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This past Sunday, I listened to Holly Karapetkova read from Words We Might One Day Say, which is her new book of poetry. The latest issue of 32 Poems poems features “Love and the National Defense” from this collection.

Although I can’t recreate the poetry reading for you, I can share a video of her poem “Parts of Speech.”

Parts of Speech from Holly Karapetkova on Vimeo.


Fresh from 20 hours in the car through driving rain and, yes, more driving rain — Florida to Maryland, thank you — I made my way to the night’s poetry reading. Thanks to Wade Fletcher and Big Bear Cafe for having me at the Cheryl’s Gone reading series in Washington, DC. I read with Danika Paige Myers (a 32 Poems contributor and all-around excellent poet) and Marisa Plumb.

I read a poem called “To the Dictator from the Diplomat’s Wife” and the speaker recalls having the dictator to dinner and how she’d really have preferred to serve him a reduction of rodents. When the musician took the stage, he shared a story about his family having a dictator to dinner. See, it does happen.

Should you find yourself near R & 1st Streets or even near 1st and R, NW in Washington, DC, might I recommend the Big Bear Cafe? At lunch, they have sandwiches for $5 and a corner “see-all and see-everyone” view of the neighborhood.

C.A., someone I knew in 7th grade, showed up to the reading thanks to the power of Facebook. I’ll never say Facebook did nothing for me. Another friend wrote to say he planned to surprise me (in from North Carolina!) at the reading but a head cold took him out at the last minute. Then, he had the audacity to pass his head cold onto his wife. Perhaps it’s for the best. I may have been in complete shock at two completely unexpected out-of-town or from-a-long-time-ago folks being in attendance.

The reading was lovely. Breeze blew in from numerous windows. A drunk appreciated us all from the far back, and who doesn’t want appreciation.


Poetry Reading May 21

May 15, 2009

Deborah Ager, here. I’m giving a poetry reading on May 21 at the Cheryl’s Gone reading series. I hope you can come out for it! I’m reading from my book, Midnight Voices, and you can read more about that at WHERE: Big Bear Cafe 1st & R Streets, NW Washington, DC WHEN: May 21, […]


The Sound of Words

May 1, 2008

Read this post for more info about the upcoming reading/concert. THE SOUND OF WORDS: A SCHEME TO ROCK THE WRITER’S CENTER Featuring The Caribbean and 32 Poems Magazine DATE: Friday, May 9 TIME: 8 PM COSTS: Nothing LOCATION: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD


I’ve started mailing out invitations for the May 9 poetry reading and indie rock show that we’re having at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. If you live nearby and want an invitation, please email me your address deborahAT(removethispart)32poemsDOTcom. Anyone living in DC, MD or VA on the 32 Poems list will receive an invitation […]