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About John Powers
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John Powers is a national performing poet, born in London, England and currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island. He lost his accent long ago. After High School he joined a cult known as Bryant College, a top rated business school in Smithfield, Rhode Island. After graduating in 1993 he moved back to Massachusetts and joined another cult, known as the business world. In 1998 he stumbled upon a spoken word open mic hosted by Bill MacMillan and realized the mess he was in. “Poetry saved my life, it taught me to question everything and take nothing - at face value...” By day, John still resides in the business world, but now sees himself as an insider. “We need somebody looking out for the artists... Some say being a poet and a businessman cancel each other out, I think their philosophy is over budget.”
He is the founder of the DownCity Slam; former host of a small
reading at the Moonstruck Poetry Café in Charlton, MA; the founder of the CUPS
performing troop - a touring group of poets with an activist’s point of view;
and he was a key organizer for the year 2000
National Poetry Slam held in Providence, RI. John was also a member of
the 1999 Providence Poetry Slam team that competed in Chicago.
Samples of the poet's work:
Click on one of the links below to hear the poem, as read by John during his OpenMike Poetry feature:
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It’s Tuesday & I’ve been interviewing adoption agencies
& I still wonder how her parent’s managed it
& It’s Tuesday & she’s been sleeping in the house or sitting on a leash for 14 hours a day
…She’s been too often bounced around
& that is no life for anyone
…especially someone who doesn’t understand why…
& It’s Tuesday & 2 months ago I picked her up
& It’s Tuesday & I’ve found an adoption agency - a “no-kill”
…is not what she needs…
It’s Tuesday & I’m folding a blanket - I’m filling Tupperware w/ dog food
while she waits
Tuesday & I’m walking her through the woods
cause family members shouldn’t be
Tuesday & last week I signed a lease for a city apartment
Tuesday & I’m driving w/ her beside me
& It’s Tuesday & I’m putting her on a leash
at age 4
at the terminal window
“COME BACK DADDY!” “Come Back daddy” “come back
(On a Tuesday)
Hear John reading "Suits on Ice":
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SUITS ON ICE
It's winter & Angel Street's a Frozen Rink of Death
The Brown Students (who take all the parking)
Dragging my brief case behind me like a rudder
You can find “It's Tuesday” and “Suits on Ice” in “The 14th Apostle,” John’s fifth chapbook. It comes with a CD of John reading all the poems in it—all for one low price. For your copy, order it from The Word Smith Press.
Vist the DownCity
Slammers page on MP3.com to hear more free audio samples of John and many
Notes on the audio links: The three audio links lead to different file-format versions of the same audio content. The "ASF audio" link will generate "streaming"-type audio which will download and play at the same time (no waiting!) This seems to work best with Internet Explorer. To play "ASF" files you'll need to have installed version 6 (or later) of the Microsoft media player, which can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/mediaplayer/download.
With some browsers, clicking on the "ASF audio" link will still bring up a "Save As..." window (even after the version 6 Microsoft media player is installed.) If this happens, use the "Save As..." window to pick a location on your hard drive to save the file (which will end in ".asx") into; then find the file with the "Windows Explorer" and double-click on it to download and play the content. (Granted, this is not the most elegant work-around; but it's still faster than waiting for the entire audio download to finish before playing it.)
The "MPEG-3 audio file" link allows you to download a higher-quality MPEG-3 version of the audio (but you have to wait until the download is complete before playing the content.) The version 6 Microsoft media player will play MPEG-3 files. The Winamp player will also play these. (The smaller-sized "alternate ASF audio" file can also be played using MPEG-3 players.)
The "ASF" files were generated using the Windows Media Encoder found in the Media Tools which can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.
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