Always high on my list of the monthly poetry events to join in, listen, read, with our host & my passenger, Don Levy. Tonight the open mic list included a covey of regulars, with a visitor from afar & a couple of shy listeners -- as it should be.
Sylvia Barnard is out & about promoting her new book, Trees, but tonight read new poems, "Wind" about wind-turbines in Sicily, & "Autumn 2012" in which she combines the loss of lab mice at NYU during Hurricane Sandy with the killings in Newtown. Obeeduid celebrated his heritage with 2 Irish-themed poems, the first on the Irish language, "My Great Hunger," then a poem on Death "The Melancholic Truth" (or as the Irish put it, "life is a dirge"). Alan Catlin's poem "My Dream Date with the Bronte Sisters" recalled the early Albany rock club, J.B. Scott's, while "The Happening" characterized a modern poet in 1950's era film noir. I did 2 poems of Winter, the older, darker "Winter Light," the newer "Winter Peace." A.C. Everson read from her early self-published chapbook, And Then Some, from "the worst time" the poem "Twice More," then a poem from "good times" "Close to Home" with the audience quickly joining in on her repeated refrain. Bob Sharkey read from a couple of his ongoing projects, first from "the Genome Project" the poem "Wise Guy," then "What's That Sound?" single words from his word-a-day project.
A wonderfully relaxed, straight-friendly venue at the Pride Center of the Capital Region, 332 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM, with a featured poet & open mic for a small donation. Join us.