“a true poet…”

“A true poet does not bother to be poetical.

Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.”

– Jean Cocteau

Photo by L.K. Thayer

© 2011


Writer’s Row @The Last Bookstore, Oct. 12th (featuring L.K. Thayer)

To celebrate the month of October in all the trim, your hostess has decided to dub this session of

Writers’ Row, “Magnificent Macabre!”

Join us for a decadent night of ghastly groans and ghoulish grunts that form sounds;

these sounds are called words! This is The Written Art Showcase, after all!

This is a particular call for darker work to showcase.
Share stories, poetry, non fiction, all forms of the written art.

L.K. Thayer, Poet and Editor of The Juice Bar!

– Raw Bits by Jessica Wilson

– Works of Poe & more!

RSVP for Open Mic: venicesoapboxpoets@gmail.com

Open Mic: 5 minutes or 2 pieces.This will not be any ordinary night.
Refreshments and Treats provided by Los Angeles Poet SocietyGreat books, tunes, networking to be had.

453 S. Spring St. (across from Alexandria Hotel at 5th and Spring St)
Los Angeles, CA

7:30 pm

Photo by L. K. Thayer

“My Lemon Tree” by Vicki Batkin

My lemon tree has grown
Six are now oval
Perfect shades of green

I open my front door
Every time
A glorious smell
Wide-spreading branches
Allow my lemons to grow

It is bearing fruit
Rich fruit
Ripe fruit
Tart fruit
Succulent fruit

I can’t wait
To wrap my hands
Around their thick skin
Smell the fragrant oils
Squeeze out juices
From my light yellow

And, reload my fuckin’ life

Vicki Batkin

© 2011

“Everybody’s An Expert” by Kay Bess

Everybody’s an expert.
Go to a surgeon,
he’ll tell you to have surgery.
Go to a hairdresser,
she’ll tell you you’re in need of a haircut.
Go to a bankruptcy attorney,
he’ll tell you to file.
Go to a priest,
he’ll tell you to confess.

If you ask me,
I’d say
to announce your arrival.

Then have a pint of beer
and get over yourself.

Kay Bess

(Kay’s Blog “Sometimes Life…”)

© 2011