LisaAnn gave another spirited performance as the featured poet, beginning with "Another Love Poem" then on into the death of day in the heat. Her other poems were "Their Dissipation," "Granite Oaks," "My Lost Uncle," "Ojai Deliverance," "For Micca and Her Photograph in her House," "Lost Hills," "Sugarloaf," & ending as she does with "Melt."
The host, Louisa, announced there would be a 1 poem limit for the open mic, a rule that I too have for my open mic at the Third Thursday Poetry Night. But as the poets took the stage I was shocked at how many violated this rule. Maybe "violated" is not the correct word, maybe "ignored," or perhaps, given the maturity (i.e., age) of most readers "forgotten."
The first reader was Alex Woodbury who read a short excerpt from a novel & seemed to stay within the time limit. Elizabeth Hanson announced she had 2 pieces, "they are short" she said. The first was not short (rule of thumb: any poem that is more than 1 page is not "short"), describing a scene from a movie, the second piece "Night Train." Renee Sweezo (?) also read 2 poems but they were short, "A Mess," & "Far Far from Shangrila." Paul Stone knew the rules, read "Listen to the Wind" from his book, How to Train a Rock.
Alice Kociemba runs a poetry series in West Falmouth on Cape Cod; she had "3 short poems": one about the demise of a hardware store, "Morning Air," & one about kayaking on Cape Cod. I was raised a good Catholic boy (though that's long gone) & I know how to obey the rules, so I read one poem, "The Spa." Chris Robbins came close to reading 1 poem: he started with what he called an "Irish haiku" then read a tribute to the Cafe Olio, "Granola Parfait." Louisa ended the afternoon with a poem about her car breaking down, "Muddle Life" (saying she was addicted to Harry Potter books).
Not sure when this series will continue or where it will be next, but it this afternoon was fun at Cafe Olio, 3 Village Green North, Plymouth, MA (at Pinehills).