|Sarah Browning as MC|
|Yael Flusberg & Sarah Browning|
There had been a huge demonstration here early in the day against the Keystone XL pipeline & climate change issues in general & Jesse Alexander's new poem "Climate Changes" was right on topic & he even worked in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy & other myths of our culture.
|The audience listens to Jim Hayes|
Tolanda Henderson's untitled piece played off the sci-fi concept of her having multiple versions of herself throughout the Universe. Ed Simmons read an intricate political rant in praise of whistle-blowers & against torture. Tony Bates' short poem was titled "Dust." Marianne Ross said she had read her poem "Numbers" at the White House; it was about her 8 previous "deaths" & how her 9th would be as a political activist.
The reading was scheduled from 5PM to 7PM, with another group coming in behind right away. The MCs did a good job of getting all the readers in just in time. But at the end we were being hustled out with little time for the socializing & schmoozing that's usually done. I missed saying "hello - goodbye" to some folks but did end up upstairs with Sarah, Melissa, Joe Ross, Susan & her husband & Katy Richey for a wide-ranging snarky poets discussion, with alcohol, of course. Be sure to check out the Split This Rock website for information on the 2014 festival & lots of stuff in between.
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