August 28, 2011
Third Thursday Poetry Night, August 18
So to start the open mic Alan Catlin read a poem based on the Antonioni movie, "Blow-up," about photos used in the film, then from his self-portraits that are not self-portraits, "Self-Portrait with Vincent" (van Gogh). Bob Sharkey read a page from his work-in-progress, "Sustenance," page/week 25, then a piece about Monument Square in Portland, Maine. Joe Krausman sang the woes (metaphysical & otherwise) of "Apartment Hunting." Moses Kash III read "What is Love? II" (there is an earlier "What is Love?").
Avery traced the path of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" through literary & pop culture history. D. Alexander Holiday debuted his new book, Emails from Satan's Daughter (Xlibris), containing literal (if redacted) emails, a book about bullying in the workplace, & read from the book, "Satan's Daughter Likes Her Liquor" & "Satan's Daughter Gets Herself a Promotion." Congrats to Doug on his new book. I closed out the open mic with a new poem in what is becoming some kind of a series, "Coyote 3" then from Poeming the Prompt (A.P.D., 2011) the award-winning poem "The Lesson."
David Robert Books, 2011). The poems are blank verse sonnets about mothers & children. From the book he read "The Wrong Man" (about his mother & his father), "A Capella" (to his wife), "Mother: the Movie," & "Perambulators." He said he was eager (as many of us get) to read some new poems he was working on, a series about the many "rights" available to us, recognized or not. He began with "You Have the Right to a Full Set of Wrenches," then a political poem "You Have the Right to Hot Peppers;" "You Have the Right to a Birthplace" inspired by Walt Whitman's house on Long Island, on to "You Have the Right to Big Foot," "You Have the Right to Super Powers," "You Have the Right to Abstinence" a found poem based on an ad in Craig's List, & concluded with a poem to his step-daughter, "You Have the Right to Find Your Keys." We'll be buying that book, too, someday.
We are at the Social Justice Center on the Third Thursday of each month with a featured poet & an open mic, at 7:30PM -- donations go to pay the featured poet, & support the Social Justice Center & the Poetry Motel Foundation.