Sunday, June 22, 2008


Dear readers: I'm going to post an invitation to a rocking poetry party (yes, that's right, a poetry party) sponsored by Backwaters Press

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Come to The First Annual Last Bash At Kuzma’s

A Fundraiser for The Backwaters Press

Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 to cover production costs for 20 books in 2008 in order to keep on bringing great poetry to a poetry-hungry nation!

Where: The Fabled Greg Kuzma residence at 118 South Boswell, Crete, Nebraska

When: July 26, 2008—a date scientifically proven in numerous independent, double-blind, rigorously controlled experiments to cure the summertime BLAHS (Boring Life At Home Syndrome) TIME: 4:00 p.m. to whenever

Friends, you’ve seen them sitting dejectedly in their cubicles, or staring blankly at the traffic lights, forlorn looks on their faces—you know what they need—Poetry! And you know how you can get poetry to them—The Backwaters Press! For nearly 12 years The Backwaters Press has been waging the fight against the POETRY VOID that threatens to engulf our nation, but you can help stop the VOID from taking over our children and ruining our families! Just as we have learned that we can be better Americans by going shopping, the National Society for Filling Poetry Voids, or NSFPV, has recently completed painstaking studies that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that HELPING THE BACKWATERS PRESS MEET ITS FUNDRAISING GOALS will be instrumental in disabling the Void! Yes, YOU can make a difference!

How to do this remarkable feat, you might ask—well, easy: PARTY! Simplistic as it may sound, the NSFPV has determined through rigorous research, conducted at our secret underground Poetry Laboratory, that if you go to The Backwaters Press website at, get your checkbook out and send in a check for at least $50, ($75 for couples) or, donate at least $50 (couples rule applies) with our secure DONATION BUTTON, that you will be able to receive tickets from the press, and a map to Greg Kuzma’s house, where you will be able to FILL THAT ACHING IN YOUR HEART FOR POETRY-RELATED PARTIES and also help The Backwaters Press meet its fundraising goals.

If you would like to donate any amount to help CRUSH THE POETRY VOID and stand side-by-side in spirit with others who would also like to help The Backwaters Press meet its fundraising goals, the researchers at the NSFPV will understand—But if you can come to the party, we would love to see you there!!

Party highlights include:
Free, signed copies of Greg Kuzma’s All That Is Not Given is Lost
Poetry reading by Greg Kuzma and others, TBA
Music provided by Satchel Grande
Full spread of party food in the Greg Kuzma party tradition
Full array of liquid refreshments
Beautiful indoor/outdoor setting on 2 ½ wooded acres of the Kuzma home
Poetry and prose readings from The Seven Doctors Project for UNMC
Silent auction of rare literary articles, artwork from renowned artists, and other valuable items

Michelle's Spell of the Day
“If you get hung up on everybody else's hang-ups, then the whole world's going to be nothing more than one huge gallows.” Richard Brautigan

Cocktail Hour
Drinking sociology book: Unhooked Laura Stepp

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Sunday!


laughingwolf said...

thx for the invite, hon... but regret i'm unable to make it :(

Anonymous said...

I can't go. Interesting Brautigan quote. How ironic. He shot himself to death. Talk about hangups.--Ernie H.

Anonymous said...

We are a "hungry nation." Where did I put my Big Mac?--Ronald McDonald

Anonymous said...

You're blocking the doorway, if you know what I mean.--Rodney Dangerfield

Charles Gramlich said...

Party on, Dude!

chris said...

The hair, the silk. I plead the 5th, on grounds that it may incriminate me.

I was talking about Baby Grouchie !!!!!!

The invite was nice also, but you are a long way from here.

the walking man said...

First thought: Why yes the nation needs more poetry.

Second thought: This would be an interesting trip.

Third thought: Oh Yes a poets gathering, alcohol and guns...could be a real blast.

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Anonymous said...

RIP George Carlin. I wanted a pony tail just like yours.--Johnny Carson

Anonymous said...

The nights are longer! The cheeldrun of da night! Please put the crucifix away.--Bela L.

Anonymous said...

My career would've been entirely different if I hadn't got caught with that stripper.--E. Pound

Anonymous said...

The women come and go, speaking of Michaelangelo.--TS

Anonymous said...

The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.--M.L. Leibler

Anonymous said...

As I leave, she clings to me.--Sheldon Tannenbaum

Anonymous said...

Sex!--Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Anonymous said...

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.--The Carpenters

Anonymous said...

Bob Hope's answer to where he would like to be buried: Surprise me!--Pierre Lachaise