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Bottled Poetry

Verse-on-demand comes to the North Bay

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Bread, milk and chocolate can be obtained from the supermarket, but what happens when it's not the pantry that needs refilling but the heart? That requires a trip to the Poetry Store.

"The number one thing people don't know how to talk about is love," says Silvi Alcivar (pictured), aka the Poetry Store, who will be writing poems at two Valentine's Day events in the North Bay this weekend. The San Francisco poet has made a name for herself by popping up with her red Royal typewriter and portable desk at events in the Bay Area to write poems on demand. After a brief interview, she writes, in less than three minutes, a set of words so unexpectedly charged and emotionally penetrating they could even bring tears to Vladimir Putin's steely eyes.

"The most satisfying thing is when people cry because they have joy," says Alcivar. Her poems are visual, honest and revealing, not to mention beautiful, and their incredibly short gestation period—from conception to birth in about five minutes—makes them all the more spectacular. She and other artists share their talents Friday, Feb. 14, at the Grand Hand Gallery. 1136 Main St., Napa. 5– 7pm. 707.253.2551. The Poetry Store will also be at St. Supery Estate Winery Friday, Feb. 14 (1–4pm), and Saturday, Feb. 15 (11am–3pm). 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. Free. 800.231.9116.

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