In August 2015 Alan
Britt was invited by the Ecuadorian House of Culture
Benjamín Carrión in Quito, Ecuador as part of a cultural
exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States.
During his visit, he participated in the international
literary conference sponsored byLa hermandad de las palabras
2015 in Babahoyo, Ecuador.He served as judge for
the 2013 The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book
Award. He read poetry and presented the “Modern Trends in
U.S. Poetry” at the VII International Writers’ Festival in
Val-David, Canada, May 2013. He read poetry for the 6x3
Exhibition at the Jadite Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen/Manhattan
in December 2014. Also, sponsored byLaRuche Arts
Contemporary Consortium (LRACC) he read poetry at the Union
City Museum of Art/William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union
City, NJ in May, 2014. His interview at The Library of
Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica
Radio, January 2013. A new interview for Lake City Lights is
available at http://lakecitypoets.com/AlanBritt.html. His
latest books include Lost Among the Hours: 2015,Parabola
Dreams (with Silvia Scheibli): 2013 and Alone with the
Terrible Universe: 2011. He teaches English/Creative Writing
at Towson University.
They grew up using fists as words,
plus other forms of etiquette.
Mother drove a school bus;
father spent his best years
at a carcinogenic factory.
Algebra made them dizzy,
so they turned to geometry,
one knuckle at a time.
One robbed a liquor store;
one joined the Marines;
one became a teacher.
Years flew by like wives
& before they knew it they were barbequing
phone company pensions
with a dash of Roosevelt social security.
Kids in nursing, school board administrators,
& some on the lamb.
They grew up in neighborhoods
where fists were words.
© Copyright, 2015, Alan
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