I like to say that it’s a good thing to have more than 1 poetry reading going on at once to choose from, but tonight it was a hard choice: Carolee Bennett reading at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe, or Caffè Lena’s reading & open mic? 5 1/2 hours to State College, PA, or 40 minutes to Saratoga Springs, NY — hmm? I punked out & drove to Saratoga Springs. Sorry Carolee.
Our host at Caffè Lena’s, Carol Graser, started with a poem by Joshua Mehigan who had had a recent book-signing at Northshire Bookstore (which is a co-sponsors of this event), then on to the open mic.
Rodney Parrot was up first, as he often is, with a short story about watching a captivating woman. Alan Catlin read the poem “Men Without Faces” from a new book, Beautiful Mutants, then a poem based on the work of the photographer Mary Ellen Marks from her book American Odyssey (she died recently in May). W.D. Clarke read a couple of nostalgic rhymed pieces, “That Old Flag” & “The Old Church.” Todd Fabozzi began with a poem for his daughter (who asked him to write a whole book of poems about her) “Fairy Tale,” then a political piece about the ironies of social justice issues. Thomas Dimopoulos announced that he has a new book coming out soon & read a piece from it that was from notes about a concert at SPAC.
After the customary break Carol was back to jump-start the open mic with one of her poems, a lovely epithalamium for her son’s wedding, “Dissolving the Distance Between You.” Brian Dorn’s first poem was about chess in the 21st Century “My Queen,” & then a poem on dreaming “Hidden in the Night.”
The poetry open mic (not to be confused with the Caffè Lena music open mic) takes place on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:30PM at the historic Caffè Lena on Phila St. in Saratoga Springs, NY, with an open mic for community poets & featured poet(s), just $5.00.