|Mary Panza keeps it moving.|
Alan Casline was our good-morning poet with poems all written in the last month, including one for the late Catherine Connolly. Bob Sharkey was able to read all the parts of his wandering the city poem, "Albany." Edward Rinaldi shared some of the poems he's been writing each day (was he toasting Peeps with his kids in one of them?). Always great fun, Howard Kogan included his poem "3 Jokes of Science."
At this point I had to get lunch & so missed some of the poets, but there was a whole afternoon before me. When I got back there was a lull in the action, waiting for the clock to catch up to the poets.
Starting up again, the first poet up was Cheryl A. Rice with poems from chapbooks to-be, including "Moses Parts the Tulips." Frederick Glaysher came all the way from Michigan to read an extended section from lunar epic "The Parliament of Poets," with the 20th Century Afro-American poet Robert Hayden as guide (the first of 2 references today to Hayden, a largely neglected poet). You can see the entire 15-minute performance on his website.
There was Kevin Peterson with a new piece, "Thru the Glass," followed by Albert with "a piece of rhyme" so fast I hardly caught it. Avery appropriately enough included a poem about going to a Library, "A Trip Down Fantasy Lane," as well as the cosmic "Thanks for a Glass of Water."
Chad Lowther took care of the arrangements for this reading at the Library, for which I know AlbanyPoets are very grateful; his poems are experimental, misanthropic, surrealistic & read in a unique, sometimes unsettling style. Joe Krausman is always conversational & read a cluster of poems touching on Jung's "synchronicity." Another of the area's finest poets, Anthony Bernini, read some poems in manuscript. Shannon Shoemaker did all her poems from memory. Another contender for the newbie of the week award is Jay Toraty who was also at the Slam, Third Thursday, but had shown up Monday night as well; his poem today was "To the Crazy Man Preaching at the Podium."
We were done about 4:15, WordFest drawing to a close, but not quite yet, we still had the psycho-clusterfuck of tonight's shenanigans at Valentines. Stay tuned.