A Venice Poet writes:

January 27, 2010 wowveniceisactive

His name is Rex Butters, and he loves to write pretty good poetry.

here are some samples:

7 Dudley
there was no stage at SPONTOS
only performers one and all
noisy travellers milled about
that interdimensional way station 
hung on 3 white walls
eye enlightening art
images blazing with the sounds
rebounding around open ears
and no walls at all
as overflow revellers flooded
out the brick street store front entry
inside forbidden image cinema
and poetry both golden and tin
a fiery light in a blackening
world of numbness
there was no stage at SPONTOS
just thick damp salty night air
roomfuls of people
hot free savory food
overloaded outlets
confusing congregation of chords
dark dada back room bachanaals
stinky skunky spicy
green goods going up
in sacred smoke
he evil elfin churlishly cherubic
his foot in the door
holding The Lady’s portal open
for gypsy artist shaman fools
barefoot sandy dancing
Her Solstice celebrations
beat crazed saints grateful
         to survive another cycle                                                     there was no stage at SPONTOS
just hyper inspired multi-level conversation
and celestial sound
the voice of a communtiy 
splashed in paint/sung on drums
guitars, saxes, harmonicas
music quakes shake off
greed’s grip on Venice
if only for the night
the dream of free and open art
visible from space as a beating heart
a Temporary Autonomous Zone of our own
experimental theatre and community activism
on the still smoldering ashes of the Venice West
holy ground art temple
joyful party pit
lucky for us
we were there

                                    and another

going fishing
August
doggiest
of dog days
slow market sparsely 
peopled
growing unaccustomed 
to customers
earnestly yearning
for cashier shift ending
still 30 minutes away from
a ten minute sit
then an hour and a half
elegantly slamming
cases of earthy dirty dry produce
potatoes, cucumbers, apples, bananas
aromatic onions
gnarled gray ginger
red/yellow/green shiny plump peppers
weed out wrinkles, black mushy rot, 
fuzzy white fungus
then a free pass back 
to the street and home for the night
no one at my paper bag and balloon strewn station
I troll 7 other thin
check out lines
one extra guy
well dressed long gray haired
round glasses
one can of beer                                                                                                 100% people love it
pull them out of line
quick cash out
a few seconds saved
happy customer
register 8 no waiting
“.59¢,” I say
he smirks
“It never occurs to you
that some people like to wait
does it?”
not covered in the employee 
    handbook
“Well,” I say off balance, “if
they exist they haven’t been through
my line.”
he stares me down                                                                                                                              “some people have no where to go”                                                                                                                                he says                                                                                                                      leaving

tell us what you think and we’ll pass it on to him

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  • 1. A Venice Poet writes:&hellip  |  January 31, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    […] 7 Dudley there was no stage at SPONTOS only performers one and all noisy travellers milled about that interdimensional way station hung on 3 white walls eye enlightening art images blazing with the sounds rebounding around open ears and no walls at all as overflow revellers flooded out the brick street store front entry inside forbidden image cinema and poetry both golden and tin a fiery light in a blackening world of numbness there was no stage at SPONTOS You find the original post here wowveniceisactive.wo … | wowveniceisactive […]

  • 2. A Venice Poet writes: « &hellip  |  January 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    […] here:  A Venice Poet writes: « Wowveniceisactive's Blog tags: cloudy, entered-revert, friday, partly-cloudy, some-samples, stage-at-spontos, […]


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