Square Circle Press. But first, the open mic.
Alan Casline's rambling poems were about the rain on his cabin in the woods, the history of a tavern on the Scoharie Road, then a report on the books he got in the mail. I recited "Joe Krausman" then read the new annual "Birthday Poem 2011." Tim Verhaegan always digs deep into his family & personal life & read "Gay Men Gay Son," & a poem about his brother, dead 31 years ago today; then he brought Larry Rapant up to perform "Nightmare on State St." about a pick-up years ago. Dennis Sullivan tends to philosophize, first about his early career change ("I Am Moved to Litanize") & his father ("Questions for a Visitor"). Obeedude read again from his iPad, a bookended triptych of visual poems, "The Convexity of Dishes," "Rembrandt's 3rd Cousin Twice Removed," & "The Concavity of Dishes" (which was the same, I think, as the first poem).
The first of the new readers was Lloyd Barnhart with a trio of story poems, "Dancing in the Deer Woods" about deer-hunting instructions in the lingo of dance, "Pearl" & "The East Creek Killers."
Howard Kogan's humorous poem "Migration" was a meditation on hair & aging, while "This Here Guy" was a childhood memory of learning the mystery of words from a neighbor who "didn't talk too well." Philomena Moriarty began with 2 poems about her brother, the recently written "The After-death" & the older roses-&-music "Romance," then a recent poem "Walking on Rice Paper" (be still). Barbara Vink was a late addition to the sign-up sheet & shouldn't have apologized for "The Lesson" on ironing, ending tenderly.
The fourth Sunday of most months, 3PM, at Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, NY (hey, MapQuest it). Then join us at Smitty's afterwards.