Woodstock Poetry Society
Featured Reading and Open Mike
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 2pm
Golden Notebook (Upstairs)

Barbara Elovic
Carl Rosenstock
Richard Levine

Poets Barbara Elovic , Carl Rosenstock, and Richard Levine will be the featured readers, along with an open mike when the Woodstock Poetry Society meets at Golden Notebook (Upstairs), 29 Tinker Street on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 2pm.

Note: WPS meetings are held the 2nd Saturday (2pm) of every month at Golden Notebook (Upstairs).

Golden Notebook (Upstairs)
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

The reading will be hosted by poet Phillip X Levine. All meetings are free, open to the public, and include an open mike.


Barbara Elovic - Barbara Elovic has published poems in more than one hundred journals, which include Poetry, the Sonora Review, and the Marlboro Review. Additionally, her work is included in anthologies published by Scribners, Dell, Milkweed Editions, Columbia University Press, and Bright Hill Press. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts. She ran one of the first poetry series in Brooklyn in the 1990s. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and after years in the trade publishing industry, she now works as a Pilates instructor.

Union Square

About to board the train
a father busied himself talking with his older girl.
Left on her own the younger daughter,
instead of planting both feet firmly, slipped
through the slim crack between car and platform.
Only the reflex to throw out her arms saved her
as she crashed down on her elbows.
From the waist up she was visible
while her legs dangled dangerously near the rails.
A stranger lifted her to safety before she could cry.
How small the space between breathing and not.
And then the train pulled out of the station on its way.

-Barbara Elovic


Carl Rosenstock - Carl Rosenstock was born in Albany, New York, and grew up on a farm near there. He received a B.A. in Asian History from Union College, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College. He lives and works on the westernmost end of Long Island, in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He helped curate the Village Reading Series, and then curated the Night-&-Day Reading Series; and he was the Poetry Editor of Memoir Journal, as well as being on their editorial board. His first book, The Mystery of Systems, was published in 2017 by CW Books. To see more of his work, as well as purchase his book, please visit his website https://carlrosenstockpoetry.com. … & if you’re on Facebook, visit — https://www.facebook.com/carlrosenstockpoetry.

The Mystery Of Systems

Once upon a time, on my way to work,
Or more properly, my way to the subway,
I froze. Nothing dramatic —
The magnet in my heart
Found iron under the street
And I was seized to the spot.

Once upon the way to my heart,
I found time seized,
Under the street. Nothing —
A properly dramatic magnet —
Froze my way to work.

Once nothing dramatic froze time — the iron
Under the subway — to the magnet
In my heart, I was seized
On my way to the street.

Once seized, my magnet heart
Under the street, I found nothing.
In time, the subway froze,

The magnet in my heart froze,
I found nothing dramatic.

Once I was nothing dramatic, I froze.
-Carl Rosenstock
Fr. The Mystery Of Systems (CW Books)


Richard Levine - Richard Levine is a retired NYC teacher, activist, and author the forthcoming Contiguous States, as well as five chapbooks: The Cadence of Mercy, A Tide of a Hundred Mountains, That Country’s Soul, A Language Full of Wars and Songs, and Snapshots from a Battle. Recent publications include BigCityLit, Comstock Review, Cortland Review, Home Planet News, HOWL, Main Street Rag, Mudfish Review, Passager, Rabbit: A Journal of Nonfiction Poetry, and Steam Ticket. He also has two political song videos on YouTube: “Judge Roberts: One Man, One Woman One Vote” and “The Talkin’ Frackin’ Blues”.

Post Marks

I hammered in the second wood fence post,
while a wasp whirred like a drill on the first,
her small engine humming across the dark
fearsome universe between our hearts.

Later, claiming something of mine from the shed,
I heard her again, and looked up to see the first
of her maternal labors: a perfect tessellation
of paper-mâché hexagons, each one surrounded

by six, surrounded by six, the whole, a nest
fixed to a joist, to store her eggs secure
from the pesticidal world beyond my garden and shed.
All afternoon, she kept returning to the post,

marking where I planted my cabbages and beans.
All afternoon, I kept to my work and she to hers.

-Richard Levine


Developing WPS 2018 Schedule - all readings at Golden Notebook (Upstairs)
All of 2018 Events: Events

01/January 13th - Philip Pardi; Sparrow
02/February 10th - Frank Boyer; Philip Fried
03/March 10th - Cheryl Rice; Guy Reed
04/April 14th - Donald Lev; Mary Leonard
05/May 11th - Judith Saunders; Lucia Cherciu
06/June 9th - Dennis & Justin Bressack
07/July 14th - Therese L. Broderick; TBA
08/August 11th - TBA
09/September 8th - Catherine Arra; TBA
10/October 13th - Barbara Elovic; Carl Rosenstock; Richard Levine
11/November 10th - TBA
12/December 8th - TBA and Annual Business Meeting

Also, why not become a 2018 Member of the Woodstock Poetry Society?

Membership is $20 a year. (To join, send your check to the Woodstock Poetry Society, P.O. Box 531, Woodstock, NY 12498. Include your email address as well as your mailing address and phone number. Or join online at: www.woodstockpoetry.com/become.html). Your membership helps pay for meeting space rental, post-office-box rental, the WPS website, and costs associated with publicizing the monthly events. One benefit of membership is the opportunity to have a brief biography and several of your poems appear on this website.

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