Celebrating the start of a new year of poetry here at the Pride Center, a small group of poets gathered to hear featured poet, Kevin Peterson, introduced by our always straight-friendly host, Don Levy.
Avery, who had been hanging out in the cafe when I arrived, signed up first & read an excerpt from a longer piece with a long title beginning "One Fine Day…" a Dadaistic stew with lines borrowed from Lewis Carroll, late-night TV ads, children's books, & including references to Jean-Paul Sartre & Edmund Husserl -- phew! I followed with 2 new pieces, "Baseball in Palestine" & "ATM." Just back from Italy, Sylvia Barnard brought along her new book Trees (Troy Book Makers, 2012) & read 2 poems from it, "The Exorcism of Emily Dickinson" & "Drum" (set in England). Don Levy read from the Penguin Anthology of 20th Century Poets, edited by Rita Dove, poems by John Berryman & Anne Sexton.
This open mic, with a featured poet who reads first, is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Pride Center of the Capital Region on Hudson Ave. in Albany, 7:30PM -- cozy & informal.