Poet Plans to Bomb Phoenix Next Week, and Other Less Bizarre Poetry Month News

That's the crazy scheme nationally recognized poet and former LA Weekly writer S.A. Griffin is planning. Griffin purchased a defunct U.S. military practice bomb for $100 from some dude on Craigslist in November of last year and set about drilling, grinding and refurbishing it into a sleek pinstriped capsule filled with poetry from the world's poetry greats (and not-so-greats). "I'm taking one of the most iconic images of destruction of the 20th century and turning it into something positive," he explains.  

Details on Griffin and the bomb's Phoenix visit, and more upcoming poetry events, after the jump.

In addition to works by famous poets, Griffin included a ton of submissions he solicited via the Poetry Bomb website. At each stop, Griffin pulls a wad of random poems from the capsule and reads them at the mic. 

S.A. Griffin and Elsie the Poetry Bomb will drop into Phoenix's Conspire coffee house at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30. During the bomb's stay in sunny Phoenix, she will be treated to refreshing new poems donated by locals including Aaron Johnson, Bill Campana, Christopher Fox Graham, Ernesto Moncada and Meghan Jones. Free admission.

In other less bizarre poetry news, Arizona State Poetry Society is hosting their annual Spring Poetry Festival this Saturday, April 24 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe. The event includes open mic readings and workshops from language expert Bill Brown and English teacher Rhonda Brown.

On the heels of National Poetry Month is the 15th Annual Mesa National Poetry Slamoff on Saturday, May 1 at Queen's Pizzeria on Main St. in Mesa. The top five competitors will be one of two Phoenix-area teams to advance to the National Poetry Slam Championships from August 5-7 in St. Paul, Minnesota (Phoenix's Black Pearl Poetry selected their team in early April). Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Visit anthology.org for info.   

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