Friday, 17 November 2017

Arts & Life

Ted Kooser. Photo credit: UNL Publications and Photography.

I love poems that delightfully offer voices for otherwise mute things, and I like what the following cash register has to say about her life and times.

This poem is from Maria Nazos' chapbook, Still Life, from Dancing Girl Press & Studio.

For the past two years, Maria has been our graduate assistant at American Life in Poetry, during which time she's had a good deal of success with her own poems, including a recent publication in The New Yorker.

Cash Register Sings The Blues

This isn't my dream-job. As a young sheet
of steel and plastic I dreamt of being melted

down into a dancer's pole in Vegas. I wanted
a woman in a headdress glossy as a gossamer

to wrap her lithe limbs around me. I wanted
to be strewn in lights, smell her powdery perfume.

Instead I'm a squat box crouched behind the counter,
noticed only if someone robs me. I'm touched all day,

but never caressed. Listen: somewhere gold tokens
spew from slots. I want to drink space-alien-dyed martinis on black

leather sectional couches. Watch tipsy women with acid-
washed jeans and teased hair dreamily press their faces

against slot machines while people treat currency
carelessly as spit in the wind.

I'm everywhere you look, ubiquitous and ignored.
I'm the container of your dreams that tossed aside my own.

I've kept my clean, sleek lines but you never say a thing.
Feed me, feed me with the only love we know.

American Life in Poetry does not accept unsolicited submissions. It is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2016 by Maria Nazos, “Cash Register Sings The Blues,” from Still Life, (Dancing Girl Press & Studio, 2016). Poem reprinted by permission of Maria Nazos and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2017 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

Konocti Art Society members produced fine art to be used for a raffle that benefited the Lake County Arts Council’s Summer Youth Art Program. Pictured, from left to right, are Karen Magnuson, Gaylene McComb, Diane Stawicki, Jeanne Landon-Myers, Jo Bergesen, Gerri Groody, Barbara Funke, Patty Oates, Jan Hambrick and Carolyn Morris. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The members of the Konocti Art Society made an annual donation to help support the Lake County Arts Council’s Summer Youth Art Program.

The Guitarsonists will headline a benefit concert for Sulphur fire recovery on Saturday, February 3, 2017, in Lakeport, Calif. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, The Guitarsonists will be playing a Sulphur fire benefit concert from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport.

17 Nov 2017;
02:00PM - 08:00PM
Christmas Boutique
17 Nov 2017;
07:00PM - 10:00PM
Andre Williams performs at Soper Reese
18 Nov 2017;
08:00AM - 11:00AM
Lucerne Alpine Senior Center monthly breakfasts
18 Nov 2017;
10:00AM - 04:00PM
Christmas Boutique
19 Nov 2017;
10:00AM - 01:00PM
Rock of Faith Church
21 Nov 2017;
09:00AM -
Board of Supervisors
21 Nov 2017;
06:00PM -
Lakeport City Council
22 Nov 2017;
06:00PM - 08:00PM
Rock of Faith Church Bible study
23 Nov 2017;
06:00PM -
Clearlake City Council
26 Nov 2017;
10:00AM - 01:00PM
Rock of Faith Church
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