A day of parades, the Pride Parade in Albany, & the Flag Day Parade in Troy where this reading happened in spite of it all. Nancy Klepsch & me, DWx, the hosts, readers & listeners.
I was first up with a clutch of new poems, the first perhaps goes on, "Counting Moons" then "Delete this Poem" (on censorship) & a sound experiment, "My Name." Brian Dorn has a distinctive style in writing & reading his poems & read a bunch of favorites, "Playing for Keeps," "Unglued" ("sort of a love poem," he said), a Sunday poem "3 Days," & "Back in the Day." Mike Connor began with a prose memoir from high school days, "The 32-coup" then the emotional tattoo portrait "Inner Ink." David Wolcott has been taking a class here at the Arts Center on performing written work so recited his piece he's read elsewhere about a drug experience "The Doors of Flagstaff." Tim Verhagen added to the his collection of family tales with a piece about his father (for Father's Day?) who said, famously, "I never loved my kids."
Elizag was fresh from her assault on Saratoga Springs last night, with a couple of short (haiku?) poems, then the slam poem she couldn't finish last night, "Are You Really Working Class?" Howard Kogan outdid himself today in just 2 poems, "I Remember America" with memories growing up in a post-WW II dream/nightmare, then the funny piece riffing off on the latest (or any) catalog from the Omega Institute. Co-host Nancy Klepsch read a piece about schools & gun control.
White Fungus; for us he read a letter about ogling chicks at a cafe.
This series is taking a break for Summer (just like school) & will resume on the 2nd Sunday of September at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY, an open mic for writers of prose & poetry. Bring something you've written to read.