Last SpokenWord of the summer? Outdoors and offline Monday 31st August

Theme – Raw
Place – Place Louis Aragon (Western end of the Île Saint-Louis)
Day – Moon day, 31st August
Time – Gather there from 8pm. Poetics begin at 9pm.
More info – check the Facebook event

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SpokenWord in Paris – outdoors at the Place Louis Aragon in August

Monday Aug 10th – theme Hot & Cold
Monday Aug 17th – theme On the Road

Meet at the Place Louis Aragon from 8pm. It’s the western end of the Île Saint-Louis. Open air poetry starts at 9pm. If you can’t find us, text +33 626901326 Bring your own drink.

We’ll probably wind up in a bar after the words have been said, the songs sung.

Who was Louis Aragon?
Poet, surrealist, Communist, journalist and editor, novelist. Born in Paris in 1897, involved in Dada before founding the surrealist review Littérature with André Breton. Many of his poems were put to music and sung. He died in 1982.

The essentials

I love you by black paths
Like those who have no home
And who walk all night
Everywhere, exerting themselves
I write your name on all the walls
That my love won’t die with me
Let them be memory at my whisper
And proof of where I passed

Where I lost my human shadow
Where I mixed living and my dreams
Where I took your hand in my palm
And crossed your steps with my steps
So much that finally the time that rises
As well as a perfume, complete
The dawn of us whose wonder
Is that we will not see it

— from ”Je t’aime par les chemins noirs”


David (technical assistance) and Cesar (poetry) in July.

Here’s a poem he wrote in 1944 about his city:


Où fait-il bon même au coeur de l’orage
Où fait-il clair même au coeur de la nuit
L’air est alcool et le malheur courage
Carreaux cassés l’espoir encore y luit
Et les chansons montent des murs détruits

Jamais éteint renaissant de la braise
Perpétuel brûlot de la patrie
Du Point-du-Jour jusqu’au Père-Lachaise
Ce doux rosier au mois d’août refleuri
Gens de partout c’est le sang de Paris

Rien n’a l’éclat de Paris dans la poudre
Rien n’est si pur que son front d’insurgé
Rien n’est ni fort ni le feu ni la foudre
Que mon Paris défiant les dangers
Rien n’est si beau que ce Paris que j’ai

Rien ne m’a fait jamais battre le coeur
Rien ne m’a fait ainsi rire et pleurer
Comme ce cri de mon peuple vainqueur
Rien n’est si grand qu’un linceul déchiré
Paris Paris soi-même libéré

Louis Aragon, 1944

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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This week…

SpokenWord in Paris… open air and off-line… Monday July 13th

Spoken World Online… featuring Bill Strangmeyer… theme LIFETIMES… Tuesday July 14th


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An outdoor, open air SpokenWord in Paris this Monday. And a simultaneous Spoken World Online in cyberspace

And we’re back!
with an outdoor SpokenWord in Paris.

Gather at the Chat Noir from 8pm on Monday 6th July.
At 8.45pm we’ll set off for a secret open air, outdoors location nearby.
At 9pm the poetry starts!

Chat Noir address – 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Metro Parmentier or Couronnes.

The exact location of the SpokenWord will be posted here and here closer to the time.

Meanwhile in cyberspace…

Spoken World Online continues – theme: Stillness
An online Spoken Word for these strange times.
Now hosted by David Leo Sirois.
Sign up from 8pm.
Poetics begin 8.30pm.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Sharon Mesmer to Guest at Spoken World Online June 29th–Monday’s Theme: Healing

Sharon Mesmer‘s most recent poetry collection, Greetings from My Girlie Place (Bloof Books) was one of Entropy’s ”Best of 2015.” Her other collections are Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo,2008), The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose, 2008), and Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998). A chapbook, Vertigo Seeks Affinities, was published by Belladonna Press in 2006. Four poems appear in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (second edition). She has also published several collections of short fiction, including Ma Vie á Yonago (Hachette, in French, 2005). She has had essays in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Paris Review and the Brooklyn Rail. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches literature and creative writing at NYU and the New School.
An online Spoken Word for these strange times.
Thanks to a Zoom room provided by The University of the 3rd Horizon.

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Poetics begin 8.30pm

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Jeffrey “Big Homey” Banks to Guest at Spoken World Online June 29th–Monday’s Theme: Healing

104730080_10158569632248216_1872824160113520495_oJeffrey Banks is poetically known as “Big Homey”. He’s worked with notable people such as the late Fred “Rerun” Berry of What’s Happening!, Stellar Award-Winning Gospel Singer Maurette Brown Clark, GRAMMY-Nominated Soul Singer and Television Star Syleena Johnson, 2000 Olympic Gold-Winning NBA Legend Allan Houston, New Jack City Actor & Singer Christopher Williams, Gospel Trailblazer Dr. Bobby Jones and others. He’s been featured in national media such as ESSENCE Magazine, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Radio-One Inc., the CBS Early Show and BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine. Big Homey’s album, Exposed-The EP, is the poetic testimonial of the trials & victories of a Christian Believer. He’s had the opportunity to perform across the USA and has done numerous engagements on East Coast college campuses. He’s a nationally-recognized event planner who was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” American Meeting Planners of 2013 by Rejuvenate Magazine. He has been a grant writer since 2008 and has been awarded numerous grants. He was a 2018 finalist in Day Eight’s DC Poetry Project and is currently continuing a collaborative relationship with grants each party was awarded from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. He’s been published in short-run anthologies in conjunction with DC Public Libraries (2009) and the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2019). Most recently, he’s been a contributing writer to the online publication, DC Theatre Scene..
An online Spoken Word for these strange times.
Thanks to a Zoom room provided by The University of the 3rd Horizon.

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Poetics begin 8.30pm

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Dominique Christina to Guest at Spoken World Online Monday June 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Blood

Dominique Christina is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in the three years she competed, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. She is also the 2013 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion (NUPIC), and 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently an actor/writer for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2 and does branding for Under Armour’s #UnlikeAny campaign. Dominique Christina has performed and conducted workshops for hundreds of colleges/universities, schools, community art spaces, nonprofit organizations, and conferences across the country. She has opened for Cornel West, appeared in Season 3 of Verses and Flow on TV One, performed for the Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till families at the Shiloh Baptist Church, and was a keynote speaker at the Emerging Women Conference, TedxMSU Denver, the LOHAS Conference, and was invited to China to perform her poetry in Chengdu. Dominique’s fourth manuscript “Anarcha Speaks” won the National Poetry Series 2017 She is published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Published Books: The Bones, The Breaking The Balm: A Colored Girl’s Hymnal (Penmanship Books NY 2014), They Are All Me (Swimming With Elephants Publishing 2015), This is Woman’s Work (SoundsTrue Publishing Oct 2015). (Presently writing a Young Adult Book for Random House/Knopf Publishing).
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An online Spoken Word for these strange times.
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Jose Padua to Guest at Spoken World Online June 15th–Monday’s Theme: Growing Pains

JP_Self-Portrait_IMG_20190726_152900_658Jose Padua’s first full length book, A Short History of Monsters, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is now out from the University of Arkansas Press. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as BombSalon.comBeloit Poetry JournalExquisite CorpseAnother Chicago MagazineUnbearablesCrimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and others. He has written features and reviews for SalonThe WeeklingsNYPress, Washington City Paper, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times, and has read his work at Lollapalooza, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Public Theater, the Living Theater, the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and many other venues. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and won the New Guard Review’s 2014 Knightville Poetry Prize. After spending the past ten years with his wife (the poet Heather L. Davis) and children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he and his family are back in his hometown, Washington DC. His poetry and essays appear regularly at Vox Populi ( and he writes the blog Shenandoah Breakdown (

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Spoken World Online 8th June features the première of ”Coldhearts, a poetical”

A special event combining the usual spoken word open mic with the première of the short film Coldhearts, a poetical.

Coldhearts is the world’s first ever Poetical – like a musical but where poetry drives the feel, flow, color and chemistry of the film. It was shot in Paris last year and this will be the first ever screening.

Watch the trailer here:

For the spoken word open mic there will be 2 rounds – one before the film and one after – & the theme will be cold hearts.

8pm Zoom room opens, sign up for open mic
8.30pm Spoken word open mic (round 1) on Zoom
9.30pm Watch Coldhearts première on the YouTube channel–oy9hLbDA
You can also post comments on YouTube.
10pm Back to the Zoom room for discussion of the film including responses to comments.
10.20pm-10.30pm Spoken word open mic round 2 starts on Zoom
(All times are Paris times)

So pour yourself a glass of wine if that’s your thing
and join us to read or listen to the poetry and to watch the film.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Spoken World Online starts at 9pm tonight June 1st, (not the usual 8.30pm). Guest poet Arielle Cottingham, theme Storms.

9pm start for Spoken World Online tonight.
(Not the usual 8.30pm.)
Sign up possible beforehand by emailing
Theme – Storms Guest poet – Arielle Cottingham
Please help us by spreading the word!
Apologies for the late change.

— David Barnes (Organiser)

Arielle bioTexas-born Afro-Latinx performance artist, dancer, and Pushcart-nominated poet Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a degree in theatre and an Australian Poetry Slam Championship under their belt, they explore the interplay between the word and the body, merging elements of dance and physical theater with written poetry to create multidisciplinary short works they have toured through the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia, from the mamaks of Kuala Lumpur to the Sydney Opera House. Their work has been published in BOOTH, Pressure Gauge Press, About Place Journal, and elsewhere, and their first collection, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry.
An online Spoken Word for these strange times.
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Poetics begin 9pm

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