voices all month long!


April 1st - 9th     
Canterbury Challenge

Recite the first 10 (or more) lines of the Prologue from memory and receive 10% off any one item. Give us your best Middle English - no one will critique the accent, we promise!


Thursday, April 6 @ 7:00pm      
We are not maps, nothing leads us to each other: 3 Poets

Big Blue Marble is proud to welcome back three of Philly's best poets: Alison Hicks, Amy Small-McKinney, and Catherine Bancroft. Alison and Amy both have new books to celebrate - Alison's You Who Took the Boat Out, coming in March 2017 from Unsolicited Press, and Amy's Walking Toward Cranes, winner of the Kithara book Prize from Glass Lyre Press. All 3 poets prove that lyric poetry is the most powerful way to bring to light the hardest emotional journeys - while not all great truths are conveyed as great art, all great art conveys great truths.

Saturday, April 8 @   7:00pm      
Recognition is something very like godliness: 4 writers

Big Blue is happy to welcome two of our own, one returning guest, and one poet new to our store: Hal Sirowitz, Minter Krotzer, Philip Fried, and Ethel Rackin. Through lyric, pastiche, history, humor, essays, and memoir, all four writers engage in "elegant quarrels with the cruelty and ignorance of the world or, more precisely, its inhabitants." (as one reviewer describes Fried's work). If you love words that make you think with your head, heart, and gut, there is no other place to be.

Thursday 4/13 @ 7pm

Thrumming just beneath the surface: 3 Poets

Big Blue Marble is thrilled to welcome 3 Philly poets as they read at the store for the first time! Shy Watson, Amy Saul-Zerby, and Alina Pleskova describe their work as modern, feminist, zany, dark, casual, lyrical, angry, and direct, with erotic undertones. Amy Saul-Zerby is the managing editor of the spoken word-based publication Voicemail Poems & lives in Philadelphia.
Alina Pleskova is the coeditor of bedfellows, a literary magazine focused on narratives of sex/desire/intimacy, & cohost of Poetry Jawns, a podcast. Shy Watson is a poet & painter living in Philadelphia. She has two chapbooks, AWAY STATUS & my parents were going to give me your name if i was born a boy (Bottlecap Press 2016, 2017). She is the poetry editor for fields magazine.

Saturday, April 15  @ 7:00pm      
The Body and the Machine

Poets Leah Falk and Lee Nussbaum Fogel present an evening of words exploring bodies and visions. Leah Falk is a poet whose work has appeared in Kenyon Review, FIELD, Blackbird, and many other journals. She runs programming at the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden. Lee Nussbaum Fogel is a Somatic Movement Educator, Reiki practitioner, and Interdisciplinary Artist who helps people live out their callings in accordance with their wellbeing and bodies' wisdom. She is the director and founder of The Visioning Body and teaches and performs throughout and beyond Philadelphia.

Thursday April 20 @ 7pm

The Poetry in Numbers: Mathematics and Optometry

Most poets have a day job - but not every poet is a professor of mathematics or 4th year student in Optometry. The poems in Marion Deutsche Cohen's latest book Truth and Beauty continue the conversations she held with her students in her literature and mathematics course ‘Truth and Beauty.’ Jonathan Jacesko is a 4th year student at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. In his spare time he began writing eye care-related poems in the styles of Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein, and from those created a book illustrated by other optometry students While these works started out as a way to get a laugh out of classmates, a first place finish in the school talent show led to many suggestions that the poems become a book. To make these poems come to life in pictures he worked with talented optometry students from across the country. They created black-and-white line drawings as well as eye-care related coloring pages and mazes. In every way the book is intended to be a fun and interactive celebration of eye care.

Friday April 21st   @ 7pm

Writing for the Sake of the World: Women Poets


Join us for an evening of poetry on behalf of our world – urban and wild communities, endangered species, the rights and lives of those whose voices are censored and muffled. Line up to be announced.

Wednesday, April 26 @ 7:00pm      

Poetry Is Not a Luxury Book Club: When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

A monthly book club led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA, where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues.



Thursday April 27     
Poem in Your Pocket Day


It's national Poem in Your Pocket Day! To celebrate, we invite you to come read us a poem from your pocket (or recite a poem from your head) and get 10% off an item. Don't have a poem? Pick one up from us!



Friday, April 28 @ 7:15pm     
Poetry Aloud & Alive with  Featured reader: Victoria Peurifoy


Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by Mike Cohen and Dave Worrell, with a featured reader followed by an open mic. 

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