Halloween 2016 at Busboys and Poets

22 October, 2016



Scary Movies! Costume Contest! Pumpkin Painting!

Busboys And Poets Breaks Ground In Anacostia

7 October, 2016



This will be our 7th Busboys and Poets location.

Vote Busboys and Poets as the Best Spot for Vegetarians in Express!

29 August, 2016



Nominate us to win best vegetarian in the Washington Post Express!

Conscious Cuisine: Premium Chicken

18 August, 2016



Our chicken comes from Coleman Natural Foods raised on family farms with an exclusive all-vegetarian diet.

#BusboysGood: AJ Head

11 August, 2016



Busboys and Poets Events Manager AJ Head talks to us about tranisitioning and his creative life.

#BusboysGood: Pages Matam

10 August, 2016



#BusboysGood is a blog/Instagram series that profiles all the good folks who frequent Busboys and Poets. They are what make our tribe one.

Washington Post: ‘Can you hear us now?’ Muslim women raise their voices in response to Trump

4 August, 2016



The event, called “Strong Communities, Strong Voices,” was held at the Busboys and Poets restaurant on 14th Street NW.

Bell Canto, by Derrick Weston Brown

8 July, 2016



For Sean Bell and Family.  Wisdom Teeth,  PM Press / Busboys and Poets Press 2011

Busboys and Poets Healthy Vegan Stir Fry on WUSA

4 May, 2016



VP Laela Shallal and Executive Chef Pablo Portillo go on WUSA9 on Earth Day to talk about Busboys’ green initiative and new vegan offerings

President Obama meets with former inmates in the Langston Room

31 March, 2016



President Obama met at Busboys and Poets 14th & V to have lunch with a group of former inmates. He was joined by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. The Obama administration chose to have their meeting with us since we banned the box in 2009.

Accessibility For All

22 December, 2015



Busboys is a community space that strives to be welcoming, uplifting and accessible to all, regardless of physical ability.

Wanted: Mixologist for New Restaurant By Busboys and Poets

11 December, 2015



The founders of Busboys and Poets are seeking a creative mixologist/bartender to develop a beverage program for a new modern Southern restaurant in the heart of the 14th Street corridor

Carla Hall and Andy Shallal Team Up for a Modern-Southern Restaurant: Mule Bone

9 December, 2015



Washingtonian: ‘Carla Hall and Andy Shallal Team Up for a Modern-Southern Restaurant: Mule Bone.’ The restaurant will take over the current Eatonville space on 14th Street.

Sidewalk Poetry Series: Thank You for Busboys by Karen Kenworthy

9 December, 2015



Sidewalk Poetry consists of poems sent to feedback@busboysandpoets.com selected to be published on the Busboys blog for our literary community to enjoy and share.

Changing Communities, One Bookstore/Performance Space/Restaurant at a Time / Small Business Forum

8 December, 2015



Kojo In Your Community: A Conversation About “Black Lives Matter”

20 November, 2015



Listen to Kojo Show live recording at Busboys and Poets @ Hyattsville on race, justice and economic opportunity in our region

Best Date Spot in ‘Best of Gay DC’

29 October, 2015



Busboys gets named Best Date Spot by the Washington Blade in its Best of Gay DC issue

The Presidential Debate Series at Busboys and Poets!

13 October, 2015



As always, Busboys and Poets is your community go-to place for politics! This election season, Busboys and Poets will show all Presidential debates at every location.

Event Recap : Busboys X Anniversary Party

8 October, 2015



[The] 10-year anniversary party for Busboys and Poets brought hundreds of well-wishers to the restaurant and bookstore chain’s Brookland location in Northeast Washington.”

Alice Walker’s poem to Busboys: “BUSBOYS AND POETS IS A SACRED PLACE”

8 October, 2015



The incomparable Alice Walker writes us a poem. Our lives are complete.

In the Washington Post: Busboys & Poets celebrates 10 years of food, books and rabble-rousing

8 October, 2015



Ron Charles of The Washington Post recaps our 10 year anniversary party

10 Year Anniversary Party

10 September, 2015



Early reception sold out but general admission tickets still available!

Online Ordering + Devliery Has Arrived!

10 September, 2015



Order your favorites online for pick-up or have them delivered to your home or office

Grilled Chicken Panini Delivered to You in 10 Minutes

31 August, 2015



UberEATS will deliver our Grilled Chicken Panini with house-made kettle chips to D.C. on Wednesday, September 2nd

Conscious Cuisine

17 July, 2015



This is why we feel good about what we serve

Amber & Obi’s Engagement Pictures at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington

14 July, 2015



From the bride: “Obi proposed during a double dinner date at Busboys & Poets – Shirlington the day before my birthday, also the location of our third date.”

Entrepreneur: Busboys and Poets #1 best coffee shop to work in across the U.S.

8 July, 2015



Entrepreneur Magazine named us the #1 best coffee shop to work in across the U.S.


30 June, 2015



Brightest Young Things reviews our new summer dishes

Who needs ambassadors when we have poets?

8 June, 2015



Article in the Washington Post by David Montgomery on Cuban poet Nancy Morejón

Washington, D.C. Launch Party Recap

11 May, 2015



The Washington, D.C. Green Festival Expo Launch Party took place at Busboys and Poets on Thursday, May 6, 2015.

Best Gluten-Free Menu!

13 April, 2015



Sending BIG LOVE to all of our beautiful guests, friends and family who voted for us in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2015 poll

Busboys and Poets and Teaching for Change welcome Politics & Prose at 14th & V

19 March, 2015



P&P will continue to carry on the celebrated tradition of the 14th & V location in featuring multicultural and social justice literature

Busboys in En Route Traveler

27 January, 2015



“Part of the reason why I founded this place was that I wanted a space that feels like home away from home, a space that represents the multi-cultural, multi ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-age aspects of the city, a space that represents the city that I live in – Washington, DC.” - Andy Shallal

Remix of the Nerds New Years Eve Party

4 December, 2014



Busboys and Poets is throwing the quirkiest new year’s bash in DC - all to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and DC Youth Slam Team

Local Author Todd Kasdhan Discusses “Upside of Your Dark Side”

25 November, 2014



Todd Kashdan will discuss his recently launched book, The Upside of your Darkside: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your “Good” Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment at Busboys - Shirlington on December 2nd at 6:30 pm.

New Happy Hour Specials

9 November, 2014



Now enjoy happy hour specials, like 1/2 off Small Plates from 4-7pm at all locations


6 November, 2014



In a teaming of two great Washington community institutions, we’re pleased to announce that Politics and Prose will soon begin operating bookstores at Busboys and Poets restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Organic eggs and milk

30 October, 2014



Our milk and eggs are organic and local

Partnership with Union Kitchen results in a delicious sandwich creation

27 October, 2014



In partnership with Union Kitchen, we are offering a sandwich created by local food truck Dirty South Deli at all Busboys and Poets locations

Presentation of Busboys and Poets Award in Poetry to Martín Espada

2 October, 2014



On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Martín Espada was presented with the 2014 Busboys and Poets Award by Sarah Browning.  The following is the text of the speech.

“Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will house a coworking space”

1 October, 2014



The Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will have a space dedicated to coworking when it opens at the end of the year, owner Andy Shallal says.

2014 Fall for The Book Busboys and Poets Award

9 September, 2014



This year we will be honoring Martin Espanda with the Busboys and Poets Award at Fall for the Book

Conceived, born, raised and living black

19 August, 2014



I was conceived, born, raised and now have lived as a human being cast in black for almost seventy years.  I’mo die black, too.

Rush Limbaugh Calls Teaching for Change Racist for Promoting Diverse Children’s Books

17 June, 2014



Rush Limbaugh found out that Teaching for Change is trying to challenge this disparity and he is hopping mad

Green Festival D.C. Launch Party Recap

7 May, 2014



Green Festival D.C. Launch Party Recap
Read the full article here.

Take the Buzzfeed quiz: “Are You Actually A Hipster?”

24 April, 2014



Buzzfeed quiz mentions Busboys and Poets as a national hipster destination. Wait, what!?

Changing the Marijuana Laws

17 April, 2014



Changing the Marijuana Laws With Colorado and Washington state legalizing marijuana, 2014 has been an important year for the reform of marijuana laws in the United States.

Busboys and Poets presents ‘The Admission’

15 April, 2014



Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks reviews ‘The Admission’

US VEG WEEK at Busboys and Poets

3 April, 2014



Join us for #USVEGWEEK April 21-27, 2014

“Places of Purpose”

8 January, 2014



“Busboys is a stellar example of a business invested in building it’s surrounding community…”

Books We Recommend

1 January, 2014



If your New Years resolution is to read more, you may want to add these two to your list!

Pajama Brunch 2014

23 December, 2013



We’re hosting our annual pajama brunch at all locations. Roll out of bed and show up in your finest jammies!

Bookstore Holiday Sale

17 December, 2013



Busboys and Poets Books is having a holiday sale from December 21st-December 28th!

“Here’s to resisting the dominant narrative”

9 October, 2013



Poet, playwright, activist Staceyann Chin performed two sold out shows in DC; one at 5th & K and one at Hyattsville

Jerusalem Chefs Prepare a Peace Meal at 14th & V

17 September, 2013



The State Department and Busboys and Poets sponsored four chefs from Jerusalem to come to the United States to prepare a peace meal at 14th & V

Vote for Busboys and Poets!

12 September, 2013



Vote for Busboys and Poets in the Express Best Of DC for BEST VEGETARIAN and BEST SALAD

Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lee Stop by for Lunch

11 September, 2013



A pleasure to have Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee join us for lunch at 5th & K! 

Busboys and Poets Book Club in Shirlington

22 July, 2013



Busboys and Poets Book Club in Shirlington welcomes new members

This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

4 July, 2013



Grass-roots justice movements are the hope, the beacon, the force that will save this country.

Reflections on a Historic Week

3 July, 2013



Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a landmark decision the Facebook generation has quickly likened to the collapse of de jure segregation.

Car-Free Diet Shop Talk with Owner Andy Shallal

21 May, 2013



Andy Shallal speaks to our Car-Free Diet partner about Busboys and Poets’ mission and our commitment to sustainability.

Busboys and Poets Books Grand Opening

20 May, 2013



Busboys and Poets Books opens at 5th & K and Shirlington locations on Friday, May 24th, 2013

Proud to sponsor the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Split This Rock

19 May, 2013



Split This Rock’s 5th Anniversary Celebration with Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco sponsored by Busboys and Poets

Staceyann Chin launches our first gender and sexuality series

14 May, 2013



Busboys and Poets’s new gender and sexuality series Zami kicks-off to an incredible start with poet, activist, author Staceyann Chin

Women of Busboys

21 March, 2013



Meet the fabulous women of Busboys and Poets #womenshistorymonth

The People’s Poetry

16 March, 2013



You send us your poetry and we publish them on our blog! Send your poem to events@busboysandpoets.com and it may show up!

Busboys Book Club

19 February, 2013



Join the book club at Busboys and Poets!

“Behind the Kitchen Door”

8 February, 2013



“Paid sick leave is a human rights issue” - owner Andy Shallal

Speeches from our 2013 Inaugural Peace Ball

21 January, 2013



Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Ben Jealous, Julian Bond, voice their support for President Obama but remind us that there is much work to be done

DC SCORES Poetry Slam!

15 January, 2013



A compilation of some of the top poetry from DC Scores youth

Peace Ball Speaker Spotlight on Angela Davis!

3 January, 2013



Thrilled to hear Angela Davis speak at The Peace Ball on Jan. 20, 2013!

2013 Inaugural Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance

11 November, 2012



Join us for an unforgettable evening with some legendary progressive icons and friends

“In D.C. Debate, Third-Party Presidential Contenders Decry a System Stacked Against Them”

7 November, 2012



DCist covers the Third-Party Presidential Debate hosted at Busboys

“Why Vote? Because You Can Shift Power in the United States”

2 November, 2012



Article from The Nation magazine underscores the importance of voting in the upcoming election - only 4 days away!

“White Space, Black Space”

14 October, 2012



Don’t call it self-segregation: Making the case for separateness

Preview of the Busboys and Poets “In-House Series” events

22 August, 2012



A brief look at the monthly Busboys and Poets sponsored opportunities to engage with your community

“Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…”

21 August, 2012



Eve Ensler’s response to Rep. Akin’s comment that women’s bodies are able to prevent pregnancy in cases of ‘legitimate rape’ ...

“Meet the People Who Gave Birth to Hipsterism—Hint: They Aren’t White Kids from Williamsburg”

18 August, 2012



An excerpt adapted from Rebecca Walker’s book, “Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness”

“On D.C.’s U Street, can’t we all just swagger along?”

14 August, 2012



Owner Andy Shallal’s letter to the editor in the Washington Post in response to an article about “swagger jacking”

Ramadan and the Games

28 July, 2012



Olympic games callously scheduled during the holiest of months for Muslims - Ramadan

Rising Artist Frank Ocean did something important

14 July, 2012



“We can thank Frank Ocean, not only for making a public statement that sweeps aside shadows and offers young fans another powerfully vulnerable star to admire and emulate, but for reminding us that while proudly declaring an identity can be a politically crucial gesture, often the human heart is not so sure-footed. The process of becoming and unbecoming, loving and losing, is what often makes for the most meaningful art.” - Ann Powers, NPR

Summer Reads 2012

7 July, 2012



Suggested reading list for summer

“Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

4 July, 2012



Happy 4th, America!

“The Busy Trap”

1 July, 2012



“Life is too short to be busy” writes Kreider for the NYTimes

Right to Know Our Food

23 June, 2012



Once again the issue of transparency and trust in our food system arises

F. Scott Fiztgerald had it right

14 June, 2012



Engage in open talks about race with A.C.T.O.R.

9 June, 2012



As the upcoming presidential election nears, we are hearing the usual buzzwords: “economy,” “jobs,” “health care,” but now we are forced to deal with a matter that makes many Americans uncomfortable and fidgety.

Good Samaritans

3 June, 2012



Busboys and Poets’ Tribe donates appliances to recovery center that provides structured housing and recovery services for homeless and addicted people

Pop-Up Cafe at Artomatic

2 June, 2012



Serving vegan and non-vegan items on the first floor of Artomatic, DC’s “biggest creative event” in Crystal City

The NAACP Endorsement and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage

28 May, 2012



NAACP approval of same-sex marriage is a small step forward in fulfilling “equality for all”

“A Straight-Out Cowardly Case of Bullying”

26 May, 2012



Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) bill to prohibit D.C. abortions troubles Del. Norton and District residents

Remembering Go-Go’s Godfather

20 May, 2012



The Busboys and Poets tribe send our thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of the man who built Go-Go from the ground up.

On Censorship by Salman Rushdie

19 May, 2012



No writer ever really wants to talk about censorship. Writers want to talk about creation, and censorship is anti-creation, negative energy, uncreation, the bringing into being of non-being, or, to use Tom Stoppard’s description of death, “the absence of presence.” Censorship is the thing that stops you doing what you want to do, and what writers want to talk about is what they do, not what stops them doing it.

A Langston Hughes Poem for your Pocket

26 April, 2012



Today is “Poem in your Pocket” Day! Pockets aren’t just for loose change and gum, but for poems! Below are four short poems by Langston Hughes for you to choose from to write/print and put in your pocket!

Final Curve

When you turn the corner
And you run into yourself
Then you know that you have turned
All the corners that are left.


I went back in the alley
And I opened up my door.
All her clothes was gone:
She wasn’t home no more.

I pulled back the covers,
I made down the bed.
A whole lot of room
Was the only thing I had.


As the wind
On the Lincoln

As a bottle of licker
On a table
All by itself.

Suicide’s Note

The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.

30 for 30: Joseph LMS Green

18 April, 2012


Happy National Poetry Month! Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from Joseph LMS Green, the featured poet of tonight's Open Mic Poetry at 5th & K!


Talk Ugly
by Joseph LMS Green

The last time I saw you alive
I wish I would’ve talked ugly to you

Said “Put the straw down, No,
I don’t want to take another line
I should be writing them, my friend,
You are a composer of music and magic,
Instruct your limbs to serve a purpose greater
than self-indulgence,
Don’t be fooled into thinking your pain
has sharper teeth than anyone else’s,”

I had a chance, but
said nothing

because I was high

This is how I got started;
A bottle of Jack and a mirror, memories and scissors,
dreams drenched in ether, sliced by razors,
Potential rolled like twenty dollar bills,
Poison numbing feelings on the tip of my tongue,
that I and this tongue should be serving a greater purpose.

In a last ditch attempt at self assessment
I looked at my life through eyes of loved ones,
they can see everything, especially the ugly,

From hours of masturbation to years of drug use
To lying with and lying to angels, friends I’ve forsaken,
Taking so much more than I’ve given,
streamlined self-centeredness to a science
But there was also righteousness there
A willingness to craft these ills through poetry and alchemy
Into a seers stone

Honestly, how could I speak ugly to him
When I was yet to speak it to myself
In these nightmares of hindsight
There is no poetry, no alliterations to soften the blow
Some realities have no simile, truth is like truth

Not all suicide is a tragedy; some people
just don’t want to be here anymore,

When you were alone in that room
kept company by narcotics and a thousand ghost
draped in your disappointments
I can only imagine the voices you heard
All but mine

Smear make up onto disgust
if you must, trust, the truth is seldom pretty
But she is always beautiful

In times like these I need you to please
talk ugly to me, because truth splinters bone and pride,
rips through flesh, ego, and sinew in hopes that one day
it will heal together again, stronger

My pain needs not a gentle touch,
too many times we caress sadness
when it needs to be shaken, torn from its place of comfort,
forced to survive or die,

Don’t just tell me I can grow up to be whatever I want,
tell me that whatever I want
better be something I’m willing to achieve, That dreams
will dissipate under the weight of addiction,
that there’s a distinct difference between living
like a rock star and being one,

no matter how many poems you’ve written, sometimes you’re simply a coke-head
and a poser,

Fear not, we are divinely flawed individuals
perfectly ugly, no point hiding behind pretty lies

we are the sum of the hideous scars that hold the remainders
of our pretty pieces together

That last time I saw you alive I wish
I would’ve talked ugly to you

It would’ve be the most beautiful thing

I never said.

30 for 30: Derrick Weston Brown

17 April, 2012



SINGLETARY Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from Derrick Weston Brown, poet and author of Wisdom Teeth. The poem was inspired by the pictured artwork by Michael Singletary, whose artwork is on display at Busboys and Poets 14th & V through the end of May. Derrick also works at the Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore, so be sure to say hi while you stroll around the restaurant looking at Singletary’s work!

Poem For The Painting above the Men’s Bathroom @ Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW or “How Lina Reads The Word”
by Derrick Weston Brown

You notice Lina’s legs first.

They’re long   slim and

sculpted. Her feet yawn out

to the end of the of the bed spread.

The paint on her toenails

chipped bubblegum pink.

She’s reading the Bible.

Topless. The good book

is small, worn and rusted

hydrant red in her hands.

The gold script on the

cover is a whisper.

It is Sunday.


a sigh descending in this room.

Her bra is

a sling of lace and straps

and clips resting to her right-

studying war no more.

Lina’s bare knees form

the steeple of her

body church. She leans into the

cool of her brass headboard.

Her breasts rest behind pages



the truest brown

lies on the underside

of her thighs amid the

plump push of

her backside into the matress

finally a flash of blue

the embroidered triangle

of panties. Holiest of holies.

A pink room and Lina

with her blackberry dollop

of a mouth. Alone

with the Word.

30 for 30: Joseph Ross

15 April, 2012



Happy National Poetry Month! Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from Joseph Ross, the featured poet of today’s Sunday Kind of Love, and author of Meeting Bone Man. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Ross’ poems appear in many anthologies including Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality, Full Moon on K Street, and Poetic Voices Without Borders 1 and 2. He currently directs the Writing Center at Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic poetry series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with Split This Rock, each program includes featured poet(s) and an open mic segment centered around a predetermined social or poetic theme. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey. Sunday Kind of Love is held on the third Sunday of every month at Busboys and Poets 14th & V.


Darfur 1: The Boy
by Joseph Ross

My hands move as slowly
as they have ever moved.

I carefully wrap
the stiff, brown body

of this child,
in a bright orange and blue cloth.

A boy, seven years old,
very old, for here.

Elbows, like crickets’ legs
teeth, luminous white.

The canvas walls of the tent
gasp for air

as the colored cloth
covers his face.

30 for 30: 2Deep the Poetess

13 April, 2012



Happy National Poetry Month! Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from 2Deep the Poetess, host of tonight’s “11th Hour” Poetry Slam at 14th & V. The “11th Hour” Poetry Slam is presented by Busboys and Poets and is held on the second Friday of every month at Busboys and Poets 14th & V.


Muslim Angel
by 2Deep the Poetess

Rush Hour

Dim light

The sound of the hustle and bustle of destined feet rush by

Head bobbing to the rhythm of modern complacency

Conformed to public transportation etiquette





Muslim angel,

Because such a thing exists,

Dressed in full, all white garb

Hijab edges outlined in sea-foam blue,

Magnifying her faith 10 times over,

Wonders towards me in a 5th attempt to gain assistance

Previous attempts brushed off by head turns

Flaps of Express newspapers in response to her

Popping like bullets of insults

As headlines of Osama’s demise dangle in her face

As if to say, “Look at what we can do to your kind, here inAmerica”

I saw this

In that moment, I was not proud to be an American

If this was, in fact, the way an American should act

I knew it was not her Farsi trained tongue exercising broken English

That made them ignore her requests

I understood her just fine

“Help me”, sprang from her lips

And translated to comprehension via my eyes

Before I even removed my headphones

I asked if she could repeat herself

“Good Morning”, she said

“Help me, please.

Van Doren.”

Without second thought I took the metro map out of her hand

Took her hand in my other and said, “Follow me.

I will take you.”

A gasp schoolyard bullied its way out of the throat of the Caucasian woman standing next to me

Eavesdropping getting the best of her

My original mission of getting to work on time escaping me

This was bigger than me

Something greater inside of me whispered

“Do not let go of her hand.”

And I obeyed

Seemingly safe within the metal cage

Transporting civilians into the breast of the Confederacy

Older Black woman sang disgust

Like a house nigger gawking

As if I was a field nigger threatening to bring mud into the big house

Exercising her Jim Crow

Removing herself from the front of the car, next to us, to sit elsewhere

Muslim Angel and I stuck out like sore thumbs

Comparison to Freedom Bus rides

We sat front seat at society’s counter

Demanding we be served respect

Express newspaper under my thigh

Feeling guilty for seeking out current events

For today I now knew

I was not proud to be an American

She was I and I was she

And here we sat

Traveling to a place where only one of us knew how to get to

Me to Van Doren

She to a place where she could brave the prejudice and still keep her chin high while seeking help

She needing to know what I knew and vice versa

Yet we sat in silence

Communicating through squeezed palms

Praying to one another for remaining true to who they were

And though she spoke Farsi and I English

We both managed, somehow, to speak human

And we continued to hold on to one another

“Next stop Van Doren”, rang over the intercom

Promised land for her and I

As I walked her out to the platform of her destination

Allah shook God’s hand


And said many thanks

All the while I noticed we never said bye

Never shared names

Yet knowing we were sisters just the same

Understanding our coexistence in the midst of those who merely exist

30 for 30: Shanelle Gabriel

11 April, 2012



Happy National Poetry Month! Today’s 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30) poem comes from Shanelle Gabrielle, the featured poet for tonight’s Open Mic Poetry at 5th & K!

30 for 30: Komplex

5 April, 2012



As you know by now, it’s National Poetry Month! Our friends at Poetry.org suggested “30 Ways to Celebrate“, and we’ve got our own way to honor the art, craft and joy of poetry. We call it 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30), and over the course of the month, we’ll be posting one poem a day from community celebrities to poets with enduring legacies.

Today’s Poem of the Day comes from Komplex, the host of Thursday’s (April 5, 2012) Open Mic Poetry at Hyattsville:


nice and unexpected
by Komplex

first date


screeching brakes

eyes closed tight

head on collision

with a kiss

no casualties

child-prodigy performs emergency surgery on very sick teddy sincere inner sense

witness gives thanks

And praise






Twist of fate, garnish of favor and voila!

good news on bad day

good trip around old way

persistent ray of sunshine

i think i can i think i can

climb over this “deeprecession”

her frown turned upside down

an exquisite wedding on a day so gloomy

a good surprise ending to a really bad movie

a private conversation in a crowded room

christmas in june

5 days of warm when the news called for 4

This just in! Abrupt end to pointless war!

big finish slow start

big fish no sharks

ny’s eve,  nyc no gunshots

no new year’s day deaths





dressed in black

mothers crying….


ever seen a star dance?

or heard the song the wind sings

to autumn covered trees

felt the warm kiss of a sunrise

or tasted a midnight ocean breeze?

it’s a little bit different

its a little bit magnificent

there is walking thru a mall

and walking thru a waterfall

skimming the top

and skimming rocks…a little bit different

is there a restaurant or country you’ve always wanted to go to?

someone you feel really ought to know you?

who says you have to wait til new year’s to make a resolution?

what if it’s like october and you’re feeling inspired?

karaoke never killed anyone

but regrets cause cancer

so it’s a bridge….jump off

so it’s a plane…jump out

you only die once

but you have to live every day

don’t knock it til you’ve tried it


just to be sure

it just might be….nice…nice and unexpected