OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet Edith Sitwell, born on this date in 1887, “It is part of a poet’s work to show each man what he sees but does not know he sees.”
A brown boy in a pale violet
snap back baseball cap floats
on a long board
He, careening right onto Chippewa
tucks velvet roses, red: six
in his grip; his forearm to his ribs
I coo to my friend
“Someone will have roses”
At corners there is plenty
the lime cafe umbrellas
purple awnings, orange
window washer crane lifts
eggshell white lobby columns
& the opal modern glass structures
I often sit at
the plenitude of intersections
under great shade
legs folded with dark lipstick, looking out
the birds & flies will come for me
my cinnamon roll & Chai tea
circling above head
swirling the lush ground for the ashen
In the city
there are always shadows
one thing or another
no flowers would grow
– Shayna Israel
FINNISH INFLUENCE – Catherine Schweitzer, coordinator of FinnFestUSA, will speak in the Imagine Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The program in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the library opens at noon with a Great Courses video on “The Cathedral: Amiens – The Facade.”
Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.
SOCIAL ACTION & ICE CREAM – The Youth Advisors Council invites all interested high school and junior high students and families for ice cream, games and music from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the dig co-working space, 640 Ellicott St. YAC members, in seventh through 12th grade, promote healthy city living and initiatives like advocating for more locally grown food in school cafeterias. Join, improve leadership skills and meet kids from other schools. For more info, write Rebekah@mass-ave.org or call 882-5327, Ext. 6.
GRAIN ELEVATORS REVEALED – Talking Leaves bookstore, 3158 Main St., will host “Grain Dust Dreams” author David Tarbet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tarbet will also talk about his book and Buffalo’s history as the city where grain elevators were invented in the 1840s at about 6 p.m. Saturday at Silo City on Childs Street, Buffalo.
SECONDHAND BOOKS – The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Friends of the Library book sale at Lincoln Arena at Parker and Decatur streets goes from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., features crafts for kids and an appearance from library mascot Reada Owl. For more info check, ktfol.weebly.com.
Shop for used religious books at Christ the King Seminary’s auditorium, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
EGGERTSVILLE MEETING – The Eggertsville Community Organization will meet and discuss the proposed transit extension at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St. Capt. Steven McGonagle will also give a policing update.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Brendan Mehaffy, Brendan Haggerty, Wally Topinko, John Kasperek, Bob Camizzi, Beth Nelson, Charlie Schneckenberger, Ron Bieger, Brett Hall, Bob Palmer, Kevin Denecke, Elaine R. Montesano and Jerry Sawyer.