February 23rd, poet James Cagney, reads at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public library, 2940 Benvenue Ave., 2 pm.
Ongoing through March 8th, Art of Living Black, The 23rd Art of Living Black presents an exhibition of over 100 works at the Richmond Art Center, as well as Open Studios and Satellite Exhibitions at locations across the Bay Area. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, California 94804.
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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Check out the article about poet James Cagney in the datebook section of the S.F. Chronicle!
**New Poem from James Cagney's "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos." **
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
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