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Bad, Boisterious, but Not Banned

10/04/09 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Literary Cafe

There is a repressive force in our Tremont midst. They are deceptive; wearing the guise of progressiveness, nodding in agreement to our creative ideas. They act our friends, but then it is they that try to slam the BAN! But, poetry lovers, we are not with resources ourselves. this past week was National Banned Book Week, and, if you were like me, I reread sections of some favorites that have been on censorship lists, such as:

  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Lolita
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • The Great Gatsby
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Naked Lunch
  • Look Homeward, Angel
  • The War of the Worlds

I like to have a nice cocktail while reading this "seditious" stuff. Sundays are my best day to sit, relax, read, and sip....but I can't in Tremont! The ancestors of this nefarious group of idea police shackled our public meeting houses, our community gathering, our forums for uninhibited inebriated debate generations ago. So now, in the 21st century, our freedom to enjoy a refreshing drink stronger than a beer is still dictated by fat old white guys that have been dead for ages and buried in mausoleums made of the bones of the oppressed, built with sweat of immigrants, and held together with blood of the minority....the forced sober minority.

Friends, we can do two things to fix these injustices. First celebrate Tremont Time by voting November 3rd for Sunday Liquor Sales in Cleve 3N and Cleve 3O, both on and off premises. Yes, it is now Tremont's Turn for economic growth. Read those yellow signs you see around the neighborhood. Second, come to the Literary Cafe Thursday October 8 at 9:30 pm to see two poets that probably should be banned for good but different reasons, from Kansas City, Kansas Jacob Johanson and Tremont's pride Allisun Hovater.

Jacob Johanson is a whole lotta Mexican with a penchant for bringing the most undesirable, uncouth, disgusting, kind of people fromall over the country to sleepy little midwestern cities. Yes, I am talking about underground small press poets and the city that straddles a river and two states, Kansas City. Twice now he had pulled off Unregulated Word Poetry Festival and the city fathers are still looking for a Swedish kid. He is also the literary editor for Off Beat Press and works nights so he can squeeze the Charmin in peace. He is known to paint, disappear, and get his poems inserted into a ton of zines and anthologies like the Beards, Zygote in My Coffee, and Kill Poet. He has just got a chapbook that has sumtin to do with swallows published by Rose of Sharon Press. It is said that a ride in his car can provide miraculous healings to the digestive tract. As an Anarchist, poetic prophet (not profit), and faith healer, anything he does, says or writes should probably be banned.

Allisun Hovater is an icon of Tremont. You can't miss her as she sashays across the neighborhood. She is sometimes referred to as the Princess of Tremont, which she so deserves. She has studied poetry at through the Lit Cafe Open Mic correspondence course and is our most recognized graduate. She has organized a reading series at the Visible Voice Bookstore, curated art shows at Doubting Thomas Art Gallery, and has been published in Hotel Poems: the Poets of Cleveland by Charlotte Man. Allisun has read in Akron, Lakewood, and Cleveland and was a memorable part of the Tainted Zygote in my City Poetry Festival last fall. She also throws some kickass theme parties and brunches at the Chateau Ghetto. An aristocrat in a working class neighborhood, she bound to find revolutionists trying to ban her existence.

There you have it.Get radical and listen to what some don't want you to hear. Read something that some don't want you to read. Drink something that some don't want you to drink. Two preachers of freedom just trying to share some fun at the Literary Cafe, located at 1031 Literary Road in the Blue Law Hell that is Tremont in Cleveland. Pretend it's Sunday and have a shot of whiskey while giving City Hall the finger.

Vote Yes for Sunday liquor Sales in Tremont. Vote Quickly Vote Often.


1 comment

Comment from: Neve Black [Visitor]
Neve BlackNicely stated, Steve. See you tonight.
10/08/09 @ 09:23