Unbeknownst to me, the December version of this regular monthly open mic held at the UAG Gallery that had been titled "Occupy the Word" had been postponed. So this month's version of the St. Poem series was on the theme of political pieces inspired by the Occupy Albany (or fill-in the blank). Meanwhile I had planned another, albeit one-shot, open mic for the following Wednesday, to highlight the "Occupy the UAG" exhibit currently at the Gallery. 2 open mics, 2 nights, 1 theme. This town can handle it.
Hard act to follow, so I started off with a poem on the theme, "One Day Longer," then "What Really Happened" & a poem inspired by an earlier exhibit here, "The Clever Cleaver." Rob followed with more from this book, this time 2 based on Emily Dickinson poems "I Tanked on Options," based on "I Died for Beauty" & "I Never Met Al Gore" based on "I Never Met a Moor."
Our patient host ended the night talking about a dream he had that included fences & work permits & police, then his poem "Occupy, or Under the Harvest Moon."
This series continues every 3rd Monday of the month at the UAG Gallery, 247 Lark St., Albany, NY, 8PM. But the current "Occupy the UAG" exhibit will only be up until the end of this month. Better run if you want to see it.