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I was the featured poet at the Axe & Fiddle Poetry Night on Tuesday, 3/20/2012. I performed six pieces, 1- "The Window Where You Look," 2- "Short Stories," 3- "The Solitary Existence Of A Daisy," 4- "Little Toy Gun," 5- "Oh Big Sky," and 6- "Wildweed."
Here is the link to my performances on Youtube. They are the six on the bottom of the page, numbered parts 1- 6.
Here's my performance at Cozmic...
Wed. 3/14/2012. Cozmic Pizza. Performed three poems at the open mike. Paulette recorded me on video. 1- "Wildweed" w/djembe, 2- "Little Toy Gun" w/tam tam, 3- recited "The Solitary Existence Of A Daisy."
Sat. 3/10/2012. Performed at the open mike/poetry slam at Tsunami Books.
Open mike: read my new political poem, "The Shadow Of The '60s...(continued). Recited, "Little Toy Gun."
Poetry Slam: (three minute limit) read my political poem, "The Shadow Of The '60s" in the first round. In the second
round, I gave the audience a choice of a rhyming poem or no-rhyming one. They picked rhyming. I recited part one of "Short Stories" (the first three pieces).
I won third place in the slam and will go to the finals in May.
My performance will be posted on the Tsunami Books Facebook page.
Here is my latest update on the two poetry events I am hosting this year at the Eugene Public Library...
First, here is a formal announcement of the two events on the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers web page...
Here is my latest information on the events...
Hello Eugene Poets,
My name is Steven and I am a local Eugene Poet.
The Eugene Public Library, with the help of Groundwaters Magazine and the Mid-Valley chapter of Willamette Writers, is celebrating poetry in Eugene with two wonderful poetry events this year: One for the summer reading series at the Eugene Public Library and one for the Eugene Birthday Celebration in September, leading up to Eugene's 150th Birthday, which is being acknowledged on October 17th, 2012. We are seeking local Eugene poets to be involved in these two events. All of the events are open to the general public.
The first event, The Summer Reading Series, will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, July 14th & 21st, 2012,
from 1-5 P.M. The first Saturday will be a poetry workshop and the second Saturday will be an open reading and showcase of local poets. The library has said that we can
probably expect about 30 people for the workshop. We have put together a panel to run the workshop and we are currently seeking poets who would like to be featured readers on the
For the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration event, we have one day, 3 hours. The date is Saturday, September 29th from 2-5 P.M. This will be an open reading of poetry with a theme of Eugene (like its history, culture, politics, nature, etc.), as well as a showcase of local poets. We are also considering a limited edition chapbook of Eugene themed poetry, to be given to the groups involved and the library, as well as to the poets whose work appears in the chapbook. The library has also suggested that participating poets could add their own books to the library collection. We are working on some other surprises that should add to the fun. I am sure there are
plenty of local poets who would love an opportunity to read their work and maybe have it published and available in the library.
If you would like to participate in any of these events, please contact us as soon as possible. For all inquiries, see the contact information below.
Submissions: If you have poetry with a Eugene theme that you would like to submit for consideration in the chapbook or to read at the 150th birthday event, please submit it to the email or mailing address below. All poetry remains the property of the individual poets. We have not yet set a
submission deadline, so right now you have plenty of time.
Steven C. Schreiner (pen name: C. Steven Blue)
Event host and panel leader.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Address: Arrowcloud Press, 4736 Royal Avenue #164,
Eugene, OR 97402. website: www.wordsongs.com .
I performed at Hot Mama's Wings on Tuesday, 3/6/12. I did three poems accompanied by my digital sound box: 1. "The Shadow Of The '60s (continued)", 2. "The Solitary Existence Of A Daisy", 3. "Shoot Another Line" (also with maracas).
The "No Shame" Eugene video of my performance of "Wildweed" on 3/2/12 has posted on Youtube. Here is a link...
So, I want to post my performance log to sort of catch up on what I have been doing:
Poetry Readings Log:
Monday, 10/17/11: at Reality Kitchen: The Blaster w/Ray Lynch Music, Chair Dreams w/Clapton music, Shoot Another Rhyme w/synth-keyboard (all on CD on boombox).
Monday, 10/24/11: at Reality Kitchen: The Blaster w/Ray Lynch music (boombox & CD), Wildweed & Rhythm w/Bill and Brian backing me up live on guitars.
Monday, 10/31/11: at Reality Kitchen: Wildweed w/synth music (boombox & CD), Dragon Trilogy w/Danny Ingalls backing me up live on guitar.
Tuesday, 11/1/11: at Hot Mama's Wings: Wildweed w/synth music, Rhythm w/Bill's guitar music, Sunday Saturation w/Soul Ballet, Solitary Existance Of A Daisy w/synth music (all on boombox & CD).
Tuesday, 11/8/11: at Hot Mama's Wings: The Dragon Trilogy w/Joe and Danny backing me up live.
Tuesday, 11/15/11: At Hot Mama's Wings: The Blaster w/Ray Lynch music (boombox & CD), Wildweed w/djmembe drum, Razzled, Bedazzled - read from S.O.S. book.
Then, as a seperate act, live performance by The Sorry Ass Songwriters (Steven, Joe, Danny): Rhythm, Blue and Joe's song.
Tues. 11/22/11: Hot Mama's Wings: Numbolina Dances w/Turning, Turning Away-Alex de Grassi (boombox & CD), 24 Stations Of Modular Plate with djembe and scatting, Circle Of Life w/Jason (from MudPuppy) backing me up live on blues guitar in background.
Tues. 11/29/2011: Hot Mama's Wings: performance with Brian Henry (Burton) on guitar:Abstract Piccolo (also w/Moroccan Tam Tam), Oh Big Sky, The Outside Sadness Of Madness.
Tues. 12/6/11: Hot Mama's Wings: 3 pieces performed with Bill Logan on guitar: Little Toy Gun, Afterglow, and I sang a medley of Stand By Me / In My Life, with Bill on harmony also.
Tues. 12/13/2011: Hot Mama's Wings: 3 pieces performed with Danny Ingalls: 1 - Short Stories, with Danny on guitar. 2 - The 9 Class Structure, with Danny on my djembe. 3 - Danny on djembe & me on tam tam doing a drum jam. A guy named Conor got up and joined us (impromptu) on guitar.
Thurs. 12/16/2011: I did a poetry recording for the ongoing project: Oregon Poetic Voices, at the Eugene Public Library. I performed four poems: 1 - A Visit To Saunder's Meadow. 2 - Short Stories. 3 - Wildweed. 4 - The Solitary Existence Of A Daisy.
Tues. 12/19/2011: The Axe & Fiddle, Cottage Grove. I performed with my digital box (minidisc): 1- Short Stories, with Danny's guitar track. 2- Wildweed, with poem track. 3- Solitary Existence Of A Daisy, with poem track.
Tues. 1/3/2012: Hot Mama's Wings. Two pieces performed with Brook Adams on guitar: 1- Wildweed, 2- Solitary Existence Of A Daisy. My third performance was an impromptu jam with me on djembe, Chelsea on my tam tam, Brook on guitar and Conor on guitar (awesome!!!).
Tues. 1/10/2012: Hot Mama's Wings. 1- The Blaster, with music track (Ray Lynch). 2- Oh Big Sky, with music track (both w/minidisc digital box). 3- Blue, performed live with Joe Savage on guitar and both of us singing.
Sal, the host, still can't get my digital box to good sound levels, so performance did not go well, except for "Blue."
Sat. 1/14/2012. Tsunami Books. I went to my first open mic / poetry slam at Tsunami. I recited Wildweed & Solitary Existence Of A Daisy at the open mic (they give you a five minute limit). I only went for the open mic and wasn't intending to to the poetry slam, as I have never done one and am more interested in sharing than competition, but the manager of Tsunami, Scott, insisted I participate. I did Wildweed (they give you a one poem, three minute limit, with no props or music, just reciting or reading). I did good and got a judges' panel score of 92, but didn't make the finals.
Tues. 1/24/2012: Hot Mama's Wings. I performed three poems with djembe. 1- The Window Where You Look, 2- Like A Wet Rainbow and Numbolina Dances. Then I had a jam for my third performance with, drums: me, Carol, Jeff; also Jim on flute and Roscoe & Kim on guitars. Later in the night we did a jam with another guitar duo on their set, Josh and ?. They included drums: me, Carol on tamborine, Chelsea on Carol's conga, and another guy on my tam tams. We did four numbers (kind of reggea style).
Sat. 1/28/2012. I went to a poetry workshop at Tsunami Books given by local poets Ingrid Wendt and her husband Ralph Salisbury. After that they were hosting a birthday celebration for reknowned Oregon poet William Stafford. I got up and read one of Stafford's poems, "With Kit, Age7, At The Beach." Then I read one of the poems I created in the workshop, "He Spoke Truth To Power," which is about John Lennon.
Mon. 1/30/2012. Reality Kitchen. One song and one poem. 1- Joe Savage (guitar) & Danny Ingalls (djembe) and I performed "Blue." 2- Danny backed me on guitar as I recited Short Stories.
Tues. 1/31/2012. Hot Mama's Wings. Just me doing three poems, accompaning myself on djembe. 1- The Window Where You Look. 2- Wildweed. 3- Little Toy Gun.
Wed. 2/1/2012. Cozmic Pizza. 2 pieces. 1- Blue, w/ Danny (djembe) & Joe (guitar). 2- Short Stories, w/ Danny (guitar).
Tues. 2/14/2012. Hot Mama's Wings. I performed three pieces using my minidisc w/soundtracks. 1- Shadow Of The '60s...cont. 2- Thoughts On Poetry (1 & 2 with Political poems track 3 on minidisc). 3- Oh Big Sky, w/guitar and percussion track (I did not sing it, I recited it).
I left early and went to Cozmic Pizza to hear Joe Savage play his set w/Danny Ingalls backing him up. At the end of his set, I got up and we did "Blue."
Tues. 2/21/2012. Hot Mama's Wings. Two w/djembe: 1- Wildweed, 2- Little Toy Gun. One with minidisc: 3- Chair Dreams w/Eric Clapton_Rush_Kristen & Jim.
Tues. 2/28/2012. The Axe & Fiddle, Cottage Grove. I did three pieces: 1- Wildweed, w/djembe; 2- Little Toy Gun, w/tam tam; 3- Oh Big Sky (spoken), w/song track. I video-taped the whole evening. I posted my performance on Youtube.
Fri. 3/2/2012. No Shame. I performed Wildweed with my djembe at the No Shame Eugene 5 minute theatre project. It will be posted by them on Youtube.
This pretty much has me up to date. As far as publishing, I have been self-publishing handmade books of my first two titles, Wordsongs and S.O.S. (Songs Of Sobriety): A Personal Journey Of Recovery.
In 1987, I got sober, after almost losing my life to drugs and alcohol. The 30 day, inpatient, hospital program that I went through was called "New Beginnings." I think that is an appropriate title for my first entry in my blog.
Tuesday night I performed three of my poems at the Axe & Fiddle Poetry Night in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Here is a youtube video of my performance...
My intention with this blog is to catalog and update my progress as I pursue my writing career in retirement. I will be posting about poetry events I am involved in, as well as the publishing and performing of my work. Here you can observe my adventures. Feel free to comment.