January 19, 2015
Third Thursday Poetry Night, January 15
It was a full house tonight, but only 8 read in the open mic, most came to hear the featured performer Poetyc Visionz. But first I invoked the Muse, tonight the spirit of recently-gone Michael Rutherford, by reading one of his poems from his 1973 chapbook Meat is My Business (The Conspiracy Press, Albany, NY).
Avery read his new poem written today “& The Music Played,” began slow then speeded up & was by before we could blink. Brian Dorn’s poem “Pitfalls” was in 3 parts, 3 characters. Just slipping in the door Maria Diotte read from a free-flow journal entry written on New Year’s Day. I ended the open mic with an older poem “My Advice (to Myself).”
Every third Thursday we gather for poetry — an open mic with a featured poet — at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY, at 7:30P for a modest donation (or in immodest one if you’ve got it & want to support poetry programs & the Social Justice Center). Join us to listen or read or do both.