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See YouTube video from 1/14/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “yearning to break free”), and “if i care to break it down” at the “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (from a Canon Power Shot camera).
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See YouTube video from 1/14/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “yearning to break free”), and “if i care to break it down” at the “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (video filmed from a Sony camera).
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See YouTube video 1/21/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “What Do We Say”, “Where To Go”, and “yearning to break frees” at “Recycled Reads” open mic (S), a book store affiliated with the Austin Public Library.
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See YouTube video 1/21/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “What Do We Say”, “Where To Go”, and “yearning to break free” at “Recycled Reads” open mic (Cps), a book store affiliated with the Austin Public Library.
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See YouTube video 1/29/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her prose “Valentine’s Day Over 25 Days Away” and her 2 poems “unmarried women and dead bodies everywhere” and “yearning to break free” live at Austin’s Kick Butt Poetry (video from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video 1/29/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her prose “Valentine’s Day Over 25 Days Away” and her 2 poems “unmarried women and dead bodies everywhere” and “yearning to break free” live at Austin’s Kick Butt Poetry (from a Canon Power Shot CS60 camera).
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See YouTube video from 3/20/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poem “Yearning to Break Free” 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).
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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 5/27/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “yearning to break free”, “Every Soul Celebrates” and “Stairs” in the “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (from a Sony camera).
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See YouTube video from 5/27/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “yearning to break free”, “Every Soul Celebrates” and “Stairs” in the “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (from a Lumix camera).

yearning to break free

Janet Kuypers
1/12/17

Asked a guitarist once
why he’s always
breaking into song.

He told me that he
had to fill his head
with music,

or else a billion ideas
would overflow
his brain,

and he wouldn’t
be able to focus
on anything.

I thought about this —

and I wondered
if this is the plight
of the creative,

that we’re bombarded
with all these ideas,
they attack us,

they assault us,
they bombard us,
they infect our brains.

And then every once
in a while
we let one crystalize,

we give our scattered
minutia a form,
and you call it

a work of art.

But you don’t understand,
if I let it all out
my brain would explode.

I suppose these
are the trials
of the creative,

with all these ideas
scratching at our brains,
yearning to break free,

and us creative types,
we’re left
to pick and choose

what from deep within us
is worth sharing
with the rest of the world.

You call it art.
I call it
what keeps me sane.


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