Thursday, July 2, 2020

July Shelter-In-Place Open Readings (Page 5)

It's July!!! This is Page Five of our exciting Cholla Needles Open Readings while sheltering-in-place. Each preceding page has approx 20 great videos.

Click here to visit our first page 
AND click here to visit page two 
AND click here to visit page three
AND click here to visit page four 

YOU are welcome to submit your video to this page. As the videos come in, I will add them to this page and update it. If you are a poet who wishes to have your work added to this page, send a link of yourself reading to editor(at) - replace the (at) with the symbol @. This keeps the robotic spam out of my email box. Thanks!

GREAT NEWS: Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree has shelter-in-place readings posted also!!! Click here to see them all.

Peter Jastermsky reading "Three Poems"

Susan Abbott reading "A Celebration"

Tobi Alfier reading "Guardian"

Anum Sattar reading “You See Through Me, I See Through You”

PJ Peery reading "Highway 15 Party Car"

Bruno Talerico reading "Desert Dragon"

Doreen Oberg reading from "Mile Markers"

Alex O'Meara reading from "Uganda"

Mark T. Evans reading "Repairs Of The Heart"

Tobi Alfier reading "The Language of Women"

Zola reading "Just A City Girl"

Bruno Talerico reading "Two Poems"

Tobi Alfier reading "High Tea"

Carrie Miller reads an "On The Road" story

New Book! Mother Wheel by Tim Robbins

Manmade Drifts

I whisper to myself. It’s more effective
than talking. Stripping away the vowels,
reducing verbal music to a fit of breaths is
often the only hopeful choice. At 3:00
a.m. a snow clearer warns me: Not all
voiceless utterances are soft. In an Oscar
winner I saw last Wednesday, a boy, with
violence surprising from such skinny arms,
blocked his mother’s hate-fueled screams
with a sliding glass door. Boy and viewers
— though we weren’t lip- readers — easily
read faggot! I wake and see my husband’s
mouth doing, as usual, the work of his
nose. I doze and rouse to his breath on my
eyes. It’s been so long, the kiss surprises
like an expletive, scrapes like a plough,
exposes where we are, clears the way for
where we’ll go.

Timothy Robbins grew up in a small town with little diversity. He has spent much of his life making up for this lack: living all over the U.S., studying abroad, making a career teaching ESL, and settling down with a Vietnamese husband. He has been a regular contributor to Hanging Loose since 1980. His previous poetry collections are Denny’s Arbor Vitae (2017), and Carrying Bodies (2018). He and his husband live in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July Issue Released - Cholla Needles 43!

Cover art by Nancy Brizendine

Poetry and stories by:

Adélia Prado
Zara Kand
Ann Pedone
Lara Dolphin
Dave Maresh
Timothy Robbins
Michael Brownstein
Ernest Alois
Alan Catlin
Michael G. Vail
Mark T. Evans

We encourage our local readers 
to purchase a copy at 
Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley
Space Cowboy in Joshua Tree
Raven's in 29 Palms
& JT Coffee in Joshua Tree
Support our local distributors!