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video video See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of old school and high-tech monuments (w/ John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (Canon fs200)
video video See YouTube video of the poem reading by Janet Kuypers of old school and high-tech monuments (w/ John playing guitar) in her 3/28/15 show “Journey” at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (Canon Power Shot)
video video See YouTube video of the 3/28/15 Janet Kuypers show “Journey” (w/ John playing guitar) at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200), of 14 poem readings about her mother, WITH THIS PIECE
video video See YouTube video of the 3/28/15 Janet Kuypers show “Journey” (w/ John playing guitar) at Sisters on a Journey in Hyde Park in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot), of 14 poem reading about her mother, INCLUDING THIS PIECE
the Resistance is Futile 3/28/15 chapbook
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“Journey”, w/ poems read 3/28/15
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poem old school and high-tech monuments live 4/1/15 at the open mic the Café Gallery in Chicago (Canon fs200)
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poem old school and high-tech monuments live 4/1/15 at the open mic the Café Gallery in Chicago (Canon Power Shot)
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/1/17 25 minute poetry reading at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “old school and high-tech monuments”, “extinct on planet earth”, “Other Souls”, “Open Book”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/1/17 25 minute poetry reading at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “old school and high-tech monuments”, “extinct on planet earth”, “Other Souls”, “Open Book”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).

old school
and high-tech
monuments

Janet Kuypers
3/26/15

People stop to tell me
they are sorry about my mom.

One woman hugged me and said,
“they always take the good ones”

because you’d think she had gone through enough
in her life
for crimes she didn’t commit,
so... Yeah,
they always take the good ones.
It is unfair.
It’s completely wrong.
Someone has to be held accountable.

She was one of the good ones,
and I hate
you for taking her this way —
I don’t care who you are,

you, who leaves me here to write
until my fountain pen runs dry.

It becomes a mantra.
Record her stories.
Record her praises.

I will sit at my computer,
slam my hands, my fingers against that keyboard

because there has to be a record.

I’ll share stories.
I’ll write volumes.
Book after book
with traces of her
will infiltrate libraries
and online book stores.
I’ll stand at every mountain peak,
sing her praises,
I’ll give people copies of these words
because as I said,
there has to be a record.

And when the pens are gone,
I’ll prick my skin,
spill my blood
into words onto pages —
that is what these words mean.
When my computer is obsolete,
when the Internet is dead,
I’ll ram mallet to stone
to chisel these words,
create monuments to you.

You wanna see a record?
Just know
that civilizations aeons from now
will see these testaments
from salvaged libraries
and carved from stone,
and live for these words.
Trust me.

###

We live in a world
where everything speeds by
in six second increments.
The world says
our youth has
Attention Deficit Disorder
because we cram
a billion things
down their throats
instantaneously
with every groundbreaking gadget
to get all that info
that much faster.

...So wait a minute,
why worry so much about the word
when sometimes the message
brings the meaning?
Then fine, time to get
high tech.
Let’s start with a haiku,
and make it
a six second vine.

there has to be a record. her existence makes
trees take root, flowers bloom, so
nature’s beautiful.

Things are beautiful
when you speak the truth,
and hey,
that could be
a twitter poem post too...
I’ll put these writings in web pages,
make them free downloadable PDF files,
post them on Facebook.
I’ll go old school
and print them in a magazine
and a collection book too...
I’ll use every resource at my disposal
to blanket this planet
with these words.
Because as I said,
there has to be a record.
When a life that beautiful
comes and goes,
the world
needs to stand up
at attention
and pay their respects.


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