POETRY U featuring poets R. Bremner and John Kaniecki followed by an open mic
Friday, July 24, 2015 from 7-9 PM
Gallery U, 439 South Avenue West, Westfield, NJ

Gallery U Westfield is pleased to host poets R. Bremner and John Kaniecki on Friday, July 24, 2015, from 7-9 PM as they read their poetry.  The evening will also feature an open mic. All writers are welcome to join the open mic. 

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Avenue West in Westfield, NJ. (909) 232-1895. 

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You see, they did
not talk to each other for many years.
Each would eat, sleep, cook, and clean
separately from the other.  When relatives
telephoned, they would pass the phone
without speaking.  No messages could be
passed one to the other.  We can imagine them
at breakfast, frying eggs in separate pans,
never speaking.

— excerpted from Uncle Harold and Uncle Raymond, R. Bremner


R. BREMNER of Glen Ridge, NJ, has worked as a cab driver, a truck unloader, a computer programmer, and a vice-president at Citibank. He is widely published, including International Poetry Review, Passaic Review, Southlit, the Mensa Bulletin, and many other magazines, and ten ebooks. He suffered a stroke and a liver transplant in recent years, following which he rededicated himself to poetry. Bremner regularly reads at the Paterson Poetry Center, and the William Carlos Williams center in Williams’ hometown, and on the PoetrySuperHighway live radio show, where he is a former Poet of the Week. 

Popcorn snapping fingers
An emancipated heart
Sing for your victuals wage slave
Separate but equal Jim Crow iron walls
See yonder mansion, see yonder manger
As united in birth welded in life
Nailed to a cross
Agony as the soldier penetrates his side
Nobody’s seen the troubles I’ve seen
They call it the blues
In the chord of c

The Blues Man, John Kaniecki

JOHN KANIECKI has been published by Struggle Magazine, The Blue Collar Review, Burning Books, Jerry Jazz, IWW Newspaper, Protest Poems, Flute, Black Magnolia, Left Curve, She Mom, Whisper, Vox Poetica and others. Though political or moral in nature he writes in various forms. His chapbook "The Second Coming of Victoria" was a quarter finalist in the Mary Ballard chapbook contest in 2014. John has two published chapbooks and a collection titled “Murmurings Of a Mad Man.”