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Poetry Thurdays will feature poets John Destalo and Anna X. Jones at the Midtown Cinema's Reel Cafe, January 20. The Midtown Cinema is located at 250 Reily Street in Harrisburg’s bustling Midtown district.

Back in the day, John Destalo had poems published in the Poetry Corner of the Philadelphia Daily News but has not since pursued getting publication. Instead, he designs and develops new and imaginative ways of sharing his work through clever and innovative bookmarks, brochures, and flyers.

He’s been a regular participant in Poetic Percolations workshops and readings in the midstate area. Destalo’s inspirations include music, popular culture, and art and he's frequently been motivated by performances at the many poetry events he attends.

Blessed with unconventional parents, Anna X. Jones’ skewed view of the world was formed on the (only occasionally) mean streets of a small seaside town called Herne Bay in Southeast England.
Educated in Canterbury, walking the footsteps of Marlowe and Chaucer,
Jones’ first sucess at fiction was used for truancy and the crafting of superior excuses, both surprisingly useful talents in her later careers which have encompassed insurance to psychology via engineering to crafting small business internet solutions.

Finally Jones settled in Central Pennsylvania, to which Coleridge and Bob Southey aspired, says Jones. However, she adds, Davy Jones and Joseph Priestly did settle here. Now, Anna X. Jones is writing a novel, setting up an internet company, and getting distracted by poetry while residing with her family in a comically grander house than the one she left behind.

This event is hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. An open reading, which begins at 7pm, will precede the feature presentation. More information: (717) 909-6566.

"What is called eloquence in the forum is commonly found to be rhetoric in the study." Thoreau, Walden

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