Monday, August 24, 2015

Outsider Poetry Now Open To Submissions

After dealing with mental illness my entire adult life I have decided to create a new online literary review called Outsider Poetry for anyone who considers themselves as creating poetry or art with mental illness, is self-taught, or feels they are marganilized by society. Submissions are accepted anytime. Poetry, short stories, photography, painting, or whatever format you feel expresses how you deal with being an Outsider will be consider. I try to respond to submissions in two weeks or less, and if I accept the submission I usually post it right away. Interested contributors can send their work to me at outsiderpoetthomas@gmail.com

Do not quit, send some poetry to Outsider Poetry

Monday, June 22, 2015

Poetry Pentathlon :are you registered

Okay Poets, we've got three contenders for the Pentathlon, but that ain't a tournament it's a tea party with imaginary finger sandwiches.  Who has got the poetic fortitude to stand up and take their place as a poetry legend
follow the link to register 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus presents the Gemini Love Fest or The Return of the Bromantics or Buddha 309 and Esteban Colon save the Universe

In a special Birthday celebration, the founders of Waiting 4 the Bus reunite for the long forgotten tradition of the Gemini Love Fest.

Come join the celebration as Este Stevie Colon and David Buddha-Hargarten provide rare feature performances.
Plus the usual Open Mic.
Join us at Powell's Bookstore (1218 S. Halsted) for the amazing festivities.
Hosted by Dana Jerman and Bob Lawrence
donations requested to pay the feature performers

June 15th
Powell's Books
1218 S Halsted
Chicago IL
7-9pm


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus presents the Gemini Love Fest or The Return of the Bromantics or Buddha 309 and Esteban Colon save the Universe


In a special Birthday celebration, the founders of Waiting 4 the Bus reunite for the long forgotten tradition of the Gemini Love Fest.
Come join the celebration as Este Stevie Cologne and David Buddha-Hargarten provide rare feature performances.
Plus the usual Open Mic.
Join us at Powell's Bookstore (1218 S. Halsted) for the amazing festivities.
Hosted by Dana Jerman and Bob Lawrence
donations requested to pay the feature performers

June 15th
Powell's Books
1218 S Halsted
Chicago IL
7-9pm


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus Open Mic for May

A wonderfully cool time is set for y'all as W4tB welcomes Robin Fine andFelissia Mae Cappelletti to our already wonderful line up of regular Weirdos and open mic-ers

the show starts at 7 so show up, sign up, and find your poetry groove.

Monday, May 18th
7-9pm
Powell's Bookstore
1218 S. Halsted
Chicago IL


https://www.facebook.com/events/1093354594013577/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poetry Pentathlon 2015-we are looking for poetry heroes

the Poetry Pentathlon will be held at the
Book Cellar
4738-4738 N. Lincoln

September 19th-7to9pm

Time to Prep for the Poetry Pentathlon.
Registration is currently open,
Just let us know you want to play
Subject:Pentathlon
include your name, a short bio, and your intent to compete
we will reply with confirmation
Registration closes August 19th

THE EVENTS

THE FORM POEM-THE SESTINA
A sestina is a form of poetry that uses a method of repeating words at the end of each line. It has 6 stanzas of 6 lines each, with an envoy (or tercet) of three lines to conclude the poem. While a sestina may seem daunting at first, they can be used to create vivid, powerful poems.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO WRITE A SESTINA CAN BE FOUND HERE or http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Sestina

THE RANT
The Rant is technically another “form”.  The guidelines are pretty free form, but if you need instruction go HERE or
http://www.ehow.com/how_5145194_write-rant-poem.html

Poets have long written about the things that vex them. The practice of ranting in poetic verse dates back to at least Ancient Greece, where Homer catches Zeus complaining in The Odyssey: "Mortal men have always put the blame upon us gods!" Though the rant poem is not granted the same canonic acceptance as the sonnet or sestina, rant poetry has flourished from Homer's time to our own.

POEM FOR MULTIPLE VOICES
This one should be self explanatory.  It is a contest to write a poem in two (or more) distinct voices.  This is the only event where the contestant is allowed to recruit performers to compete as a team.  Poets may choose to handle the event solo.  Remember that in the Pentathlon, performance is worth half the score...choose wisely

RESCUE & REVISE A BAD POEM
We are not passing judgement.  The poem was already declared bad by the now defunct BADPOETRY.COM.  We at W4tB believe all poem can be saved, but it won’t be easy.  Poem to be rescued will be provide after registration closes (Aug 20th or there abouts)

ON THE SPOT PROMPT
Originally used by Nina Corwin to close out her classic open mic “the Word Gourmet”.  A prompt is issued upon your arrival at the Pentathlon.  During the course of the show, all contestants are (to the best of their ability) write a poem based in any way shape or form on the issued prompt.
this is always the last event of the evening