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Special Poetry Nites - Russell Salamon

08/26/07 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

salamonOnce again Tremont proves that it IS the center of Cleveland poetry and the proto-renaissance soon to be named the Tremont School of Poetics...

...okay okay it's a bit overstated. There is plenty of poetry venues, poetry workshops, poetry writing all oer the city, county, and countryside, all outstanding in their own way.....wait...that sounds like sucking up.

The point being is this point.

Last Tuesday, Russell Salamon, a founder of the last Cleveland poetry renaissance and close compadre of d.a. levy, read in a special night at Art House in honor of his reprinting the tribute to levy originally published in 1968, ukanhavyrfuckincitibak. A great event with the focus on the mimeograph revolution and levy-philia (meant in positive way).If you missed it, don't despair, you have not only one, but TWO opportunities to hear and meet this extraordinary individual.

vvbsalamonTuesday August 28th at 7:00pm
Visible Voices Books will have Russell Salamon read his poetry. The focus is on Russ's work which has been published in eleven books and has appeared in Passager, Sunstone, Uncommon Ground, Daybreak, The Listening Eye, Saint Petersburg Russian-American Anthology, Peckerwood, Puckerbrush Review, Retooling for the Renaissance in the Third Millenium, Riverside Quarterly, Trace, Dare, among others. An open mic will follow so BYOP(oetry) with your BYOB. Visible Voices Books is located at 1023 Kenilworth Ave. in Tremont.

Thurday August 30th at 9:00pm (SHARP!)
A special Literary Cafe Poetry Nite Extravaganza hosts Russell Salamon for his first videotaped live performance reading. The Lit is famous for its creation and archiving live performances of established and arising poets (thanks Andy). Russell has never been video'd during a reading before, so come be a part of this historic event. To quench Russ' thirst for new poetry by poets that are sharing the modern version of the same Cleveland struggle he had, Open mic with penpad spontaneity will follow. Drinks will be provided, provided you have cash.

So Tremont strikes twice in having a major force in Cleveland's cultural development share his wisdom. In case, you didn't know, Russell Salamon was born on December 6, 1941 in Berkasovo, Yugoslavia, as it was then, about sixty miles west of Belgrade in a hamlet of about 200 people near the Orient Express Line. Huge steam locomotives thundered through without stopping at Sid (pronounced, Sheed), a town of about 2,000. This life up to age twelve is recounted in Breakfast in the Twelfth Century, a book of poems. In October 1953 he came to Kent, Ohio, and soon after to Cleveland. This part is summarized in Descent into Cleveland, a poetic novel about events in the 1960's.


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