Poets in the News
***Carl Sandburg, a fine quintessential Chicago poet who has been disparaged as much as he has been praised (Williams Carlos Williams did both) is the subject of a new exhibit, “Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst” It looks at the famous poet’s life through films, photos, and memorabilia. It will be on display at the Elmhurst Historical Museum at 120 E. Park Ave through April 20. The contact number is 1-630-833-1457.
****The top 10 lists have been coming out now that it is near the year’s end. New City’s top five slam poets include J.W. Basilo, Emily Rose-Kahn-Sheahan, Tim Stafford, and Jamila Woods. The artist/writer, Meg McCarville was chosen as one of the artists to get your gross on with along with Gregory Jacobsen.
**** Speaking of lists, one of Britain’s top rock magazines Q (They make Rolling Stone look stupid in comparison which is no great task nowadays), has named a poet laureate. The winner (I assume he was picked for his connections to rock n' roll) was John Cooper Clarke, who was associated with the late ‘70s British new wave (because of the speed of his rhymes he can also be seen as a precursor of rap.). The issue also contains an interview with him but he talks about his admiration of the arctic monkeys more than his own poetry. You can see a great rendition of his poem “Health Fanatic” in the movie Urgh a Music War.
*****The poet/dramatist, Jeff Helgeson has put the following event together which will take place this Saturday a 7-10 at 2442 N Clark St, Chicago, on this winter's solstice The Puddin'head Press will be sponsoring this celebration at the Galway Arms! It will be sponsored by the charming and multitalented Jeffery Wayne Helgeson. It will include performances by Dave Gecic, Jeff Helgeson, Barbara Button, Terry Kristensen, Leonard de Montbrum, Dan Cleary, Jenene Ravesloot, Maureen Flannery, Carol Anderson, Tom Roby, Sam Du Bois, Mick Greco, Gary Brichetto and Lynn West. Magic will be provided by Lord Isaac Hood.
There will be a special John Dickson Memorial and tribute.
Come have a meal at a wonderful restaurant and see a spectacular show!