March 4, 2013
Sunday Four Poetry, February 24
I was first on the list (surprise!) & did 2 recent poems I've been reading at open mics lately (don't worry, there are few venues left to read them at so on to something new, perhaps), "The Leprechaun's Cottage" & "Birthday Poem 2013." Brian Dorn also repeated himself (but worth hearing again) with 2 love poems, "Can't Escape" & "Chemical Smile" (I missed the title when he read it at Valentine's last week). Dennis (O')Sullivan introduced the first mini-theme of the day, namely "death," with "When the Weather of the Day is the Weather of Eternity" & "Fatal Wonderment" (for Annie Willis), then on to memory, "Thinking of Kenny."
Obeeduid's poem "Query" was a dream of his wandering, lonely poetry manuscript, then a poem "About Love" (or as he called it "documentary mythology") inspired by a great-aunt's postcard collection, & he concluded with a crow poem. Bird, aka Alan Casline, began with an old poem from his college days, "Mount Morris," then "Scales of Wizards" for a sign-painter/draftsman, & the short descriptive piece "With a New Crescent Moon." Joe Krausman said he has been going through his old poems, some of which he doesn't remember writing, so he read a few: "The Endless Toothache," "Re-Tired in Time," & "Body & Of-fender" (about a car).
Therese Broderick read off her iPad, the first time she has done that she said, from a new manuscript of poems based in Watervliet, & continued the theme of death with a list of names of children from tombstones, "The Cemetery Runs Downhill," then her father's memory of a sweet treat, "Charlotte Rouse." Frank Robinson began with a hilarious satire of open mic announcements, then a political piece about Col. Khadafi, "Death Near Certain." Howard Kogan has also been going through old poems, re-writing them, such as "My Wife & I 4 Months Pregnant Take a Walk" & spot a snake, then more on Death, "The Last Act" first his plea, then her answer & the reality of who will take care of her? Edie Abrams had a much more pleasant thought, a poem about putting on a bra, "Opportunity," then a poem dedicated to Larry Rapant & Alan Casline "Mona Lisa Smile."
This gathering of community poets occurs on the 4th Sunday of most months, at the Old Songs Community Center in Voorheesville, 3PM & a modest donation to support the featured poet & Old Songs.