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of Kuypers performing poetry (including this poem) in her feature 4/18/13 for “The Return of Joe Roarty” at the Loft at Fizz Bar (Canon)
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of Kuypers performing poetry (including this poem) in the feature 4/18/13 for “The Return of Joe Roarty” at the Loft at Fizz Bar (Sony, Edge Detection filter)
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of Kuypers performing poetry (including this poem) in the feature 4/18/13 for “The Return of Joe Roarty” at the Loft at Fizz Bar (Sony, Watercolor filter)
the 4/18/13 In Homage chapbook
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in Homage, w/ Periodic Table poems
read live 4/18/13 at Fizz bar - to a beat - in Chicago
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of Kuypers reading this poem 5/8/13 at the Café Gallery in Chicago (Canon)
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of Kuypers hosting the open mic 5/8/13 at Gallery Cabaret’s the Café Gallery in Chicago, plus the Charlie Newman feature
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of Janet Kuypers reading this Periodic Table poem “Tin” in Nashville TN 5/18/13 before her Tag Team feature reading
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of Janet Kuypers reading this “Periodic Table of Poetry” poem Tin read live in Chicago 7/7/13 at Kitchen Sink’s “What Is It In Your Heart?” open mic & variety show night
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of Janet Kuypers (Sony) reading the “Periodic Table of Poetry” poems Tin, Einsteinium & Nobelium live in Chicago 7/7/13 at Kitchen Sink’s “What Is It In Your Heart?” open mic & variety show night
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of Janet Kuypers reading the “Periodic Table of Poetry” poems Tin, Einsteinium & Nobelium in Chicago 7/7/13 at Kitchen Sink’s “What Is It In Your Heart?” open mic & variety show night (Samsung)
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her Periodic Table poem Tin live 2/23/14 at Chemistry, Poetry and a Brat in Kenosha WI at the Brat Stop (C)
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poem Tin in Chicago 3/17/14 at the open mic Waiting 4 the Bus
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poem Tin (in the chapbook “Attacking with Poetry”) 4/27/14 (C) at Chicago’s 2014 Poetry Bomb (in Lincoln Square)
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of Janet Kuypers reading 4 poems 9/7/15 at the Chicago open mic Weeds (Canon fs200), w/ Vent, Tin, Entering the Lake of Fire, & electromagnetism.
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of Janet Kuypers reading 4 poems 9/7/15 at the Chicago open mic Weeds (Canon P.S.), with Vent, Tin, Entering the Lake of Fire, & electromagnetism.
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 9/3/16 show “How Music is Poetic” at Expressions 2016: September Song! in Austin performing her songs/poems “What We Need In Life” with “Fantastic Car Crash” between verses 2 & 3, “Tin”, and “Made any Difference(filmed from a Canon Power Shot).
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How Music is Poetic chapbook
Download all of these songs & poems in the free PDF file chapbook
How Music is Poetic
containing the songs/poems
What We Need In Life”,
Fantastic Car Crash”,
Tin”, and “Made any Difference”.

Tin

Janet Kuypers
from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series (#050, Sn)
4/2/13 (sung to a beat)

If I only had a brain

if I only had a brain

I’d get out from under
this bent tin roof
that covers me
as I sleep at night

tin metal sheets
keep the rain away
but the wind

but the wind

if I only had a brain

I wouldn’t use
my old tin cup
to stand and face east
at Canal and Randolph
and ask for change

I wait for commuters
to cross the Chicago river
to get to their train

you see, I wait
at the other side
and the ones with the money
have to walk right by

that’s when I rattle
my old tin cup
give them doe eyes
say “God bless”

but if I only had a brain
I wouldn’t rattle
my tin cup
and ask for tin change
I’d get myself up

if I only had a brain

I’d have a lot of money
I’d eat at fancy restaurants
I’d wear the plastic bib

if I only had a brain
I wouldn’t be poor
drinking
tin cans of Fanta
eating
soup from a tin can
living
on Tin pan alley

if I only had a brain

you might bend me
but I just won’t break
‘cause if I had a brain
then I’d be great

 

electron configuration of Tin


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