In her song-poem "There Were Two Girls Who Looked a Lot the Same," the local poet Ellyn Maybe celebrates her titular subjects with a profusion of succinct details and a steadily rhythmic accumulation of playful phrases, such as "One wore lipstick/One bit her lip" and "The astronomy was tangible" and "They had eyelashes that looked like a hula skirt made of coal." When Maybe declared, "They wanted a bite from each world," she was marveling about how the girls appreciated both Gidgetmovies and Tennessee Williams plays. However, the L.A. wordsmith could have also been describing the sinuous way she moves between the worlds of poetry and music on her new CD, Rodeo for the Sheepish . Maybe's homages to Picasso and Sylvia Plath are infused with beat-driven, soulful trip-hop moods from her simpatico band, who'll not only back her tonight at this monthly event but will also whip up cool grooves for adventurous poets in the audience, who'd like to marry their words with this mysterious thing called music.
Thu., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., 2010