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While you may have missed us in May at Bossa, you won’t have to miss the highlights. Here they are:

Zane spoke of passion, extreme love, heavenly beacon, a glow of colors and all you want to do is touch it and bathe in its light.

Luis’s karma’s working whether he likes it or not.

Jess drilled on excuses while lamenting abuses by people like her.

Jason is a fresh canvas, white wet and new.

Woo! Let’s see what other people have to say next month, second Tuesday, at Bossa.

Hey hey hey! We were at Bossa in April, in case you didn’t know it was the second Tuesday of the month. Check out the highlights below and mark your calendars for next month!

Denay spoke of the possibility that guides us, the no becoming yes.

Shahid let us know it’s all about the solidarity in our community, creative culture unites all people…art makes us peaceful.

Jess strove to proceed the deeds of the last generation.

And what do you want to say on the mic? Join us next month.

We had a lovely evening at Bossa in March. The troops were out and ready to spout. Here are the highlights:

Jess had butterflies as she marched out her friend battle and tried to check her bullshit on stage.

L guided us with compassion on a righteous path, a lyrical labyrinth of microscopic self-reflection replacing war with discussion.

Nicole asked where are you borders? Haven’t you yearned for the secrets of the stars? Does your heart know its limits?

Jessica hoped we’re going to get it before grossing you out with a romantic poem.

Nic traversed a traffic jam on a one-way street.

Luis celebrated his anniversary, something so profound that it can’t be put into words.

Join us next month and every month on the second Tuesday of the month!

Old friends and new faces popped into Bossa in February to share their poetry. Every second Tuesday of the month there, we get a chance to share our hearts and minds through poetry and even experience a little creative therapy in the process. Here are some highlights from the night:

John only had one thin blanket between him and the moon, and he showed us what’s all mixed up like those stars in a dancing sky.

Jess tore the press a new one hoping their talking heads would pop off from all their hot air, then calmed down with breathing and feeling like we’re going to get it someday.

Paul longs for quiet but holds on to the noise, still taking care of those bibles like passages that aren’t there.

Sam read Che Guevera’s favorite poem The Dark Messenger by César Vallejo, and then he declared himself a certified geekologist, exploring his tech-nerd spidey sense vs. comic book side.

John had a piece published recently in Gargoyle Magazine and plugged his friend’s blog The Song Is. Check them out.

See you at Bossa in March!

Happy New Year! Luis and the gang had a great time at the open mic at Bossa in January. Around six or seven different performers got up on the mic several times in front of a half-full house.

Come see us again in February on the second Tuesday…

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 7-9 PM
at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW, DC

It was an intimate and nostalgic night at Bossa in December. Friends from the Dupont Circle days swung by to share some love and OPP. The open mic vets were swapping the mic, as a catalog of hits kept rolling out. Jessica tried to make the audience into a reggae band, and many giggles were had. Here are the highlights…

Wandering eyes your fears can’t follow me

Putty in our hands they’ve been molding us since youth

Beautiful blue lake

You see the schisms and the divisions in humanity

We think we’re some seraphim flying around the globe

Life is full of heroism

The battle is within us

Welcome y’all to my laboratory where I develop my oratory

Master of my domain, straight thinkin’ with the lincoln

Reaching for their piece, we’re just saying our peace

Wrapped up

David standing up to Goliath


Bam! What a collage of ideas…should’ve heard the rhythms in their wake. And you can in 2016! Join us at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW DC, on Tuesday Jan. 12th, 7-9 PM. Come to listen come to share. Happy New Year!

We had a special November at Bossa, with guest hosts Margaux Delotte-Bennett and Michael Anthony Ingram warming the mic in between poets. They had a blast hosting the GPI open mic!

There were ten people on the mic, and many who were on the mic for the first time in their lives. Some original pieces were shared, but folks were also encouraged to share pieces from others that they liked or admired. The crowd was small and very lively! OPP ruled the night. We had a few poetry anthology books on hand, and it was nice to see people choose different poems from the books to read. Luis was there to thrill the crowd with his poetic genius. It was a great night!

We had a great time in October at Bossa. With some new voices and veteran GPIents on the mic, we rocked it for audience members from the GPI good ole days and the DC Poetry Project meetup group. Here are some highlights:

Zane became Walter White from Breaking Bad…no, clearly you don’t know who you’re dealing with!

Jess tapped into her dreams and explained how we’re going to get it.

Luis OPP’d The Peace Warrior: while the outside spins and weakens, the peace warrior grows…inside, patiently waiting.

Jen for just once: would like to hear the breath of emotion without being called a bitch, would like to be successful without being viewed as a threat, would like everyone to be equal.

And there was much more…calm trees, no pain, the mad hatter, odes against facebook, life abounding from the sky to the ground, a simon and garfunkel recitation, and snappy beats. Join us out at Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW DC, every second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 PM. See you there!


Howdy GPI! Our friends at the DC Poetry Project have been coming out to our DC open mics this year and spreading the poetry love. We want to help spread the word about their weekly radio open mic, during which you can call in and share your work:

The Power of Poetics: The DC Poetry Project’s Open Mic Poetry Call-In Show!

The Power of Poetics airs every Wednesday night at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST! Hosted by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Executive Director of the DC Poetry Project, the show offers poets, spoken word artists, as well as other writers opportunities to openly celebrate their love for words in all its forms. So join us to share or listen to poems, prose, or other styles of expression with an audience of open minds and ears. We may be physically located in Washington DC, but our love for poetry is worldwide!  If there are questions, please call the DC Poetry Project Office at 202-540-0327, email at or tweet @dcpoetryproject.

You can see members of the DC Poetry Project perform live every second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 PM EST, at the GPI Open Mic at Bossa at 2463 18th St. NW, Washington, DC.

We had a great group of newcomers and regulars at our September open mic. Even those who not sure they would read that night were inspired by the end of it to share their minds, like we’ve seen at so many of our open mics. Thanks to all who came out! Here are some highlights:

Michael’s poem saw the poet and jumped; and he recounted how love does funny things before dying.

Jess’s peace poem told us we’re going to get it–hopefully without so much bullshit bullshit.

Sly showed us a reality that continually rapes a dream; hope and change seems to rest on a dusty shelf.

Suriya’s Message to the Judge…my eyes tell epic sages telepathically, ’cause words would take too long. Your majesty, I just hope your ESP is on.

Ryan OPP’d Gabe Moses, How to Make Love to a Trans Person…Realize that bodies are only a fraction of who we are; they’re just oddly-shaped vessels for hearts.

Kristie shredded Gretel…she thought she could follow herself back.

Danny said we’re mad because we were told what to want, even though we’re just dudes from Vermont; hatred will still eat your fucking heart away.

Suzi told us things you should never say to a therapist…right now I’m not trying to get committed while I pay my loan off.

Derek’s desire holds no boundaries; each time he passes city lights it reminds him of his beauty’s heart beat.

Red reminisced: you were such a charming mother[...mmm], every time you spoke you made my heart flutter; when you dreamed, you dreamed of me; your walk had theme music, and I had my dancin’ shoes on.

Ooh la la, and there was so much love to go around that night; so much love and feeling! And that’s what it’s all about. Come see us at Bossa in October, second Tuesday, 10/13, 7-9 PM, 2463 18th St. NW, DC.

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