In the late 1990s & into the early part of this century I created and ran a spoken word poetry open mic called THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT at Valentine’s as well as at a few other locations afterwards in Albany, NY. The open mic was always extremely crowded and popular and we did alot of themed nights also such as Beat Generation Night, Poe Halloween Benefits Bukowski Night and some other cool evenings before alot of these ideas took hold in other places. But as all good things my SON had a predecessor. The original group of poets in the time of Marlowe, Raleigh & Shakespeare.
Whenever history needs inspiration it might just return again .
Had a great interview last night with friend Jim Gilbert & Nippertown last night about the history of the Albany, NY Poetry Scene, Writing & My New Book if Poems “We Rise Like Smoke : Poems Psalms Incantations” 2021/Published by DEADMANSPRESSINK. Now Available On Amazon.
“R.M. Engelhardt’s Darklands reads like a quick shuffle through the Killing Fields, digging through the bones for “the dreams of the broken.” Dystopian concerns of mortality dominate this book which does not sugarcoat anything in a very accessible language, something I can appreciate greatly.”
– Ryan Quinn Flanagan (Author of The Road to Hell is Paved with Writers)
It’s finally here.
At 12 Midnight Tonight August 31st 2019 the witching hour ” Dark Lands Poems R.M. Engelhardt” will be released by Whiskey City Press. My 15th book I am honored to be a part of a group of great friends and poets who have vision and are publishing an amazing amount of talented writers. Special thanks to John Patrick Robbins & Scott Simmons who helped to put the book together and make it all happen. Thank you brothers of the word. Look for “Dark Lands” on Amazon & Lulu.
One of the most insidious ways the ego strengthens itself is in criticizing others. Whether it be their appearance, their beliefs, their politics, or any other criticism we level at others – whether out loud or just in our own minds – what we are truly doing is giving ourselves a reason to feel superior. We are getting a little burst of pleasure from seeing ourselves as superior in some way to person we are criticizing. It could be intellectual superiority, moral superiority, spiritual superiority, financial superiority, or superior in some other way. It all comes down to the same thing….our ego congratulating itself on being better, greater than, or more than someone else’s ego. This sense of superiority is what allows us to create a greater sense of boundary between “me” and “not me.” The ego grows more dense through the practice of showing where others are wrong, and it is right.
Part of the Great Work is understanding the mechanics of ego and mind, so that we are no longer ruled by them.
After many years of publishing, writing and creating groups and poetry spoken-word events such as Albany Poets, Vox, The School of Night, The Albany WordFest, The Troy Poetry Mission and many others I’ve finally been honored with my listing in Poets & Writers.
(And HELLO to all our FELLOW POETS & POETRY FRIENDS)
We here at the amazing TROY POETRY MISSION would just like to take this small, tiny, even miniscule moment of your time today to say THANK YOU and to tell you how much we truly appreciate your monthly patronage of our DAMN FINE POETRY OPEN MIC held on the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month at our incredibly AWESOME venue O’BRIEN’S PUBLIC HOUSE here in the BEAUTIFUL CITY of TROY, NY at 43 3RD STREET where we feature a featured poet as our monthly feature.
Needless to say we are and have always yes and continuously been THRILLED AND AMAZED yes that is the feeling THRILLED AND AMAZED by the EXCITING DIVERSITY OF POETIC AND SPOKEN WORD TALENT in this area and again would like to THANK ALL OF YOU for your CONTINUED SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION & your continued consumption of many of O’Brien’s DAMN FINE WHISKEYS and OTHER VARIOUS ALCOHOLIC DRINKS at the bar and for your INCREDIBLE POEMS.
So with that said at this time we would again just like to say THANK YOU and that we look forward to seeing you EACH AND EVERY MONTH at THE TROY POETRY MISSION.