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Contact•Conflict•Control Listen to studio mp3 file or live mp3 file tracks from the DMJ Art Connection off the CD Contact•Conflict•Control, or order ANY CD track from amazon.com.
Live at the Caf#233; (3 CD set) Listen mp3 file to this read Live at the Café, or order this track - or any track - off the 3 CD set Live at the Café any time through iTunes.
Sing Your Life Listen live mp3 file to the 2nd Axing perform this at the open mic Sing Your Life, or order any track from the CD release of Sing Your Life through iTunes.
Fusion Listen: (2:20) mp3 file to this recording from Fusion, or order this track - or any track - off the CD Fusion through iTunes.
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poem Athena (2:22) 4/1/05 (April Fool’s Day) Live at the DvA Chicago Art Gallery show Conflict • Contact • Control.
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of this poem 08/28/11, first in in her book Contents Under Pressure, read on WZRD radio, from the Canon camera
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of this poem 08/28/11, first in in her book Contents Under Pressure, read on WZRD radio, from the Sony camera
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video 08/26/11 of the majority of the WZRD radio show with her reading poetry (including this writing) from the Sony camera
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video 08/26/11 of the majority of the WZRD radio show with her reading poetry (incliding this writing) from the Canon camera
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 6/3/17 poetry show “Meant to do Big Things” at June is a Woman! in Austin’s the Bahá’í Faith Center (Lumix), with her poems “you were meant”, “Athena”, “a man calls a woman”, “cover”, “Diane Talking About her Trip to Mexico City”, and “Echo in my Mind” (while playing an acoustic guitar with with a bow).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 6/3/17 poetry show “Meant to do Big Things” at June is a Woman! in Austin’s the Bahá’í Faith Center (Sony), with her poems “you were meant”, “Athena”, “a man calls a woman”, “cover”, “Diane Talking About her Trip to Mexico City”, and “Echo in my Mind” (while playing an acoustic guitar with a bow).
Download all of the poems from the free chapbook
Meant to do Big Things
the “Meant to do Big Things” 6/3/17 chapbook the “Meant to do Big Things” 6/3/17 chapbook of the poems she performed in her 6/3/17 “Meant to do Big Things” poetry feature/show, including “you were meant”, “Athena”, “a man calls a woman”, “cover”, “Diane Talking About her Trip to Mexico City, “Echo in my Mind”, and the bonus poem “My brain was (2017 Streamline)”.
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers at her 1/3/18 “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” Austin feature reading, reading her “Meant to do Big Things” poems “Athena”, “a man calls a woman”, “Diane Talking About her Trip to Mexico City”, “cover”, & “Echo in my Mind” from the cc&d 1/18 book “the End of the World” to people live (L56).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers at her 1/3/18 “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” Austin feature reading, reading her “Meant to do Big Things” poems “Athena”, “a man calls a woman”, “Diane Talking About her Trip to Mexico City”, “cover”, & “Echo in my Mind” from the cc&d 1/18 book “the End of the World” to people live (L56Th).

athena

ladies and gentlemen
high above the dancing elephants
and the clowns driving around
in their little cars
honking their horns

high above the lion tamers
with their whips and chairs

is our main attraction
tonight:
all eyes turn to
Athena, the tightrope walker

see her gracefully step
out onto the paper-thin wire
balance high above everyone else
while all eyes are on her
all without a net

would you like to see her
do a flip? a spin? touch the rope
with her tiny, fragile fingers?

Athena will put on the
grandest of shows for you

imagine, if you will, the fear
she must feel:
with one wrong move
she falls to her death
into the mouths of the lions
in between the running clowns

come, see her perform:
watch her walk
watch her move
watch her shake

this is
the greatest show
on earth


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the CD Conflict-Contact-Control the book Sing Your Life the CD set Live at the Cafe (3 CD set) the CD these Truths the CD Sing Your Life