London poet Andreas Gripp is the author of 21 books of poetry, including Selected Poems 2000-2015 (Harmonia Press, 2016). Poems by Andreas Gripp have most recently appeared in the anthologies Window Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania (Hidden Brook Press, 2014), Under The Mulberry Tree: Poems For & About Raymond Souster (Quattro Books, 2014), and Moon Shine: A Canadian Poetry Collection (Craigleigh Press, 2015). His book Anathema was shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry in 2010. He presently works in a used bookstore and lives in London with his wife, Carrie Lee.
Gripp has had a large influence on London Open MIc Poetry Night since it's founding four seasons ago. From his experience with his own sequence of open mic series in the past he was able to provide us with valuable advice before we began, and his knowledge of the London poetry scene, and especially it's major poets, sent us firmly on our way. Consequently, Gripp was our first featured poet, on Oct. 3rd, 2012.
WHERE: The Mykonos Restaurant at 572 Adelaide St. North, London, Ontario. The restaurant has a large, enclosed terrace just behind the main restaurant, which comfortably holds 60 poetry lovers. Mediterranean food and drinks are available. The terrace is open to the parking lot behind. Overflow parking is available across the side street and in the large lot one block north, in front of Trad’s Furniture.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016. Doors: 6:00 to 6:30 (It's a restaurant.) Event begins at 7:00
THE FEATURED POET: Andreas will open the poetry portion of the event at 7:00.
OPEN MIC: Following the featured poet, and an intermission at 8:00 pm, open mic poets will read to as late as 10:30. Each poet has five minutes (which is about two good pages of poetry, but it should be timed at home). Sign up on the reader's list, which is on the book table at the back. It's first come, first served.
COVER: Pay What You Can (in jar on back table, or use Donate Button on website Donate Page). Your contributions are our only source of income to cover expenses.
RAFFLE PRIZES: Anyone who pays what cover they can at the event receives a ticket for a raffle prize, three of which will be picked after the intermission. The prizes consist of poetry books donated by Brick Books and The Ontario Poetry Society.
February 3rd Open Mic with 3 featured Western University Student poets:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________Summaries of all 4 seasons now available under “Past Events”
Four seasons of sharing poetry within the merry warmth of Mykonos. Time gallops. The summaries of these evenings have always been available on our website, but now they are conveniently accessible on the “Past Events” page, should you wish a stroll along memory miles reminding of the fabulous ride this open mic has been so far.
From Frank Davey Blog:
The Politics of Bok's THE XENOTEXT
The Xenotext, Book 1, by Christian Bök. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015. $19.95. 160 pp.
One can read Christian Bök’s The Xenotext, Book I, as a political poem by an author doubtful of its political usefulness. One can place it beside another Canadian xenotext, Earle Birney’s “Vancouver Lights,” as a poem that addresses its only possible future readers as aliens: “O stranger. Plutonian descendant or beast in the stretching night-- there was light.” In Bök’s poem there were also once sonnets, and meadows with honey-collecting bees. Xenotext – a text for strangers.
"Bök’s project is a poem of our moment."
Both texts reflect the desperate material conditions of their times – Birney’s the abrupt 1939-40 diversion of human creativity and the planet’s resources to the waging of a global war, Bök’s the growing realization that human extinction may be only few decades and degrees celsius distant. Irreversible global warming – a phenomenon which the banality of social thinking seems likely to allow to happen – promises humanity a demise similar to that envisaged by Neville Shute’s On the Beach – a demise that is understood through an understanding that has been attained too late for action. Bök’s project to preserve both a poem and poetry itself in the DNA of an almost indestructible bacterium can be read as an act of despair similar to cryogenic freezing of a loved one’s body for possible revivification years or centuries hence. Or it’s like the burial of a time capsule by someone acutely aware that time Read More
London Open Mic Poetry Night has its roster of features filled part way into the fourth season.
Mar. 2, 2016: Andreas Gripp
Apr. 6, 2016: Steven McCabe, a Toronto poet, who regularly performs public readings sharing the stage with dancers, musicians, and multimedia presentations featuring his artwork.
May 2016: no name yet
June 2016: Lynn Tait