Last month’s Valley Poet’s East – December event was one to remember as Alice Pero took to the flute and mic and Lois P. Jones featured her poetry, inviting the Conga Poet Julio Rodriguez up to the front for an impromptu poetic collaboration.
This month’s V.P.E. commences
Sunday, January 6th 2013 at 2 p.m.
Georgia Jones Davis & PoetRoniGirl
Plus Open Mic
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This event will be held, as always, at the beautiful
Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City:
12355 Moorpark St. Studio City CA 91604.
GEORGIA JONES DAVIS:
“Poetry…came back like a long, lost, muddy dog.” – Georgia Jones Davis
Georgia Jones Davis, Author of ‘Blue Poodle‘ is co-director of Valley Contemporary Poets and has made a name for herself through journalism, literary criticism & poetry. Having been widely published & working for several magazines & media outlets across the country, Davis knows how to draw an audience in.
Georgia Jones Davis writes with conviction, contemplation and whether her metaphor is tied neatly with a pretty bow or served raw there is an element of nostalgia and honesty which haunts the reader just beneath the axiomatic surface of her poetry.
Her poems have a deep intensity and pulse which celebrates life and death equally and allows pause for the rare moments in between, the experiences we share or have been denied through no fault of our own.
In ‘Your Father’ from the book ‘Blue Poodle’ the metaphor used is honey, yet the poem is anything but sweet. The element of irony is not only clever, but serves reality cold…even a dandelion, yellow as the smiling sun, without a doubt, is just a vibrant weed.
In ‘Listening to Anne Sexton’ from the same collection you wonder whether Davis might be harboring any double edged weapons, and to some extent one may hope she is. Her metaphor is sharp and un-shy, visual and visceral.
Georgia Jones Davis writes with her wits full throttle and when reading her work one may not know the ghosts in the room personally, but they will seem familiar nonetheless.
“So we’ll go no more a roving so late into the night” –Lord Byron
The iambs of the Byronic hero–
Sinful, divorced, doomed;
World weary at twenty-three,
Romantic soul chained to wit.
How many clubfeet scanned in a line?
How many lines in a face over thirty?
The professor at the blackboard
Rolls the chalk like a nipple,
Breaks his lecture on Byron’s hexameter,
Turns to the comatose class:
He says, “I wish
I had written a play like Stoppard–
Byron lording it up in La Serenesima
With Giacomo Leopardi and Schopenhauer,
The hours small, the stars dimly spangle
On the murk of candle-lit Venice.
The German Buddha philosopher,
Hump-back, love-spurned poeta,
Passion-rotted Scottish lord,
Professor at the black board–
All glide in a gondola
With a half-naked whore,
Debate Dio, Amore, literature, war;
Dogs, curs, cane,
hisses the whore, cursing them
As they paw her
And the oars of the sullen craft
Thrust up the torch-rippled canal,
Water parting wide as her legs.
The professor’s tenured heart quickens
To the meter of regret
As he takes up the chalk again
And the curtain rises
On the scene never written.
A jaundiced moon gleams wanly.
Georgia Jones Davis © 2012
Blue Poodle by Georgia Jones Davis is currently available on the following link:
“I travel back roads singing mountain songs humming hip hop blues @ the cross roads of folk & country blue grass soul helps me to maintain my pace… I am WORDS, I am VISION, I am VOICE… I am PoetRoniGirl”
Roni aka PoetRoniGirl is an artist & trailblazer in the spoken word/acoustic music industry as founder of “PoetRonigirl’s Acoustically Speaking” music series. For five years she successfully hosted and produced a poetry and music night at The Comedy Store in Hollywood & her original poetry has been recited by “Brandy” on the TV show “Moesha”.
As a poet/host she held a five-year residency at Borders Books in Santa Monica. She was selected to host the very first poetry and music venue held at Magic Johnson’s Starbucks. In 1995, “roni’z Bakstreeet Poetri” concert was a smash hit at the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.
“Poetronigirl’z Wordz Across America-College-Book & Club Tour” series has been featured on campuses such as USC, Pepperdine, UCLA and UC-Santa Barbara. “Road Poems & Song Lyrics” is the title of her current spoken word/acoustic cd, which combines traditional acoustic music with her unique style of home spun lyrics. Her first spoken word cd “Collard Green Dreamz” remains a favorite with her audience. She has self published two books of poetry, “Fierce Women/ We Are Shadez of Every Color of Womanhood” and “America Through My Eyes” which about a poet who travels winding roads and broken trails as she chronicles her journey of life through a poetic voice & narrative.”
PoetRoniGirl is one of the most inspiring and amazingly talented performers hitting the mic for Valley Poets East. Her delivery, tone and emotion is always sincere, always rhythmic and her ability to capture an audience is not only impressive, but undoubtedly remarkable. She connects and transcends.
Spoken word as an art requires a certain level of dedication, patience and pace. One would imagine after experiencing her perform that Roni’s veins contain something other than blood; that rhythm and lyric are perhaps an integral element embedded into the coil of her DNA. PoetRoniGirl is unique in that she has a focused intensity which never sways from a humble, yet confident place, an extremely rare combination. Her poetry has roots, grit, tradition and soul; she takes shades of gray and spins a spectrum.
PoetRoniGirl’s voice is strong and visionary; she is a storyteller, a wise and wonderful addition to the poetry and entertainment industry, who is not only memorable, but a prolific poet of the contemporary era.
A SONG FOR FRIDA KAHLO
self portrait lady
survivor of pain
moon daughter, I read your
diaries in my sleep
piercing eyes keep your legacy alive
she painted fiesta tears
like jazz tales
onto a revolutionary canvas
that spoke of her
unwavering love for diego rivera
she brown sistah with
red hints of earth
elevated like ancient spirit girl
as ancestors whispered
while she danced
her way out of pain
her greatest joy came to her
like the moon song under
her family cedar tree
just outside of mexico
self portrait lady
I wish I could give you
on a sunny day in july but
all I can do
is give you this song
on the first day of summer
PoetRoniGirl © 2012
You will enjoy more of her art, poetry and musings by visiting the following link: PoetRoniGirl – Official Site
Please join us in celebrating the poetry and pulse of these two very fine and diversified talents. Take a poetic pause for the New Year and visit Valley Poets East on January 6th @ 2 p.m. See you there!
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