EJMZ 1 and 2


Elizabeth June Madden-Zibman

EJMZ, we would say now

When we met, her and Chris

Chris and her, the two of them

were Open Mouth Poetry


For reasons, for reasons

they no longer would could whatever the word was

and I decided I could do it

and found a female to work with

so we would be Open Mouth and and and


It was the first time

I felt I could leadership take

and not the last time

there would be ulteriors


Chris and June trusted us trusted us

and we did a good job for a while

till there was too much us too much us

two egos too much two egos too much


We both went on to other worlds

but we did a lot and…

Chris and June gave us the power

and gave the space to hundreds of 

Philadelphia Poets


From the 3-30-2014

Chris Peditto Tribute Reading



The first time I walked in to 

an Open Mouth Reading

and she was encouraging

as she always was


and like many

not previously used to

being told they might be able

it took me a while to hear


This is my memory of her

and I meant to say this to her

on the night of 3-30

Let me say it now

Let me say it now








About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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