I had been away for the weekend for some perfect beach time on Cape Ann but managed to arrive at McGeary's backroom just in time for the start of the open mic, with il papa/el presidente Thom Francis (who very obviously was not Mary Panza) as our host.
When I arrived Sylvia Barnard was just introducing her 3-poems-in-1 "Trilogy," each part gets it's own introduction, about a recent vacation trip on the Danube River with her daughter. Joe Krausman read his versions/re-workings of 2 nursery stories, Jack & Jill & the Bible. Naddi hadn't been here in a couple years but is back in town & treated us to 2 untitled poems, the first perhaps a love poem, the 2nd clearly a love poem, but to candy & chocolate.
Amy Schock has been away from the poetry reading scene even longer & was back with a couple of musical, rhyming pieces like song lyrics, "Barter," & "But I Do Love You." In contrast, Brian Dorn, who usually rhymes, gave us "23 Reasons Why This Poem Doesn't Rhyme."
Tim Verhaegen was a breeze from a different direction with a look into his past on Long Island, "Old People" & "Letters." Our host Thom Francis took his turn with a poem on leaving, "Why I Look Out Windows." Bless was also back among us with a recitation of his philosophical piece "The Perfect Life." Since I'd gotten there late, I ended up on the bottom of the list & read a poem with a nod to Cape Ann, "Marsden Hartley's Eyes" & 2 short segments from the longer, on-going "Counting Moons."
Poets Speak Loud! is a production of AlbanyPoets.com. It is held on the last Monday of each month at McGeary's on Clinton Square in Albany, NY & is usually hosted by Mary Panza -- an open mic with a featured poet, not to mention great food & drinks & lovely waitresses & bartenders.