January 2-8, 2012: Kenny Fame and Michael H. Brownstein

week of January 2-8, 2012

Kenny Fame and Michael H. Brownstein

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Kenny Fame
kenny.catoe@yahoo.com

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Kenny Fame the poet also known as K*Fame, is a black writer that was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey; which is also the hometown of one of his favorite poets Allen Ginsberg. He currently resides in Harlem NY; and Brooklyn NY as well. He is an English Major attending CUNY Medgar Evers College in NYC. He was recently a graduate of Cave Canem’s 2011 Poetry Coversations with Bakar Wilson writing workshop. K*Fame has always been very creative in terms of writing and like’s to explore many different styles of poetry; from Free Verse to Haiku’s. Growing up he admits to appreciating the poetry of: Anne Sexton, Dorothy Parker and William Shakespeare; but as an adult he has moved on to the works of Yusef Komunyakaa, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Allen Ginsberg, among others. K*Fame is also the winner of The Tenth Annual Black Writers Conference Poetry Writing Award.His work has appeared in Steel Toe Review # 7. He has performed his work at CUNY Medgar Evers College, Daddy’s Basement, Abigails Café & Wine Bar, La Pregunta Arts Cafe, Nuyorican Café, Cave Canem.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Kenny Fame and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Monday Morning Blues

it’s amazing what this one river can do

this new york city apartment this win
dow’s view this wide open view of new

jersey this peace this calm this blue water
this blue sky this hudson river washing away

this nasty curse on my tongue this lump
in my throat this phlegm on my chest this

cough i can’t cough up this rotten in my
tooth filling up all this empty in my heart

it is so amazing what this one river can do



Michael H. Brownstein
mhbrownstein@ymail.com

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Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetry Super Highway and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005), and I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011). He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011). Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city (he is now retired), but he continues to study authentic African instruments, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators, designs websites and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.

The following work is Copyright © 2011, and owned by Michael H. Brownstein and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Rootworks

This is the length of tree
and this is the impression a tree makes of root
anaconda long, hooked buffalo thick, yak swayed.
Flame and earth broil over, wind throws out its back,
rain a thunder storm without lightning, without darkness,
but thunder, lots of thunder
and later, rain a storm of darkness, without thunder,
but lightning, lots of lightning.
This is the length of bamboo,
this is the length of banana,
this is the length of the language of symbol and shape
rumbling root free deep a wave at sea
hurdling forward to meet its lover
bloated with sand and polished pebble,
full of breath and sea, full of glass.