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Social Media Revelation - This Joust In - Vol 1 Issue 2

I honestly should have known better. I am not an idiot when it comes to tech stuff. I should have realized and applied myself earlier about the change in Facebook's algorithm (algorithm is a pain in the ass to remember how to spell by the way). So, this lack of adaptation almost lead to me having 10 submissions for the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology.  The common response I received from people was they "didn't see any promotion" on social media.

Thankfully, I had my one last ditch effort and went through two full contact lists and sent out a mess of a couple mass-type emailings and we now have a full, thick, throbbing collection of submissions for me to go through and let everyone know who is in, come May 23rd at Happy Dog (facebook event).

Even if you aren't included in the anthology, you should absolutely attend the show and get a copy of the book. All of the proceeds go towards the Hessler Street Fair and that is one of the few institutions we absolutely love.

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As Real by Azriel Johnson

Published April, 20, 2018

$10 for the full album
$1 per track

1. The National Ransom 
     Take the National Anthem, fix it.

2. Shopping Carts
     Have some common sense.

3. New Kid
     Bullying is wrong. Fight back!

4. Homelessness
     Narrative about being homeless.

5. Heroes
     Piece about mental illness.

6. Regaining Me
     Alliterative, punchy. Like an introduction.

7. Down Below, in Between
     Whoa, whoa. I'm an ally.

8. Save It
     Appreciate the women you're around.

9. Social Beatin' Ya
     How social media is a menace to society.

10. Ancestral Memories
     How we pass down things through the ages.

11. Second Worst Pain
     Crass, just crass. Have a listen.

12. Sweet
     Concerning Diabetes.

13. Metaphor's Friend
     Based on a mishearing of "Sugarman" by Rodriguez.

14. Groovy
     A traveling to Cleveland, narrative poem.

15. After Howl
     A Cleveland litany, with many props to many folks.

16. Poet Workin' a Factory Blues
     Self Explanatory title.

Fully Formed by Alexis-Rueal

Published April 3, 2018
Chapbook - 30 pages, 5.5" x 85", ISBN: 978-1986234153
Here resides wonder,
here, our hope lives on.
Here, a cherished sight.
Here, we love the light.
-- “Here We Love the Light”

$10.00 USD
(Free PDF with Purchase)
About the author:
Alexis-Rueal was born in Kentucky, raised in Marion, Ohio, and has been a fixture in the Columbus, Ohio poetry scene since 2011. Since moving to Columbus, she has authored the Chapbooks, “Letter to 20,” (Poet’s Haven Press) and “According to the Results,” (Writing Knights Press) along with performing at festivals and venues throughout Ohio and Kentucky. She was a member of The Women of Appalachia: Women Speak project in 2016-17. Her first full-length collection, “I Speak Hick,” was published by Writing Knights Press in 2016.

When not writing and performing, ballroom dances, and spends time with her family.

500 Cleveland Haiku by Michael Ceraolo

Published April 2, 2018
Full Length - 5" x 8", 104 pages, ISBN: 978-1987442755
An undrained swamp---
the Garden of Eden
for all the world's mosquitoes

Man on a park bench---
a dead ringer
for the Cowardly Lion

Funeral rite---
another building now
ashes to ashes, dust to dust

$15.00 USD
Full Length
(Free PDF with Purchase)
About the author:
Michael Ceraolo is a retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet. His publications include Euclid Creek (Deep Cleveland Press), and the chapbooks Cleveland Haiku (Green Panda Press), More Euclid Creek and Cleveland Scores Early (Kendra-Steiner Editions), and Readings/The Road: Two Poems from Euclid Creek Book Three (Crisis Chronicles Press). This is his second full-length book of poetry.