The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse in Stroudsburg, PA hosted their weekly “Just Say it” session on Thursday June 17th as led by Joseph T. Landolfa. A good deal of conversation ensued throughout the evening with topics ranging from text messaging, to computers, to corporate greed, to pirating online music, and more. At first glance, this may seem like an open poetry reading gone awry, but a deeper look would reveal this is really a part of the poetic process.
Poetry, like all art forms, draws its essence from what we perceive to be ordinary and transforms these observations into something more esoteric. What may seem to be a casual conversation may, to a poet and/or writer of prose, prove to be a germination of an idea or concept which may be planted upon a page at a later time. What may grow might be something no one in the gathering would ever contemplate coming into being. Thus, an ordinary conversation could turn out to be not so ordinary after all.
Of course, all this elaborate pontificating is very elementary to those of you who are artists. But, for those of you who aren’t, I’m sure this was all pretty boring. Smiles. You’ll find more photographs in The Forwardian Arts Society Cheeky Monkey 2010 Gallery at www.myspace.come/forwardian_arts.
The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse offers a variety of coffee, drinks, and culinary treats along with events such as the one described in this article. The next event will be The Forwardian Arts Society is scheduled to hold a Literary Lovers’ Gathering on Thursday June 24th at 6pm followed by their “Just Say It” Open Reading at 7pm on the same evening. A Visual Art Lovers‘ Gathering is scheduled to be held on Sunday July 11th at 3pm. In addition to these events, Lens Jams is scheduled to perform every Wednesday Evening beginning at 6pm featuring smooth jazz and rock on acoustic guitars, and Apezilla on Saturdays beginning at 6pm featuring pop and classic rock. Please Contact The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse at 570-420-8222 for more information.