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Coffy Cafe in July

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Thanks to all who came out to Coffy Café in July! We made new friends, had some firsts on the mic, and met more of our extended family. Here are the highlights…

Peter’s bard-like recitations of original poetry made us feel the sudden grasping of the asp and hunger not for all the world to sate; made us ride the brakes and smell the burn beyond the storm’s reach; and our tribe began to chant and cheer for him and his wild space marine.

Jess wondered about the McDonald’s cup on the metro sign and kind of wanted a reason for it being there, but chose nothing instead.

Dan read the poem 5 by Catullus (a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote in the neoteric style of poetry) in latin and then translated in English: Let us live and love…Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred…Let us shake the abacus, so that no one may know the number…

Luis was just saying his peace—sometimes with his daughter in his arms—inviting us all to follow our hearts, take a look around to find life abounds from the sky to the ground, and feel his verbal telekinesis.

…And there was much more to hear and share. Looking forward to seeing you out in August at Bossa on 8/13 and Coffy Café on 8/22, both 7-9 PM!

July Open Mic at Bossa

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Bossa was a-buzz upstairs in July, with GPI regs Luis and Jess holdin’ it down. We were joined by a lovely audience, and it was one person’s first open mic experience—we hope she enjoyed it! We wish Luis and his wife love and luck next week during the delivery of their third child. Here are some highlights:

Luis was sharp like barbed wire and helped us think about the things that really make us smile.

Jess tapped into her dreams to find the words to spin—a snap then whirl of inspiration.

Luis’s skills were outrageous—more like amazing; he’d rather be broke and outspoken than choke on the words he never had the balls to say.

Jess grossed out the girls with her romantic poem and pledged her heart to the Web of the Free and the Roam of the Brave.

Now here’s the Melange…

Behold the dawn, because we’re bringing the light
We’ve got heights in sight, but few ladders to climb
My persona’s irrelevant when demons need slaying
We’re going to get it in a big way from sea to shining sea
Who’s got a Facebook? Oh my, it’s quite a profile, ain’t it?
Amorphous beast, oh how I love thee, let me count the ways
How can we be a people, when our people are deconstructed on the regular?
I am you and you are me; no nomenclature between us—a simple function unites us

And let that simple function be the next GPI open mic. See you at Coffy Café in Columbia Heights on Thursday, 7/25. Peace.

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