May 28 – June 3, 2012: Patricia D'Alessandro and Aftab Yusuf Shaikh

week of May 28 – June 3, 2012

Patricia D’Alessandro and Aftab Yusuf Shaikh

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Patricia D’Alessandro

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Poet Patricia D’Alessandro has been writing poetry for over 40 years, and is a Graduate of the University of San Francisco, earning her B.S. in 1980, in Human Relations & Organizational  Behavior,  while working at Levi Strauss &Co., in San  Francisco subsidized by LS&Co, to enable her to move forward as an administrative assistant in the Merchandising Department. Host of POETRY ON THE PODIUM, a three-day BROWN-BAG noontime poetry event at SAN FRANCISCO’s EMBARCADERO CENTER, presenting Bay Area Poets (three per day), including FRANCES MAYES; the late Stan Rice, and California Poet Laureate Emeritus, AL YOUNG, currently, she hosts the Barnes&Noble/Palm Desert/Westfield Center’s monthly poetry series “Valley Voices of the Muse,” having done the same in Sacramento for “TEA & EMPATHY”  for the Wellspring Women’s Center, sponsored by POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE through a grant received from the James Irvine Foundation.  She lives in Desert Hot Springs, where she is working on her seventh volume of poetry to publish at the end of 2012, and is an essayist/artist/photographer, published in various literary journals and she hopes to live to celebrate 100, in 2024.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Patricia D’Alessandro and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Fibinocci on a Theme
of Adrienne Rich from
Diving Into the Wreck

Out in this desert we are testing bombs
on the anatomy of the park.

List the equipment –
the key has not been found.

A woman made this film
like a wire photo composition

staring through the clearing with a certain resolution
while we sit up smoking and talking of how to live.

never on TV.

Avante! Avante!

Meet me at the barricades
ala Liberte
if the government dares
touch my Social Security.

I didn’t live 88 years
to have what’s mine
absconded by crooks
who work in banks
in government,
and on Wall Street.

Let them carry me to jail
in a chair like the Pope’s
for committing mayhem
in the name of
my aged breasts uncovered
flapping in the wind
just as hers in France,


 Aftab Yusuf Shaikh

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Aftab Yusuf Shaikh has been writing since the early age of eight and has since then authored a number of poems, many of which have been featured in publications like The Istanbul Literary Review, Muse India, Moon Washed Kisses Magazine, The Barefoot Review,etc. His prime interest lies in culture, society, religion and psychology. He has self published a collection of his poetry titled ‘Poems-Twenty Ten.’ Born and brought up in Mumbai, he considers the city as his muse along with some others like New York
and Jerusalem. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Mumbai.

The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Aftab Yusuf Shaikh and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Love Note

I ate your flesh once
out of fury,
I tore your hair, too.
I remember
I have drenched your skirt
once when I wept for a week,
and I even spat on your frock
when we were in bed,

Yes, New York,
I love you.
Ofcourse, I do,
but not the way I loved
that cursed daughter of yours!