Viva democracy et all . . .

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Mightier - Poets for Social Justice

 "In challenging times like these, poetry and the written word give expression to our col- lective experience, enrich our understanding with new insight and perspective, challenge us and inspire us. CAPS anthologies achieve this consistently by bringing together gifted artists from the Hudson Valley and across the world, and we thank you for the opportunity to explore perspectives on social justice, injustice, and liberation through this vibrant collection of work." — Senator Jen Metzger, NYS Senate, 42nd District

Edited and curated by artivist & former Dutchess County Poet Laureate Poet Gold  and CAPS own webmaster Greg Correll, Mightier - Poets for Social Justice is the newest and most profound anthology of voices from CAPS Press. Featuring poets from around the Hudson Valley and the world, Mightier - Poets for Social Justice is exactly what we all hoped it would be: a starting point of a necessary and painful conversation.

"To inspire change, we must not shy away from difficult conversations and perhaps now more than ever, poetry provides an outlet to communicate with one other in a unique and beautiful way about important issues." — Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive 

"Poets, writers, painters, performers, muralists, and musicians—have the ability to distill the world they live in through their art. They are today's prophets, philosophers, and truth tellers that make sense of our lives and societies. This anthology captures the urgent voices of poets harmonizing with the voices of the oppressed, the forgotten, the newly awakened, and the ignored." — Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson, NY 

Available at: 

https://books.apple.com/us/book/mightier/id1537333123?ign-gact=1

https://www.amazon.com/Mightier-Social-Justice-Poet-Gold/dp/0997325844

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mightier-poet-gold/1137992822;jsessionid=FE4DFBCCD1DB4D616CEF1219850945F5.prodny_store02-atgap17?ean=9780997325850


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Calling All Poets 2021

March begins CAPS twenty-second year of providing an open, democratic forum for novice and veteran voices alike. A far flung community of poets, patrons, and the fondly curious, who assemble monthly to check in, say hi, and inspire.

Join us, as most customarily do, for our First Friday Zoom featuring two poets followed by a 2 poem, 5 minute open mic. Every second Thursday at 8 pm Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets. Three featured poets live-streaming from the stage at Green Kill Gallery. Every third Thursday's salon styled Be the Feature Zoom event features an expanded open mic and welcomes open discussion. Start time for both First Friday & Third Thursday events is 7:00 pm.

Register for any CAPS Zoom events at www.callingallpoets.net Watch Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPxg_XT5oCrH3Mo_hcWkBLA

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social distance

i thirst for words

from the well of your mouth

to wash through me

fill me

with the matter of your spirit


tell me,

did we connect?

our faces flat

on a screen that distills contact

into distance?


the curve of your back presents itself

to the nape of your neck,

hair, the smell of wet stone,

forehead, flesh-covered dome

resounds with story,

rounds of eyes sculpt

an intention – shuttered in sleep,

they swing open at dawn,

as you lay on a furrowed bed.


and because i grow numb

without you at my side

i will tell you

how my feet feel on the floor.


i thirst for words

from the well of your mouth

to wash through me

fill me

with the matter of your spirit


bring us all back together

bring back the whirl

of dervish conversation,

bring us the summer

of our intermingled breath

bring us back to that

remember us

re-member us

deliver us


march 28, 2020

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Mightier Art Submissions

Mike Jurkovic (rope bars)

Greg Correll (Gandhi)

Cassandra Clarke (painted glove)

Susan Slotnick (three images) 

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Flowers Of Pain

 Flowers Of Pain


From the seeds of despair

Understanding can grow

Displayed in gardens

To those who will never know


Those feelings

Hope distant they remain

Arranged for them

Flowers of pain


06/17/19

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Banner Day!

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/trip-to-the-center-marc-jufer-qftf-review-by-mike-jurkovic.php

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/book-of-water-eric-hofbauer-creative-nation-music-review-by-mike-jurkovic.php

https://issuu.com/wicoppee/docs/van_wyck_gazette_summer_issue_2019/12?fbclid=IwAR2VxvNogPX8D-WJRMQDMVcBBb8vaEqtMhXizjjA2eXjDisF4Uu-wpQV908

Banner day! Two new reviews at allaboutjazz.com and this feature on The Black Swans, a collection of lost recordings by African American classical performers in the new Summer Issue of Van Wyck Gazette.

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Pauline Uchmanowicz 1957-2019

It with a profound sadness that Calling All Poets recognizes the sudden passing of our friend, advocate, and supoorter Dr. Pauline Uchmanowicz.

Pauline was a leading advocate for the teaching of writing in all its forms. She helped develop creative writing curricula in the department of English, and also served for many years as the coordinator of composition program, which oversees initial writing courses at New Paltz and therefore impacts the educational experiences of the vast majority of their students. Pauline was widely admired, engaged and a decorated member of the campus community and widely respected throughout the Hudson Valley writing and creative community. A gifted writer who featured for CAPS many times in the past, Pauline's scholarship, poetry, essays, and Reviews have appeared in Publications such as College English, International Journal of Comic Art, Ohio Review, Chronogram, Ploughshares, Radcliffe Quarterly, and Z magazine. Three of her pieces will be published in memoriam, in the upcoming CAPS@20 Anniversary Anthology. 

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I Am A Desperate Trophy

(Based on a roll of the Taylor Mali's Metaphor Dice that he did on Joh Fugelsang's "Tell Me Everything" on SiriusXM 's Insight channel, broadcasted February 13, 2019. The metaphor they chose was "I am a desperate trophy'. Each guest poet on that program recited a poem they made up on the spot. I decided to do the same on February 14, 2019, the day I listened to that show.)


I am a desperate trophy

Longing to be possessed

Praised and put on the mantle

Gazed and gawked at

Envied and admired daily

However, no one will compete

To win me...

I'm not a game worth playing.

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CAPS@20

 As our February 1st, First Friday reading of 2019 comes upon us, I want to welcome you all to CAPS@20, our 20th year anniversary. Started many super moons ago by Jim Eve, Calling All Poets Series has evolved in many exciting and challenging directions at the whims of  its curators, its members, patrons, and supporters. 

There's our traditional First Friday readings at Roost Studios and Art Gallery, 69 Main Street, New Paltz. Please not our new starting time of 7:30PM. Every last Thursday of the month we return to Beacon, notably the Towne Crier Cafe, for our #poemsprosedialogue feature/wide open open mic. We have our 20th Anniversary Marathon on Saturday, March 16 from noon - 11:00PM.  This will be a a membership drive event, so please renew if your time is up and help inspire others to join. We'd also like you to encourage any students you know to join with a one year free membership!

JazzOetry returns to Quinn's Restaurant in Beacon on Monday, April 29, 8:00PM. Featuring the JazzOetry Quartet of bassist Robert Kopec, Eric Person - reeds, Joe Tranchina - piano and keys, and X. Tiques - on drums. Scheduled poets include George Wallace, Mike Jurkovic, Poet Gold, Jim Eve, Penny Brodie and others. We're hoping to schedule two more JazzOetry events before the anniversary year is out.

Starting Wednesday April 17, 7:00PM CAPS, in association with Trattoria Marbella in Ellenville, will host Authors' Night with a reading, book signing, question and answer session and open mic.

So CAPS@20 is something we can all celebrate! Everyone tends to give the bulk of the credit for sustaining CAPS through the years to Jim, Glenn, Greg behind the website, and I, but all of you, members or non-members, veteran poet or novice, have created the nurturing community we all dwell within.

Give yourselves a round of applause. Write yourselves a poem, a sonnet, a haiku. CAPS@20 is all of us!

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