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Subject: [mapofaustinpoetry] MAP #213-1 Featured Poetry Supplement Theme: Visions of Sugar Plums

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Map of Austin Poetry #213-1
Featured Poetry Supplement
Theme: Visions of Sugar Plums

Upcoming themes:

#214 - Champagne/Bubbly
#215 - Thoughts From The Heart Part III (submissions closed)
#216 - 2002 spelled backwards is 2002

Send poems in body of e mail, left justified. No attachments. On
subject line, specify theme and issue number. Include permission to
publish. Poets retain all rights.

Before the poetry, some items that didn't make it into the regular
MAP listings:

1.  From Austin Slam Master Mike Henry:

Wednesday, Dec. 19 - The Mercury, 214 E. 6th (upstairs from Jazz
Restaurant). The last slam of 2001! Signup starts at 7:30 p.m , show
kicks off at 8 p.m. Come help us throw down one more time before we
put this year to bed. In addition to the open slam, we'll also have a
fantastic featured poet, Buddy Wakefield from Seattle. I've seen
Buddy a number of times, and he has never ceased to amaze me. The
man comes straight from the heart.

As usual, cash prizes for the top three poets. Please come out. A
couple of your old Austin Slam favorites are also back in town, and I
just bet they'll be there.

And, as those of you who helped us pack the house for the slam on
Dec. 9 know, we have a new weekly venue for Austin Poetry Slam.
Starting on January 9, we'll be at EGO'S (510 S. Congress) every
Thursday. HOORAY!

2. From Connie Williams:

Deadbeats: the La Mesa Area Writer's Guild meets the 4th Friday at
the Portal Coffee House on the East side of the Square in Lamesa -- look for the Sign Machine, coffee house in back. 115B Main St.,
Lamesa, Texas, 806/872-7211 or 806/891-5368.

The Portal is open every Friday night for poetry, discussion, and,
yes, free coffee and snacks.

3. Saturday, Dec. 29 - CC's Coffee House, 1206 W. 38th Street (Just
west of Lamar) 8 p.m. Open mic poetry, hosted by Amy Allen. fmi
contact scribefish71_at_hotmail.com or call 420-8739

4. EXTENDED FAMILY, by Hilbert Turner, Jr.  $7 +$1 postage. Gitana
Press of Hyattsville, Maryland is proud to announce the publication
of Extended Family, the debut collection of poetry by Hilbert Turner,
Jr. Mr. Turner's work has appeared in Spiraeas, Lite, Voice and in
previous MAPs.  Send check or money order for $8 to:
Hilbert Turner, Jr.
6628 Waning Moon Way
Columbia, MD. 21045

And now, the poems.  Selections for Visions of Sugar Plums include:

1.  "Christmas Spirits" by Jan Houston
2. "Christmas is for Children" by Ingeborg Miller
3. "Christmas Card in January" by Stazja

1. Jan Houston lives in Glendale, CA.

Christmas Spirits

Friends come to me
in Christmas Present
caroling new joyfulness
singing a holy peace

crafting alive
of Christmas Past
a lavish festive wreath
of family, children, friends
entwined in pungent holly
green pine memories

warm beckoning the celebration
of sparkling Christmas Future's
ornamented dreams unfurled
with each kind, brave
and winning act
of Love

© 1999 Jan Houston
All Rights Reserved
2. Ingeborg Miller lives in Prince George's County, MD.

Christmas is for Children

were I still a child
in body, mind, and soul,
growing to grasp
the wonder world of the adults
who know what for me
is hidden in folds of mystery,
in years of learning
to see and comprehend.

were I still a child
this special time of year,
when secrets are kept
in boxes of colored paper
behind locked doors,
in words and music
telling a story ever new,
when candles are lit
in the dark days of winter,
branches of fragrant green
are brought inside,
festive cooking and baking
fill each house
joy is in our hearts!

when I long
to be a child again


© Ingeborg Carsten-Miller
3.  Stazja lives

Christmas Card in January

Miguel came north
across the Rio Grande
asking permission from no one
except his wife who stayed behind
to care for their infant.

Too far too expensive too risky
to travel home for Christmas,
he accepted his boss's invitation to dinner,
outshone the decorations proudly passing
family snapshots around the table.

With rugged workman's hands he lifted
the boss's fair haired grand boy
like a nativity gift and crooned
the Spanish carol he would sing
to his own son next year.

The hostess and her daughter offered
second helpings of everything.
Miguel apologized in broken English,
"Have not good words enough to say my heart."
Moist gratitude in peaceful eyes spoke volumes.

In July officials stopped
the company pick-up,
identified Miguel by name,
sent him back across the Rio Grande.
The boss's son was on the crew. He cried.

An envelope postmarked Mexico
arrived the following January,
a Christmas card, on the outside
a snow covered house.
Smoke billowed from the chimney

depicting unseen warmth within.
Miguel wrote his message
in elegant penmanship,
remembering with love
his friends in Texas.

© 1999/revised 2001
Previously published in One Drop.
Grateful thanks to those who contributed.

Welcome new readers.  Anyone wanting off the mailing list, send a
blank e mail to mapofaustinpoetry-unsubscribe_at_yahoogroups.com. AOL
members, e me at stazja_at_aol.com.

The MAP and featured poetry supplements are posted online at:

The Poets' Porch: www.poetsporch.com
Austin Metro: www.austinmetro.com/poetpage.html
Austin International Poetry Festival: aipf.org

Much love,


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