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Guerrilla Poetry in Columbia Heights

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

This Wednesday, February 27, the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency is dropping an indoor lyrical ambush at a new location. It’s an all ages venue with full cafe service and fresh (sweet or savory) crepes, so bring your kids and your sweet tooth…as well as your poems, of course!

  • Where: Coffy Cafe on 14th St., just north of Park Road (2 blocks north of the Columbia Heights station on the Green line)
  • When: Wed 2/27/13 from 7-9pm
  • What: All ages open mic + a warm and supportive crowd
  • Why: Because Washington needs poetry, and so do you

See you there!

February Flows at Bossa

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

On Tuesday, February 19, we

  • packed the second floor of Bossa
  • sang “Happy Birthday” to Jess & Joe
  • welcomed prodigal son Hawah back from his travels to release The Poetry of Yoga, Volume II
  • danced our behinds off to the sounds of the fabulous Akoma Drummers

You can relive it all through a fantastic slide show that included some (but unfortunately not all) of the night’s poets.

See you at Coffy Cafe next Wednesday, February 27 for the next DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency open mic!

Guerrilla poetry vs the CIA

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching Phenomejon (AKA Jonathan Tucker) welcome his first political arrest, in a hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee on the nomination of John Brennan (AKA the executioner) to head the CIA. While the chair of the committee closed the hearing to the public before I had a chance to interject, Jonathan proudly raised his voice.

Here’s what I’d prepared to say, in a loud enough voice that would have captured the C-SPAN cameras:

Torture and extrajudicial assassination
make a rogue state of our once great nation.
We cite China to show freedom denied,
but drones and torture undermine our national pride.

Collateral damage? How broad? Who knows?
America wants more war, and it shows:
allegations of abuse, unanswered, grow and grow,
turning hearts & minds abroad into our newest round of foes

Welcome to the Terrordrome: Gitmo, Bagram.
The President changed, but the abuses go on.
You must reject John Brennan’s nomination
to satisfy your oath to defend the Constitution.

See you at the February GPI open mics, on Tuesday Feburary 19 at Bossa Bistro with the Akoma Drummers, and Wednesday February 27 at the Coffy Cafe in Columbia Heights!

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