March 26, 2011
St. Rose Grad Students' Reading, March 25
Carolee Sherwood with a good selection of new poems & some favs she has read before, with her themes of relationships, Winter & pop culture. She began with "Every Evening After a Whole Lot of Same," then read what she called her first work poem, " At Starbucks Waiting for Spring." Then on to more "weather poems," "The Way to the Storm (after W.S. Merwin)" & a poem to Summer, "Dissolution." In "Dear Reader" she referenced a common Billy Collins technique of addressing the reader. The next 2 poems both contained dead deer in one form or another, "Scenes from an X-File On a Wife Who Didn't Really Die" & "Madness." "Dwindling," which I think was set in Oregon, also contained images from TV & pop culture. She ended with more love & weather, this time a tornado, in "Surrender Dorothy."
Though not well-publicized, this reading was very well attended, not just by St. Rose students & faculty but by many community poets as well, with extra chairs needed for late arrivals. The UAG Gallery has become more than just a place to hang paintings, with regular sessions of experimental music & the occasional poetry reading as well. Check it out on Lark St. in Albany, NY.