Get Your Third Ears On!!! for EOE Monday

We had a fabulous reading from Margaret Randall last week, and as we continue our countdown for the end of the season, Monday November 5th at 7 pm marks another sure-to-be memorable East of Edith at the Projects (3614 High Street NE).

Begin with the fact that it’s Guy Fawkes Day & Other Timely Considerations (like next-day-election), and we’re off and running. This holiday may be the only one I’m actually sentimental about. Having grown up partly in England, late October I’d make the rounds with the other kids, begging door to door, “Penny for the guy?” We would gather money and clothing, food, wood etc for Mister Fawkes’ effigy. Then come  November the 5th, the entire village would gather round one huge bonfire to drink oxtail soup, eat french bread, and watch the dummy burn.

So I wanted a good show this Monday even if we can’t have a real bonfire. What we’ve got is music, poetry, more poetry, and more music. Tony Mares is our poetry feature, and music comes from the Third Ear on bass percussion and tuba. Plus we’ll do an “erasure”*** of the poem The Fifth of November which was written by Milton in Latin when he was 17; the open mic will do its thingy-thang; our feature will indulge us; and we’ll close out with some kind of impromptu group piece of James Tates’ Manna… anyone can join in. Rollicking good fun.

About Author Tony Mares:

E. A. “Tony” Mares has published extensively in local, regional, national, and international venues.  This includes six books of poetry, and one of translations of the poems of Ángel González.  Tony’s poetry books include The Unicorn Poem & Flowers and Songs of Sorrow; With the Eyes of a Raptor, his translations of poems by the noted Spanish poet Ángel González; Casi Toda la Música y otros poemas/Almost All the Music and Other Poems; Astonishing Light: Conversations I Never Had with Patrociño Barela; Río Del Corazón for Voices of the American Land.Mares’s poems have been published in the recent anthologies Elegant Rage: A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie; La Llorona; Malpaís Review; How To; The Más Tequila Review, Albuquerque, NM; Harwood Anthology ; Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, 2006;fiction in the anthology Santa Fe Nativa, and much more.

Here’s what Mike Balistreri says about the line-up for music:

Ben Wright will be playing the standup acoustic upright string double bass, Mark Weaver (1612-1683) in the tuba/didgeridoo chair (along with that little horn thing, too, right Mark?), and me on percussive assortedness.  We’ll be playing under the influence of David S Ware, mourning his passing a couple of weeks ago, and celebrating his birthday coming up on the 7th.  There’s a great video of him discussing the spiritual reality of music here.  He also talks about the Third Ear you use to listen to the voice inside the music.

There’s a voice inside the music
You learn to listen, sort of with a third ear
A lot of people, they don’t listen with a third ear
They only listen at the surface
They say the music is angry, it’s madness, it’s chaotic
It’s really none of that
It’s something else happening that you have to be able to hear
It’s very subtle
It’s inside the music
It’s a voice, it’s talking
It’s higher beings inside the music.

–David S. Ware

  For the group poem

we’ll be doing hand signals

of a quite neanderthal sort:

I point, you read,  etc…

but the whole night is gonna be one

walloping good ride

on this our second-to-last reading

before the season’s chill-factory opens…

Join us. Bring your poems of all sorts for the open mic and chime in on some Tate if you’re game…

Hope to see you,



*** Milton’s been erased before, by Ronald Johnson with RADI Os, who found his poems in paRADIse lOSt  … fun technique akin to black out poems that are made to CHALLENGE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH

AND CREDIT for the ARM/EAR image goes to the UK’s Daily Mail online at this link for a lovely article on Artist Stelios Arcadiou who after years of search for a decade to find a surgeon, and I quote the article: “has had the ear created in a lab from cells and implanted into his skin. He got his wish after working as a Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University’s Digital Research Unit. The ear was grown in a lab from cells and implanted into the 61-year-olds left forearm in 2006. Mr Arcadious said he thought art ‘should be more than simply illustrating ideas.’ Once the ear has fully developed he hopes to get a microphone implanted as well.”