March 10, 2011
Half-Moon Books, March 5
Read for Food program down in Highland, NY. He began with a letter he wrote to his co-workers about his Parkinson's Disease, then a discursive meditation on a snow-blower, & a couple of more Nature-oriented poems, "The First Rivulet" & "Calving" (on glacier ice-caps).
McGeary's in Albany & it was just fine to hear some of the same poems repeated, such as "My Inner Mexican" & "Half-Shitty" about the kinds of days we have & how it can become all relative. He included some poems from Purgatory Road, his 2010 chapbook from Pudding House, & of course some pot-smoking poems (I don't mean the poems were smoking pot, I mean, well, like, you know what I mean, I think…).
Metroland's readers as Albany's Best Poet, as well she should. She ran through a quick set of, well, Mary-Panza poems: "Roofing & the Art of the Kiss," "Housewife Tuesday," "I Am Waiting for the Poem to Come" (while at work), the poem on Wim Wenders "perfect black & white," overhearing "Two Men Discuss Victor Hugo," "The Treacherous End" (lusting after a waiter), "Divorcing Albert," & the sudden "Cock-Kicker Manifesto."
Check regional poetry calendars for when this fascinating series is again: www.albanypoets.com, www.poetz.org/hudsonvalley.
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