The past two years, 2010 and 2011, my friend Michael Aaron Casares and I have done joint readings in Austin in January at The Hideout, as featured guests of Thom Moon 10’s regular Monday night poetry series. Unfortunately, The Hideout dropped that poetry series in mid-2011, so I wondered if we’d be able to do our duo reading again in January 2012. Good news: the unstoppable Michael got us booked as featured poets at the Tuesday night poetry series at Ruta Maya Coffehouse on S. Congress.
There will be open mic poets before and after us, and the program begins at 5:30. We’ll probably do 20-25 minutes each. It’s better to do a short set that satisfies and has people wanting more than to drone on and on and have people looking at the clock waiting for you to end. Alas, many poets drone on and on. We won’t.
Michael will be reading from his collection THIS REALITY OF MAN, and as he is such a politically engaged person, I’d expect to hear a number of politically charged pieces, though he’s also got a great sense of humor. I’ll read a few of the old crowd pleasers, such as “Marion, Texas” and “Kerrville, Texas,” and probably some of the pieces from the JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE spoken-word cd. I’ll have copies of that cd and also the SUBTRACTION poetry-and-guitar album, done with Anthony Guerra, available, so stop by before/after the set and pick one up.
I read in early 2009 at Ruta Maya, as part of the Austin International Poetry Festival, on a Sunday morning as part of the “spiritual poets” grouping. Here’s a pic from that reading:
I may well be wearing the same shirt this year!
Since I’m from San Antonio and Michael lived in San Antonio until his move to Austin a few years ago, we’d like to consider this a “San Antonio Poets in Austin” program. Hope you can make it. It’s free, and the coffee is excellent at Ruta Maya…