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By Michael Miller | February 26, 2014
I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful. Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue - well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well have been Carnegie Hall - I overprepared the poems and under-enjoyed the occasion. Rather than treat a coffeehouse reading like the jovial get-together it was, I thought of it as a one-man show to be delivered with intense precision. Before the reading, I rehearsed my set down to the transitions between pieces - which proved difficult, since I was paired on the bill with a guitarist who had a decidedly looser approach.
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January 25, 2001
I recently saw the article at the top of the front page of the Daily Pilot, "Christian poet challenges senior center," (Jan. 6) and was disturbed by it. This article particularly disturbed me because I feel strongly about the policy of not including religious material in public activities. I can only assume, from the placement of the article, that you do not share my feelings. Aviva Goelman has recently taken over the difficult position of executive director of the senior center and has done a magnificent job of organization.
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January 27, 2001
Young Chang COSTA MESA -- Controversy surrounding the banning of a Christian poem from the Costa Mesa Senior Center's November newsletter led the facility's board of directors to approve a policy this week clarifying what the publication will contain in the future. The newsletter, The Chronicle, will now only run such information as current class schedules, senior events, announcements, birthdays, anniversaries and paid advertisements, said Aviva Goelman, the center's director.
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August 7, 2004
"Spirit over body. Mind over matter. Thoughts start. The wheels start turning." Corona del Mar's Rebecca "Bebee" Rodheim, 90, has written short poetry incessantly since growing up in Memphis, Tenn. And though she'll be 91 later this month and doesn't wield the firsthand Boy Scout and Girl Scout den-mother leadership she used to, she's turned back the clock to preach wisdom and inspiration through the words of her youth. She wrote the bulk of her poetry in the 1930s.
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By Alan Blank | September 12, 2008
“Trouble strife and war/They define the world I know.” Those are the opening lines of the first poem in a volume of poetry Corona del Mar High School student Daniel Ward recently self-published. Many of the poems are outlets for the pain that confronted him after tragic events in his life, like 9/11, when he sat in Cindy Coon’s fourth-grade class at Harbor View Elementary School. The quiet, bashful student returned to the school to thank Coon for inspiring him and to tell her he dedicated the book to her. Ward surprised her during a daily school assembly Friday morning, causing Coon’s jaw to drop and tears to well up in her eyes.
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By Andrew Kachaturian | November 14, 2009
It’s November and the days are speeding by in preparation for the holidays. Why not slow things down and read some timeless poetry? The Newport Beach Public Library is home to so many volumes of the world’s classical poetry that you are sure to find an author that excites and intrigues you. Many important poets were born in November. French writer, philosopher, essayist and poet Voltaire was born Nov. 21, 1694. “Candide , ” is perhaps his greatest and most recognizable work.
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July 4, 2003
Lolita Harper The raw, rustic atmosphere at the Newport Beach coffee house lends itself perfectly to the insightful poetry that has been performed on its stage for more than a decade. On Wednesday, Alta Coffee House will host the 11th anniversary of Poetry at Alta, showcasing "Riffs, Kisses and Roads," produced by Lee Mallory. The poetry performances attract people from all walks of life. From the spiky-haired punk rocker to the grandfather in his Pendleton shirt and polyester slacks, he said.
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August 7, 2009
A call to all area poets: The Daily Pilot is holding a poetry contest, with the winner earning a place — his or her poem and credit line — on our front page. The only requirements are that you be a resident of Newport Beach or Costa Mesa and that the poem be no longer than 30 lines. Poems will be judged by Editor Brady Rhoades, a published poet, and interim City Editor Michael Miller, a published poet who runs a poetry book press. We’re looking for imaginative, lively, well-crafted poems touching on any topic fit for a family newspaper.
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January 6, 2001
Poet Lee Mallory will be the first to tell you he is not shy about pushing his art. The Newport Beach resident, who teaches English as a second language at Santa Ana College, calls himself a "poetry pusher" and a "literary zealot." "I'm trying to raise the banner of the spoken word," he said. Twice a month, Mallory puts on poetry nights -- the second Wednesday of the month at Alta Coffee in Newport Beach and the first Tuesday at the Gypsy Den in Costa Mesa.
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October 9, 2004
Forty-year Newport Beach resident Lee Mallory said he was once voted one of OC Weekly's "31 Scariest People" because of his in-your-face delivery and his incessant and shameless promotion of his poetry shows. It's an honor he embraces. He'll get in your face and creep you out with a lustful swagger, but that's what separates Mallory, 58, from the rest. He says it drills up respect for an endangered art form. A publisher of seven poetry books, he's helping the movement along.
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By Lee Mallory | May 3, 2014
Editor's note: This article first appeared April 28 in the Las Vegas Sun under the headline, "Discover the power of poetry," and is being reprinted here at the request of the author and with the permission of the newspaper. Poetry is a wonder! April was National Poetry Month, which makes this a good time to check it out. A poet knows the wonder of a listener who says, "Your poem about that first kiss? I felt that way too. You really got it there!" There's also wonder in the "capture" of a cherished moment, locked up for eternity.
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By Michael Miller | February 26, 2014
I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful. Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue - well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well have been Carnegie Hall - I overprepared the poems and under-enjoyed the occasion. Rather than treat a coffeehouse reading like the jovial get-together it was, I thought of it as a one-man show to be delivered with intense precision. Before the reading, I rehearsed my set down to the transitions between pieces - which proved difficult, since I was paired on the bill with a guitarist who had a decidedly looser approach.
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By Michael Miller | March 27, 2013
Ever since I became a journalist, I have had one burning desire: to work the phrases "National Poetry Month" and "The Human Centipede" into the same column. With the following piece, my career will be vindicated. I'll get to the second phrase later. But first, National Poetry Month, which will begin early next week. According to the Academy of American Poets' website, the April holiday was created in 1996 to encourage schools, libraries, publishers and others to celebrate the craft.
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By Jeffrey Harlan | May 12, 2012
Editor's note: Jeffrey Harlan, an urban planner who lives in Costa Mesa, has agreed to write a Sunday column for the Daily Pilot. This is his first. * We all recognize, and to some extent accept, that politicians exaggerate. During the campaign season, especially, we are bombarded with hyperbolic claims. But when the dust has settled after an election, the victors have a new obligation to their constituents, and a higher bar is set for dealing with the real facts.
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By Candice Baker | January 12, 2012
"He would watch you without winking/And he saw what you were thinking/And it's certain that he didn't approve/Of hilarity and riot/So that folk were very quiet/When Skimble was about and on the move. " — "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat" * Now in its 31st year, Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "CATS" has seen more than its share of nine lives. Performed across several continents, "CATS" got its start when Lloyd Webber picked up a copy of T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" in an airport bookshop.
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By Brianna Bailey | February 2, 2010
Newport Beach poet Lee Mallory considers himself a poetry pusher and poetry pimp. For nearly 20 years, he’s put on monthly poetry readings in Newport Beach, hoping to coax talent out of new and aspiring poets. “If I can just get them in the door for two nights, then maybe they will go home and sit down and write,” Mallory said. A bespectacled bard with a pencil mustache, Mallory has smashed dinner plates together over his head like cymbals, showering the audience at his monthly readings at Newport’s Alta Coffee Co. with tiny shards of ceramic.
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By Candice Baker | November 24, 2009
About 300 students gathered in front of the administration building at UC Irvine Tuesday to protest against fee increases that will cause tuition to exceed $10,000 next year. The new fees, part of a 32% fee increased approved last week by the UC Board of Regents, are about three times higher than those paid by UC students 10 years ago. The students wielded signs reading “Don’t Cut Our Dreams” and “Bank Bailout = $800 Million. Where’s the UC Bailout?
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By Andrew Kachaturian | November 14, 2009
It’s November and the days are speeding by in preparation for the holidays. Why not slow things down and read some timeless poetry? The Newport Beach Public Library is home to so many volumes of the world’s classical poetry that you are sure to find an author that excites and intrigues you. Many important poets were born in November. French writer, philosopher, essayist and poet Voltaire was born Nov. 21, 1694. “Candide , ” is perhaps his greatest and most recognizable work.
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October 10, 2009
Sometimes Janet Ramont needs a push. She got it recently when Costa Mesa resident Angela Rezzano urged her to participate in the Daily Pilot’s poetry contest, which promised to publish the winning entry on the front page. Ramont, who lived in Orange County for years and now makes her home in Long Beach, complied. As promised, and with thanks to all the contributors, here is Ramont’s winning poem: Remembering Boston I take out that photograph again stained and faded from the years, left corner bent and torn.
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August 7, 2009
A call to all area poets: The Daily Pilot is holding a poetry contest, with the winner earning a place — his or her poem and credit line — on our front page. The only requirements are that you be a resident of Newport Beach or Costa Mesa and that the poem be no longer than 30 lines. Poems will be judged by Editor Brady Rhoades, a published poet, and interim City Editor Michael Miller, a published poet who runs a poetry book press. We’re looking for imaginative, lively, well-crafted poems touching on any topic fit for a family newspaper.
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