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Rhyme-bustin' grandmas lead weekly gathering of words.

Mother Rapper and Madame CB spit words about Kwanzaa at today’s installment of Gallery 324’s weekly Literary Readings. The local actresses call their show BUSTinITout! “Ain’t no crime to bust a rhyme,” says Mother Rapper, aka Ren<\#142>e Matthews-Jackson. “We do it wid da flava all da time.”

The program launched in June. Since then, local writers like Lou Suarez, William Allegrezza, and Ray Bianchi have recited original pieces for rapt audiences. Bluesman Cletus Black checked in one week to perform and chat about songwriting. Poets Vladimir Swirynsky and Brian Taylor even battled in a “haiku deathmatch.” “If they have books or CDs to sell, the assembled multitudes can throng over and throw money at them,” says Marcus Bales, the gallery’s owner. “This is all for my artsy-fartsy friends."

And they’re more than happy to oblige. Since Bales is a board member of the Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, Bales sent a mass e-mail to all club members, asking them to read at his event. “Poets -- being what they are -- said, ‘Yes! Yes!’” says Bales. “This is a way for my pals to hang out with me on a Saturday afternoon.”
Saturdays, noon, 2006

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