Remembering Tib

Remembering Tib


Joseph Tiberino dies on 2-19-2016 at the age of 77


If I went to your funeral

that would be my last memory of you-NO!

let me remember you holding court at Bacchanal

1320 South Street Arts Bar

Art, Booze, Music, Poetry

loose women and looser men

It was the 1980’s and to paraphrase Grace Slick

If you could remember more than half of it

you really weren’t there.

I was really, really there.



2)  You gave me my first Poetry Organizing Gig

Poets and Prophets started there

I’m up to cataloging the 1987 tapes

and may get them all done

while still upright

while still upright

there were many nights going home alone

and many others

and, oh yeah, some great Poets read there

From Baraka to Steptoe

From Jim Cory to Etheridge Knight

From Tommi Avicolli to Wil Perkins

and all the Wordsmiths at the Open Reading

ending some nights at mid

Joe walking around Bacchanal

like some son of Bacchus

like Bacchus himself


3) Tib,  the Emperor of Powelton

striding around the Compound

like a Roman Emperor you were

wearing painters clothes

holding wine glass, holding brush


Ellen, regal and beautiful

silent, at least compared to Joe

First couple of Philadelphia Art

First Couple of Powelton

The Queen and King


Pierre and the Roea C. Wallace,

Hugh Wattles, River and Gail

Pat Hinchey, Lamont, me

sometimes, like when the three

of us, me Pat and Lamont

(That’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

sat on a Powelton roof drinking beers and declaiming

dragging Pat back when he got too near the edge

That was Pat then, on the edge


Slept on someone’s couch some nights

lost in the memory place

when I could still delete,

with intention


3)  Years later

sometime in the 1990’s

while walking soberly on S. Broad St

A suited man called you

summoned me from the west side

running across Broad St

halfway between Sansom and Walnut

(an earlier edition of me could do that)

It was Joe Tib in all his fullness

We discussed the recent closing of Bacchanal

saying “it was your fault, Bob

’cause you stopped drinking”


4)  Don’t know exactly the last time

I saw you

(my memory now deletes on it’s own

and I can’t seem to reboot)

but, to me, you are best remembered alive

as Etheridge and Jerome and so many others

whose lives must live on in memory


From starting on 2-29








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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