Last week was the 2 year anniversary reading with Philosopher’s Stone Poetry at Gravlax. We had a great lineup and a great crowd. There was poetry, music and libations!
It has been an honor to get to know the fellow poets and artists involved with Philosopher’s Stone Poetry. Thank you to Chase Maser, Sergio Cacciotti and Amanda Ortiz for putting together such a great group. I look forward to more awesomeness in the future.
Here are a few photos from the night, courtesy of Dan Wynick. Thank you everyone who has participated and keep writing! ♥ Nisi
Co-Founders of Philosopher’s Stone Poetry | Stoked for the 2 Year Anniversary
Getting read to hear some poetry.
Friends come for the show!
Co-founder Chase Maser reading
Audience enjoying the show.
Poet Gloria Pavia listening intently.
Johnny Cho reading from the first publication of pspoets.
Reading more poetry!
Another reader doing his thing.
Kate Parkin amazing us with her voice and guitar-playing.
Denise “Nisi” Mckenzie reading her poem, an ode to a friend.
More new readers!
Amanda Ortiz reading her beautiful poetry.
Margarita Lopez telling us her lovely tales of childhood.
Billy Joseph killing it, as always.
A new friend!
Adriano reading his philosophical piece.
Gravlax co-owner Magnes participating in the show.
More friends enjoying the show!
Co-founder Sergio Cacciotti presenting his spoke word poem.
Gloria reading from her journal.
Mario Padilla sharing his stories.
Dream mad please,
better quick like
over what can be
cool drool mist,
smooth sordid chants.
As time whispers,
reveal the storm.
“A Lucid Dream” on canvas with acrylic and oil.
If you are in L.A… Check out 2 of my mixed media collages hanging @venicegrind coffee shop in Mar Vista. Props to @mitchelitoorquiola for hooking it up (artwork featured above mine). Find the artist and the cafe on instagram.
Quick to criticize without solution
Broad ideas, narrow minds
Wander in delusion pools of
While there is no vacancy
Threats remain and I do not care
Cut the leash and endure this
Yr fresh hardships without me please
No need to have me here when
Miserable technology fails
Blue circle watching
Becomes my full time job
I finished hours ago but
There is no end in sight unless
I cut the cord myself
Set it all free
Kill Yr Darlings
Acrylic, stencil and spray paint on canvas
By Nisi, 2014
‘Ey man, smok dem smoks
Camel unfiltered, to-bac-
co bliss, hate to miss!
Too eager to die we play hard
prove self or something
Truth serum drips through
leak on thought bubbles
Time after time after years, I don’t know
what time is what adulthood is
We are stuck swimming or drowning
at home in personal video games
Bart Simpson skateboards UFO police hummers
mom’s safe at home with the cats
Where can we keep running?
When can we slow down?
Catch the penultimate buzz of life never
so where we go it does not matter
Caress maniacally a carnival of bigotry and hate
losing our humanoid egg-heads
Becoming fans of darkness
black spiders spinning webs
Not to realize the magnitude of spirals spun
lost in jest a forever maze.
written in Chicago, 2010.
Scrambled man continues
his tropical exhaust pipe dreams,
an ideal world with in-the-know cyber gods,
all interaction requires millions of circuits.
We go for the flow of futuristic American
as a joke hideaway
where reassuring lives captured
are terminally bored in being
The rest say it may be too late to get lost.
Millions of eyes as bullshit
every damn day,
it will cost much.
he is a poem
just as i
am aware that
i am disaster
which i hope
is a poem
free in form
he waits for me
to write him
just as i wait
to be written