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ROCKPILE, a national poetry & music tour,featuring David Meltzer, a
leading poet in the West Coast Beat movement, has chosen
St. Louis as its eleventh
&
final stop.

ROCKPILE –a unique poetry event for the Beat & Beatific

Tuesday, November 24 – 7:30 p.m.
@Regional Arts Commission,
6128 Delmar,
St. Louis MO 63112

–hosted by Michael Castro

ABSOLUTELY & TOTALLY FREE!

ROCKPILE, a national poetry & music tour,featuring David Meltzer, a
leading poet in the West Coast Beat movement, has chosen
St. Louis as its eleventh
&
final stop.

ROCKPILE On the Road
—David & Michael journey to Los Angeles, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Washington
DC, New York, Chicago, & St. Louis, to perform poetry & prose with local
musicians in each city. Interviews & conversations take place before the
performances with the local musicians which will become part of the "on the road
ROCKPILE Journal" as it grows from city to city & with each performance.
Everything will be documented through text, video &audio to bring back to San
Francisco, at the end of the tour, where poets, songwriters, & musicians of the
Bay Area will gather in the troubadour tradition of the past, to share, through
poetry & song, the history & story of the ROCKPILE journey as a final grand
performance.

Several local poets & musicians from the St. Louis-Metropolitan area have been
invited to participate in the event. St. Louis's leading performance poets will
join featured guests David
Meltzer & Michael Rothenberg.

WORD in Motion Warrior Poets: Shirley LeFlore, Michael Castro, K. Curtis Lyle, Maria
Guadalupe-Massey will collaborate with the Rockpile. Also celebrated St. Louis poets and performers: Jason and the Beast, Sean Arnold, Howard Schwartz & Philip
Gounis will all read selections of their own works, accompanied by music from
David Jackson, Dave Black & the Bob Malone Band. ROCKPILE crew member Terri
Carrión will also perform.


ROCKPILE is a unified effort between noted San Francisco Beat poet David Meltzer
& Beat editor Michael Rothenberg, who created the tour in hopes of maintaining
the Beat tradition of cooperative creativity. In each of the cities, local
poets & musicians help build the pile.


ROCKPILE is a collaboration between David Meltzer, poet, musician, &
essayist, & Michael Rothenberg, poet & editor of Big Bridge Press, which will
serve to educate, preserve, & create a history of collaboration between
musicians & writers. It will help to reinforce the tradition of the troubadour
of all generations, central to the cultural upheaval & identity politics that
reawakened poets, artists, musicians, & songwriters in the mid-1960s & 1970s.
David Meltzer, author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, & essays, as
well as editor of several anthologies including Birth & Death, was raised in
Brooklyn during the War years & performed on radio & early TV on the "Horn &
Hardart Children's Hour". Exiled to L.A. at 16, he enrolled in an ongoing
academy w/ artists Wallace Berman & George Herms. He migrated to San Francisco
in l957 & became an important figure in the San Francisco Renaissance & appeared
in Donald Allen's "The New American Poetry" a seminal work of the Beat era.
"Beat Thing" a book length, poetic journal, published by La Alameda Press in
2004, won the Josephine Miles PEN Award in 2005. His books "Reading Jazz"
"Writing Jazz" & "No Eyes, Lester Young" all reflect his deep connection &
dedication to music throughout his career. His complete publication history is
at http://www.meltzerville.com/ David Meltzer currently Co-edits, Shuffle Boil,
a magazine devoted to music. Most recently, David Meltzer: Poetry with Jazz
1958, was issued by Sierra Records. Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, &
editor & publisher of Big Bridge magazine online at www.bigbridge.org His poetry
books include The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press),...

ROCKPILE On the Road— David & Michael will journey to Los Angeles,
Albuquerque, New Orleans, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, to
perform poetry & prose with local musicians in each city. Interviews &
conversations will take place before the performances with the local musicians
which will become part of the "on the road ROCKPILE Journal" as it grows from
city to city & with each performance. Everything will be documented through
text, video &audio to bring back to San Francisco, at the end of the tour, where
poets, songwriters, & musicians of the Bay Area will gather in the troubadour
tradition of the past, to share, through poetry and song,
the history & story of the ROCKPILE journey as a final grand performance.

The ROCKPILE Journal, to be published by BigBridge Press, will be used as a
script or storyboard, so to speak, to initiate the final performance, however,
improvisation and personal interaction will be the main inspiration for this
event. ROCKPILE will also be blogged from the road, daily, with performance
clips, excerpts of the journal, & audio files of interviews and more.

ROCKPILE is made possible by a grant from Creative Work Fund,
www.creativeworkfund.org, a program of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund,
supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation & The William &
Flora Hewlett Foundation, & is sponsored by Committee on Poetry, Inc

Meditando en el espiritu del amor

Warrior Poet Maria Guadalupe prays for abundance and prosperity in all its wondrous forms for the SLAM journal community, mientras medita en el espiritu del amor

xoxo
witch of words
Maria






plus a new poem written for salsa dancing and dedicado al padre de Victoria:



a lover's prayer

lo que pasa es que te quiero tanto
que cada vez que respiro, sospiro tu nombre
en una oracion rogando a los espiritus
que me traen a tu cuerpo vivo

te extrano tanto mi amor
que cada noche te busco en mis suenos
te llamo mi amor,
te busco mi amor,
te sospiro
en una oracion rogando a los espiritus
que me traen a tu cuerpo vivo

quiero oir el latir de tu corazon
me hace falta la musica de ti
eres un llama que calenta mi piel
y se me hace lleno de ti
cada vez que sospiro tu nombre
hago una oracion por ti
esperando que estes bien de salud
cuidando todo pa cuando ves a mi

lo que pasa es que te quiero tanto
que cada vez que respiro, sospiro tu nombre
en una oracion rogando a los espiritus
que me traen a tu cuerpo vivo

Meditando en el espiritu del amor

Warrior Poet Maria Guadalupe prays for abundance and prosperity in all its wondrous forms for the SLAM journal community, mientras medita en el espiritu del amor

xoxo
witch of words
Maria






plus a new poem written for salsa dancing and dedicado al padre de Victoria:



a lover's prayer

lo que pasa es que te quiero tanto
que cada vez que respiro, sospiro tu nombre
en una oracion rogando a los espiritus
que me traen a tu cuerpo vivo

te extrano tanto mi amor
que cada noche te busco en mis suenos
te llamo mi amor,
te busco mi amor,
te sospiro
en una oracion rogando a los espiritus
que me traen a tu cuerpo vivo

quiero oir el latir de tu corazon
me hace falta la musica de ti
eres un llama que calenta mi piel
y se me hace lleno de ti
cada vez que sospiro tu nombre
hago una oracion por ti
esperando que estes bien de salud
cuidando todo pa cuando ves a mi

lo que pasa es que te quiero tanto
que cada vez que respiro, sospiro tu nombre
en una oracion rogando a los espiritus
que me traen a tu cuerpo vivo
Dearest friends and lovers of words,

I am very pleased and honored to announce the 2008 Warrior Poet Council has selected its newest member, Michael O'Brian, thewordengine, a world class performer, promoter, and an award winning poet and writer who is indeed, gifted with the word.

The Ceremony will be at Duff's Restaurant 392 N. Euclid on Monday, December 15. All Warrior Poet Council Members are encouraged to attend and perform. The Warrior Poets council includes: Hari Sky Campbell, Michael Castro, Shirley LeFlore, Eugene B. Redmond, DahVeed Nelson, and Maria Guadalupe Massey.

I invite you to please join Word In Motion and the Warrior poet's council in honoring our brother in poetry, Michael O'Brian for the 5th Annual Warrior Poet Award Ceremony.

A fabulous celebration begins with a 6pm Reception to the sounds of “Box of Nerves”, a playful folk-jazz duo and will be accompanied by a Duff's Restaurant Three Course Dinner of their finest culinary creations:
Pear, Walnut, Cranberry Salad
Thai Lemongrass Curry (Chicken by request)
Pumpkin Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream
Complimentary herbal and black teas, Coffee and Wine with a Full
Cash bar available

The Warrior Poet Council Performance begins at 7pm and culminates with the
Sword Presentation and performance by honoree, Michael O'Brian. Please feel free to forward this celebratory announcement. Tickets are $30 or $50 per couple.

Checks made to Word In Motion (please note on check that you are purchasing tickets from Maria) and send to:
P.O. Box 12213, St. Louis, MO 63157

Love, peace, & poetry,

xoxo
Maria Guadalupe Massey
witch of words
Dia de los Muertos celebration at Saint Louis' Premier Punk Rock Club
the CREEPY CRAWL to benefit Leonard Peltier Legal Defense Fund and
WORD in Motion inner city school poetry workshops, Saturday, November
1, 2008
from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (new time), 3524 Washington Avenue in the
Grand Center
District. Tickets are $10 to $4 (sliding scale).

Sign language translating included at performance with Elizabeth Ann
Smith.

Confluence writer, activist, and storyteller digger will celebrate
the spirits of the phantasm hour and be our tour guide through this
spectral event. Patrons are welcome to come as skeletons and/or bring
photos of heroes/loved ones they would like to hold up as Guadalupe
sounds performs a roll call of the dead; they can join in the Death
March conga line and dance.

The roll call of the dead will sound the names of such worthies as
Alvina Robideaux (Leonard Peltier's mother), Crazy Horse, Geronimo,
Gwendolyn Brooks, Josephine Baker, Gregory Hines, Benito Juarez,
Cesar Chavez, Malcolm X, Huitzilopochtli, Coatlicue, Dred Scott,
Pablo Neruda, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, James Baldwin, Maurice Malik
King, Chris Crisa Branch, Confucius, Buddha, la virgen de Guadalupe,
Ixquic, and others.

Skeleton face painting done live by artists Craig Downs, Wayne St.
Wayne, and CBabi Bayoc for a desfilo de la muerte, parade of the dead.

Performers will include: musician Tom Taylor, Warrior Poet Hari Sky
Campbel, poetics diva Alima Sadaq Afsal of the East Saint Louis
Culture Squad, digger, RAVEN WOLF C. FELTON JENNINGS II (saxophone,
flute, and Native American drumming), Ralph Williams Jazz vocalist,
the one man riot Paul Stewart with Latin Blues guitarist Peter Wood,
Mark Triller (a.k.a. the blue guy), Craig Downs, and Guadalupe Sounds
featuring Chingas Daughter Maria Guadalupe Massey.
Looking for volunteer skeletons/"live" models to be painted as
skeletons. C'Babi Bayoc and Wayne St. Wayne will be volunteering to
paint the "live" models for our skeleton tableaus.

Volunteers should come dressed to dance and have a good time. Feel
free to dress as Day of the Dead tableaus, a zapatista revolutionary,
a bride or groom, a baker, painter, carpenter, etc.

Also, there is room for a few more artists to join the ranks of the
living celebrating the dead. Call 776-7049 to volunteer to paint a
few "live" models. Don't mind the chaos, just add to the spectacle.
Of course, free tickets for volunteers.

Dia de los Muertos with Chinga's Daughter
Dia de Los Muertos show for November 1st at St. Louis ' premier Punk
Rock Night club, the CREEPY CRAWL in the Grand Center District.
Tickets are $10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leonard
Peltier Defense Fund and inner city school poetry workshops by Word
in Motion. Tickets are on a sliding scale; pay from $4 to $10 for
your ticket.

WORD IN MOTION will sponsor this Day of the Dead Event featuring
music, madness. Alima Sadaq Afsal will honor Katherine Dunham and
African ancestors; Warrior Poet Hari Sky Campbell will pay tribute to
past word warriors, and Paul stewart will invoke the Lizard King, Jim
Morrison, confluence writer and activist DIGGER will celebrate the
spirits of the phantasm hour; Ami Fire Dancer/belly dancer will
entrance with her talents; Latin Blues guitarist Peter Wood, Chris
tine Zach & Lost Children, and Billy "The Kid" Morris will also share
their fabulous talents.

Feel free to bring large signs/posters to carry portraying dead
heroes/ancestors,friends,lovedlostones, etc. to create a Dia de los
Muertos desfilo/parade of dance as we celebrate.

Guadalupe Sounds featuring Chingas Daughter and master percussionist
Wayne Robinson Shelton will weave their word and sound magic on
Saturday, November 1st from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Creepy Crawl
Night club in the Grand Theater District (next door to JAZZ at the
Bistro), invoking the spirits as the phantasm hour begins.

Love, peace , Poetry,

Maria Guadalupe

p.s. an excerpt from Prison Writings, My life is my Sun Dance
by Leonard Peltier:

"The death of loved ones is harder to take than your own. your own
death is easy by comparison. When I wasn't allowed to attend my
father's funeral in 1989, I suffered pain worse than any physical
pain. Pain without hope of closure, a wound eternally
unhealed. . . . . . .
"No doubt my name will soon be among the list of our Indian dead. At
least I will have good company . . . . . . .
"Our dead keep coming at us, a long, long line of dead, ever growing
and never ending. To list all their names would be impossible, for
the great, great majority of us have died unknown, unacknowledged.
Yes, even our dead have been stolen from us, uprooted from our memory
just as the bones of our honored ancestors have been dishonored by
being dug up from their graves and shipped to museums to be boxed and
catalogued and hidden away in file drawers, denied that final request
and right of every human being: a decent burial in Mother Earth and
proper ceremonies of remembrance to light the way to the afterworld.
"Yes, the roll call of our Indian dead needs to be cried out, to be
shouted from every hilltop in order shatter the terrible silence that
tries to erase the fact that we ever existed.

"My life is a prayer for my people." [excerpted from pages 17 - 22]

X O X O mgm
Volunteers are needed to help with a hayride on October 23rd.

As a part of the Soulard Nights, join in the fun as Word in Motion explores the St. Louis French Quarter by starlight from the vantage of a haywagon. Have fun while helping raise money for Word in Motion. You'll be needed to help collect tickets, answer questions, assist the SLAM Master Kevin McCameron, and have fun while helping others have fun.

Call Kevin at 776-7370 to sign up and to get more fabulous details. This haywagon romp through Soulard is coming soon, and their are only a dozen or less volunteer spots left. Also check out soulardnights.com -- details posted there soon.

love, peace, poetry
Maria Guadalupe Massey
education outreach volunteer

Poetry

I hope to see many poets and catch up at the Thursday night open mic at Cummel's Cafe. I'll be hanging out there this next Thursday evening.

The arts happening in the Fox District of Grand Center was invigorating, inspiring. Sunset pale blue, electric guitar on the streets.

times up at the library.

will check back soon