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See YouTube video 7/24/16 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems the Battle at Hand, Just By Holding His Hand (extreme 2016 sestina variation), and Only an Observer at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (Canon P.S.).
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See YouTube video 7/24/16 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems the Battle at Hand, Just By Holding His Hand (extreme 2016 sestina variation), and Only an Observer at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (Sony camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Etched into that Tombstone” (from her book “Part of My Pain”) and “Only an Observer” 9/10/16 at “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (Canon Power Shot).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Etched into that Tombstone” (from her book “Part of My Pain”) and “Only an Observer” 9/10/16 at “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (from a Sony).
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with her poems “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer” performed in her 3/20/17 show.
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See YouTube video from 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poem “Only an Observer” with a live jazz band for “Austin Rhythm Fire” at Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining (from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video on 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer” with live jazz music for “Austin Rhythm Fire” at Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining (this video was filmed with a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video on 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer” with live jazz music for “Austin Rhythm Fire” at Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining (filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera, & given a Sepia Tone filter).
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See YouTube video on 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer” with live jazz music for “Austin Rhythm Fire” at Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining (this video was filmed with a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
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See YouTube video on 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer” with live jazz music for “Austin Rhythm Fire” at Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining (video filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60, & given a Posterize filter).
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See YouTube video on 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Keeping a Record of Going Too Far”, “Yearning to Break Free”, “Entering the Lake of Fire” and “Only an Observer” with live jazz music for “Austin Rhythm Fire” at Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining (video filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60, & given a Threshold filter).
Hear SoundCloud audio of Janet Kuypers sharing her poetry from her two JanetJanet books, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (w/ her poems “Only Half the Story”, “Quieted Soul”, “Exempt from the Draft”, “Optimizing your Odds”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Only an Observer”, and “Queen ISIS”) in her Chicago 88.3 FM WZRD Radio interview 8/26/17, Part 2.
See YouTube video of part 2 of the Janet Kuypers interview live on video WZRD 88.3 FM Chicago Radio 8/24/17, with her reading poetry from her two books “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems”, including “Only Half the Story”, “Quieted Soul”, “Exempt from the Draft”, “Optimizing your Odds”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Only an Observer”, and “Queen ISIS(this video was filmed in studio from a Sony camera).
See YouTube video of part 2 of the Janet Kuypers interview live on video WZRD 88.3 FM Chicago Radio 8/24/17, with her reading poetry from her two books “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems”, including “Only Half the Story”, “Quieted Soul”, “Exempt from the Draft”, “Optimizing your Odds”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Only an Observer”, and “Queen ISIS(this video was filmed from a Panasonic Lumix camera).
Janet Janet See live Facebook video of most of Janet Kuypers’ interview (part 2) live on WZRD 88.3 FM Chicago Radio 8/24/17, with her reading poetry from her two books “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems”, including “Quieted Soul”, “Exempt from the Draft”, “Optimizing your Odds”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Only an Observer”, and “Queen ISIS”.
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersSeptember 2017 Book Release Reading 9/6/17 of Down in the Dirt’s book “Carpool” haiku poems “soul”, “earth”, “lost”, and “jumped”, and then her poems “Exempt from the Draft”, “You Know What I’m Talking About (2016 grateful edition)” and “Only an Observer” in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (Sony).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersSeptember 2017 Book Release Reading 9/6/17 of Down in the Dirt’s book “Carpool” haiku poems “soul”, “earth”, “lost”, and “jumped”, and then her poems “Exempt from the Draft”, “You Know What I’m Talking About (2016 grateful edition)” and “Only an Observer” in Community Poetry @ Half Price Books (Sony, TH).

Only an Observer

Janet Kuypers
7/24/16 (edited from “Seven and Seven, plus eighteen”, 2007)

I know I’m supposed to be the creative one
but I started my schooling in engineering

I say I’m a writer
I say I’m an artist
but I haven’t known what to say to you

but I want you to understand
that if I were a painter
I’d be Michelangelo
and paint my love for you
like it was the Sistine Chapel,
       our hands touching in the sky,
like it was our Last Supper

what am I saying
painting like Michelangelo
I’d probably paint like Jackson Pollock
calling splashing and dripping
art

so maybe I’m not a writer
maybe I’m not an artist
maybe I’m an observer
like an astronomer
looking out into the universe
learning what makes everything
everything

because molecule by molecule,
we originate from stardust

but outer space
is a violent place
violent explosions create the stars
and our earth has earthquakes,
avalanches, volcanoes
tsunamis, typhoons

and in all this madness
somehow I’ve found you

the journalist in me observed you
I came to you asking questions
and broke your hardened shell

and with you I have walked on the tops of glaciers
crouching down from the violent winds

with you I have watched solar storms
from the Arctic Circle’s Aurora Borealis
we’ve even seen it dance over Greenland
from our window, 40,000 feet in the sky

I’ve held your hand
on the Great Wall of China

you’ve followed me retracing Darwin’s steps

you’ve steered me clear of a rattlesnake bed
you’ve shown me how to reload gun magazines
and how to hold an AR-15

‘cause I’ve seen galaxies collide
I’ve seen comets smash into planets
I’ve seen supernovae and the death of stars
and in all of that, I’ve still found you

as I said before,
I’m only an observer
but I’ve found what I’ve been looking for

and with these observations,
I thee wed

and I’ll tighten my grip on your hand
because I will never let you go


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