February 17-24, 2008: Peter Schwartz and Big Poppa E

week of February 17-24, 2008

Peter Schwartz and Big Poppa E

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Peter Schwartz

Bio (auto)

Peter Schwartz is a painter, poet and writer He’s also an associate art editor for Mad Hatters’ Review His artwork can be seen all over the Internet but specifically at: www.sitrahahra.com He’s had hundreds of paintings, poems, and stories published both online and in print and is constantly submitting new work as if his very life depended on it His last show was at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea NYC.

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Peter Schwartz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

how to survive an execution

I’m transcendent meat
doubt sentenced to a whole
winter outside
the blockhouse

a skeleton of all the sleeping someones
I’ll never be lined up against the fence
each facing their private death squad
judgment with cigarettes
in their fingers

after a lifetime of commitment
to nothing more than style I take
on a look of concrete
as if to pave my escape
straight through the eyes
of my oppressors

who joke about my guilt
forgetting they too are apes of fate
in this perpetual fix mixing
noon with midnight until
my watch breaks
like a butterfly

my head swims
beyond the rows of trees
and stone statues
beyond this tired plaza
with its overgrown armory
of wooden benches
and slow fountains

beyond the unmentionable
and immeasurable
beyond the soldiers and pigeons
beyond government
and reason

beyond even the
child playing at the edge
of the courtyard

Big Poppa E

Bio (auto)

Big Poppa E is the author of six books of poetry, two collections of haiku, two CDs, two DVDs, and a bunch of T-shirts and stickers He has been published in Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry on Manic D Press, and his essay Slam Your Way Across America was included in the Poets and Writers magazine collection The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication He has two tuxedo kitties named Aretha and Thelonious He currently calls Austin, Texas, his home and serves as DJ Hot Wings every week at the Austin Poetry Slam

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Big Poppa E and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

receipt found in the parking lot
of super walmart (2001)

hair conditioner
dental floss
shaving cream
after shave lotion
hair gel
spray starch
anniversary hallmark card
2 filet mignon steaks
2 portabello mushrooms
1 loaf sourdough bread
garlic spread
fresh parsley
4 yukon gold potatoes
sour cream
fresh leaf spinach
red onions
red peppers
feta cheese
sun-dried tomatoes
slivered almonds
balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
fresh strawberries
block of white chocolate
bottle of white wine
barry white’s greatest hits cd
4 aromatherapy candles
aromatherapy bath salts
aromatherapy massage oil
mr happy back massager
hershey’s chocolate syrup
box of condoms, 32-count, extra large
spermicidal foam
astro glide personal lubricant
box of dental dams, 32-count, cherry flavoured
feather duster
dog leash
dog collar
fly swatter
rubber gloves
hot water bottle w/ hose
clothes pins
nail file
ice pick
plastic garbage bags, extra large, heavy duty
5 bungie cords
leather gloves, black
turtle neck sweater, black
jeans, black
knit beanie, black
hiking boots, dark brown
d-cell batteries, 8-pack
wheelbarrow, large
black and decker mini-vac
plug-in air freshener
stain remover, heavy duty
ajax tub and tile cleaner
carpet fresh, lilac scent
scrub brush
pumice stone
5-pack sponges
2 large beach towels
1 hustler magazine
1 penthouse magazine
1 barely legal magazine
1 box kleenex tissue, deep forest series
tylenol caplets, extra strength, 128-count
melatonin, one bottle, 64-count
1 packet razor blades, 6-count
cat food

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