Virgogray Press at Gemini Ink

Michael Aaron Casares @ Gemini Ink  Sunday April 19th, 2009 7:30PM
Michael Aaron Casares @ Gemini Ink Sunday April 19th, 2009 7:30PM

On Sunday April 19th, 2009 Virgogray Press invades Gemini Ink for a poetry book reading and discussion in honor of National Poetry Month. I invite all to attend as I will be reading from my two latest collections of poetry, Ghost Roads and The Terrorist. The presentation entitled “Virgogray: A Perspective” will run an hour long and examines the role of poetry in this fast-paced, modern world and how this sacred art-form, though seen as a dying kind by many including the mass media, is instrumental to the survival of our humanity. A brief Q &A will follow at the close of the session.  My books as well as other titles by Virgogray Press will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early as seating will be limited. The event begins at 7:30 PM. Please note: FIESTA begins this April week in San Antonio and parking may be more of an issue than normal. There are not any huge events taking place on that Sunday, but many FIESTA-goers may seek parking to attend the weekly events happening all over downtown. Please, arrive early.

     Gemini Ink is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and “nurtures writers and readers and builds community through literature and related arts.” Gemini Ink is the heart of independent literary growth in San Antonio serving over 6,000 patrons and parenting several programs including Writers in Communities (WIC), Dramatic Readers Theater, University Without Walls (UWW) and The Autograph Series.

Gemini Ink located at 513 S. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205Gemini Ink located at 513 S. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205

Chris D’Errico’s “Vegas Implosions,” a poet’s look at Sin City.

Vegas Implosions by Chris D'Errico (Virgogray Press, 2008)
Vegas Implosions by Chris D'Errico (Virgogray Press, 2008)

Chris D’Errico’s new collection of poetry Vegas Implosions is an examination of the sordid city of sin from this Massachusetts born poet. Now transplanted in Las Vegas and with many a mode and vehicle to cast his eye on, Vegas Implosions is truly a dissection of modern living in a space that is exceptionally colorful. Humorous ideas and images abound like one of my favorite lines from “man-boobs bouncing along Death Valley dune,” from the poem “Headbanging.” It’s just this unexpected vision that balances the books views on life in Las Vegas, which comes at readers with more realistic views swathed in bittersweet sarcasm and post-beat meditations.  Reflections on the quality of life. Whereas early works like Debris of the Hearts (Off Center Press, 2007) focused primarily on personal subjects, D’Errico turns his eye outwards on the denizens of Las Vegas. In all this, there is a humanness that the poet maintains in keeping its humor even when ironically pointed at himself. These types of methodologies in writing, whether intended or not, are usually best recipes for eye-openers giving way to a bigger picture, one the reader can mirror against the rest of the world. Chris D’Errico’s warm reception to the human condition in Las Vegas intermingled with personal philosophies and  sharp wit is both welcoming and candidly unpredictable.

National Poetry Month just Around the Corner

     April is National Poetry Month. The one month out of the year that we actually get to acknowledge and appreciate poetry as a whole should we be so fortunate to. In all reality, there isn’t too much coverage of poetry in the mass media about NPM, but perhaps on your local National Public Radio station, or something like that & in schools  and libraries, as well. But, regardless of the coverage, there is always much to do during national poetry month. It is a time where the literati really get to come out and play. I, for one will be attending the Austin International Poetry Festival at the end of the month. AIPF has been going on for over a decade now during NPM and is the largest gathering of poets in the USA. Poets convene from all across the U.S. and internationally as well on Austin, TX for a handful of days to celebrate the art of poetry. Readings take place all around the city in local bookstores, libraries, universities and coffee shops. I had the distinction of reading there twice, one year at a reading held at St. Edwards U. and the another year at La Resistance Bookshop. Literally hundreds and hundreds of writers and poets flock to Austin for this event and Channel Austin will be holding it’s EXSE Spoken Word event in honor of NPM as well. The EXSE Spoken Word showcase is set to air April 24, 2009 from 12pm-12am. There will be an encore presentation of the showcase aired many times during 2009 and upcoming years on channelAustin’s Cable channels 10, 11, and 16.  How exciting! The Austin International Poetry Festival will take place April 23-26, 2009 in Austin,TX. I recommend you try  and make it out this year for AIPF– it’s looking to be a promising year. Don’t worry, there are a lot of things coming up for April and I’ll try to keep you abreast on the situation as the details roll in…