Saturday, July 31, 2010

Poetry In Plain Sight - Don Kingfisher Campbell

I recently wrote a post at BlogHer about poetry and poets as reporters. Yes, indeed there is much work for the poetry community to tell the rest of us. Great time to be a scribe.

Without hesitation, on to the video of the day. Don Kingfisher Campbell is too tall to be an mischievous elf. There are times when listening to him I have to straddle between the spoken and the intended meaning of his words. This can be a lot of fun except in situations where I'm not supposed to be laughing.

To quote the Second Sunday Poetry site:
Though often his poems have a message, just as often they are as fun and easy to take as a high-fat, high-fructose dessert. Nothing is off limits, no one is spared in Don's robust, luxuriant, maximalist universe, which we enter today.
He is also a very good poet. This is recording of Don reading his poem
Queen Mary at the Saturday Afternoon Poets meet-up in Pasadena.

Don has got books, chapbooks, audio recordings for sale on Amazon and is popping all over the Southland. If he is not hosting an event he is reading at one.

I'm going to miss the next couple of poetry readings but you don't have to, it is open to everybody. Just plunk your butt in a chair, bring some cash just in case you want to buy a chapbook or something and go with the flow.

Here is a quick run down of current events to soak up some goodness:

Monday, August 2nd, 8 to 11pm - Don Kingfisher Campbell, features with CaLokie as part of the open mic for Da Joynt poetry reading series @ The Attic Theater on 5429 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles, J. Evert Jones (AKA James Maverick) hosts, also offering kick-ass blues from Tokyo Mississippi! Beer/Wine and a $5 cover.

Saturday, August 7th, 4 to 6pm - CaLokie, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Marvin Dorsey and friends Thea Iberall, Pete Justis & Angel Uriel Perales plus Special Guests Peter Lewis & M.L. Liebler perform on the Center Stage @ Frazier Park Fiesta Days Celebration on Frazier Park Mountain Road in Frazier Park (3.7 miles west of Interstate 5)

You can also check out what is going on by visiting Don's blog and other places such as Poetic Diversity, his Facebook page, and certainly at the Emerging Urban Poets blog.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you mentioned Don. What a tireless force he is in Southern California. My favorite poem of his is "The Latest Headline." It's more than just the news of the day.