Cleveland, November 3-5 1995
I found my program from the festival, so here's a sketchy outline until I can
dig up my journal.
Fri Nov 3
Siobhan and I drove from Toronto to Cleveland and went straight to the Sun
and Moon Cafe for the poetry reading. I talked to sasha i. nyktos after he
read, and he wrote out a copy of a short poem of his that I liked. We
browsed the vendors tables - lots of knives that we wished we could count
on getting past customs. Some drummers took the stage and were jamming for
a while with Terry. After the readings were over, we repaired to the
basement were they performed a midnight Samhain ritual, open to all
comers, and I joined the circle, though feeling very uncertain as to what
was expected of me. There was drumming and the priest and priestess led us
through a ceremony, but I don't think I was receptive enough to enjoy it.
We drove back to Sadie and her daughter's house and crashed there. I seem
to recall that the cats took a liking to walking across our air mattresses
with their claws out. I curled up on a couple of couch cushions on the
floor and slept reasonably well.
Sat Nov 4
The fashion show was this night. We saw performances by Circus Apocalypse,
Minstrels of Enchantment, Apocalypse Theatre, Morphine Angel and Garden of
Dreams. Circus Apocalypse was a carnival
side show act. One member chewed up a light bulb, and had his lips sewn
together with piano wire. I spent a lot of time twitching and not watching
Sun Nov 5
We were up bright and early for the brunch at University Circle Arabica
where we waited for people to straggle in before the walking tour of
Lakeview. One day I want to go back and do the angel tour, as we just did
a generic one. I have a picture that used to be scanned in of
Siobhan looking up at the Garfield memorial, but it was lost three
accounts ago. Siobhan and I drove home that night.
After I got home, Sasha sent me a packet of Tazo's Zen Tea that I enjoyed
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