Our featured poet, Elizabeth Thomas, had to cancel but I will re-schedule her for 2012. But there are plenty of great poets in this area with a bunch signed up for the open mic tonight, with plenty more in the audience just to listen. & since there was no featured poet, everyone got to do 2 (!) poems tonight.
But first, the muse for the night was one of the father's of 20th Century poetry, William Carlos Williams (his birthday September 17). Alan Catlin paid tribute to another great 20th Century writer whose birthday was also September 17, Ken Kesey, by wearing a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" tee-shirt. He read the last 2 poems he has written, "Knowing Bach at 4:30 AM" from his weekly Bukowski writing prompt exercise, then on to another American poet, "My Dream Date with Sylvia Plath."
Third Thursday Poetry Night is at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY, 7:20PM on, well, the third Thursday of each month, usually with a featured poet, always with an open mic.