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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #24, In Pictures

An infinite cycle of thank-yous to everyone who helped make last night’s reading such a magical, memorable evening: George, Denise, Kwame, and Rax for performing your flappy lits; Alibi for your scintillating singing and photography; Pacific Standard for the always-gracious hospitality; and all you fantastic folks who came to witness it all.
Let’s do this again on September 26…

[all photos by Alibi Jones except the last one by JO’B]

George Kovalenko reads passionate poems about donkey sanctuaries & black metal

Denise Jarrott reads some invocational poetry from her book NYMPH

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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #24

Join us Wednesday night, August 15 from 7-9 PM at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn as we dance with the faeries for a Mid-Summer Night’s reading!

starring

DENISE JARROTT

ALIBI JONES

RAX KING

GEORGE KOVALENKO

KWAME OPOKU-DUKU

Admission is FREE, and you can purchase print copies of our latest issue, FLAPPERHOUSE #18, for the special reading price of $5. Facebook event page here.

“the old head verses (ecclesiastes) 21-25” – Poetry by Kwame Opoku-Duku

Dreams No. 2 – Jacob Lawrence, 1965

“the old head verses (ecclesiastes) 21 – 25” is one of two fiercely beautiful poems by Kwame Opoku-Duku from our Winter 2018 issue.

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21 THE MOST BEAUTIFULEST SHIT
              in the whole world can
             be the ugliest shit at the
             same time/ like toilet paper
             & black plastic bags
             hanging from a cherry blossom
             in the spring/
or the smile of a wretch as you
             put the dollar in his cup &
             he says god bless you
              & you walk away/
or the wrath of a mother’s
             love/ beaten into her
             through generations/
or the son’s tears as he chokes
             the doctor who cannot
             save her/
22 when was the last time we
             dreamed? what did
             we dream of?
23 it gets hard to think with
             all that laughing in
             the background/
24 it gets hard & you think
             that shit will never
             change/ & the desire
             to pass through
             life like a shadow becomes
             greater than the desire
             to raise your voice in vain/
25 plus all everybody do is talk & take
             pictures of themselves/
             so you can see why folks might
             just save their breath
             when you see everybody
             huddled up crying on
             the news/ asking why/
& you see so much beauty in the world
             & you wonder  how much
             of beauty is really real

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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #19, In Pictures

A towering bonfire of gratitude to everyone who helped make our 19th reading such a toasty & crackling evening: Kwame, Valerie, William, Monica, and Gabriela for performing your flappy lits; Alibi Jones for your scintillating singing & photography; Pacific Standard for the ever-gracious hospitality; and all you lovely humans who came out on a Winter’s night to witness it all.  Let’s do this again on February 21 for our 20th (!) Reading / Year Four Flight Party…

photos by Alibi Jones

 Kwame Opoku-Duku reads some of his Ecclesiastes-inspired poetry

Valerie Hsiung shares some powerful excerpts from in her own words

William Lessard performs some of his brilliantly surreal “Facebook” poems
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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #19 / Issue 16 Flight Party

Join us at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 as we axe through the frozen seas of our souls & celebrate the flight of our Winter 2018 issue with our 19th reading!

starring:
GABRIELA GARCIA
VALERIE HSIUNG
ALIBI JONES
WILLIAM LESSARD
MONICA LEWIS
KWAME OPOKU- DUKU

Admission is FREE, and you can buy copies of FLAPPERHOUSE #16 for the special reading price of $5US~

For the Facebook event page, click here.