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AUGUST 15, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. A Snap Poetry round may be invoked as need or desire manifests.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 15.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

If you’ve been feeling the isolation, the need for reprieve, the yearning to connect and share poetry, please consider being part of our Isolation livestream reading August 29. Submissions are due by August 14, Friday of this week.

Thanks to¬†Kayla Bruyn, who manages our zoom and had the beautiful inspiration to dedicate the August 29th reading to mental health. Making art and gathering in support of one another’s expressions is helpful for many of us, as is expanding our understanding of different perspectives, experiences, and practices.

2020 Tomato Art Fest Haiku Contest Winners

Thanks to all our entrants for a rousing round of tomato poetry this year! Congrats to the winning poets for producing an especially luscious crop! Happy Tomato Fest, everybody!

HEIRLOOMS:

1. Scott Coe
(Untitled)

Sun ripe tomatoes
A warm yellow star mother
Gives birth to red dwarfs

2. Franchesa Kirkpatrick
ūüćÖ Blood Count ūüćÖ

Pick a tomato
Count the seeds and save them now
Lick the juice it bleeds

3. Judy Takats
“Irreplaceable”

I am free to be
fruit, umami, berry, green
irreplaceable

Honorable Mention: ŇĹeljko Vojkovińá
“Taste of island Vis”

salted sardine cake
with tomato and onion
taste of island Vis

FUNNIES:

1. Roslyn Mize
“Bloody Bloody Mary”

One tomato ran
Two tomatoes tried to hide
Three tomatoes died

2. Heather Liddington
“Southern Lady”

A tasteful red dress,
Jaunty green hat perched on top
Eat me with respect.

3. Zach Blair and Kat Brick
“The Attitude”

Don’t mind those carrots.
Embrace your curvy red ass.
Perfectly juicy.

Honorable Mention: Nick Bush
“SCIENCE OF CONDIMENTS”

Just 12 chromosomes
of solanaceous species,
seeds lovely ketchup

ODDITIES:

1. Nick Bush
“A LITIGIOUS LIMMERICK”

There once was a fruit named tomato,
the culinary gift to chefs of th’world.
In the 1890s,
the Supreme Court said, “Sorry,
although you‚Äôre a flower you‚Äôre a vegetable.‚ÄĚ

2. Joanna E. Collins
“Pop My Cherry Tomato”

I used to think about life in terms of firsts
The popping of my cherry tomato, filling my cheek with sweet juices and pulp
My first pizza-flavored kiss and the sun-dried aftertaste

But lately I’ve been chewing on the last time

The last time I touched the firm skin of a beefsteak
The last time I hurled rotten guts at your head as you walked out the door
Wondering if that really could have been
The Last Time

I waited all year for the treasures of your hot house
Only to be told they are now forbidden fruits
I’ll have to pluck from my own vines
Heirlooms that have softened since last year
Because tomatoes, too, know the passage of time

If I had grasped that the last time would be our Last Time
I would have swallowed your tomatoes whole. 

3. Michele Parker Randall
“If House”

I wish I had the balls
to dust with a leaf-blower;
when something breaks,

no struggle to pitch it.
If not a leaf-blower, then
a firehose‚ÄĒdishes done,

mopping and laundry, too.
If not a firehose, twin
tornadoes. Redistribution

of assets, fluffed towels,
and Juliette tomatoes left
for seed scattered to grow

wild. Fire seems farfetched.
And if it were to happen now,
who would believe it chance.

GREENHOUSE:

1. Selah Dowell, age 10
“TOMATOES, YEAH!”

Avocados, blah
Peas and corn sound a lot worse
Tomato stuff, yeah!

UNITER (NEW CATEGORY)
Awarded to a single poet for a winning mini-collection:

Megan Roggendorff 

“Brave”

Tornado wreckage
Can’t stop tomato blossoms.
Fear will not prevail.

“A Gift”

For from the terror
Of tempests, the Earth offers
A gift: love apples.

“Endure”

Last year a virus
Tried to kill my tomatoes.
I defeated it.

“Arise”

Arise, tomatoes!
Reach your vines through the hard earth
And find your sunshine.

AUGUST 8, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

This past week, 24 poets joined us from zones near and far, as Joanna Collins filled in for tech wiz Kayla Bruyn, who popped in to open the show from the road. For our 2nd round, we debuted Snap Poetry, wherein each shared a poem under 1 minute. An exhilarating time, the Snap Poems ranged from freestyle to haiku to cherry-picked snippets, eliciting such exuberant response we did a 3rd round. We’re dreaming up ideas for anthologies here at the Brew, and welcome input.

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn. A Snap Poetry round may be invoked as need or desire manifests.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 8.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork to show your gratitude.

ISOLATION: An Online Poetry Event

Open call for submissions

flier designed by Kayla Bruyn

Calling all poets! 

Poetry in the Brew presents Isolation: An Online Poetry Event on August 29. Our aim is to raise awareness for the prevalence of mental unrest and suicide in the wake of covid-19. 

We are looking for poems that inspire and unite us in the call for a better tomorrow. All poets are invited to submit, and those selected will read their poetry during the zoom session, streaming live on Facebook 6-8 PM central August 29. 

We feel as artists it is our duty to shed light on difficult topics and provide inspiration to push through these trying times. We hope we can help equip people to keep pushing for a better tomorrow by pairing art with a toolkit.

Lifelong artist and creative beacon Huxley King, who recently embarked on a path putting her talents to therapeutic use in the mental healthcare field, will emcee our event. She will share some helpful practices we can all employ.

The deadline for submissions is August 14. Please send up to 4 poems in 1 email to poetryinthebrew@gmail.com. Include your stage name and pronouns as well as contact info. Thank you! 

AUGUST 1, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 1.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Our poetry group is a little different each week, with themes naturally emerging, and ever encouraging. Our appreciation for the poets who share their unique voices and perspectives, joining us from Tennessee, Maine, Texas, Scotland, Toronto, Ohio, England, California, and beyond. Thanks always to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom for us. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork to show your gratitude.

JULY 25, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 25.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Super thankful for the magnificent poets who gather each week, both returning voices and new ones, sharing viewpoints from so many places. Thanks always to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom for us. Visit Kayla’s Patreon or Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

JULY 18, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem each (under 4 min.) per round, and usually go 2 rounds. 

If your poem is longer than 4 minutes, split it to share between 2 rounds. We can make exceptions for special situations: if your poem is a little over 4 minutes and you only want to read in 1 round, let us know. Or, if you have 2 very short poems to share in a single round, that can work. Please be respectful of time so everyone has a turn.

Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 18.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla‚Äôs Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

TOMATO ART FEST 2020 HAIKU CONTEST

Tomato Haiku Contest

Tomato season approaches and the Tomato Art Fest Haiku Contest is open once again! Send us your tomato-inspired poems this month and winners will be announced online August 8.

HAIKU:  an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

Submit tomato-related haiku in classic 5-7-5 style.

Winners will be announced on Tomato Art Fest social platforms and app Saturday, August 8th. Prizes awarded for 1st place in each category:

  • Heirlooms (adults, ages 17 & up)
  • Greenhouse (youth, ages 16 & under)
  • Funnies (humor)
  • Oddities (limerick, sonnet, freeform, anything under 200 words)

Free to enter. Submit up to five entries.

Email entries to tomatohaikucontest@gmail.com by August 1st. 

Please include your name, age, contact number, and title of each submission. 

And, may all your creative pursuits bear delicious fruit this summer!

JULY 11, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Welcome to your weekly poetry infusion with the Brew. This past Saturday, readers joined from England, Ireland, Canada, and round the US, including Maine, New York, California, Ohio, Arizona, and Tennessee. It is a massive joy to hear poems from so many perspectives while we grow our understanding of one another, our world, and poetry itself. We’ll open the zoom session at 5:45pm on Saturdays to allow everyone to arrive and say hello before the reading begins at 6pm.

Sign up to read on the open mic. The zoom session begins at 5:45 PM with 15 minutes of free chat. Reading starts at 6:00 PM. We take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until about 8:00 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.
Reading from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 11.
Join us on zoom (session opens at 5:45 PM):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla‚Äôs Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.

JULY 4, 2020 POETRY IN THE BREW

Poetry in the Brew Online Open Mic Poetry Reading
Saturdays at 6 PM Central on Zoom

Sign up to read on the open mic. We open with 15 minutes of free chat, then take turns sharing 1 poem (up to 5 min.) each round until about 7:30 PM. You’re welcome to share in as many rounds as you wish or just listen.
Reading from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 4. Join us on zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88558387279

Thanks to Kayla Bruyn for managing the zoom. Visit Kayla‚Äôs Patreon or tip her on Venmo @AdorableDork to show your appreciation.