Starting with the "A"s, Avery was up first in the open mic, with a Monday poem filled with happy birds, "In the Air." Alan Catlin's poem was a chilling true tale of looking for his step-mother in the "Emergency Room Sanford, FL 2004" (& now dedicated to Trayvon Martin). Carol Jewell made a rare appearance here with an untitled poem about storing stuff after a break-up [see Comments below for correction]. Chad Lowther introduced his piece as a "procedural poem" based on a transcription of a conversation with his wife about their honeymoon photos (would've liked to have seen the photos!).
|Featured Poet Jacky Kirkpatrick|
On to the open mic after the break. Jacky had done her work as featured poet, bringing in a metaphoric bus-load of her friends for a full open mic sign-up list. I read an old poem about an open mic that didn't happen, "Imagining the Mews." Samson Dikeman was another of the St. Rose students, he read an urban vignette "The Stoop." I introduced Brian Dorn as our first rhyming poets & wouldn't you know he read "23 Reasons This Poem Doesn't Rhyme." Bob Sharkey had joined us for the reading of John Hersey's book Hiroshima early in the month & he wrote a poem about it (Thanks, Bob). Da Professor, Daniel Nester, read another of his memoir pieces, this about sex with a girl at a summer camp, a "tootsie tantalizer" with hairy tits (as he said), on a trip with a bunch of altar boys. On another note, Sylvia Barnard read a poem titled "Trilogy," about a trip on the Danube with her daughter; we had heard a couple of these before as individual poems, but she wove them together a poem composed of 3-parts to get around my 1-poem rule.
|Poet Juliet Barney|
Jan Farrell began with an aside about British history with Sylvia, then read a poem for the hard workers of the Earth, "Toil for Sunshine." Another of Jacky's class-mates, Juliet Barney, was next with a bi-linguial poem (English & Seneca), "A Childhood Recognition of Seneca Heritage through Colors." Sarah Sherman's intense poem of sex & regret & betrayal was set in a bar, in "Familiar Territory." The final poet was Jessica (sometimes known as "Jess ListenToMyWords") & she read another poem of love lost.
It was a fine Third Thursday Poetry Night with a fabulous featured poet & long list of open mic poets, which happens every Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY. Your $3.00 donation helps pay the featured poet & helps support the SJC & other poetry events. See you there.