Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Open Reading At Beyond Baroque Inauguration Night!

An open poetry reading at Beyond Baroque inauguration night, January 20, 2017 at 7pm. Spread the word, come and be heard! 3-5 minute limit, depending upon how many show up to share their voices with the 1st amendment hallelujah chorus.

King Con ~ Not Our President
Open Poetry Reading
January 20, 2017

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Spread the word, come and be heard!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

S.A. Griffin & Hassan Jamal On Kill Radio

Very pleased to be returning to Kill Radio for a reading with my poet pal and fellow Onyx Cafe denizen Hassan Jamal on Jimmy's Potpourri, December 11th at 9am. Hassan's show, Straight Ahead, had been spinning jazz and poetry on Kill since the bad old good old days when Kill first started in late 2000 as a response to the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. The photo in the flyer up top is a shot of me being interviewed by Hassan during one of his annual New Year's gigs in 2008, with other Onyx pals Mr. Guy and Blakeslee Stevens in the house.

Musician Mr. Guy & Hassan.

Poet and writer Blakeslee Stevens.

Photos and flyer by S.A.

And for a few years back during the same time period I had my own show on Kill, The Auto Zone, which aired post midnight until 2am on Thursday nights. The Auto Zone was a wide dynamic of music, words, spontaneous cranial combustion and good times when the studio was above the Good Luck Bar in the Davidian Bldg. north of Hollywood and Hillhurst, around the corner from the beautiful Vista Theatre and the original location of the Onyx Cafe (1988-2008).

Owner John Leech in front of the Onyx's original location next door to the Vista Theatre on Sunset Place. Back when The Vista was still a second run screen, before its grand restoration and the footprints in cement out front.

Onyx Cafe at its second location, 1802 N. Vermont Ave. Now a French bistro.

So baby let your hair hang low, lend an ear... and join us as we share a cool breakfast live with Jimmy's Potpourri.

Kill Radio... still the bomb.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

New From Rose of Sharon Press!! The Hideous Bible!!

This just in from Rose of Sharon Press in Los Angeles...
The Hideous Bible by The Lost Bums!!
Celebrating Dada's 100th!!

Thumb, opposable digits and book close to actual size.

The Hideous Bible by The Lost Bums: M. Lane Bruner, S.A. Griffin, Doug Knott and Mike M. Mollett. This crazy art-of-fact has the look and feel of a genuine faux leather pocket book measuring 4"x6", a perfect stocking stuffer. So get yours now and let the stuffing begin, only $15 postage paid. Back channel me with your snail mail address and we'll get the hideous beauty in the post to you asap.

Wedding finger and title page close to actual size.

Experience 135 numbered pages of Hideous gospels according to Saint Mike the Queen, Saint Knott the Last, Saint Steven the Stoned and Saint Michael of Mock. Includes Prophecies (from the bunkers) and Lost Manifestoes. Want to know about the great floods? How about the lesser floods? Did Sampson bath Sheba? Did Raquel Welch walk with the dinosaurs? Is Trump's hair a sign from a jealous God or a nest for mating lobbyists? The answers to these questions and many more will not be found between these pages! Wait, don't wait, order yours now!

Humor yourself, scare your family and friends.
They won't know what to make of this, and neither will you.
Then again, neither do we.

Happy birthday Dada!! Will The Bums be found??

The Hideous Bible by The Lost Bums
Available now!! Operators are sitting by.

The Whistleblower


Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Dark Kingdom of Kenneth Patchen

Please come, revel in the poetic celebration.

The Dark Kingdom of Kenneth Patchen
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts
Venice, CA 90291

Michael C Ford
S.A. Griffin
Herbert T. Schmidt Jr.
Aram Saroyan


Kenneth Patchen.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving By Scott Wannberg

Something from the bop angel Scott Wannberg.

Please read this to yourself. Read this with your eyes, the ones looking out from your heart. Read this out loud with your ears, hungry for some good news. Share it with your family as you sit down together. As you stand up to face the frightened world together. Share it with friends, loved ones. With the not so loved ones. Share this with the sainted strangers you meet along your wandering.

I give thanks for Scott, his venerable language and indestructible love
that live inside of me and everyone lucky enough to be touched by him.

For my wife, my son, his mother, our collective families and all our friends.

For our health. Our place in the sun. Our cats. For the poem.

For time enough to live and love.

I give thanks.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Streets of Los Angeles : Election Night 2016

The Streets of Los Angeles : Election Night 2016

here, tonight
in this, the 2nd largest city in America
a strange peace rocks these urban canyons

there are no magnificent fireworks
to scratch the sky with celebration
no uplifting fanfare to name our
revolutionary spirit

no heroic confetti to rain down
on some grand parade marching
beneath the triumphant arch of this
uneasy hallelujah

where headlines hang in the balance
of an odd detente

and an unfathomable fog swallows us all

as we emerge from opposite ends of history
asking ourselves red, white or blue
who are you America?

Who are we now?

S.A. Griffin
November 8, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Cafe Bustelo clock

Picked this beauty up about 20 years ago, one of my truly favorite things. I was in a thrift store here in Los Angeles poking thru the shelves and saw this keeping time on the wall. I asked the guy working there if it was for sale. He said that he didn't think so, but he'd ask his father as it was his clock. I could see them talking to one another as the son pointed my way. He told me that his father was a Cuban immigrant from many years back and wanted to know why a non-Cuban like me would be interested in such a thing. I told him that Bustelo was my favorite bean and that I had been drinking it for many years. Pleased I suppose that it would be going to a real Bustelo coffee drinker, and a businessman at heart, the kind father offered it to me for $40 because the second hand had come off. I was thrilled and thanked him profusely. When I got it home and took a look at the second hand, the fix was easy, it simply needed to be reattached to the clock by screwing it back on.

My beautiful Bustelo clock has always kept perfect time. Never missing a beat it remains in the same great condition as it was the day I brought it home and has very little wear, only a few very small paint chips missing here and there, otherwise, it is in absolutely perfect shape. I expect that this wonderful time piece will continue to keep perfect pace with me until I check out and my Bustelo clock goes to the next.

Been searching for information on this beautiful clock for many years, but to no avail. And after countless late night internet searches I have not been able to find one single image. Recently contacted the Bustelo company and even they don't have archival information on it, must be one of the rarest clocks on Earth or planet Bustelo.

As you might be able to see, the piece is white plastic cased in a gold metal frame and is powered by an electric cord, no batteries in this one. The clock appears to be from the late 1950s or early 60s and measures at a little over two feet wide, slightly over a foot high and five and half inches deep.

If anyone out there has any information on the piece, please feel free to let me know. If anyone out there has another, that would be amazing, would love to see a pic of your Cafe Bustelo timepiece!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Official Language of Yes by Scott Wannberg!!

The language has landed!!!
The Official Language of Yes
by Scott Wannberg

Cover photo by Henry Mortensen, layout and design by Michele Perez.

After more than three years of work, and almost four years to the day after Scott's passing comes this wonderful new book for and by Scott Wannberg. The Official Language of Yes from Perceval Press is an 8.5"x11" hardbound volume with over 300 pages; a big beautiful book for a big beautiful man chock full of Scott's words, wit, wisdom, spontaneous jazz riffs and full color reproductions of original art.

Back cover. Beautiful words for Scott by Dave Alvin.

This collection includes some previously published work culled from small press anthologies, broadsides, periodicals and chapbooks with small runs; many rare and years out of print. However, by no means is this a best of or collected as close 90 per cent has never been seen in print. The Official Language of Yes is a true labor of love on the part of all involved. Edited by S.A. Griffin, the book includes a prologue by Viggo Mortensen and introduction by Henry Mortensen. Unbelievably priced at $25, this baby is the poetry deal of a lifetime!

The official poet of yes!!