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05/11/09 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Literary Cafe

Spring in Cleveland is paradise unfolding. So soon after the snow, riding the wind like a bronco busting Dervish, in the calm, after the showers, we get green unfolding. Growth like the not-so-Greater Cleveland Partnership can only fantasize about. Grass pokes up from the muddy brown ground. Yellow splashes of daffodils hold hands with red tulips on the treelawn. SPRING! Ahh that wonderful rebirth we all long for, that reminds us of hope and ..… what’s that smell, so clean and fresh? Is it the stench of lilac, the dogwood stink, or magnolia smell? No, my friends, that is the perfume of love. It permeates the staleness of enclosed catacombs and when it wafts in….we look for someone to hug. Yes HUG, freely given, freely received. Giver and Receiver is confused and for an instant there is only the oneness of a couple. Lust is banished and we are all divine in that moment of embrace when we see a good friend….or a new friend. HUGS. A child can do it as well as a grandmother and at the Literary Café, where the motto is always, we emphasize and celebrate FREE HUGS. This Thursday, May 14 at 9:30pm, the HUG FEST will begin with poets, Nin Andrews and Michael McMahan, who have much to say on love and on hugs.

Nin (Natalie) Andrews has a new book, Sleeping with Houdini, out from BOA Editions and a really fun chapbook, Dear Professor, Do You Live in a Vacuum, out from Subito. Her next book, Southern Comfort, will be published by CavanKerry Press some day. She was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council grant in 1998 and again in 2004. Her work has been published in many literary reviews and anthologies, including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry 1997, 2001, 2003 and The Best of the Prose Poem (2006). She has authored several collections including Why They Grow Wings, Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane and The Book of Orgasms and has won many chapbook contests and the Gerald Cable Award . Nin lives in Poland…Ohio and celebrates Dyngus Day with her bass playing physicist husband and two children. She also gives great hugs.

Michael McMahan is a working class poet and small press publisher. His work includes Poems for Republicans, A McDonald's Sex Poem, and Waters Edge; He's a BGSU graduate; Received the 2007 Rudinger Arts Award for Small Press Publishing. Has been published in the Literary Review, Firelands, and Green Panda Press; Served on the Board of Directors for Bottom Dog Press; Started FREEDONIA PRESS which has published Poet Russell Salamon's latest book in we all at the Lit are considerably mentioned. In 2008 he received the assistanceship for book-Arts and Paper-Making at The Morgan Conservatory; and works for Mark Kuhar's Balanced Living Magazine when he isn’t practicing his hugs with Italio-ukrainian poets. (Doesn’t even need silvowitz.)

Yup, with these two on the line-up, the hugs will be flying. If you’re shy, I’ll gleefully give private hug lessons until you feel confident. Let’s bring in the spring with hearty embraces and keep it going until winter chills our loins. The Literary Café is at 1031 Literary Road in the huggingest neighborhood called Tremont in Cleveland.

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2 comments

Comment from: MilesB [Visitor]
MilesBHey Goldenwitz, what's Baba Yaga's hut doing hanging on the wall?
05/11/09 @ 23:50
Comment from: steveg [Member] Email
stevegBaba is big poetry fan. Likes hugs too.
05/12/09 @ 17:56