April 9, 2012
Calling All Poets, April 4
I like to prepare a program carefully for such readings, especially among strangers, to give them a sense of the different kinds of poems I writer. But this program floated around a core of poems while other selections floated in & out until I was at the podium. I began, though, with a "seasonal poem," e.e. cummings' "In Just Spring --", then I introduced the group to the poets of Albany with "Where Were the Professors?" & "Joe Krausman," then on to "Poeming" & "Looking for Cougars." My political poems were represented by "One Day Longer" & "A Pain in the Neck". On to a more gentle theme with "On a Poem by e.e. cummings," "Freckles," & the poem beginning "This morning when i turn the key…" I ended with another season piece, "What Passover Has Taught Me."
With the Library set to close at 8PM we had only a little time left for a quick open mic, & all the readers obliged. Tom (Thomas Michael McDade) read a memoir poem "Advice 1966" & a portrait of an old guy with an old car, "Insurance." Miriam's poem "The Calm After the Storm" reflected on the past. Deidre said this was her first time reading her poems in public & shared "A Visitation" (a woman at a bus stop who looked just like her grandmother) then a poem in response to Luke 20. William commented on my reading of e.e. cummings (a fan himself) & love poems & read a couple sonnets, one on Obama, another commenting on a black couple in a museum. Our MC/host Victoria Muñoz read beat list poem of images from a Blues festival, "Blues Cats Everywhere," then the poem "Shout" stringing together a series of advertising slogans.
So if you happen to be in Waterbury, CT on the first Wednesday of the month, check out this reading at the Silas Bronson Library (except for the summer months, I believe).