Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stark Knights 2016: Canton Brewing Company's Speakeasy (April 27)





Featuring:


Kristin Werstler

Azriel Johnson



Canton Brewing Company's Speakeasy
Address: 120 3rd St NW, Canton, OH
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/959252260827526/


The Canton Brewing Company’s Speakeasy tap room is open for business and features a great lineup of beers all brewed right here in our very own brewery. When you visit the Speakeasy you’ll be tasting the traditions of Canton’s premier brewer, dating all the way back to the 1880s. Many of our beers are based on the historical styles for which we were originally known. But we also know you love the new traditions being created in craft brewing so we have plenty of those too. You’ll enjoy tasting amidst the very brewing equipment we use everyday! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Crying - Azriel Johnson

10/98

I see you’re unattainable.
It makes me sad to see.
Someone who doesn’t even try.
Just one touch and you’re with them.
Emotions are running deep. I want to be happy.
I am sad. I am Crying.
My head is confused. My heart is dying.
I want so bad a love of my own.
I don’t wanna be alone.
I’m not right in the head.
Tears run down my face.
I hear a good song on the radio.
Your scent is in the room.
My emotions run wild.
I am Crying. I know I can’t have you.
I want you. I read everything
I know about you as hidden riddles.
I dream of a life with you.
I live in a world without your love.
I am sad. I am Crying.
I am sad. I am Crying.


*Note* Originally published in "Staving Away the Sadness" (PublishAmerica, 2004) Originally posted on the now defunct AzrielJohnsonAuthor.blogspot.com 04/08/06

Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press and Writing Knights: Stark.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Plain, White Room - Azriel Johnson

02/02

Technicolor red.
Forsake, abandon, refuse.
A plain, white room.
One chair, one small table.
Two small windows.
White curtains.
The wind blows through the room.
Musses the hair.
Plays along the clothes.
The eyelid twitches.
Virginal floor, white carpet, stained red.
The wind stops blowing.
The curtains don't move.
Love is...
Forsake, abandon, refuse.
Technicolor red.


*Note* Originally published in "Staving Away the Sadness" (PublishAmerica, 2004) Originally posted on the now defunct AzrielJohnsonAuthor.blogspot.com 04/08/06

Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press and Writing Knights: Stark.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stark Knights 2016: Perry Sippo Library (April 13)

Due to technical difficulties, this show was not recorded.


Featuring:
And(y)i Line
J.M. Romig
Zachary Lee
Azriel Johnson
Skylark Bruce



Perry Sippo Library
Address: 5710 12 St NW, Massillon, OH
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1269544499738627/

The Stark Knights Tour will be hosting four performers, two local and two from outside of the area to bring a bit of flavor to the Perry Sippo Library.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Naked

No, you're not getting a full nude of me. That would put my blog into adult territory and I don't want that.  However, "Adult Territory" is kind of what this entry will be about.

I had my nephew this weekend. It was generally a good time with a few snags, but everyone came out alive at the other end.  I laid in my bed Saturday, nude as per usual, struggling with myself about having to get out and get some pants on to face the day. 

I'm not a person who enjoys pants.

I understand their use and necessity. They keep a person warm (or are at least supposed to) when it's cold.  They can carry things when you want to keep your hands free to hold other things.  They are like mini-backpacks for your legs.  In general though, I wish I could go about without wearing them.

One of my authors and internet friencquaintance had a post which talked about how when she went up to get the mail from the post man and it wasn't until she sat down she realized she hadn't been wearing trousers.

The following is a bit of our conversation:


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Eventually....
Azriel Johnson: did you have knickers on?
That isn't a roundabout way to ask if you're wearing any, I was just curious what kind of a show he got. *smile emoticon*
Bethany W Pope: Ha! No. Matt gets on my case all the time about letting my vagina flap in the wind.
He probably has a point.
Azriel Johnson: Well, if it flaps there might be an issue... but in general I think if its your house you should be allowed to flap how you want.
Bethany W Pope: Word.
We do have to be cautious though because we live right beside a park.
Azriel Johnson: Flap... also and interesting word for a vagina's resting posture... incidentally.
You've always seemed like someone who would be inclined to walk around naked most of the time, not because you're a nudist, but because you're busy thinking and creating and just can't be bothered to put on clothes unless you're cold.
Not a criticism btw, I am similar...
Also i don't think about you naked generally its just a sense I get from you which has manifested now in a borderline inappropriate conversation for a publisher to have with his author.... *smile emoticon*
Bethany W Pope: Yes. That's generally how it goes. I start getting dressed then get a line and have to write it down. I forget what I was doing and the next thing I know I'm walking outside without anything on.
HA!
Azriel Johnson: I thought that was your sleep walking episodes
Bethany W Pope: That too. Though that's happened less since Matt put the chain on the door.
Azriel Johnson: I was just thinking this weekend, I wish it wasn't inappropriate to walk around my house naked when my nephew was downstairs. I mean, I don't have any ill intentions. It's just a penis ffs.
Bethany W Pope: That's culture for you. We had sort of a weird situation at home. Mom was an actress so she was VERY comfortable just being starkers all the time. Dad was a minister (I've never seen him without a shirt) so we received decidedly mixed messages. 1) the body is a tool 2) the body is Satan's shame-temple.
If you were German you'd have been fine.
Azriel Johnson: I am German ancestry, but unfortunately American cultured
Bethany W Pope: The nice thing about cultures is that they change.
Azriel Johnson: I wish when the hippies won they hadn't gone ultra conservative instead of following the trajectory they were on... fuckin boomers... ha!
Bethany W Pope: Yeah. Well, it's up to us not to follow the same route. Being broke-ass poets ought to help with that! I've noticed that conservatism follows cash.
Azriel Johnson: Yes. Though I wouldn't be opposed to some more cash, I am just not willing to compromise a lot of my ideals to do it.
Bethany W Pope: Same. Or any, in my case. It's better to be poor and noble than rich and morally bankrupt. Of course, I'd really like to be rich and noble.
Azriel Johnson: I don't believe that richness of bank account and richness of spirit are mutually exclusive. It's possible to have both I think.

The conversation diverged there into a reference to Dinner for Schmucks then the pretentiousness and antifeminist connotations of the terms Authoress and Poetess.

But I have been thinking about this. I don't consider myself a nudist, but I wish we had a culture where clothes were unnecessary except when they were needed for protection against the elements. I also wonder did clothes come into being for first for war or religion.  Did prehistoric Sapiens warriors kill Neanderthals wearing armor before or after prehistoric Sapiens priests told them the Thunder God would curse them if they didn't wear a certain primary color (probably red) doing it.

If we all walked around naked, I think we would get over this body shaming thing in about a week. I also think racism would slowly die out (hard to combat something ingrained in hundreds of years of culture).  Homophobia would peter out (see what I did there) when the straight fellas realized that their gay neighbors weren't getting hardons over them every they interacted.

Maybe instead of Dragons rising up from under the earth to destroy us all to unite us, what we really need is a death of nonfunctional clothes.... and religion.... and war....

Let me step away before I climb up on a soap box. One rant per entry is enough.

But I wanted to share with you, I've added a couple new extracts:

According to the bottles, Astragalus is for immune support (since I'm still fighting the cold, I no doubt need some help) and Burdock Blend is for cleansing and detoxifying. So good luck to me!

Thanks for reading! (buy Bethany's books and do it naked!)
Az

*Note* Originally posted on the now defunct AzrielJohnsonAuthor.blogspot.com 04/11/16

Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press and Writing Knights: Stark.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Stark Knights 2016: Workshop (April 6)

Hosts/Instructors: 
Azriel Johnson

and 
Skylark Bruce


Perry Sippo Library
Address: 5710 12 St NW, Massillon, OH
Time: 6PM to 7:30pm
Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1681336042136234/

The Stark Knights Tour will be conducting a FREE workshop April 6th at the Perry Sippo Library from 6pm to 7:30pm. Included with instruction will also be plenty of time to write and share with one another. Writers of all skill levels are welcome.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sick

I can't say that I felt like a bag of smashed assholes.  I've felt like that before.  This wasn't quite it.  The weekend though was not fun in the least.  Low energy.  Stabby throat.  Xs in my chest.  When I got to work my napitation made me an hour later than I intended.

So when poetry happened tonight I was not up to snuff.  Thankfully Skylark helped with that and ran the show for me.  I still attended, of course, but my energy level bottomed.

There is a poetry thing I want to go to in Painesville, but I doubt I'll feel up to going.  I'm fighting a dry, annoying cough and the accompanying headache.

I won't complain much more though, because at least I'm alive to feel sick instead of being not sick, just dead.

The detox is going as well as can be expected.  I feel like the draining of toxins from my body will contribute to a faster recovery time.  I felt worse this weekend than I did today.  I think I caught the sick from my nephew when he was here.  As Louis CK says, "kids are just buckets of disease that live in your house." I'm inclined to agree sometimes.

I'm really itchy too. Not sure what's up with that.

The poetry tour is going really well for the first two dates.  We have an other date Wednesday which is the workshop. I'm looking forward to see who comes and if they are actually there to learn or there to cement their ignorance like last year.

Last year, we had a small workshop in March, right before the Stark Knights tour.  A total of three people came.  One of those people were there to learn and expand themselves.  The other two had their minds made up that there was nothing they could learn.  They wanted to know about publishing instead of becoming better writers, which is fine, but the idea was to expand writing.  Yes I run a publishing press, but when I gave them the advice that I had, they threw it back at me saying they could get published by paying someone a set amount of money. *sigh*

I mean, I do books on commission, but that would never be my first choice for someone to try unless you are afraid of rejection. Then most certainly get rejected, get over the fear. You'll be better for it.

Thanks for reading!
Az
*Note* Originally posted on the now defunct AzrielJohnsonAuthor.blogspot.com 04/05/16

Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press and Writing Knights: Stark.