More Poetry + Prose at the the Arts Center, with a wonderful outpouring of writers, some old friends, some new. Nancy Klepsch & I were the co-hosts.
Bob Sharkey began the day with a little of each, a “prosy” untitled piece of satire about an imagined theatrical event, then a collage poem composed of lines from his reading of the Best Poems of 2014, “Lucky to Have Come This Far.” Peggy LeGee read 2 versions, one as a poem the other as a song, of “Dumpster Cat Homeless Cat,” then another poem about a cat “My Little Speed.” As luck would have it Ken Denberg read next from his manuscript of dog poems, with an introduction about the manuscript’s history of rejections; the poems read were “Good Dog Bad Dog,” “Wolf’s Dog Dog Bone,” & “Scratch & Bite.” Fortunately that was it for the pet poems for the day.
Mike Connor read a letter written but never sent to a woman in a candy shop, “Spoonful,” then a poem to Troy, “Street Politics.” Shannon Grant read from her tablet “Jealous,” then the assertive, defiant “Kill-Me Switch.” Howard Kogan read 2 pieces, the first a short story, the second a briefer poem, based on the same material about an friend from a group, & her death. Cathy Abbott’s first piece was about a sign of spring: baseball, then a poem about a bumper sticker “Flush Rush.” My co-host, Nancy Klepsch, read next tapping her foot to the rhythm of her lines, a poem addressed to Winter, a threat & a looking forward to Spring, the second poem in 2 parts, “My Cells,” played on reality & technology & data tracking.
As the title says, we are here at the Arts Center in Troy, NY on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2:00PM for readings of both poetry & prose — free & open to the public.