February 4-10, 2013: Kenny Fame and John Dervishian

Kenny Fame and John Dervishian

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Kenny Fame

Bio (auto)

Kenny Fame is a African-American / GLBTQ poet who was born in Paterson, New Jersey; but he currently calls the village of Harlem in NYC his home. He was a recent graduate of Cave Canem’s 2011 & 2012 Poetry Conversations Workshop classes. He was the winner of “The Tenth National Black Writers Conference Award for Poetry.” He has been a featured “Poet of the Week” on the Poetry Super Highway during the week of January 2-8, 2012. His work has appeared in numerous journal both nationally & internationally such as: Steel Toe Review # 7& 10, River Lit #5, The Fine Line, Emerge Literary Journal # 1, Rufous Sal (Sweden), Milk Sugar, Prompt Literary Magazine, De La Mancha, Anastomoo, ken*again, Assisi Journal, African-American Review, Gloom Cupboard, Black Magnolias Literary Journal # 6.2 & The New Verse News on December 18th 2011. Kenny Fame is currently crafting his first play.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Kenny Fame and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Kwansaba: Farrah Fawcett

Head wrapped with thick, layers of, gold
ribbons, that decorative binding, unleashed in those
70’s poster‘s. A body that I swore
was gold plated. I can still see
that, welcoming smile, opening the gates, of
her white picket fence. Every teenaged boy’s
dream was taped, to his bedroom wall.

John Dervishian

Bio (auto)

John Dervishian grew up in Cambridge, MA graduating from Cambridge Rindge & Latin that are now well knowns in the entertainment industry and he is not. He now lives west of Cambridge because he cannot afford to live in the city any longer. He has done many open mic readings, been invited into high schools to share his poetry and has been part of poetry youth work shops. He has self published two books as a solo writer and collaborated with Adam Schirling of Drunken absurdity because nobody liked his stuff well enough to publish under their label. He really doesn’t care so much anymore but still likes to write.

Visit John on the web here: http://streetcornerpoetry.blogspot.com

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by John Dervishian and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

the bar doesn’t even want me

it’s a dead end
when you pull up
to the watering hole
and the lights outside
are shut down
disappointment on
my face
the tv is passing out
from having too many
drinks that I will not
indulge in

I had plans to drink
sour whiskey
until my eyes closed
and piss out my problems

I see a small elegant
slender figure walking about
I know that figure
as I studied it
many times over

I wait for the “open”
sign to turn on
the figure disappears
into the dark
and the tv is out cold
nothing new to me
so I move on

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