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What Time is It?

10/27/09 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Literary Cafe

Like a full solar eclipse or the coronation of a king or the birth of the savior, times like these are rare. Here at the Literary Cafe, this time, this once in a lifetime time, we call WHITE TIME. It is our Poetry Series sometimes extravaganza, some time academy, sometime orgy, sometime bacchanalia, Fourth Anniversary. Amazingly, the two over-drinking, lackluster, irresponsible lechers known as Steve and Nick, managed to not only create, but maintain the premier poetry series in northeast Ohio going for four years. It's like college, but with less beer. Nobody thought we could graduate, but we did.

To commemorate this auspicious event on Thursday November 12 at 9:30pm, we can get no less than two of the best poets in the vast small press country, THE David Smith and Scott (Kid Mingo) Wannberg.

A lifelong resident of the city of angels, Scott Wannberg moved to Florence, Oregon in 2008. A member of the legendary group of traveling poets known as the Carma Bums, Wannberg has read his poetry all over North America. He is the author of a number of books, including Mr. Mumps, Juice The Musical!, Amnesia Motel, Equal Opportunity Sledgehammer and many more. His most recent collection titled Strange Movie Full of Death was published by Viggo Mortensen?s Percival Press Summer 2009. Wannberg?s worked was also included in the wildly popular Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Thundersmouth Press.

In a rare return engagement at the Lit Cafe, David Smith A.K.A. Handsome Duke Deal A.K.A. THE David Smith is Mountain View California?s true king of the jews. In the 1980?s he was the publisher of Ouija Madness Press and Ouija Madness Magazine. He is the author of Closer to Jesus and with Scott Wannberg, Rockets Redglare, Greenpanda Press, 2006. His most recent collection White Time was published by Offbeat Pulp Press Summer 2009. Smith?s work has appeared in a number of respected literary journals both online and in print including Killpoet and Off Beat Pulp.

There can never be a better time to come to the Lit Cafe but on this Fourth Anniversary. Thursday November 12 at 9:30pm promises to be a Time extraordinary. Magic is in the air and it isn't just flatulence. You cannot miss the alchemy that David and Scott bring to a room together. I'm not even asking anymore, I'm demanding it and you'll thank me. The Literary Cafe is located at 1031 Literary Road in the timeless Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.


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