They Could at Least Have Called It "Plethoretry"

They Could at Least Have Called It

Like an Olympics for words, the sprawling Poetrypalooza Tour 2012 has been popping up at numerous SoCal venues on its "50-mile, one-month-long celebration of poetry." Presented by local writers group ZZyZx WriterZ, the tour makes a stop this evening at Venice literary bastion Beyond Baroque, with workshops from the L.A. Street Poets, performance art by Charles Davis and music from soulful blues duo Alice & the Rabbit. L.A. poet/photographer Jessica Ceballos ("I'll take over, cross lanes at will/set fire to my soul") displays noirish cityscapes and her evocative photos of natural settings, while Torrance poet Carolyn Ziel muses about aging ("Time/Wraps around me,/a mist/old familiar scent/that I know/but can't quite place") and host Chance Foreman envisions himself as a literal border ("I am invisible/And I span the earth/Don't cross me without good reason"). With so many bright and creative wordsmiths on board at ZZyZx WriterZ, let's hope that one of these worthies will conjure a more imaginative name for the tour than the overplayed phrase Poetrypalooza. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice; Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m.; $7, $5 seniors & students. (310) 822-3006.
Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., 2012

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681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291