Just about a year ago I started this Blog as a way of escaping from MySpace, & now "what a long strange trip it's been." As of this writing the Blog has had 456 views over 138 separate entries -- poems, open mic reports, random updates, etc. I don't know whether there are 3 people out there who visit the Blog a couple times a day, or 456 people who have each visited it once. As the Chinese would say (in different words, of course), Whatever.
Thanks for your interest. I'm going to keep at it, Deo volente, & we'll see what 2008 will bring.
Sadly, we are starting the year with one less poetry venue. Shaun Baxter announced that the NightSky Cafe in Schenectady will no longer be having a monthly poetry open mic there. Shaun had run the 3rd Wednesday reading since about August 2006, with a featured reader, occasional poetry "assignments," & post cards to be mailed back with a poem (or not). He even put out a small chapbook collection of poems from some the poets who had read there. Shaun is a whimsical, literate, relaxed host who did an excellent job in getting a variety of featured poets from among the many community poets out there, & in my book this series ranked high on the list of "best open mics." But venues come & go, while poets keep writing. I just wonder: Who is the second-shortest open mic host now?