This congenial reading series is hosted by Alan Casline, who announced today's theme was "water" (I had to go pee) in honor of the featured poet, watershed protector Stephen Lewandowski.
But first the open mic poets, some of whom honored the theme, most of us not (I mean, who knew before tonight there was a theme?). Bob Sharkey began with "Libby Town" a memoir about a coastal town (water), then on to a conversation with a therapist, "The Lost Language" & it's marvelous image of 2 trees twisted together. Brian Dorn's first rhyming poem was a love poem, "High Wire," then his homage to Schenectady, "The City that Lit Up the World."
Pine Hollow Arboretum, began from his pocket notebook with a poem pondering if flowers know beauty, then a very short poem read twice "No One Knows," & a poem on the 4th of July "Stories by Starlight." Susan Riback made a rare open mic appearance with a list poem about a "Poet," then the wonderfully titled "Change Rooms in your Mind," & a poem responding to a poem by Yehudi Amichai.
After the break, Alan Casline (aka "Bird") read the hieroglyphic poem "3 Birds" then a "Look Around All You See" about standing by stream (water). Joe Krausman touched on the theme in an unexpected way with a poem on the African black fly that causes blindness, then a rhyming "The Cat." That was not enough for Alan who called hims back to read another, "Snake House." Edie Abrams contemplated the chain of being in a woodpile in her poem "Ants, they Will Be We."
This series, sponsored by the Rootdrinker Institute, the Delmar Writers Group & the Hudson Valley Writers Guild continues about once a month on Friday night at 6:30 PM at the Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY.