|“||That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.||”|
|—Aristotle, Physics VI:9, 239b10|
Some of you may be familiar with Zeno’s Paradox, which says movement is impossible. Before you can get from point a to point b you have to get to the halfway point. And before you get to that half way point, you have to get earlier half way. And the one before that. And the one before that. Things keep chopping up so small and halved, that movement is impossible.
- REALITY WORKS DIFFERENTLY, AT LEAST WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROOST. WE HAVE NOW MADE IT TO THE HALFWAY POINT IN THIS 8 WEEk SERIES OF MUSIC AND POETRY AND THIS BLOG POST IS NOTHING BUT A WARNING THAT IF YOU DON’T GET TO THE ROOST SOON, YOU MIGHT MISS IT.
So you don’t know about the ROOST? This is project created by Mark Weaver to celebrate creative sound, improvisation, jazz. Local Poets Guild is proud to be a collaborator in this project and what we provide is a kick-off to each event with a poet we’ve attempted to “match-make” to the music.
ONLY 4 MORE SHOWS LEFT.
This week’s show is the Fifth in the series. Now Playing: three of northern NM’s finest improvisers join forces to address the earthy and volcanic music of Los Angeles’ legendary pianist and bandleader Horace Tapscott. Pianist Robert Muller, bassist Ben Wright, and drummer Dave Wayne promise to “stretch the music out in some very interesting ways”. And the poets opening this week are also a “trio”, a trio who toured together and have an at times almost inseparable rapport. You’ll hear a few minutes each from Katrina Guarascio, Zach Kluckman, and Jessica Helen Lopez. The energy from their poems will spark off each other’s work… these three are interconnected .
Let me just give you one plug: Jessica’s bio…
Jessica Helen Lopez is a three time member of the City of Albuquerque Slam Team and the 2008 National Champion Winning UNM Lobo Slam Team. She has been the Poet-In-Residence in several New Mexico High Schools and continues her work in the classroom. Mother to a vivacious nine year-old daughter, Lopez’s work has been published in UNM Press’s, A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene, Chicago Open Mic America Vol I, Feminism Now, Poetic Diversity, The Pedastal and Destructible Heart Press’s, Albumar Familia. Additionally, she was the co-editor for Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection 2007, a finalist in the NM Book Awards. Lopez is a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially-engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. Some other activities and panels she has been apart of are the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s VOCES: A Writing Institute for Youth, Feature/Workshop Instructor for the 12th Annual Las Mujeres 2007 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and has also provided Poesia sin Fronteras workshops/performances for the Verse/Converse Taos Poetry Bout and Festival 2009 and 2010. She is the defending champion of the Silver Tongue Taos Poetry Slam. Lopez continues to organize not-for-profit poetic events and projects in and around Albuquerque, NM. She has currently worked as the poetry intern at UNM’s literary magazine, Blue Mesa Review. Her first collection of poetry entitled, “Always Messing With Them Boys” has just been published through West End Press.
Come join us.
The Roost co-sponsored by Local Poets Guild
7:30 PM Sunday Sept 4 @ The Projects (3614 High Street NE) $5
[Beautiful Photograph of Jessica by Gina Marselle]