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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:38:48 -0400


Third Thursday Library Holiday Hiatus

We’re taking a Holiday Hiatus in December (12/19). Third Thursdays will return on 1/16/14. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary Christmas and Happy New Years to you :).

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:31:32 -0500


Third Thursdays in the Sacramento Room - November 21

828 I Street, 12 Noon

Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins hosts

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
Melody Beattie

On November 21, let’s unlock some of that fullness.  Bring your favorite poems (preferably by a writer other than yourself) which express, explore or celebrate gratitude, thanksgiving, appreciation.  Cast your net wide.  Think metaphorically as well as literally.  Let your mind (and your senses) run free. 

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 02:51:32 -0500


Redux: A Literary Journal: # 103: Two Poems by Mary Zeppa

Redux: A Literary Journal: # 103: Two Poems by Mary Zeppa:

My happy thanks to Redux: A Literary Journal and its sterling Editor, Leslie Pietrzyk, for giving new life to two poems-from-the-long-past: “Sweet Dreams” and “Bible Stories”.

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:01:08 -0400


Third Thursdays in the Sacramento Room • Thursday, August 15

Thursday, August 15 at the Central Library 

828 I Street, 12 Noon

Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins hosts

I can imagine someone who found
these fields unbearable, who climbed
the hillside in the heat, cursing the dust,
cracking the brittle weeds underfoot,
wishing a few more trees for shade.

California Hills in August
–Dana Gioia 

Hot town, summer in the city 
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity 
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

Summer in The City
–Mark Sebastian & Steve Boone

California hills in August, summer on the streets of Sacramento.*  “cracking the brittle weeds underfoot, “walking on the sidewalk,/hotter than a match head.”  Some endure one kind of summer, some the other.  Some have done time with both.   OnAugust 15, bring your favorite poems (preferably by a writer other than yourself) which explore or celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of summer.  Cast your net wide.  Think metaphorically as well as literally.  Let your mind (and your senses) run free. 

*  Or New York, Chicago, Detroit, or you name the place.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:25:00 -0400


Third Thursdays in the Sacramento Room: Thursday, July 18 at the Central Library

828 I Street, 12 Noon

Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins hosts


Independence, noun:  the fact or state of being independent : Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816 | 

I’ve always valued my independence (Merriam Webster Dictionary
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Independence is happiness. 
Susan B. Anthony 

Some theorize that long-simmering, collective grievances are brought to a boil in the often blistering heat of the seventh month.  Could this explain why more than a dozen countries celebrate their Independence Days in the month of July?*  Personal independence, on the other hand, may be declared jn any weather.  On July 18, bring your favorite poems (preferably by a writer other than yourself) which explore or celebrate some aspect of “independence”.  Cast your net wide. Think metaphorically as well as literally.  Let your mind (and your senses) run free.

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:53:34 -0400


A Living Will

Here, take what’s left of sunlight:  these shadows

on my walls, these yesterdays in corners,

these dust mote reveries.  To you,

 

I leave the echoes that crowd around

my bones:  sonatas, waltzes, lowdown

blues and small tunes with no names.

 

I open out a diorama, fold it from the spine.

First memory:  red metal swing suffused

by golden sun.  A child swings out

 

to meet the light.  Their shadows

draw her close.  The dead are here

beside us:  in our voices, in our touch.

 

The music plays us all it knows:  the slow

laments, the hymns, the intermittent joy,

the steady hunger trapped in bones.

 

–Mary Zeppa

 

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:29:00 -0400