In the midst of the weekend of parades, Mall sales, & backyard cookouts poets showed up to read their work & listen to others & then … but I'll leave that for the end. So Mike Burke served as MC then Edie Abrams took over introducing the poets for the open mic before the featured poet, Thom Francis.
First up was "Bird" (Alan Casline) with a poem for James Williams with a string of epigraphs, it seemed, "The Beauty Way," then "Push a Blossom into the Green Fuse" from a workshop on Dylan Thomas (of course). Obeeduid (Mark O'Brien) has a book coming out soon from FootHills Publishing & read a series of poems from it, some with titles in the language of the Mahican people, some dream like & interior. Joe Krausman read 3 poems related to music, but all really about who/what we are & the choices we make.
Jim Williams read a series of poems that ran from classical references ("Achilles Revenges a Friend"), to being a curmudgeon at a poetry workshop (sounds familiar), to the masterful poem that that began "Poetry Won't Make you Happy…" that morphed from a list of family comments into a imagined conversation with Carl Jung. Mike Burke didn't bring any of his own poems, read instead one of British poet Ted Hughes.
"...and then?" we went to Smitty's Tavern for libations, & pizza & burgers, etc., & more conversation about poetry & poets, & the state of the World.
One more in this season's series in June, but look for it to start up again in September, 4th Sunday at 3PM at the Old Songs Community Center in Voorheesville, NY.