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Off the Page: The Story Behind the Stanzas

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work to a calm online literary zine, March 2017

Here are three newish poems you can read in this “confessional” online zine called work to a calm. They range from sexy to sad and to empowering. Maybe none of that. Maybe only some.

https://worktoacalm.wordpress.com/issue-12-march-2017/poems-by-sarah-thursday/

 

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Al-Khemia Poetica: Celebration of Women in Poetry

I’m incredibly honored to be included in Marie C Lecrivain‘s celebration of National Women’s month featuring a different female poet each day. Included is my poem “I will not apologize”.

http://alkhemiapoetica.blogspot.com/2017/03/national-womens-month-sarah-thursdays.html

 

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Upcoming Poetry Events for January and February 2017

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I have several upcoming events I am hosting or featuring in the next few months. Join me for one or more!

Monday, January 9th from 7-9:30 pm at Fox Coffee House 437 W. Willow St. in Long Beach RSVP on Facebook

Friday, January 13th from 6-9 pm at MADE by Millworks 240 Pine Ave. in Long Beach RSVP on Facebook

Saturday, January 28th from 2-5 pm at MADE by Millworks 240 Pine Ave. in Long Beach RSVP on Facebook

Friday, February 3rd from 7-9 pm at Half-Off Books 6708 Greenleaf Ave in Whittier RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, February 16th from 7-10 at WeLabs 235 E Broadway, Fl 8th in Long Beach RSVP on Facebook

Saturday, March 4th from 3-5 pm at Santa Catalina Branch Library 999 E Washington Blvd in Pasadena RSVP on Facebook

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Spectrum 7: What’s Your Heaven?

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A little delayed on announcing this time, but I am again honored to be sharing pages in another Spectrum anthology, What’s Your Heaven? My poem written a couple years ago, “Comfort of Cars at Night”, found its home here. Poets I am thrilled to be included with are Lynn Bronstein, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Beverly Collins, Mark Fisher, Wyatt Underwood, and more! Get your own copy at Spectrum Publishing.

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Long Beach Underground Video

Here I am reading a few poems for the event I did a couple months back, Long Beach Underground. It’s less than ten minutes to play. Really, you can listen without watching too. Thanks to Sanjin Obi Malesevic for putting it together!

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Whiskey Fish Review: Winter 2016

A poem I wrote in October 2014, “What I Mean When I Say We Can Talk Without Poetry“,  is included in this lovely collection by Whiskey Fish Review. Some of my favorite poets/friends/people are included: JL Martindale, Kevin Ridgeway, Thomas R. Thomas, and Larry Raymond Duncan. Edited by Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo. You can view the whole issue online here!

 

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The Definitive Soapbox on December 16th, 2016

12010480_868836519868823_2105773058091563351_o Of all the things I love about Long Beach, community is my favorite. Fox Coffee House has been host to many community events, such as two weekly open mics, various special book releases, and two monthly poetry readings, 2nd Mondays Poetry Party and The Definitive Soapbox. Some poets have been gathering under the banner of Long Beach Renaissance with the goal of furthering poetry in our community. We are attacking this goal on multiple fronts, gathering leaders, exchanging hosts as features, and even having parties together! On Friday, December 16th, G. Murray Thomas and I will be featuring for The Definitive Soapbox. It starts at 7 pm with an open reading list and lots of good vibes!

Fox Coffee House 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806

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Write about important things
things that move me
things that crush me

Write about hurricanes
and avalanches
the earthquakes of my soul

It’s the grit beneath
my fingernails
it’s the cartilage in
my vertebrae

I am driven to expose it
to pull it out
hold it up
to the light

I am only the messenger
of all the beauty
underneath the common face
beauty in the unheard voice

I hear it
I draw the letters
to form the words
to give it name

First published in Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems.

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Kai Arrives at the Moon Recording

A poem I wrote for my niece to welcome her into womanhood.

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