Vodka Mary Panza was back as our host with that hot blue flame & during her pointedly personal introductions one spoke up at our peril. Thus, it was an energetic open mic, with the featured poet, L-Majesty quivering in the wings (if there were such a thing at McGeary's).
I started off the open mic with 3 short pieces, all written this month: a poem for Mary Ann Murray, "A Note to Tom," "Weather," & "Alchohlism." Joe Krausman also had a poem on weather ("Weather Report") but before that he started off telling joke from the recent funeral for local philanthropist (& poet) Bob Herman, then on to a poem about Father Death, "Beware We Are Being Followed." Julie Lomoe evoked the end of the season with a poem about Snyder's Lake, "Last Day on the Beach."
Bob Sharkey continued the open mic with a schizophrenic piece he has been working on, 2 poems he thought were 1 (& indeed perhaps they are 1 poem masquerading as 2), "After Poem" & "Entangled" weaving together, like the image of the trees in the 2nd poem, gun control & Poets in the Park, & a party, & love. Shannon Shoemaker performed a lost love poem (again) beginning "I pluck petals…"
Speaking of love, again, Mojavi announced that he & his girlfriend have "a bun in the oven" & so read a letter to his unborn son. Avery read a short piece titled "Picking Blueberries" that incredibly managed to include the word "yummyness," then some dialogue from "a sci-fi future drama" in progress about a future where drugs are legal & education is not. Jill Crammond brought the night to a close with 2 poems with her characteristic long titles, "Romeo & Juliet Narrowly Escape Disaster at the Lake" with humor & sex, & the love poem to her son, "What Divorced A Mom Says to Her Son Who Unwittingly Reminds Her of her Ex-Husband."
Poets Speak Loud! is an event of AlbanyPoets.com held most last Mondays at McGeary's in Albany, NY -- check the website's calendar for more information.