The final reading in the 2012 series was not held in the Park at all but at the Social Justice Center, our rain site. The weather had been so uncertain earlier in the day, & the forecasts reminded me of the newspaper picks for the daily races in Saratoga so I thought it prudent to move the reading indoors. It was a grand gathering just the same, with loyal supporters in the audience, including 1 person who had been at all 4 readings, one of last week's features, Carolee Sherwood.
Poets in the Park in not a open mic venue, but some young poets had come bearing poems as if it were so I ended up, under some pressure from Mojavi, bringing to the mic, one of Tenesha's students, Alexis, who did an accomplished Slam performance of a poem about being molested. Perhaps a future Poet in the Park? One doesn't know, do one?
Tom Nattell had asked me to continue this event after he passed on & each year I thank the memory of Tom ("star-dust is us") for the privilege of presenting so many fine poets to the people of Albany. & thanks to the Hudson Valley Writers Guild for their support.