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Literature Out Loud

A night of poetry and prose recalls the emotional history of the 1940s to 1960s — the post-war era and a time of great creativity in reaction to the world's changing. The event, Words for the Wind, is part of the Community Foundation-sponsored multimedia arts and humanities festival Bernstein, Broadway, The Bomb, The Age of Anxiety.

The event takes place at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Shimberg Playhouse.

The program includes works by Robert Frost, whose work bridged an older era with modern poetry; e.e. cummings, the formalistic poet who expressed his individuality with unconventional line breaks and lower-case verse; Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes, African-American poets who wrote powerful pieces speaking to the failed establishment of equality for blacks and often experimenting with rhythms and dialects; and Anne Sexton, a confessional poet who addressed sex, illegitimacy, guilt and her own mental breakdown.

The readers are noted Bay area writers and actors: James E. Tokley Sr., Leeann Day, David Jenkins, RhondaK and Katrina Stevenson.

Tokley, Poet Laureate of Tampa, is chief among them in terms of notoriety. The works he's reading include excerpts from Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems (1956), excerpts from Jack Kerouak's Mexico City Blues and a poem of his own, "Homage to Ornithology," written in the 1980s as a tribute to Charlie Parker (a.k.a. Bird).

Leeann Day's professional accomplishments include writing a monthly book review column for the Tallahassee Community News. David Jenkins is a co-founder, chairman and artistic director of The Jobsite Theater and has acted locally in numerous shows. RhondaK is the editrix of NakedPoetry.com and a Weekly Planet freelancer. And actress Katrina Stevenson has appeared locally in Lysistrata, Laughing Wild, True West and Dracula.

TBPAC is at 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. To reserve your seat, call 813-222-1055. Last year this event (Caroling Dusk: Poetry and Literature of The Harlem Renaissance) was standing room only.

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