Nester's poem was his ball-scratching "Mott Street Pastoral" which he teamed up with "Dirty White Boy." Later, in a weird bit of synchronicity (see previous Blog) Nester read a poem by the 20th Century poet Robert Hayden (again, see previous Blog) -- how weird is that?
I was up a few times with various "Coyote" poems, & performed some Karaoke favorites, "Wild Thing," "I Wanna Be Sedated," & "The End."
Another poet whose work I liked (among the many) was Marie Frankson, whose strong poems & songs belied her small stature. One poem began "I love a man who…", & another recalled a "Bad Day" & she was even joined by Kevin Peterson & Avery as sweaty back-up singers at the end. Kevin Peterson read a poem "4 syllables longer than a haiku" & channeled Janis Joplin (minus the giggle) on the Mercedes Benz song; he also popped up increasingly as a back-up singer for Carlos Garcia, Marie Frankson & Carissa's grand finale. I think he's a dead-heat with Avery about which is the gayest straight guy on stage.
The grand finale was Carissa reading a rare poem, "Used to Do," followed by a raucous (could it be otherwise?) version of Meatloaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" with a motley crew of backup singers.
Oh Baby, if you weren't there you missed the end of WordFest 2012 & have to wait for it to come around again as the World turns. It was the biggest & best of the WordFests. Who'd had thought back in 2001 we'd still be doing this & making it better each time. Thanks to AlbanyPoets.com & all those whose venues made this week so powerful. More photos can be found at my Flicker! site.