Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring Armin Tolentino
Thursday, February 13
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7
$5 Suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street
Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/
LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, ANTI-FASCIST,
ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press, 2019). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Common Knowledge, Arsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles. He is a phenomenal clapper, a passable ukulele player, and a bumbling, but enthusiastic, fisherman. More info at http://www.armintolentino.com.
Oregon Man Accused of Giving Bus Passengers Unwanted Haircuts
-Huffington Post headline
New Year’s Eve, but afternoon, none on the bus
festooned quite yet with confetti or beads.
Just women commuting. Women tired
and dozing from shifts that went long.
Women making the best of 30 minutes,
stealing a nap before dinner with friends
or picking their boys up at daycare—
until the zinc friction of rubbing blades,
like the greedy legs of a housefly,
disturbs them awake and before they can gather
what’s happened, a man
barrels out the backdoor.
Just hair, says a viewer when it’s reported
at 10PM. Just prank. Just sick, but harmless,
Just trophy. Just bounty. Just scalp
as proof for payment. Just object.
Just three ships come sailing in,
the flagship named for Immaculata,
who weeps each time her daughters wake
to find one more thing taken.