Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 27, 2011

Poetic Pleasanton

by Deborah Grossman

Enjoy evening of pure poetic fun

The Pleasanton Teen Poets Laureate will present the Graduation Poetry Blitz from 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, June 3, at Century House, 2401 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.

Celebrate the end of the school year and start of the summer with the Teen Poets Laureate -- Noelle Malindzak, Mitch Grimes and Vivian Tsai -- who will kick off the evening with a reading of their poems.

During intermission, Karl Wente and "The Front Porch" will play music while free refreshments are served. Open Mic follows for teens, young adults and everyone.

All are welcome to read an original poem, two pages or less. Soft drinks and snacks will be included in the $5 price for adults. Admission and refreshments are free for students with ID.

The teens are designing on evening of pure poetic fun. Come down to listen. Or, put your shy cap on the rack and cook up some poetic lines.

Recipe for a Poem

by Deborah Grossman

Pull the idea from your wackiest hat:

Tell us the antics of your long-lost cat.

Share the ditzy deeds of the dog

or how your prince turned into a frog.

Start with powerful words, one at a time,

take free verse liberties or add some rhyme.

Mix in colorful images, slam in some rage,

crack a joke or two on the page.

Stir in some emotion, add a dash of detail

top it off with a surprise -- a memorable tale.

Sign your name and be heard

at the Teens' Poetry Blitz on June 3rd!

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