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the poetry 3 CDset Live at the Café
Listen mp3 file to On All Fours,
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now available from the 3 CD set
Live at the Café.
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live at the Cafe in Chicago 08/18/09
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of Janet Kuypers reading this poem “On All Fours” in Nashville TN 5/18/13 in the Tag Team feature reading
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of the Janet Kuypers & C Ra McGuirt “Tag Team” 1+ hour feature in Nashville 5/18/13 (which includes this poem)
the 5/18/13 “Tag Team” reading chapbook
Download this in a free 5/18/13 chapbook the Tag Team Reading, of poems slated for the Janet Kuypers/C Ra McGuirt book “Tag Team Poets”
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See YouTube video 10/1/16 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “On All Fours” and “Observations: Nine and Six” at the “Expressions 2016: the Metaphor of Costumes” open mic Janet hosted at the Bahá’í Faith Center in Austin TX (video filmed from a Sony camera).
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See YouTube video 10/1/16 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “On All Fours” and “Observations: Nine and Six” at the “Expressions 2016: the Metaphor of Costumes” open mic Janet hosted at the Bahá’í Faith Center in Austin TX (video filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera).
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See YouTube video from 4/15/17 of Janet Kuypers in Austin reading her poems On All Fours” and “Know You
at “Recycled Reads(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video from 4/15/17 of Janet Kuypers in Austin reading her poems On All Fours” and “Know You
at “Recycled Reads(Canon Power Shot SX700 camera video w/ an Edge Detection filter).
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See YouTube video from 4/15/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems On All Fours”, “Know You” and “erasure poem: a Poetic History at Austin’s “Recycled Reads(from a Sony camera).
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See YouTube video from 4/15/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems On All Fours”, “Know You” and “erasure poem: a Poetic History at Austin’s “Recycled Reads”; (Sony, Sepia Tone filter).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Step” and “Marilyn Monroe Falling Through the Cracks” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”, plus her poem “On All Fours” at Georgetown’s “Poetry Aloud” open mic 9/9/17 (from a Lumix camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Step” and “Marilyn Monroe Falling Through the Cracks” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems”, plus her poem “On All Fours” at Georgetown’s “Poetry Aloud” open mic 9/9/17 (from a Sony camera).

On All Fours

you sit and you work at your desk when you’re home
it’s like you’re not here when you’re here
when you’re lost in your work
but i’ve noticed one thing
whenever the cat comes near your desk
struts around your leg, maybe meows
you stop what you’re doing
to give him some attention

sometimes the cat’ll even jump on your desk
put his paw on the book you’re reading
to see if you’ll scratch him behind his ears

so i wonder if this is what i have to do
i’ll crawl over to your desk on all fours
rub my head against your leg
to see if you’ll stop your work
and notice me

Yotko art work

photograph by John Yotko


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the 2007 book Tick Tock, front cover the CD set Live at the Cafe (3 CD set)