Some memories that I am always reminded of around this time of the year and on Halloween in this new edition of The Half Dead Poet Review:
COME & CELEBRATE OUR 1st ANNIVERSARY WITH US !!! WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH THE TROY POETRY MISSION PRESENTS ALBANY POETS Mary Panza Thom Francis Don Levy At O’Brien’s Public House With Our Monthly Open Mic For Poets & the spoken Word 7:30pm Sign Up 8pm Start STEP UP TO THE MIC: POET BIOS: THOM FRANCIS […]
POETRY NIGHT (and Prose) @ Inquiring Minds Bookstore Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM Inquiring Minds Bookstore 68 Partition St., Saugerties, NY Currently Hosted by Brian Dorn FEATURING: R.m. Engelhardt is a veteran poet-writer whose work over the last 20 some years has been published in such journals and magazines as Thunder Sandwich, […]
Poet and writer R.M. Engelhardt will be the featured reader 2017 Albany
Word Fest edition of the Albany Poets Presents reading series at Restaurant Navona (89 New Scotland Avenue, Albany) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Albany Poets Presents puts a spin on the typical poetry event in the local literary community by highlighting one poet every two months with an interview and Q&A session following the reading
R.M. Engelhardt is a veteran poet & writer whose work over the years has appeared in many journals & magazines including Rusty Truck, Thunder Sandwich, The Boston Literary Review, The NY Times, Full of Crow, Dry Land Lit, The Outlaw Poetry Network, Telepoem & in many others. He is one of the original co-founders’ of Albany Poets and is currently the host of the Troy Poetry Mission, a monthly open mic for poets held in Troy, NY.
So Here We Are In Troy, NY:
After years of creating & promoting events, poets, benefits and making poetry readings happen in Albany, NY as well as in Maine & The Florida Keys we’ve finally made it to Troy, NY and we’re happy to call it home.
And we are calling our new home for poets & poetry O’Brien’s Public House, 43 Third Street Troy, NY held on the Last Wednesday evening of each month.
Because this is an amazing place and not just because I’m Irish and they have great food & drink. Don & Terry’s Pub is a beautiful place that has a lot of history& class and for the first time in quite awhile I’m looking forward to creating a monthly event that will be something new and exciting. And it’s going be just that.
With a nod to all the friends & poets who came before us –
To all the wordsmiths from the streets
To all the professors & their students
To all the ladies with words to speak
I welcome you all & officially invite you to the 1st
Troy Poetry Mission Poetry Open Mic At O’Brien’s Public House
On WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28th 2016
43 Third Street Troy, NY held on the last Wednesday evening of each month.
7pm Sign Up~7:30pm Start Time
*The Troy Poetry Mission is an open mic for poets, writers old & new alike with a featured poet monthly.
$3.00 Donation requested
Hosted By R.M. Engelhardt
Meet You At The Bar
In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing
About the dark times.”
— Bertolt Brecht
R.M. Engelhardt‘s new book The Bones of Our Existence, A Journal 2046 will be revealed March 15, 2016 online and is “an entirely new concept in regards to the way the book is to be released as well as to be presented.”
This book will be absolutely free to the public and is one man’s journal of poems set in the aftermath of the post-apocalyptic future of 2046 written by an unknown survivor who in the forms of prose and poetry looks back and reflects upon his life, loves and battles (within and without) over the last some 40 years.
The book is part science fiction, part humanity and even part Thoreau, but mostly it is the memoir of a man, who like the future we all thought would get better, has lost his way but who still believes that the words, our souls and our voices, poetry still … and will always matter.
Look for this and other book related news here at http://www.rmengelhardt.com
Poetry is much much more than all of the definitions, theories or explanations that you read or hear about everyday. Poetry is not just a form, a quote or one or two popular poets or pop stars in the media. Poetry is not hip hop or gangsta rap, slam or new formalism, gay or straight, white or black, dead or alive. Poetry does not belong either to the streets or the academics.
Poetry is not always a love song. Poetry is not always about the rain or nature, mountains or castles. Poetry is neither happy nor depressed, a villain or a hero, a lover or a friend.
Poetry is merely poetry for poetry’s sake. But the words are sacred, something sacred which we share.
Poetry is a state of consciousness and the mind.
Poetry is all of history and is the history of being.
Poetry is all of us
Poetry is you.
~ R.M. ENGELHARDT, 2015