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Amelia Island Poet Launches New Book

Amelia Island Poet Launches New BookAmelia Island, Florida – Amelia Island poet, Nola Perez, will launch her latest book of poetry, Blinded By The Light, May 15, from 5- 7:00 PM at the Fernandina Little Theatre.

The poems were written while the poet was living in Paris from 1990-1994 and are accompanied by color photos from the poet’s own collection.

Perez most recently presented Fernandina and Other Images, a multi-media poetry play in March of 2013. She has participated in the Amelia Island Book Festival on an annual basis. In addition, she coordinates with Marilyn Wesley a Poetry Canteen at Fernandina Little Theatre on the second Tuesday of each month 6:30-7:30PM. The canteen encourages poets, and those interested in poetry to bring a poem to share, one that speaks to them or one they have written.

The book launch and signing will be held at the Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech Street, is free and open to the public. Readings from the book will be offered by the poet and Ron Kurtz.

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Community Poetry Reading

Community Poetry Reading

Community Poetry Reading

Fernandina Little Theatre is presenting Poetry Out Loud on Friday, January 14th at 7:30 PM absolutely FREE.

You are invited to bring a favorite poem to read out-loud to others, either a poem you have written or someone else’s. Come to read or come to listen! All forms of poetry from classic to contemporary are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

To get you in the mood, here is Sarah Kay’s featured performance on the sixth season of the television series Russell Simmons presents HBO Def Poetry Jam, where she performed her poem “Hands.”

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“Sarah Kay grew up in New York City and began performing her poetry when she was only fourteen years old. Even though she was often the youngest poet by a decade, Sarah made herself at home at the Bowery Poetry Club, one of New York’s most famous Spoken Word venues.”

In 2004, Sarah founded Project V.O.I.C.E. to encourage teenagers toward creative self-expression through Spoken Word workshops.

What inspiration might you find in poetry?

This FREE event is at the Fernandina Little Theatre, located at 1014 Beech Street, on the corner of 11th and Beech streets, diagonally opposite the city ball fields parking lot.

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Pirate’s Night Before Christmas

Karen Didion Pirate Santa

Karen Didion Pirate Santa

This santa is a Karen Didion Pirate Santa.

By: K. A. Mertz, Jr, of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.

T’was the night before Christmas
and all about the ship,
Even the Captain was laid back having a nip.
With our mugs filled with strong, tasty grog,
We pondered the hazards of burning a Yule Log.

Our stockings were hung by the cook’s fire pit,
Hoping St. Nicholas would not pass our ship.
Good Pirates we’ve been each day of the year,
We’ve plundered prey ships from far and from near.
We lopped off arms and stabbed into hearts,
When we were too close we loosed vicious farts.
We took all the goods, gems, silver and gold,
We took the last morsel they had in their hold.
Our appearance sent shivers up and down each spine,
As Pirates, we did our work so very fine.

We handled each gun and sword as our toys,
What more could you want from good little boys?
Three Fingers he sat there without any fears,
Around his neck a collection of ears.
Old Gimpy hobbled on one wooden leg,
He works for a living, refuses to beg.

Suddenly a noise roused this sleepy hoard,
“Santa’s coming in and wants to come aboard!”
We lept from our bunks after a quick weapons check,
Then shoved stuff around to provide a clear deck.
Out of the fog, Santa drew near,
We hope in his sack he had lots of cheer.

He circled the ship then came in real close,
Led by Rudolf’s bright, shiny nose.
In spite of the tossing and rolling blue sea,
His landing was perfect, as nice as can be.

We circled Saint Nick, a blade in each hand
Ready for action if he stiffed us again!
He leapt from his sleigh quite happy, not grugg,
“Ahoy there me hearties, I’ve brought you great stuff!”

For Andre’ he had a fine meerschaum pipe,
For Mike a new scope so he better could snipe.
The cook got mittens so his hands would not burn,
For the helmsman a compass to make better turns.
Old Lefty received a shiny new hook,
While the Captain got a thick, map-filled book.
At last he brought out a case of fine rum,
We cheered and shouted, so glad he had come!

Santa gave us a final, “Ho, ho, ho, ho!”
As he said, “It is now time to go.
May your plunders bring all the riches you need,
Just don’t give in to the evils of greed.
I’ll be back next year to see those still loose,
I hope you’ll avoid the Hangman’s noose.”

Then we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“A grand Pirate Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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