October 18, 2008

Live from the Living Room, October 8

With our host, Don Levy, in the straight-friendly space of the Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

The featured poet was Erik Sweet, editor of toolamagazine.com (check it out). Erik mostly read pieces that were based on other texts, such as "Madame Bovary Anew," based on one of Bernadette Mayer's experiments, "Today Again," & a sestina, "Migrations." He also read "Contains No Juice," "The Rest of Everything," also a philosophical poem with a quote from Philip Whalen, & "The Littlest Scissors."

Since there were only a few of us there (& no one needed a cigarette) we continued on without a break, so I read an old prose piece published over 20 years ago in The Albany Review, "God on Alto." Matt Galletta read his meditation on pregnant women, "Luggage."

Don read from an old collection, The American Poetry Anthology, a poem each by Phillip Dacey, James Reiss & Susan Feldman.

Cozy conversation & poetry every 2nd Wednesday at 7:30PM, at the GLCC, 332 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY.