(Sorry about the delay in posting this; I was going to type it up over the weekend while I was in Gloucester, but never got to it -- I had many things not to do while walking the sand.)
On to the open mic & I began with my poem for Rosh Hashanah, "Tashlich," then a new piece "Coyote" with, I was told in no uncertain terms, too long of an introduction (but I did want to acknowledge Alison Koffler's influence on the poem). Jason Crane read William Stafford's poem, "A Ritual to Read to Each Other" (Stafford has been popping up lately in local blogs, as well as here tonight), then his own "White Man's Burden." Carolee Sherwood's 2 poems, "September" & the dream-like "Interrupted" are both up on her Blog (with commentary, of course).
Sylvia Barnard said her poems also loosely fit under the category of "what I did on my summer vacation." She retold the old murder mystery of "Christopher Slaughterford," then "Old Quad Corpus Christi College, Cambridge" (old indeed, it was built in 1350). Jill Crammond Wickham was also back from her summer vacation in the Adirondacks, with "Dear Loon" in 3 sections, then a 2-parter postcard poem on a traveling Adirondack photographer. Our host, Don Levy, finished us off with a hilarious imagining of his mother stuck in France a year & returning totally Frenchified in "My French MaMa."
Every 2nd Wednesday on Hudson Ave. in Albany -- comfortable, chatty & relaxed (& always straight-friendly).