January 25, 2011
Third Thursday Poetry Night, January 20
Dennis Sullivan was up first, & leading the group from the Voorheesville poets there to support the night's featured poet; his poem "A Black & Voiceless Day" had more hope than what the title implies. Alan Casline left some free broadsides for us & read the short poem, "The Gods Are Your Parents." Mark (Obeedude) O'Brien's poem, "Pitching Woo," an old term being used again, ponders the fragility of conception. Joe Krausman's "Couvad" is from his "anthropology series" with characteristic humor & unexpected rhyme. Therese Broderick's newest poem was about a wooden ruler found in a draw, "Great Rulers."
After the break I re-started the open mic with my poem built from newspaper accounts of a 2006 shooting, "Secrecy Guards Oldest Pine As Town Mourns School Killings Family Urges Kindness." Tom Corrado read from his ongoing serial poem, "Scripts for Today," expressed in what I used to think of as non-sequiturs, but might better be described as meta-sequiturs.
Signed up as Nicco, Nick Patti was a former Albany poet, now based in NYC; he read "Dispatch from a Park Bench" from his zine, Riverfront: A Zine of Poems ($4.00, at Nicholas Patti, P.O. Box 442, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276 -- send him poems). Anthony Bernini's terrifying poem was based on a snatch of overheard newscast "Held in Place." Our final poet of the night was Dr. Moses Kash III, with his scribbled reaction to the shooting in Tucson "Shadows of Darkness."
We are at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY, every third Thursday of the month, $3.00 donation, with an open mic with a featured reader. Bring a poem.