I know you know April is National Poetry Month - and here's another way you can show some respect to this official celebration of word and thought.
"A Mimeo Gathering," which starts at noon Saturday at the Book Collector (1008 24th St.), takes a look back at that archaic form of mass communication - the mimeograph.
For those of you too young to remember, it's a '60s and '70s percursor to the copy machine and inexpensive computer printer. I remember them from junior high school when, in class, we received freshly mimeographed handouts, tests, etc. Decades later, I still recall how a stack of still-damp papers felt in my hand, how the ink was purple and smelled slightly sweet, in a chemical sort of way.
I'm not sure why I feel nostalgic about the paper on which I took an eighth grade English exam on "Animal Farm" - but I am.
OK, moving on - "A Mimeo Gathering" pays homage to the mimeograph as a cheap means of distribution for chapbooks, zines, etc. The event is part of the local Poems-for-All series hosted by the Book Collector's Richard Hansen. It's fitting really - Hansen is, of course, the guy who puts out those tiny "Poems-For-All" chapbooks. Ok, they're not mimeographed, but still, you get the spirit of the idea.
Here's a rundown of the readers:
At noon, check out Lob, James Lee Jobe, Josh Fernandez, Crawdad Nelson and Kevin Jones.
Then, at 8 p.m., take a seat for Sal Mimeo & the Process Rebels Without Applause Tour of Words.
Also on the bill: John Dorsey, S.A. Griffith and Bill Roberts.
For more information, call (916) 442-9295 or visit the Poems-For-All site.