Nisi Poesy http://nisipoesy.com Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:39:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 pickles&poetry http://nisipoesy.com/picklespoetry/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:39:27 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5262 pickles&poetry and picklebacks&poetry are my brainchildren, conceived while driving back from Mammoth Mountain a few weeks ago. I was thinking about ways to get my poetry out there into the world. I’ve been making refrigerator pickles for a while, and I must admit, anyone who has tried them become instant fans. I wondered on my […]

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pickles&poetry and picklebacks&poetry are my brainchildren, conceived while driving back from Mammoth Mountain a few weeks ago. I was thinking about ways to get my poetry out there into the world. I’ve been making refrigerator pickles for a while, and I must admit, anyone who has tried them become instant fans. I wondered on my drive along the 395S, how could I combine two of my favorite things? Poetry? And pickles? 

After working my ass off for a week sweating away over the stove-top and typewriter, my ideas came to fruition and my at-home pickle factory produced twelve 16 oz. jars of pickles&poetry, and eleven (We had one casualty.) 8 oz jar of pickles & poetry. Each 8 oz jar came with a little bottle of Jameson, to create picklesbacks&poetry. This was my first run and was more or less a success. I sold these at the Holiday Shopping event at Gravlax in Culver City (Los Angeles) this past Sunday.

The event was a lot of fun, and we are all grateful to have Arda and Magnus supporting us all. They opened early to hold the event (with happy hour prices) and local artists and artisans began selling their wares. We had our Philosopher’s Stone Poetry booth set up with books and typewriters, along with a variety of other canned goods, jewelry, artwork, and knit items. Overall, it was a great day. Many of us ended up bartering goods at the end, trading pickles for pendants, candles, cookbooks and Christmas ornaments.

This wasn’t a huge moneymaker, but I am happy to say I had a vision and made it happen. And now I have the supplies I need to do it again. I can’t wait until the next event, and I hope everyone is enjoying their pickles&poetry.

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Sidewalk Poetry Reading http://nisipoesy.com/5200-2/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 02:28:19 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5200 Here is a snippet of me reading poetry at PinkRiches’ Breakfast at Bethany’s. She has done several events like this at her apartment, but this was the first time hitting the streets for the Mar Vista Art Walk. There were donuts, rad stickers, art, music, live painting – all of this just at her pop-up! […]

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Here is a snippet of me reading poetry at PinkRiches’ Breakfast at Bethany’s. She has done several events like this at her apartment, but this was the first time hitting the streets for the Mar Vista Art Walk. There were donuts, rad stickers, art, music, live painting – all of this just at her pop-up! It was awesome to be apart of this salon. I look forward to more in the future!

 

Reading Poetry at Breakfast at Bethany's Pop-Up Art Salon during the Mar Vista Art Walk in Los Angeles. Find more poetry and get updated on events at nisipoesy.com.

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Dirty Ol’ Chuck: Honoring Bukowski at pspoets’ Poetry Night http://nisipoesy.com/bukowskinight/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 01:25:57 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5189 Dirty Ol’ Chuck By Denise Mckenzie Charles Bukowski has long been an influence on me. I am not sure exactly what attracted me to his writing first. Was it his grittiness? His openness? I’ve always liked ’em a little rough around the edge… my favorite writers, my man, my friends, my life. There is a […]

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Dirty Ol’ Chuck
By Denise Mckenzie

Charles Bukowski has long been an influence on me. I am not sure exactly what attracted me to his writing first. Was it his grittiness? His openness? I’ve always liked ’em a little rough around the edge… my favorite writers, my man, my friends, my life. There is a certain precarious charm to living on the fringe. I suppose I felt that I related to the old man in some ways. He wrote about being ordinary and I liked that. I think the first book I read was his very last novella, Pulp. I loved it. I read Post Office, Women, a couple others. Then I started delving into his poetry.

It is easy to see Bukowski as a surly, chauvinistic alcoholic man pig who can’t stop writing about his grubby life “mounting” as many fast women as he could in shitty 1970’s Los Angeles motels and rundown apartments, his weekly trips to the Hollywood Park Race Track and his general distaste for humanity. Not exactly a feminist icon or a role model at all. Most people probably wouldn’t even want to have a drink with him. But, fuck- was he real? Was he raw? More than any writers I can think of, especially of his time. He said things in his poetry that most people would not even consider saying out loud, let alone print on paper.

He chronicled his dirty, desperate drunken nights in bars across the city, at home with his women or alone with his typewriter. He did this in simple, poetic, relatable and at times, beautiful ways. He had a weak spot for horse races and Heineken. He liked classical music. He loved his cats. He even loved some of the women he wrote about, though he may have had a funny way of showing it at times.

Chuck was a real blue-collar type. A somewhat average Joe with a poetic soul writing about the mundane and seemingly meaningless existence of someone who works at a post office or some other mind-numbing job. He was a regular guy with gambling problems, relationship issues, possible struggles with alcoholism. A guy who could be very blunt about his obvious disregard for what you think, what Academia thinks, what the world thinks. He was someone who went home alone with a bottle of who the fuck cares and a pack of smokes to a machine with letters to type away the boring staleness that is unavoidable in all human existence. He was a cranky old bastard who was also a realist. No shame in telling you exactly what you don’t want to hear. This quality in a human can be abrasive but refreshing. I would have a drink with him.

I just picked Storm for the Living and the Dead: Uncollected and Unpublished Poems, the latest release of Bukowski’s works. The editor Abel Debritto intended to keep the newly published poems for the most part as they were originally written. Debritto has edited several other Bukowski editions and I think does a good job. So far, I am digging the Storm. I also hear that City Lights will be releasing something of Bukowski’s next year, which will be rad.

Philosopher’s Stone Poetry’s next event is BUKOWSKI POETRY NIGHT on December 5th at Gravlax in Los Angeles. We will be honoring the dirty old writer in his city of fallen angels by reading his iconic poems and sharing our most Bukowski-inspired work. I will be reading a poem from the new book and raffling off some of my artwork. Bring a friend, have some drinks and cheers to Chuck!

“To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art.” – Charles Bukowski

Bukowski Poetry Night | Gravlax | Dec 5th | PSPOETS

Storm for the Living and the Dead by Charles Abel Debritto

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Mar Vista Art Walk: Gratitude http://nisipoesy.com/5182-2/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:25:39 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5182 Coming up the Saturday after Thanksgiving is a very special edition of the Mar Vista Art Walk, in collaboration with Make It Mar Vista and Small Business Saturday. This will be an all-day event starting at 11 am. There will be live painting, live music, live poetry, local crafts and goods for sale, food, friends, and […]

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Coming up the Saturday after Thanksgiving is a very special edition of the Mar Vista Art Walk, in collaboration with Make It Mar Vista and Small Business Saturday. This will be an all-day event starting at 11 am. There will be live painting, live music, live poetry, local crafts and goods for sale, food, friends, and fun!

I will be with the poetry non-profit I work for, Philosopher’s Stone Poetry. We will be selling vintage typewriters and our published books and there will be live poetry at our booth! We will also be allowing the public to participate in a collaborative community poem, based on the theme of the Art Walk, which is “Gratitude”. I am so excited to see what we create.

It’s going to be a rad day and I cannot wait to light the fire of poetry under your asses. I love hitting the streets with words. We must let everyone know that poetry is truly everywhere and for everyone. We all have it in us to be poetic and to live a poetic life, and I love helping people see this part of themselves.

If you are in Los Angeles, come to the westside (Venice Blvd from Inglewood to Beethoven) on Saturday, November 25th 11 am-10 pm to check out one of the best art parties in town. Visit marvistaartwalk.org to learn more about the event, and go to pspoets.org to learn more about our non-profit! You can sign up for our mailing list, learn about our monthly contests and find us on social media.

Hope to see you there!

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To the Future http://nisipoesy.com/to-the-future/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:16:58 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5170 I wrote this poem in 2011 while still living in Chicago. I decided to revamp it a bit to fit THE NOW. I read it this week at our Halloween Poetry Reading. I hope I was successful in creeping you out if you were there. If you didn’t make it out, here it is for […]

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I wrote this poem in 2011 while still living in Chicago. I decided to revamp it a bit to fit THE NOW. I read it this week at our Halloween Poetry Reading. I hope I was successful in creeping you out if you were there. If you didn’t make it out, here it is for you IN FULL. Enjoy!

To the Future, a poem written by Denise "Nisi" Mckenzie and read at the Halloween Poetry Reading with Philosopher's Stone Poetry

 

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Poetry Reading: Halloween Edition http://nisipoesy.com/poetry-reading-halloween-edition/ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:39:21 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5164 Philosopher’s Stone Poetry is hosting our monthly poetry reading and a Halloween costume party at Gravlax October 24, starting at 9 pm! Now I have to get my costume together. Thinking… Velma?  

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Philosopher’s Stone Poetry is hosting our monthly poetry reading and a Halloween costume party at Gravlax October 24, starting at 9 pm! Now I have to get my costume together. Thinking… Velma?

 

Should I be Velma for Halloween? Poetry Reading & Costume Party at Gravlax in Los Angeles 10/24/17 with Philosopher's Stone Poetry

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Old Life, Once Bright – A Haiku about Death http://nisipoesy.com/5146-2/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:56:43 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5146 This photo is from our trip to Frisco, Colorado last April. The haiku was written later, inspired by the image. It was taken inside the little museum gift shop in the town. I believe it used to be the schoolhouse. There is this entire museum park that is a replica of what the town used […]

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This photo is from our trip to Frisco, Colorado last April. The haiku was written later, inspired by the image. It was taken inside the little museum gift shop in the town. I believe it used to be the schoolhouse. There is this entire museum park that is a replica of what the town used to look like, with some original buildings.  The early settlers in Colorado first arrived to log and mine the region, created their homesteads which turned to small villages than towns and even cities, like Denver. They did the things humans do when they find unchartered territory- exploit it over and over again until we are so nostalgic for the first pioneers of natural destruction. Then we can’t even find what was once there because we used it all up for money, as we are so entitled. Dead animals and dead forests and dead rivers and dead civilizations. We have conquered.

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Book Release Party & Poetry Reading http://nisipoesy.com/book-release-party-poetry-reading/ Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:06:11 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5095 Come party with Philosopher’s Stone Poetry for the Third Book Release Party & Poetry Reading. It is happening this Monday, September 25th at 9 pm, at our favorite bar in Culver City, Gravlax. There will be live poetry and music, delicious cocktails and books will be for sale! Can’t wait to see the finished product. […]

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Come party with Philosopher’s Stone Poetry for the Third Book Release Party & Poetry Reading. It is happening this Monday, September 25th at 9 pm, at our favorite bar in Culver City, Gravlax. There will be live poetry and music, delicious cocktails and books will be for sale! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Hope to see you there! You can visit pspoets.org for more information on the group and how you can participate.

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Mar Vista ArtWalk – Psychedelic September http://nisipoesy.com/mar-vista-artwalk-psychedelic-september/ Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:31:16 +0000 http://nisipoesy.com/?p=5048 Two weeks ago today was the Mar Vista Art Walk – Psychedelic September. We had a blast, hanging with fellow artists, poets, musicians, and Mar Vistians. It turns into something like Christmas when everyone is out and about, soaking good vibes off the sidewalks and the streets reverberate with the sound of community. We had […]

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Two weeks ago today was the Mar Vista Art Walk – Psychedelic September. We had a blast, hanging with fellow artists, poets, musicians, and Mar Vistians. It turns into something like Christmas when everyone is out and about, soaking good vibes off the sidewalks and the streets reverberate with the sound of community.

We had our Philosopher’s Stone Poetry booth set up in front of Vintage on Venice in Mar Vista, selling our typewriters to raise money for our non-profit, along with used books and our own publications. We read poetry and performed live music on the sidewalk. I picked up my own Smith and Corona, a baby blue little thing that could not be a better size for me.

We hit up the Art Bazaar After Party when the ArtWalk finished. A couple of us read more poetry here and played live music. All of the local Mar Vista artists were live painting all around us. There were fire dancers, more musicians and live DJs setting the vibes all night. I wish I had more photos of the entire evening, but I was having so much fun, I almost lost my purse (If that tells you anything).

As always, it was a great time. We are grateful to be included and to participate in such a thriving, artistic community. We can’t wait until the next one in December! For more information about our events, visit pspoets.org, join the mailing list, and follow us on social media.

Photo Credit: Rodin Eckenroth

Reading from my mini poetry zines I made for Mar Vista Art Walk - Psychedelic September | pspoetsHangin' at the Philosopher's Stone Poetry booth at Mar Vista Art Walk - Psychedelic September!Co-founders of pspoets' jammin' out at the Mar Vista ArtWalk earlier this month. Sergio & Nisi at the pspoets' booth at the Mar Vista ArtWalk! Kate Parkin serenading the audience at the Mar Vista Art Walk

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A Psychedelic Poetry Reading in Los Angeles http://nisipoesy.com/a-psychedelic-poetry-reading-in-los-angeles/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:14:30 +0000 https://nisipoesy.wordpress.com/?p=4973 Only 2 days away! Philosopher’s Stone Poetry is hosting A Psychedelic Poetry on the sidewalk in front of Vintage on Venice at the Mar Vista Art Walk this Thursday evening, September 7. We have an awesome line up, featuring 8 poets and 1 musician. We will be selling typewriters too! Come say hi between 6-10 […]

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Only 2 days away! Philosopher’s Stone Poetry is hosting A Psychedelic Poetry on the sidewalk in front of Vintage on Venice at the Mar Vista Art Walk this Thursday evening, September 7. We have an awesome line up, featuring 8 poets and 1 musician. We will be selling typewriters too! Come say hi between 6-10 pm to also participate in a community poem that will be read at the Art Bazaar After Party behind Grandview Fine Art Studios. It is going to be a joyfully bend-mending night and we cannot wait to hit the streets with our poets again.

Check out pspoet.org for more information about our poetry non-profit, and follow us on social media (links on website) for updates on events, contests, writing prompts and more.

♥ Nisi

 

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