POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, June 17th – 7-9 pm
Poets Shem Korngold & Arturo Mantecon
open mic follows
Shem Korngold, born on a mountain commune in the wilds of Northern California (now a community land trust, on the board of trustees), raised in the Bay. Devoted father, cook, caterer, translator, interpreter, poet, has been reading regularly for the past 15 months at Bird & Beckett, Sacred Grounds, Gratta Wines, WordParty, among others. Recently published in a Sacred Grounds anthology: Grounds are Sacred, Truths and Voices. Will be featuring at WordParty (July 16th) and Sacred Grounds (July 17th).
Arturo Mantecón is a poet, story writer and translator born in Laredo, Texas and raised in Detroit. His poetry has appeared in La Ventana Abierta, Poetry Now and various anthologies. His short stories have been published in The Americas Review, Café Bellas Artes, Bliss, and The Dunes Review. A collection of his short stories, Memories, Cuentos Verídicos, y Otras Outright Lies, was published by En Casa in 2014.
He has translated the poetry and prose of the mad Spanish poeta maldito, Leopoldo María Panero, in three collections: My Naked Brain (Swan Scythe Press, 2011), Like an eye in the hand of a beggar (Editions Michel Eyquem, 2013), and Rosa Enferma / The Sick Rose (Swan Scythe Press, 2016).
He has also translated the prose and poetry of the uniquely erudite Spanish writer, champion poker player and ornithologist, Francisco Ferrer Lerín in a volume titled Chance Encounters and Waking Dreams (Editions Michel Eyquem, 2016).
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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