MARY LOU AND THE KING

Mary Lou Taylor will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library for yet another reading of her book of poems, Bringing Home the Moon. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 19th, 2016—meaning, TOMORROW, at 5:00 p.m. The reading will be at the Schiro Room 550, at the King Library, on San Fernando and 4th Street. Check the flyer for further details about dinner following the reading. RSVP at mltpoet85@gmail.com.

Make this your special event for April—Poetry Month.

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SAIL ALONG PAPER “MOON”

THE THIRD THURSDAY JANUARY 21 READING AT WILLOW GLEN was a full house. Many of my friends, both personal and poet friends, attended the reading. Several copies of my new book, Bringing Home the Moon were sold that evening. Here are a couple of videos from that reading.

FROM THE PENNY CANDY STORE BEHIND THE EL

Walk down three steps to the mom-and-pop store
near Hayte School and enter a Hansel-and-Gretel land

of striped peppermint sticks, gumballs, jawbreakers
and, best of all, bubblegum. I could blow the biggest,

most unladylike bubbles in the second grade,
huge pink balloons that bloomed until I ran out of air.

What didn’t seem right, though, were the bubblegum wrappers,
like tiny cartoon strips, five sections of off-center print.

All in color, red meant blood. Severed legs and heads flew
through the air. Children, little arms stiff, lay in broken heaps.

My father explained new words to me: behead, disembowel.
From a Dubble Bubble wrapper at the penny candy store

I found out about the Sino-Japanese war. I could hardly wait
to open more gum, blocked out in green and black and blood.

MORNING WALK

We heard them before we saw them.
Two jays fluttering, screeching.
Then a swoosh so close we could
almost touch the hawk sailing past,
wings outspread, something
in its beak. Something small
with feathers. With only a quick look
still we knew. High above us the jays
squawked and flapped in disbelief,
their just-hatched baby out of sight
in little more than an instant. The jays
might not know its end, a beautiful
death come quickly
. We walked on,
hoping that was so, knowing they knew.

MY NEXT READING: Bringing Home the Moon to Works Gallery, Downtown SJ

My next reading is at Well-Red at Works Gallery, 365 South Market Street, San José (across from the St. Claire Hotel) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Hope to see some of your who missed the reading at the third Thursday, Willow Glen reading.

A smaller reading than the ones at Montalvo and the Willow Glen Library’s Third Thursday, Well-Red is sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose and Works Gallery, food and drink available, $2 requested. Parking on the street or in a garage close by, not the one connected to the Convention Center. That one costs too much.

I’ll be reading with Len Anderson from Santa Cruz, a good friend. The readings have been going well at Well-Red. Robert Pesich, President of PCSJ and Joe Miller, head of the Graphics Department at SJSU, are the sponsors.

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POETRY WITH MARY LOU TAYLOR at the Montalvo Writer Series: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Join me on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.at the Historic Villa at Montalvo Arts Center, where I’ll be reading from my new book, Bringing Home the Moon, published Aldrich Press, 2015. This event is FREE! Books will be available for purchase; beer and wine will be for sale, and light refreshments will be served. But first—please RSVP at the Montalvo site. All MUST RSVP at the Montalvo site. You can click the button to reach the Montalvo website.
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Hope all of you can attend. See what some of my poet friends have to say about my new book, Bringing Home the Moon: Cover Art: Chuck Drew.

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“Mary Lou is one of my favorite poets,” raves Grace Cavalieri, radio host of The Poet and the Poem. “In Bringing Home the Moon, we have her past experience turned into poems boldly planned and implemented through the prism of memory….These are beautifully proportioned recollections you will read and then revisit.”

“We float through moments formative or formidable, touching or frightful, but all…lit with generous spirit and a graceful love of language” —Harry Lafnear

“This is THE poetry collection of the year!” —David Denny, first Poet Laureate of Cupertino

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POETRY MONTH @ 21

VILLAGE HOUSE OF BOOKS at 21 Main Street, Los Gatos, CA hosted the launch party for (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead published by Victoria Johnson’s Purple Passion Press at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The cover painting, ‘The Grass Bends’, is by local artist Lacey Bryant. The anthology is edited by Renée M. Schell, Barbara Froman, and Marta Svea Wallien.

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The reading was great fun. Can you imagine getting paid for your poem, two free books, and a T-shirt? My poem is called “Remains”, which I unearthed from some notes I took when I lived near the Coquille River in Oregon.

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POETRY MONTH: READING IN APRIL

A fabulous afternoon of poetry at Barnes & Noble at Stevens Creek and San Tomas in San Jose for the Erica Goss and Friends reading. I was honored to be included with three poet laureates and other good friends: David Denny (Cupertino Poet Laureate), Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Parthenia Hicks (Los Gatos Poet Laureate), Casey FitzSimons, Connie Post, Erica Goss in between, me, and Nils Peterson (Santa Clara County Poet Laureate 2009-2011). We had every seat full, our books sold (well, we still have some available), and camaraderie among the poets. Dennis Noren, winner of one of the spots posted on San Jose’s buses and light rail, snapped the photograph. I loved his comment on the reading: “That much talent almost cracked the lens”.

Poetry Reading at Barnes & Noble