ricky_poet "Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til the appropriate liberator comes to set it free."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  •   king_rid I'm zooted / mind polluted / waiting for this fame train / I can't explain / this fucking wait / hold on here it comes / taking me home / to smoke another one 2w
  •   king_rid Hope you like 2w
  •   ricky_poet Haha, much respect, @king_rid! I can relate when waiting for that train and what it will end up bringing me to. 🏼️ 2w
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ricky_poet "A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul."
—Søren Kierkegaard
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ricky_poet "The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes."
—W. Somerset Maugham
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  •   wordup.poet When's the next one? 2mon
  •   ricky_poet Hate to say this was our last event, @wordup.poet. If we bring this series back I will be sure to message you. 2mon
  •   wordup.poet @ricky_poet Word please DM me about any future open Mics or poetry events u hear about Bro!! Peace and Power 2mon
  •   ricky_poet Shoot me an email, @wordup.poet. My email is in my bio. I'll list out a guide to a lot of different open mic series that happen monthly from Brooklyn to the Bronx. 2mon
  •   ricky_poet Peace, Power and Poetry, @wordup.poet! 🏼 2mon
  •   wordup.poet @ricky_poet Thanks man, I'll shoot you an email tonight, I'm def down to hit anything in the five boros, I used to run a collective and host weekly open Mics, etc, been on hiatus for years and just now looking to get back into the scene, any guidance would be greatly appreciated Word^^^^ 2mon

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ricky_poet We didn't know what we'd get when we combine two Thomas's together for a poetry event. One Thomas punches poetry in the face, while the other tears the face off of poetry and wears it as an everyday Halloween mask.

All in all, having both Thomas Henry and Thomas Fucaloro together as featured poets amounted to a night of hysterical, mind warping, thought provoking entertainment.

We couldn't thank both Thomas's enough for putting on such a brilliant display of poetics.
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ricky_poet Thomas Fucaloro can be seen performing and hosting poetry events throughout the New York City poetry scene. Each of his energetic performances infects the ears of those that are within audible reach.

Fucaloro's performance on April 21st was exactly what you'd expect to see and hear. Thomas had us at the edge of laughter, the boarder of tears and engulfed in the poetic genius that is the Fucaloro factor!

On behalf of The Poets Settlement we thank you for sharing your world with us!
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ricky_poet Thomas Henry is the kind of poet that'll make you question all that you see, hear, feel, and taste. The kind of poet that documents the mundane in some of the most colorful and elaborate ways. There is great depth when it comes to understanding Thomas's poems. The kind of depth that makes you wonder about...everything.
On behalf of The Poets' Settlement we thank you for sharing your world with us!
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ricky_poet "The poem... is a little myth of man's captivity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see— it is, rather, a light by which we see— and what we see is life."
—Robert Penn Warren
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Ludwig Ricardo Hernandez
ricky_poet This morning I helped celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by reading "Emmett the Miniature Super Pup" to a 5th grade class at my old elementary school, P.S.128.

The students asked me questions about poetry, who & what inspires me to write, along with loads of other extremely funny inquires about all types of randomness.

It was great to also see my former dance teacher Mrs. Wills, one of two teachers still left in the school from when I attended. She gave me a few pictures from 20 years ago when we had dance club and of me performing Dancing in the Rain.

Thank you, Mrs. Wills for inviting me to read poetry to the students, and P.S. 128 for having me. It was a pleasure and a great way to start the day!
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  •   deelici0us I remember dancing in the rain! My son is in the third grade. I look forward to the dance festival every year. 3mon
  •   ricky_poet @deelici0us, I more so remember when we did Greece Lightning, the Mortal Kombat multi-group performance, and when my sister did Un-Break My Heart. When I looked at the Dancing in the Rain pic Mrs. Wills gave me I started cheesing hard. She still has all the videos of all the performances too! 3mon
  •   deelici0us @ricky_poet I would love to see them! I remember Mortal Kombat in the 5th grade, Grease in 4th, the Wizard of Oz in 3rd, and Mickey Mouse in Kindergarten. 3mon
  •   ricky_poet Damn, you really do have a good memory for all the shows, @deelici0us! I remember I suggested and brought in the CD that had the soundtrack to Mortal Kombat. That was probably the most fun I had at the dance festivals. We were all doing flips and choreographed the fight scenes. Mrs. Wills said she'll be working on getting the videos converted so she can send them out to everyone she's in contact with. I can't wait to see them too! 3mon
  •   deelici0us @ricky_poet hook me up! I told my son I had dance festivals too and that Mrs. Wills was my dance teacher too. He was like "really? When you were small?" That was when I realized...damn I'm old. 3mon
  •   ricky_poet Oh yes, the kids were asking me how old I was to figure out how old Mrs. Wills is, haha! She retires next year. I told them I'm old enough to not have hair on my head, @deelici0us. Haha! 3mon

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ricky_poet ...and the journey begins.

#Educator
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ricky_poet #TheThinker "Modern Day Thinkers"

they will tell you
there's no need to think
that's what computers are for

they will tell you
you don't get paid to think
that's what your boss is for

they will tell you
thinking leads to logic
and logic is out the door

but if you don't think
thinking won't be your flaw
it'll be all the potential you wasted

letting someone
or something do the thinking
when the gift was yours
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ricky_poet Brooklyn Gypsies presents The Poets' Settlement open mic series at Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill. Featured poet for April 21st: Thomas Fucaloro!

Doors open at 7:00PM
FREE / NO COVER
Open mic list closes at 7:50PM
Open mic starts at 8PM
each poet will have 3 minutes

Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill:
R to the Union Street train station
274 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Featured poets bio:
Thomas Fucaloro’s latest book is out now by Three Rooms Press entitled “It Starts From the Belly and Blooms.” He is the founding editor for Great Weather for Media and editor for Staten Island’s new literary magazine, NYSAI. He teaches poetry workshops at the Harlem Children’s Zone, NEON Bronx Probation Center, Writopia Lab, LGBTQ Pride Center and the LouderARTS Project. He recently received his MFA in creative writing at the New School. His next book will be out by Tired Hearts Press entitled “Mistakes Disguised as Stars.” He has been on three slam teams, Intangibles 2012, JC Slam 2013 and LouderARTS 2014 where they were placed 12th out of 72 teams in the National Poetry Slam.
Great weather for media:
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather
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ricky_poet Brooklyn Gypsies presents The Poets' Settlement open mic series at Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill. Featured poets for April 21st: Thomas Fucaloro & Thomas Henry!

Doors open at 7:00PM
FREE / NO COVER
Open mic list closes at 7:50PM
Open mic starts at 8PM
each poet will have 3 minutes

Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill:
R to the Union Street train station
274 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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ricky_poet Brooklyn Gypsies presents The Poets' Settlement open mic series at Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill. Featured poet for April 21st: Thomas Henry!

Doors open at 7:00PM
FREE / NO COVER
Open mic list closes at 7:50PM
Open mic starts at 8PM
each poet will have 3 minutes

Breuckelen Colony Bar & Grill:
R to the Union Street train station
274 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Featured poets bio:
Thomas Henry is a hard working poet born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His work is an exploration of the confusion of living a mixed race life in a city that won't make up its mind. He's performed his work all over the city and in parts of Long Island. His poems have appeared in the publications Aphros, By the Overpass, Pulp, and the anthology The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, among others. He spends his spare time writing epic Facebook posts and studying synchronicity.
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Rise Ricardo Hernandez
ricky_poet #TBT to when Olivia kept passing all the bears to me for nap time. She kept one. 4mon

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Normal Ricardo Hernandez
ricky_poet "I remember when I'd call you sunshine, but you never did rise to the occasion. Seven months later and now you miss my life? FOH."
—I'm not the fool you're looking for
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ricky_poet Easter Sunday movie watching with Olivia. 4mon

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Ludwig Ricardo Hernandez
ricky_poet Friday Night Life 4mon

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ricky_poet "Definition of Blue"

it's the inability in being social
our everyday struggle to hold
a conversation with eye contact

it's your parents not being able
to explain that you're different
when all you want to do is fit in

it's the incorrectly functioning
part of the brain making speech
the most daunting task

it's the wrong answer for the
right question in class, even though
you still don't quite understand

it's the internal hard drive
overflowing with information
that your brain can't decipher

it's the cryptic language
and number sequences you see
that others are blind to

it's the ideas and complex
intricacies you're able to speak
and write of without fallacies

it's the noise all around
often all too loud but unaware
of self volume control panels

it's tears that fill pillows
damn near every night because
you still don't get it

it's the light they shine for you
reminding you blue is what
you're always feeling
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