El Presidente was our host on what is always an uncertain night, but despite the cold there were poets gathered at the bar to read poems, no gimmicks.
I went first (again) with the version of "27 Things to Do with an MFA" I'd read at Vox, then, for no particular reason other than the venue cries for raunch, read "The Lady Bishop."
R.M. Engelhardt followed with his QE2 tribute poem, "In the Place of Sound & Light" (you can read it on his blog), then 2 from the same page of his new chapbook, "It Was Her Voice" & "Truth" (one of a half dozen or so poems with that name).
NicoleK was into snakes, one poem actually with that title, the other a list poem beginning "I am a well-rounded idiot savant...", then her Rachael Ray hate poem (& I didn't check the spelling of her name).
Thom Francis decided it was "a new day, a blank slate ... time to write the next chapter..." We'll be waiting, Sr. Presidente.
Dominick Rizzo began with a poem written 9 years ago about his alter-ego, Chris Keller, then another about hiding oneself, "Only Anyone to Be;" & finished with "Surgery."
The last poet was Thom's "cousin Matt," Matt Walsh, with a piece about being outdoors, hunting trees -- so not Valentines.
Check the AlbanyPoets website for their other events.