Ongoing- November 23rd , SHOH Gallery, "A Box Full of Darkness", a fall group show featuring 7 Bay Area artists each freely exploring the idea of darkness in different styles and mediums.
700 Gilman St., Berkeley
Sunday December 1st, James Cagney, reads poetry at "Beasts of Bourbon II", The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 6:30-9:30 pm. Read some James' poetry on this homepage and elsewhere on the site. See James' profile on the artists page.
Sunday December 15th & Monday December 16th, "Awake, Awake!" Music of J.S. Bach, Giovanni Gabrieli & Daniel Pinkham, choir and chamber orchestra, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St. Berkeley, 7 pm. Suggested Donation $10
Saturday January 11th, Artists Connect meeting. An informal, open gathering of East Bay artists to connect and support each other. Stayed tuned for location and a time. It's always inspiring to exchange ideas, resources and encouragement.
At Artists Connect discussion of making a living doing art: "My first goal is to pay for my habit" Janis Anton
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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