This was the 2nd gathering of this new series at Professor Java's on Wolf Rd. in Albany, NY. Its host is Keith Spencer & it's "wide open" because they let folks with guitars (tuned or not) join in. I usually have an aversion to these open mics because 1) there are plenty of music open mics around; 2) the musicians always play longer than the poets read (I like equity); 3) too much time is wasted tuning up; & 4) how many "heading down that lonesome road" songs can you listen to at once? But this wasn't bad -- & 3) & 4) didn't happen. & I was there to support my friend Keith & a new venue for poets. There was even one singer I thought was really good (see below).
Since even the musicians don't like to be #1 on the sign-up sheet, once again I was the first to read, starting with "Coffee House Rant" because that's where we were, then with "The Lilacs" to show off the new anthology it's in. I was followed by a solo electric bass-player, Dan Sales, improvising a couple of pieces.
Josh McIntyre did 2 short poems I've enjoyed before "In Tune" & "Radio." Greg Guba, who also plays solo gigs around, did a couple of Eric Clapton tunes, one from the Blind Faith album (one of my personal favs), then another when Eric was Derrick & the Dominoes. Jason Butchkoff said his long piece, a letter from Icarus, was the first poem he had written in a long time. Sometimes an open mic can sound like an evening at group therapy, & that's what Joyananda's "letters written & never sent" sounded like -- hope it helped.
The next singer/song-writer was Carolyn Brown with a tune by Jewel, then one of her own songs, "Through the Mud," about over-coming difficulties. Coincidentally, the next poet was named Carol Jewell, with 2 intriguing poems, the inventory of a "Junk Drawer" & "I've Heard that Song Before." Mary Panza really likes Keith's "Elvis mic", into which she breathed "Hit Forward" & one of my favs, "Fuck the Giving Tree."
Check this out on the second Monday of each month at Professor Java's on Wolf Rd. in Colonie, NY, 8PM -- guitars permitted.