City Book Shop 4-12-95

This is from the August 1995 issue of Seven Arts
Vol 3 # *
This is from PDF Element 6 pro
using OCR scanning


City Book Shop 4-12-95
•To Leonard Gontarek and the City Book Shop,
The 12th & Pine area has been the scene of armed robberies
“Give me all your Poems
and noone gets hurt”
I wanted to shout
but Leonard would of not found it funny,
grimaced, not found it at all, possibly,
after opening the door, locked now,
due to non-paranoic fear, of guns and those who use
after opening the book store door
to people he knew were safe
if occasionally pretentious.
“Give me all your Poets,
and noone gets hurt.”
Where is the worth, the value and urgency of words,
when guns bullets and blood
speak in louder and heavier tones.
Leonard could be in Media, Delaware County
or some other place
less urban
safer but quieter
calmer but
without that urban edge
he’s made the choice to stay
this time. For an uncertain now.
“Give me ail your haikus
some of your verdenelles
only your Pecrarchian Sonnets
and a smattering of 1980s neo-Beat Writers….”
This is a place to come for coffee
for old books
for Poets and Poems
where only time should be killed
where entrance and exit should be free
and without thought
perhaps the unthinkable has happened
that one must always think, now,
in this modem city
before one sets out a foot
from the safety of the locked door
from the sanctity
of the suburbs
from the womb
of the home….
— Bob Small


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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