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Casey FitzSimons

April 14th–7:00 P.M to 9:00 P.M.

Blake More

A resident of California’s Mendocino Coast, Blake More is an artist with multiple creative voices and obsessions. Blurring the boundaries between disciplines, her work includes poetry, video, radio, performance, costume design, collage, teaching, painting, functional mixed media art/life pieces and wildly painted poetry art cars, including her most recent daily driver, Star Yantra (staryantra.life). She hosts a monthly public affairs radio show called “Be More Now” on KZYX&Z Mendocino. She also organizes and hosts a long-standing, Poets & Writers poetry series called Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz.   She is the author of five books of poetry, and her book godmeat is a collection of poetry, prose, color artwork, and a DVD compilation of poem movies (available at godmeat.com). To explore more of Blake’s creative world, please visit snakelyone.com.

Jungle Princess

Yelapa is wet in October
Google says it isn’t
or at least, isn’t supposed to be
it is the start of the tourist season
but here I am in paradise
no walls
surrounded by downpour

it is fun for a day, two days even
everything reaching toward me
as if begging to be immortalized on facebook
a waterfall cascades into the seasonal creek from the canyon above
the ocean exhales a mere 50 stairs down
lush vines, fronds, flowers drape around limbs
and green, everything green,
peaceful green, serene green, alive green

it is a five star villa dream
but did I mention the rain
and five days of sweeping water out of my living space
so I can do yoga
and only one fan
and everything wet

now I understand
why nobody’s here

good thing
because I smell like Peter’s dog
I remind myself, this will change
it will dry up soon, November 1st according to locals
but my shirts and shorts are growing fungus
in embarrassing places

I learn the hard way
that I cannot wash anything
because everything must be line dried
which is completely out of the question
and no matter how many showers I pack into the day
no matter how many plunges into the sea
I still smell like Peter’s dog
but now his dog just got out of a sauna

I cast off my offensive clothes when the workers are gone
shower again
but I can’t slather the citronella oil fast enough
to keep the tiny monsters from biting me in places
also too private to mention
itching is not sexy

oh and speaking of bugs
did you know that they, unlike me, run riot in this clammy soup
for one full day, the ants and their friends
conduct a pink and green parade across the adobe tile
hoisting confetti-sized pieces of bougainvillea
toward some unknown destination
today I leave my breakfast on the counter
long enough to go pee
and return to a full-blown ant rave
good thing I’m not vegan

as I contemplate how to end this midnight poem
my screen dotted with light seekers
keyboard crickets hopping beside my typing fingers
a palm-sized flying thing bonks the back of my neck
I jump up to do the heebie-jeebies dance
and the sky claps with thunder
signaling another burst

as if on cue

Love Detector

I tell the truth
unabashedly
generally with good intention
I cannot help it
this is a talent
this is a curse
people say I am stadium lighting
a crystal megaphone
translucent waves of thought
flowing like water
into the depths of your ears
witnessing with 10 thousand watts of wonder
smiling into the open eyes
of anyone brave enough
to dare expose themselves
to the x-ray dream
of purposeful vision
it isn’t easy being me
people run
they hide
they throw stone eyes
and backhanded curses
but I don’t stop
I fly with hummingbirds
dive into the night
pop through the sun
wake up with a handful of stars
I understand
why I am scary
it is hard to be seen
without disguises
I am not
for the faint of heart
I am for the willing

Casey FitzSimons

Casey FitzSimons’s poems have appeared in print and online in Massachusetts Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Midwest Quarterly, Newport Review, Mezzo Cammin, and many other journals. She placed first in poetry at Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and Ina Coolbrith Circle, and second at the Soul-making Keats Sonnet Competition and the Maggi H. Meyer Contest sponsored by Bay Area Poets Coalition. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee.

Casey has self-published 16 books of her poetry; her most recent is Listening for Prophecies (2019). She has assisted others to self-publish their books, and presented workshops in meter and rhyme, in poetic elements, and how to read, critique, and interpret poems. Casey taught art for many years in San Francisco. Her reviews of Bay Area exhibitions appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a BA in mathematics from UC Berkeley, a JD in law from UC Hastings, and an MA in fine arts from San José State University.

There are two girls,

                                  it said,
(a word problem in second grade),
two whole apples, and two halves.

The question was, What does each girl get
if they share equally? My daughter said
each would get three apple halves.

The teacher did not mark her wrong
but pointed out there was no need
to do any cutting. My daughter said,

If you are really going to share,
there is always cutting.

Ab Ovo

I don’t think I ever knew that,
she said with objective interest.
It’s counterintuitive, after all,
that the yolk is the placenta, that
the white becomes
the fuzzy yellow chick, It’s the yolk
that you don’t want to break, that
looks at you from the plate
like the eye of the womb, accusingly.
It’s what you give up
if your cholesterol is high. It’s what
gives cake its color.