This is the first in this year's series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. I was the (as they like to say) "curator" of this night's program. I had been sent a selection of poems from 6 area poets, with their names redacted. All the work was excellent so I decided to have all 6 read. It turned out that all were women & most were poets I have heard (& written about) at local open mics. One poet had a conflict & couldn't be there to read. Since this was an event I organized, hosted & participated in I can't or shouldn't say how fantastic the readings were, but then it's not me, but these fine poets, who generated the glittering work.
A word on the theme. "False memory" is not meant in the clinical sense, but that all artists "make it up." Artists, & especially writers, use their life experiences in their work to one degree or another, changing details, taking things out, putting things in -- indeed, that's what makes it "Art" rather than simply reminiscence. I like to say that all writing is memoir, except if your spouse is in the audience, then it is "art", it's made up.
After a short break, I read 3 short "Wonder Woman" poems by Diane Cameron who unfortunately had another commitment tonight. When I had read the anonymous entries I was sure I had heard these poems somewhere at an open mic. But, no, it must've been someone else's Wonder Woman poems. I guess you could say that the idea of Wonder Woman is "in the air."
If I wasn't the one who put this night together & selected the poets I'd say how great it was, but then those of you who were there can judge for yourself. The series continues through April at the Arts Center, 265 River St., Troy, NY