First Friday Coffehouse 4/1/11

From Bob Moore

Hi peaceable people, poets, musicians, those that have seen too much trouble, and are looking for a respite to recharge and get one’s bearings :As some of you know, Paul Simon has a wonderful tune recorded years ago called “American Tune” which ends: We come on a ship they call the Mayflower, we come on a ship that sailed the moon, we come at the age’s most uncertain hour, and sing an American tune, but it’s all right, it’s all right, you can’t be forever blessed, still, tomorrow’s gonna be another working day, and I’m trying to get some rest, that’s all, I’m trying to get  some rest.

We’ve seen some turmoil in the last few years, and face it, it can bring a person down. We’re here to say, don’t give up on love. Love is the key,whenever all other messages are strange or discouraging. This week we’re featuring a fine poet (just keeps getting better – he wouldn’t agree, but he is), and his name is Rickey Holt. Rickey has prepared a presentation of his poetry with a recurrent theme of “Love in the Time of Hate”. Rickey has been bringing his poems to the First Friday Coffeehouse and sharing them for the last several years, and has tried several ways of delivering his poems from one voice, to multiple voices, to voice with music accompaniment. He’s an artist that continues to change and present his art in new ways and we have been the beneficiaries. Find more about Rickey in the bio that follows:

I was born in 1944 and raised in New York City by my two Jewish communist parents. With my mother a photographer and a member of a group that included photographers like Paul Strand and my father an iron worker and a union organizer, and with a lesbian thespian aunt and a black half-sister, I grew up in Queens close to concerns about art and social justice and far from mainstream America. I am a product of the repressive 1950’s and the freedom of the 1960’s and its Vietnam War, which I escaped. For most of my life the only art form that I seriously considered I might be involved in was photography. I found the poetry of Dylan Thomas early but my own writing was sporadic until I attended a reading by the teenage Mexican Poet, Ekiwah Alder-Belendez in 2005 and we met to photograph his incredible slender fingers and beautiful hands. (These are the hands that appear in some of the advertisements I have circulated for this reading.) In “Love in the Time of  Hate”, a title with an obvious debt to Gabriel García Márquez, I juxtapose poems previously written about both love and hate. By reminding myself about love I hope to remind myself of what is lost in war and hate.

To let you know, we’re also likely to have a surprise musical guest (not telling who, but his first name is Charles) opening for Rickey in the first 10-15 minutes of the coffeehouse so the evening should be a wonderful night of poetry and music.

Peace and love,


The First Friday Coffeehouse featuring

Rickey Holt

A poetry performance entitled “Love in the Time of Hate”.

The First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Exeter

12 Elm Street (Parish Hall), Exeter, NH

Friday, April 1st

7:30 PM

Sign-up for performers starts at 6:30 PM.

Musicians, poets, families, performing art enthusiasts encouraged to attend.

Bring a dessert. Coffee and tea will be provided. Donations gratefully


Tell a friend and see you on Friday, April 1

For more information, e-mail or phone: 642-4648.

My gang in Philly.


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