June 27th, Valerie Troutt and MoonCandy Live House Community Choir is part of Oakland Sings, a benefit concert for POOR Magazine, & Youth Spirit Art Work, 7 pm., First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland (see graphic below).
June 1- July 7th, Janice Anton has two works showing at the Arts Benicia, juried show "Enchanted Realm: Metaphors of Natural Design" Opening reception, Sat. June 1st, 6-8 pm., Artist Talk, Thursday, June 6th, 6:30 pm. 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia Ca. https://artsbenicia.org/upcoming-exhibitions/
July 1st, James Cagney, Reads from his new book of poetry, "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory" at Folio Books, 3957 24th St., San Francisco. 7 pm. (see graphics below)
July 1st, The Alameda Summer Art Fair And Maker Market; Live Art, 60 Local Artists, Live Music, Art Cars, Open Studios. Encinal & Oak Streets, Alameda. 10am- 7pm. AlamedaArtFair.com
In August, Artists Connect meeting. An informal gathering of East Bay artists to connect and support each other. We meet at various East Bay Cafes, so check back for specific date and location.
James Cagney's new book of poetry, "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory", available through Nomadic Press. (Clink on Nomadic Press to order book).
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**New Poem from James Cagney's "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory." **
Vigil For Vespers - Opus No. 38
what if each star were a flame fountaining
beneath an onyx teepee
elder tongues in a whisper of moth wings
licking the flames with stories
the endless equations calibrated on nights chalkboard
the pulse point of planets scattered along the topographical
map of the sky’s arachnid body
spinning out combinations of constellations
a tarot of planets unlocking red flaked memories
abandoned and rusting beneath the sweet
drizzle of attention
bet the coins between corpses teeth all the hoaxes
of love dissolve to moon dust back home
the milky way is here because i am here
and it is well worth crying over
my offering in a rising swarm of tears
ghostly embers of dead stars
i am less a crumb on the lip of the lake
how its tongue sleepwalks a language
night often mistranslates in dreams
the harmonic choir of cutthroat trout
sounds cribbed from the pages of Rachmaninoff’s
lost rhapsody -- a tragedy of silence
lulling me into this all-night vigil for vespers
and its uneasy correspondence with gravity
its hard to lie quietly in the unmade bed of a prehistoric crater
with its sweet sheets of sage brush
and not consider love’s offices bankrupt and ridiculed back home
Valeria Brown Troutt- "The Blues Wore a Church Dress", Mixed Media, See Valerie's profile on the Artists Page
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