The second Sunday at 2 reading at the Arts Center of the Capital District in Troy, NY, with tag-team hosts Nancy Klepsch & me, Dan Wilcox. It was an eclectic mix of writers (which, of course, was the intent when the Arts Center started this open mic).
First one up was Bob Sharkey who said he had finished last year's poem-a-day assignment, now on to a word-a-day, & so into "Another Deposition," then to a piece about a confrontation at a party, "Benefit" (in honor of New York photographer Bill Cunningham) , then "Doctor Doctor." Carolee was back after an absence with a new poem, "Crows on the 1st Cold Night of February," then what I think is a first, read one of her Blog posts, "The Sun Mother-Fucker."
David Wolcott returned to his memoir, today with a section about his big break into government energy policy during the Carter administration. Joe Krausman pondered the impact of cars on our psyches (& live) in his poem "The Wheeled God," then a poem about revival sauces & a Christian Mass & "Unanswered Prayers." A school teacher, my co-host Nancy Klepsch read a 6-word memoir she had written with her students, then one of her student's marvelous results, then to a work-in-progress, playing with repetition on the language of war. Heather Haskins read a prose selection, "Collusion," from a longer memoir, in which she meets her aunt's long-time abuser, a most uncomfortable tale. Brett Axel rounded out the afternoon with a sestina-in-progress, contrasting politics of the nation & of a household, then the hilarious "I Rule" from his book Rules (Minimal Responsibility Press, 2004).
This continuing open mic is at the Arts Center, 265 River St., Troy, NY on the 2nd Sunday of most months at 2PM -- open to writers in all genres -- & it's Free!