3 Guys from Albany, then last year on my own. I just don't get there enough. This time I was compelled because Albany poet Carolee Sherwood was the feature & in return for navigation over 2 mountains she drove. What a deal.
The open mic was an eclectic gathering of local writers, prose & poetry, often indistinguishable, but all equally engaging. Susan King started off with a continuation of a story she apparently read last month about her experience in a Red Cross shelter during the recent flooding from tropical storm Irene. My reading was more mundane, 3 poems from Poeming the Prompt.
Judith Kerman read "Sub Rule", an ingenious abcderaian acrostic, then about the plight of a slug in "Global Positioning," & 2 pieces that were sung, "Star-nosed Mole" & another about a mermaid & deep-sea diver. Graham Duncan is always at Bright Hills Center, it seems, & read the tale of "The Old Soldier Keeps on Darning," then a poem about a plane crash, "The Local News," ended with a poem about how to get thru life, "a recovery piece" he said, "No Charge for This." Jim Williams read a memoir of the trolleys he saw as a boy, as vivid now to us in his telling as to him then in real life.
Our host, Bertha Rogers read a poem about being up in the early AM with the dog "Long Before Dawn," then the descriptive "Hawk," it's dive for death & food.
Every time I come to this reading I wonder why I don't come here more often, & so should you. Check out the Bright Hill Center website for information.