Restoration Press Poets, Cubbies

Dateline: Tue 08 Mar 2011

This Friday at 8 p.m., Restoration Press Poets will host a poetry reading in Fountain Square at the Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company, 615 Virginia Ave.

Among those reading from their works will be Thomas Alan Orr, "Hammers in the Fog," Mary Sexon, "103 in the Light," Dan Carpenter, "More Than I Could See," and JL Kato, "Shadows Set in Concrete."

The Restoration Press is the brainchild of Tim Harmon -- forgive me if there are other founders -- who used to run it out of his salvage shop Tim and Avi's in the 2200 block of Central Avenue, or so.

Tim is a longtime supporter of the arts, especially outsider art and fringe folks. The poets mentioned will have copies of their books for sale, which is good, because I keep giving Orr's away as soon as I buy it and read it, and now I can also purchase the others' works....

Also, Dan Carpenter is of course the very gifted columnist for the Indianapolis Star, and JL Kato is also known as John Hawn, a former features copy chief at the paper.  Both men are writers by avocation as well, and I for one welcome this opportunity to hear their work that is out of the box.

Speaking of talent: Russ Leonard, a retired Star sports reporter, will be hosting a couple of Chicago Cubs chats at OASIS sites this month. Leonard has written a book, "Cubbing," about the curse of the billy goat. He will have a lot of stories to relate about Cubs players. He's been a fan since 1938.

The OASIS events will be at 1 p.m. Monday March 21 at the Krannert Family Center, 605 South High School Road, and Thursday March 24 at at the Washington Park OASIS HQ, 10800 East Washington Street.

OASIS is for seniors; members may attend these events free, and non-members are asked to pay $15 which will get you into all OASIS classes during  the current trimester.

Please register in advance at




Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Ahhhh. Tim's and Alvi's. I used to wander through their older building, down on Central, by the Red Cross. A fascinating time.

For similar haunts, I now wander Midland, or the salvage place over on W. 30th not far from the Naval Armory. Those folks scout old pre-demo buildings nationwide, and buy the old faucets, toilets, door handles, mantles, name it.

I think scavengers are Poets of the Junk Heap. Every damned one of them I've met, is a great human being. They have an inner drive that refuses to discard good stuff.

Which is poetry, isn't it?

Lately, I've started taking my teenaged son on these wanderings. After four or five trips, I think he "gets" it.

2011-03-08 08:39:33

ruthholl [Member] said:

You have inspired me. Your words are poetry as well. Thank you for the affirmation....see new post in a bit...

2011-03-08 09:11:53

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

It's White River Salvage Co., 1325 W. 30th. If you've never been, pack a lunch. It's therapy.

2011-03-08 10:19:58

ruthholl [Member] said:

I love that place, and Doc is great. He started out at Midland in fact. I guess I want to grow up to be Doc, but it is probably too late....

2011-03-08 16:07:54

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

It's never too late. I could be wrong, but I think he's captured the perfect life: he saves good things, he loves it, he meets wonderful fellow soul-travelers, and he makes good money.

You and I must've been separated at birth. Except you're all wet on unions. But hey, nobody's perfect.

But I digress....

2011-03-09 05:22:37

Tim Harmon [unverified] said:

Thank you for your great support,Ruth.
You are the best!

2011-03-09 16:48:56

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