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Family Friendly Poetry Reading

by Frank Moore, Saturday, April 06, 2002


A family friendly poetry reading?
Really?
Do you mean like READERS’ DIGEST?
MMMM…
I suppose some poets would go along with it…
The kind in READERS’ DIGEST
The kind who don’t see
Don’t mind
The command
For “self” censorship
Tucked neatly in the warmly caramel apple
Phrase
Of FAMILY FRIENDLY
There ain’t no “self” censorship
You are censoring art,
Words,
Intensity,
Truths,
The Audience
Down into nice mellow
Fascism

I suppose some are willing to accept this….
The kind who don’t question
Questions like
Which family?
It definitely ain’t my family
Not any of the expanding rings
Of my family
In fact
It is down right hostile
To my human tribal family
Which teaches our kids
How to use words
To communicate with all kinds of people
In all kinds of contexts
Openly
Deeply
Freely
Exploring all life
With a passionate honesty,
Sitting together
In the yummy smelling kitchen
Of Life
Sitting together
Around the tribal fires
Generations sitting together
Passing the talking stick around
Telling their stories
Revealing their desires and fears,
Wisdom and folly
Exploring myths…
Listening and telling
Into the center of respect and acceptance…
All the family listening
All tell
In their own ways…
Silly little sister
Wise grandma
Hot angry brother
Mother finding new words
Dad listening to family voices…
All beyond taboos
In this sacred ritual of telling.

I don’t really know what to make of this
Hostile FAMILY FRIENDLY…
Ok,
I do.
This is making poetry,
All art,
Into a hallmark lapdog
Of the brainwashing “socialization”
Of little lily and billy
Reinforcing SCHOOL/CHURCH/CORPORATE shallow
Dogma,
Using us poets
To be the shallow virus dogma carriers,
Thinking
FAMILY FRIENDLY can ever be
Anything but enforced shallow reality
On everyone

Sure,
When I read at schools
I play by THE RULES
Not because of the kids

But to get into the brainwashing camps
To slip the kids
A subversive potion of
Words/ideas/images

But shoot me
If I ever read at a FAMILY/KIDS FRIENDLY POETRY READING…
No…
Shoot the fascist’s parents!

Think fast!
A loving couple lovingly f…

In your head,
What did you hear for F?

Did I just cross the line?

Hope so!


“Innocent”, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”, 1981 by Frank Moore
“Trixie”, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”, 1979 by Frank Moore
“Superman”, oil on canvas, 35” x 68”, 1976

From the book, Skin Passion: Poems and Paintings by Frank Moore.

Frank’s Letterboard

Here are some of Frank’s old letterboards … construction varies depending on how they connected to Frank’s wheelchair. Frank designed all of his letterboards starting back in the 1960s.

Frank in New York City, NY circa 1974:

Circa late 1970s:

Also circa late 1970s:

Frank on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, August 1984:

Street performance in front of The Lab, San Francisco in 1988 with a letterboard mounted on plexiglass:

Board circa early 1990s that Frank used on his “motor” wheelchair (painted by Mikee LaBash):

Frank and Linda Mac on University Ave circa 1990. Photo by Jim Appleton.

Board mounted on plexiglass circa early 1990s used on Frank’s “push” wheelchair (painted by Mikee LaBash):

Frank and Linda Mac during Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den on FAKE Radio circa 1998/1999 with another plexiglass board:

This board was used through the 2000s until 2013 (board construction by Alexi Malenky, painted by Mikee LaBash):

Frank and Linda at Risk For Deep Love October 2012.
Frank is now using a laser pointer.

This “adjustable” board was built in 2013 by Alexi for use on Frank’s new reclining wheelchair. The board had hinges so it could be adjusted as Frank reclined (painted by Mikee LaBash):

Frank and Linda at Erotic Risk For Deep Love September 2013 performance
… with adjustable board.