Great poetry is transcendent, but Pamela August Russell proves the other side of the coin also has its charms in reading from her new collection, "B Is for Bad Poetry," a bent look at modern life featuring original works with such titles as "Nietzsche and the Ice-Cream Truck" and "A Beginner's Guide to Mediocrity." It may not be Whitman, but Russell's verses are often a whole lot funnier. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 2 p.m. Sat. (310) 659-3110.