City Book Shop 4-12-95

published in the August 1995 issue of Seven Arts Magazine

CITY BOOK SHOP 4-12-95
(To Leonard Gontarek and the City Book Shop

The 12th &Pine area has been the scene of armed robberies and….)

“Give me all your Poems

and noone gets hurt”

I wanted to shout

but Leonard would of not found it finny,

grimaced, not found it at all, possibly,

after opening the door, locked now,

due to non-paronoic fear, of guns and those who use them,

after opening the book store door

to people he knew were safe

if occasionally pretentious.

  1. “Give me all your Poets,

and noone gets hurt.”

Where is the worth, the value and urgency of words,

when guns bullets and blood

speak in louder and heavier tones

Leonard could be in Media, Delaware County

or some other place

less urban

safer but quieter

calmer but

without that urban edge

he’s made the choice to stay

this time. For an uncertain now

________________________

  1. “Give me all your haikus

some of your verdenelles

only your Pemuchian Sonnets

and a smattering of 1980s neo-Beat Writers,,,”

This is a place to come for coffee

for old books

for Poets and Poems

where only time should be killed

where entrance and exit should be free

and without thought

perhaps the unthinkable has happaied

that one must always think, now,

in this modern city

before one sets out a foot

from die safety of the locked door

from the sanctity

of the suburbs

from the womb

of the home…

CITY BOOK SHOP 4-12-95
(To Leonard Gontarek and the City Book Shop

The 12th &Pine area has been the scene of armed robberies and….)

“Give me all y

___________________________

  1. “Give me all your Poets,

and noone gets hurt.”

Where is the worth, the value and urgency of words,

when guns bullets and blood

speak in louder and heavier tones

Leonard could be in Media, Delaware County

or some other place

less urban

safer but quieter

calmer but

without that urban edge

he’s made the choice to stay

this time. For an uncertain now

_______________________

  1. “Give me all your haikus

some of your verdenelles

onlyyour Pemuchian Sonnets

and a smattering of 1980s neo-Beat Writers,,,”

This is a place to come for coffee

for old books

for Poets and Poems

where only time should be killed

where entrance and exit should be free

and without thought

perhaps the unthinkable has happaied

that one must always think, now,

in this modern city

before one sets out a foot

from die safety of the locked door

from the sanctity

of the suburbs

from the womb

of the home….

of

About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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