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Alex Frankel reads in Ventura 5/8/14

May 6, 2014
This Thursday, May 8 poet Alex M. Frankel features at the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room at 7:30pm. Located at 651 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura, the free reading will be hosted by Dane Baylis and an open mic follows where I and many of my students will be reading from our class publication! Here’s another sample poem by Alex M. Frankel:
     Ode to 7-Eleven
How are you tonight, 7-Eleven? with your smell

of departure and annoyance, your white bread, your drain cleaners,

your puddings, your cockroaches fanning out over the parking lot

like glossy marzipan soldiers lugging fearsome shadows.

It must be lovely to watch for dawn

coming over the EverTrust Bank and the Chevron station,

it must be trying

for the lively man with the turban (sales associate #33323)

to hang out with the seven moving objects of the sky,

the eleven ounces of the heart

and the sturdy sixteen-year-olds

picking their noses by the soda fountain.

7-Eleven—benign, broad-minded firebrand of night—

the great inward journey begins with you,

inexhaustible Christmas of green red orange   HELP

WANTED    Do we think we understand you, 7-Eleven?  How sweet

the industrious freezer, the implacable milk,

the pounds of glaze, fritters, muffins,

“freedom of choice,” Hispanic, Hmong, Chinese,

the painful joy of brainfreeze,

10,000 pots of coffee for Tarzana

apotheosis of the hot-dog-loving state

that stares at Popular Mechanics and Soap Opera Weekly
when all at once a man looks up, catches

his own image timid in the window

and a girl examining her nails in an idling van     HELP

and beyond that a string of bungalows and porches

and flagrant Union 76 balls     WANTED

from here all the way to Downey, Bell Gardens, City of Industry,

past where the freight trains jangle and yelp

though perhaps no one can say for sure where they’re headed

or what they’re freighted with.
Future featured readers include:
May 15        Rick Smith
June 5        Kevin Patrick & Patti Sullivan
June 12        Paula C. Lowe
June 19        Perie Longo
July 17         Sandra Hunter
No readings on the fourth Thursday of the month.


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  1. May 6, 2014 8:44 am

    Reblogged this on whisper down the write alley and commented:

    Gwendolyn Alley’s Ventura College students will be reading in the open mic which follows Alex Frankel’s featured reading 730pm Thurs. May 8 at the EP Foster Library in Ventura. Join us!

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