Arts Center of the Capital Region. Even with moving the clocks ahead there were 50 people there (according to the reporter from thefreegeorge.com), & 20 readers. Nancy Klepsch & I are the tag-team host, & we even sign up to read.
Bob Sharkey was up first with a taste of the Irish, starting with Eaven Boland's poem "Daughter of the Colony," then his own prose memoir about his grandfather's dislike for (the) English, "The King's Speech" (& Bob won't go to the movie). Josh McIntyre came down from Saratoga County to read a couple of his short poems, "Hush" & "Old Songs" jogging on the path of memory. Carolee Sherwood confessed to being an avid fan of "The X-Files" & read "Scenes from the X-File on a Wife Who Didn't Really Die," then the poem with the working title, she said, "At Starbucks Waiting for Spring" -- both these poems on her Blog, I think. Jean Powis read for the first time, a moving poem written 19 years ago about the death of her husband, "Assassination of the Soul."
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Jil Hanifan's "The Exegesis on Mary Poppins" included her singing in an energetic performance of the piece. Another regular, Kate Laity, said she was going to read something that was unusual for her, a piece that was "unpublished, unfinished & truthful" travel notes & musings from a trip to Italy, read from her pocket notebook. Sally Rhoades piece "A Thousand Tribes" was also unfinished, on various pages & from her journal, an evolving bit of fiction (afterall, that's what open mics are for, to try out pieces that may -- or may not -- be unfinished, incomplete, in various stages of revision). Nancy Klepsch read a piece written 9 years ago that celebrated herself, effusive & ecstatic, now at the other end of that decade, "40." Barbara Kaiser read a memoir, "In the Middle of the Night," about a couple of Brooklyn girls hanging out in the Village (ah, yes, interesting days), & a funny wordplay, "Ode to the Metric System."
This is an open mic for prose writers as well as poets, with a 5-minute time-limit, every 2nd Sunday of the month at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy, NY -- it's free, & it starts on time.