In spite of another poetry reading going on at a local college on Western & Madison Avenues that shall remain nameless we had 11 open mic poets & some random non-reading audience here for our featured poet Anna Eyre, at the Social Justice Center.
The first open mic poet was new-comer Mary Rubio, who has been busy checking out different poetry venues, with a poem titled "It Was Christmas Then," sex & love.
After the break I read the latest version of a political piece on 9/11, "Another Tuesday." Therese Broderick said her poem, like mine, contained Spanish, based on a visit to Argentina, "Buenos Aires Alongside My Daughter." That daughter's father (& Therese's husband) Frank Robinson was up next with the quirky, funny "Migration" as his becomes hers. I rambled on a bit doing poetry announcements, etc. & eventually got to introduce Anthony Bernini, who had a brief story to tell about Times Square (inspired by Don's poem), since his poem was only a haiku. Sylvia Barnard's poem "Homecomings" was a spin-off from a poem she heard Ghassan Zaqtan read on Tuesday afternoon, but about Cyprus. The last poet, Cara Benson, was last month's featured poet here & tonight read "Altar to the Will of Privation" about the irony of sending soldiers to fight but ill-equipped.
We are here at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY every third Thursday, starting at 7:30PM, with a featured poet & an open mic, $3.00 helps pay the featured poet, & supports poetry programs & the work of the Social Justice Center.