This is a new series at Francesscas Cafe during Troy Night Out, run by poet D. Colin. But before most of the poets arrived a neighborhood regular, Dan Schultz, stepped up to improvise a tune on an Irish tin whistle. Meanwhile other poets wandered in for the open mic, including some of the local residents, glad to have another poetry open mic to go to.
"I'm not a closet poet, poetry wears me out," said D. Colin before her singing her piece about Haiti after the earthquake, still here & still strong, then on to a piece with the refrain "I cry for the …" like, little black girls on the street corner. So just when the open mic list ran out, in strolled a couple more members of the Nitty Gritty Slam Team to keep the night rolling. ILLiptical performed a poem about the Inquisition, "The Last Jew in Spain."
Apparently there was a featured poet "on the way" but by 8:30 he hadn't arrived & all the open mic poets had read so I split. Who needs a feature when the open mic poets are so good?
7PM, Francesscas Cafe at the corner of Broadway & 5th street, Troy, on the last Friday of the month (i.e., Troy Night Out). (Note: tonight, by 7PM no one had arrived to set up, put out the sign-up sheet, schmooze, what we poetry hosts do, so be prepared for a late start.)