Sunday, August 28, 2011

Draft of, Within the Bullet, from a future project tentatively titled, “Dampness”

Within the Bullet By Jasen Sousa
Dedicated to Sylvia Plath

Somebody is shooting at something in our city.
Is it a vein, a person, a star?
If you place your ear toward
the vertical sky, you will be able
to hear sounds within sounds.

Different images seen within the scope;
family members, political leaders, and inner demons
melting from within the eyes
and drying in the shapes
of tattoos, scars, and fresh open wounds.

Abraham Lincoln
and a Ku Klux Klan member
play a game of chess in the middle
of a street on top
of a manhole cover.

Stuck, leaves fall
on fresh tar. Bleeding
outside of you like grass
reaching from crevices in the sidewalk.
The victor holds the gun and is allowed to speak.

If only everyone’s thoughts and ideas
were as selective as the poet
who does not believe in God’s voice
but in sounds created
by nature. Squeeze

the trigger, inject the needle, reach
for the moving star and move
through life like the wind
is your best friend who will
not allow you to stay still and get caught

up. Paint from the dome
of the State House dissolves
and is captured and molded
into golden guns which are handed
out in the inner city like candy.

Businessmen with bowties, thick
glasses and sharpened pencils
create statistics which are only
relevant during elections.
Count stagnant shadows

of unknown victims shot
by unknown assailants, watch
numbers rise like the gas
pump, like invisible debt
displayed slowly on sturdy analog clocks.

Smiles are stitched together by morticians,
do not believe their shape, do not
believe in planned death even
though they have taken your picture off
your mother’s nightstand and placed it on the news.

Put down your weapon kid, the one
held inside your cold grey hands
and be free. Your hands were made
to build, not to destroy
yourself and others with loud technology.

Someone is shooting at someone in our city
and it stings like a swarm
of penetrating bees.
I have an allergy I was born with.
Paint the darkness of your mind with my crimson nectar.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

eNews from the Boston Public Library

Civil War Commemoration Continues

The Boston Public Library continues its ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a range of programs across the city this fall:

Jan Turnquist performs as Louisa May Alcott in September at the Adams Street, Orient Heights, and South Boston branches.
The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs period music on Saturday, October 8, at the Hyde Park branch.
Barbara Menard Pugliese speaks on Civil War era dress in October at the Grove Hall branch and in November at the Honan-Allston and Charlestown branches.
Jeff Davis performs the music of the Civil War in October at the Brighton and West End branches and in November at the East Boston branch.
Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti performs as Harriet Tubman on Monday, November 21, at the Codman Square branch.
See the complete schedule of exhibitions, lectures, films, and more on the BPL's Civil War web page.

Fall Author Talks
The fall Author Talk Series at the Central Library in Copley Square is filled with appearances by some of today's most exciting writers. Mark your September calendars for:

Terry Brooks, author of The Measure of the Magic
Friday, September 9, at 12 noon
David Rakoff, author of Half Empty
Thursday, September 15, at 6:00pm
Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life
Monday, September 20, at 6:00pm
The series continues through December with authors like Steve Inskeep,
Julie Klam, Ha Jin, and Gregory Maguire. See the complete schedule.

Lasting Images

Since April, the Boston Public Library has been publishing images from the Leslie Jones Collection. Many have enjoyed his historic baseball and crime photos, but few know the wide range of subjects and events that this gifted photographer captured.

Leslie Jones (1886-1967) was on staff at the Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956. Modest about his abilities as a photographer (he called himself a camera-man, not a photo-journalist), Jones quietly built an unrivaled collection of photographic negatives, almost 40,000 of which were given to the Boston Public Library by his family in the early 1970s. The BPL has so far published fifty-one unique sets of Jones' images.

Compass Roundtables

Compass Roundtable meetings are an important part of the library's strategic planning process. These meetings are for all residents, citywide, and the conversation is about the whole Boston Public Library, systemwide. Roundtables will include the opportunity to review a set of updated outcomes for the BPL’s strategic plan. Dates and times are:

Thursday, August 25, Parker Hill Branch, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Monday, August 29, Brighton Branch, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 31, Online Chat, 6:00 – 7:00pm

If you are not able to attend an in-person or online meeting, you are welcome to comment on the Compass blog or send an email with your thoughts to

Did You Know? Calendar
Catherine Willis, a current Boston Public Library staff member, wrote the first pictorial history of the library. See the book and come to the author talk in just a few days.

If the library's OverDrive downloadable service were a physical branch, it would be the busiest branch in the system.

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. More than 54,000 people signed up for a Boston Public Library card last year. Every resident of Massachusetts is eligible.
The BPL calendar lets you search for events, download to your calendar, sign up for email or text reminders, and more.

For Teens

The Teen Lounge on the BPL web site is full of information for Boston teens, including a link to the BPL Teen Blog. Invite a teen you know to check it out.

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From Miss Genevieve- This goes out to all family, friends, affiliates & other business associates

This goes out to all family, friends, affiliates & other business associates (and some of you might have heard from me on FB so sorry for any repeats!) But I'd like to let you all know about my new radio show ... and maybe some of you can participate ...

Starting SAT 8.27 from 10:30am-11:30am EST, I'll be broadcasting weekly on UNregular Radio (an internet-based radio station located on Bedford St in Downtown/Boston). My show, All Up iN Your Ear Canals, will focus on hip hop - local/worldwide/underground & some old school. My goal is to support local and worldwide independent hip hop artists, as well as to reminisce with some popular underground from the 80s-90s.

THE STATiON : UNregular Radio has 24-hrs of quality programming including talk, sports, music of all genres, & comedy. Of the 7,000+ dedicated daily listeners, 80% of those returning ears are New England based. With that, I'm reaching out to businesses for sponsorship, to, in turn, help those businesses increase revenue. (All Up iN Your Ear Canals contact info below)

SPONSORS : For $100/per show, I'm offering Sponsors up to 4min. of plugs throughout the hour ($175 for a 2-show-bundle & other packages available for those who want to reserve more time in advance). Sponsors can provide give-aways or have special events & deals promoted, as well as be a guest on the show to talk about business/promotions/events on air. I'll soon be offering original pre-recorded promos for a separate fee.

ARTiSTS : If you or if you know an artist looking for radio play, send me the tracks along with any info you want listeners to know. We can then discuss having you on as a guest! This invitation is also extended to DJs, as well active players in the hip hop community who promote peace & positivity thru music, dance & other arts and events.

I've attached a full description of UNregluar Radio and then ...

Thanks for reading and STAY TUNED ... we keep it moving up & onward.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Annual 3 on 3 Fall Basketball Classic

Annual 3 on 3 Fall Basketball Classic

Poem from a future project tentatively titled, “Dampness”

Change By Jasen Sousa


I walk empty early morning Saturday streets
hoping that I might bump into someone I know, I won’t
though, never will. Stores have yet to raise
their signed pieces of crinkled metal paper
that gets erased by ruling teachers, the same ones
who taught me about the world, and the same

ones who left out a few key details. The roads are light
with traffic, and vehicles move like the overweight on treadmills, not yet
in a rush to get to wherever it is they’re going. The immigrated
unemployed are beginning to gather in groups and wait
for an American hand to show them a dream. I wish
someone would reach for my heart like they do a cup

of coffee. Too hot. Napkins tightrope sidewalks
and try not to fall over from last night’s stains. Take
it all in, sip, sip, until the crowd stares at you for slurping; maybe
they won’t notice because their minds are empty and their stomachs
are full from a routine that doesn’t allow them to speak
the words, “I’m not hungry!” I have left

a big tip that I hope “Alana” with the red
hair and freckled cleavage will spend on something
she can savor for more than a break that arrives
at 10 and 2 Monday through Friday,
and sometimes on weekends. Count the wrinkled
leaves of Fall, smooth them out and place

them inside dictionaries which contain words
that if placed in the right order could bring
great fortune too large for definition. Look up
at the sky on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on a summer night
and notice how seagulls have taken the place of stars,
and how machines have taken last week’s

entire check. I unpack my pockets from a day’s journey
around a city I have been born
and raised in. It has changed, I have changed, but what
has really changed? The sidewalks are raised
and the meals cost more than what I make
an hour, but it is home. Home for me

and for the friends I wish would call
and tell me to meet them at the park
like when I was younger, but the park is gone, and so are the payphones.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August E-Newsletter from Zumba with Jess

Meet Alix Marcus !
Alix = New Thursday Class Instructor

Alix started her career as a dancer at the tender age of seven. Falling in love immediately with the creative disciplines of ballet, modern, jazz, and lyrical she began her journey as a competitive dancer at The Gold School in Brockton, MA. After several years of competitive dance and at the beginning of her high school career, Alix placed into an esteemed pre-professional dance program, Boston Youth Moves, at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, MA. With the rigorous hours and training Alix quickly realized she would continue into her adult life as a professional dancer. Dance stuck with Alix through her college years at UMass- Boston, and she even took those dreams all the way to New York City.

Enjoying every second of life as a dancer in the city where dreams come true, an unfortunate injury occurred during a demanding day of rehearsals. A meniscus tear abruptly pushed Alix out of the competitive dance scene in New York City (temporarily), but opened another door to the fitness dance craze, Zumba. She started taking the Zumba classes offered at her work place, The Alvin Ailey School, and knew she had found something to give her just as much joy as her dance career. Zumba grabbed a hold of her life for the better, and simply taking classes wasn't enough. Only a few months after her first Zumba class, Alix received her certification and began the next chapter in her life as a Zumba instructor. Nothing brings her more joy than to see everyday people benefiting mentally, emotionally, and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. She knows first- hand the profound impact dance has on one's life, and loves to share it in an accessible way with the Zumba community.

Zumba ® Class Updates

Upcoming Schedule of Classes:

Tuesdays @ 6:30 PM w/ Zumba with Jess

August 2 {Alix will be subbing this class}

August 9

August 16

August 23
August 30

Thursdays @ 6:30 PM w/ Alix Marcus

August 4

August 11

August 18
August 25

Saturdays @ 11:00 AM w/ Zumba with Jess

August 6

August 13

August 20

August 27

Cost: $12 per class (ten dollars with a 10 session class card)


CBC Fitness & Training Club, 73 Bow Street, Somerville

New Zumba Instructor to Sub for Jess

Thanks Renee...

...for subbing for Jess' class on Saturday, July 30.

There's a new Zumba instructor in the house! Weepah!

About Zumba With Jess

Jess Perkins, is a Cambridge-based personal trainer and licensed Zumba instructor. Jess has been in the fitness industry for 14 years and is certified by the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research (AFAA), and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association (Elite CPT). She's been seen in publications such as: the Improper Bostonian 2008 and 2009, Walking magazine, Fitness Magazine, Reebok Alliance, BJ's journal, and the Discovery Channel's episode on "weight control" w/ Kat Carney.

Phone: 617-968-1695

About Jess

Jess Perkins, is a Cambridge-based personal trainer whose clients include men, women (including brides-to-be looking for glistening wedding day fitness), adolescents, individuals in training, or those simply pushing toward a more ambitious, stronger workout. With more than fourteen years in the fitness industry, Jess’ dynamic approach, boundless energy and natural connection with people sets her apart.

Through a variety of innovative fitness techniques that combine physical as well as mental stimulation, Jess is recognized for her expertise in functional training and creating a look that is more tone and trim than bulk and build. For females she draws from the very physiques that inspire her; athletic, elegant, and toned, while still feminine. For males, she avoids excess mass in favor of a fit, lean appearance.

Before striking out on her own, Jess taught ticketed-out classes for Healthworks Fitness Centers and the Mount Auburn Club.

Jess is certified by the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research (AFAA), and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association (Elite CPT). She's been seen in publications such as: the Improper Bostonian 2008, Walking magazine, Fitness Magazine, Reebok Alliance, BJ's journal, and the Discovery Channel’s episode on “weight control” w/ Kat Carney.