An attentive audience, but only 7 of us to read in the open mic, & for our featured poet, Tamara Gabbard.
Back after a long time caring for his new daughter was Matt Galleta with the extended metaphor of "The Ship is Sinking," humorous in its grim vision, but we hope it's only art. Michael Purcell took us back to his boyhood around the kitchen table commenting upon "Manners that Matter." Joe Krausman's poem also dealt with food, "Mixed Message," a weight loss polemic.
This was Brian Dorn's first time here (& only his 2nd open mic), with a "social justice poem" "Preach It's Wrong," rhymed lines on the disconnect between stated policy & action. Don Levy's poem "Shoot & Tell" was also on a political theme, on guns in school, with a touch of characteristic Don Levy humor. This was also the next poet, Robert McKay's, first time here; he read from his new book Cities of Rain (Honeybee Press) another political piece, "Sonnet of the Riot Cops." I finished out the open mic with a new poem, "Baseball in Palestine."
We gather on the third Thursday of each month, right here at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY, 7:30 PM -- bring a poem for the open mic, some money to support the featured poet & the SJC, & enjoy.