December in local poetry

As usual, lots going on in literary York and beyond. Check it out:

Dec. 12, Poetry @ Dogstar, Dogstar Books, 401 W. Lemon St., Lancaster, 7 p.m., free, featuring Barbara Strasko

Dec. 12, Crimson Frog Open Mic, Crimson Frog Coffee House, 1104 Carlisle Rd, Camp Hill, 7 p.m., free

Dec. 12, Grown ‘n Sexy Open Mic, St. Moritz Nightclub, 714 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, 7 p.m., $10/$5 for open mic’err, featuring Jay Knives

Dec. 13, Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, 7 p.m., free, featuring Jen Failor, Jen Hara, Diana Cordelia

Dec. 14, Café Word, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg,  7 p.m., free

Dec. 17, Hanover Critique Group, Giant Coffee Shop, 455 Eisenhower Dr, Hanover, 7:30 p.m., free, bring 8 copies of your poem

Dec. 20, Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, 7 p.m., free, featuring Kali Meister

Dec. 21, It’s NOT the King’s English, King’s Courtyard Artist Collective, 124 E King St, York, 7:30 p.m., free, featuring Crystal Charisse & Lori Rosengrant (book release event for their book “Bi-Polarity”)

Dec. 21, Café Word, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, 7 p.m., free

Dec. 21, Eargasm Poetry, Crawdaddy’s, 306 Reily St, Harrisburg, 9 p.m., $7/$10 per couple

Dec. 26, Crimson Frog Open Mic, Crimson Frog Coffee House, 1104 Carlisle Rd, Camp Hill, 7 p.m., free

*NOTE: Lancaster Poetry Exchange is on Christmas Break, will be back in January*

Dec. 27, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, 7 p.m., free

Dec. 28, Poetry @ Parliament, 116 E King St, York, 7:30 p.m., free, featuring Emily Purvis, Deby the Zombie, Ryan Mergen

Dec. 28, Café Word, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, 7 p.m., free

About Stacia M. Fleegal

York Daily Record multiplatform journalist. Degrees in creative writing from Lycoming College and Spalding University, and a coupla books with my name on them. Central PA native who came home after floating around for a while, but always grounded by words and the places and people I remember.
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One Response to December in local poetry

  1. G R Griffin says:

    The Blouse House

    One day met I a Mr. Blouse
    In the shop beneath the house
    That he shares with his spouse
    Hereafter known as Mrs. Blouse
    Now Mr. Blouse is not so tall
    Though scarcely noticed if at all
    For when considered all around
    His stature grows by leaps and bounds
    Keen, bright, and sometimes funny
    By providence was christened Sunny
    Though your pardon I must entreat
    Having not yet said why we did meet
    His skills of note is what I sought
    What he does well, though I cannot
    For Sunny Blouse is a turning man
    Who turns the wood because he can
    He turns by day and times by night
    Some to the left, some to the right
    Counterclockwise rules the day
    As few will turn the other way
    Turning with purpose and with joy
    And truly since he was just a boy
    At the time though nearly eighty
    With eyes sharp and hands yet steady
    The work is busy and rarely slows
    But that’s the way that turning goes
    Now what is said of Mrs. Blouse
    Is best left said by Mr. Blouse
    While some may say he is nice
    Of Mrs. Blouse he thinks so twice
    He believes her sweet and kind
    A lady of good taste refined
    If he did not think that it were so
    Why had she chosen him long ago?
    Look close and maybe you’ll agree
    There’s a twinkle in his eye to see
    A happy grin and curl in his hair
    Without a doubt she put those there
    Cherished thoughts held deep inside
    Reveal themselves and cannot hide
    When words at times become cliché
    Our countenance can best convey
    Now I do not mean to overstate
    Misrepresent, exaggerate
    Still there is a truth I will espouse
    Well blessed is the House of Blouse!

    G R Griffin

    I met Mr. Blouse a couple months ago and was inspired by him and the sign hanging in his yard which read: The Blouse House

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