Rhymes With Atlanta 

OK, all you lovers of lays, limericks and lyric litotes, it's time to polish your pentameters and shine your caesuras. There's a whole lot of poetry happening this week. Enough, apparently, to attract the attention of Poets & Writers magazine, which is using a grant from BellSouth to provide Atlanta organizations with matching funds to pay poets and other writers for public readings (www.pw.org/rw/ny/guidelines.html).)

The first Atlanta grant was received by the Georgia Poetry Society, which will use the money to pay the featured poets at their monthly readings. The first poet to benefit from the grant is Cherryl Floyd-Miller.

Floyd-Miller reads this week from her latest collection, Chops. Some of the poems in Chops get a little grandiose: poets, poems, artists, muses and, yes, even a lowly critic crowd the pages. But Floyd-Miller's reflections on Atlanta as a place for poets are intriguing, and the limited-edition books - which use layers of translucent paper to superimpose Floyd-Millers notes, doodles and other inspirations over the final work - are beautiful to behold.

Also this week, Thomas Lux reads at the H. Bruce McEver Poetry Reading. The director of the Poetry at Georgia Tech program is joined by poets Kurt Brown, Stuart Dischell, Natasha Trethewey and, of course, H. Bruce McEver.

And for something completely different, Atlanta's sultans of cerebral silliness, the Atlanta Poets Group, present "Ezra Pound at Eyedrum." (Pound is not expected to attend.) The event includes audio recordings of Pound, live readings of his work, a lecture by Dr. Catherine Paul, and, according to director John Lowther, "creative redeployment of his work by members of the APG."

thomas.bell@creativeloafing.comCherryl Floyd-Miller reads Fri., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech, 48 Fifth St. Sign up for open mic at 7 p.m. Free. www.georgiapoetrysociety.com. Chops is available at the event for $45. Thomas Lux, et al, read Thurs., Feb. 3, 4:30 p.m., at Georgia Tech's Clary Theatre in the Moore Student Success Center, 219 Uncle Heinie Way. Free. 404-385-2760. www.iac.gatech.edu/poetry_schedule.html. The Atlanta Poets Group presents "Ezra Pound at Eyedrum" Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., at Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $4. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.



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