|Poet Sharon Stenson (center) with|
actors Carol King & Patrick White
Unfortunately, the actors had to leave for another gig & during the break most of the rest of the audience left with them, except for the open mic poets & few of the usual die-hards. I was up first for the open mic & followed the announced/suggested "theme" of Jazz Poetry with "Acrostic Jazz," a tribute to Thelonious Monk (whose birthday was October 10) & "The bass player's thoughts…" Susan Riback followed with a found poem, blurbs from a dating site, "Plenty of Fish in the Sea But Not For Me," & a tender piece about an aged couple in a nursing home, "Connie & Cliff." Pine Hollow Arboretum proprietor John Abbuhl shared a few short pieces, the word list of "Completion," the pondering of "What Part Are You…" ("… of knowing?") & the humorous thoughts on death of "Life is Learning."
Edie Abrams began with a wistful poem, "The Jacket," then onto the philosophical questioning of "The Hemlock's Yield." Alan Casline, who served as our M.C., read the very short "Fires" then a piece that was a "re-wording" of the work of Nicaraguan poet Alfonso Cortez (1893 - 1969).
This relaxed & pleasant series is held on the 2nd Friday of the month at the meeting room of the Pine Hollow Arboretum, Maple Ave., Slingerlands, 6:30 PM, some type of program & usually an open mic.