September 8, 2015
Poets Speak Loud!, August 31
I’d been at the bar out front at McGeary's on Clinton Square in Albany, NY, having happy hour, dinner, talking with Melissa, then Joe, yet when I got to the back room, already filled with open mic poets, someone (i.e., our host Mary Panza, perhaps) signed me up in the first slot -- it happens. A bit of the open mic before the featured poet Steven Minchin.
I began with reading an old poem, “Jack Sketching,” from my new book, Gloucester Notes (FootHills Publishing, 2015), then a new poem about a visit to the Altamont Fair with with my teenage granddaughter Emily. Joe Krausman read poems with his characteristic combination of humor & of staring Mortality in the eyes, “Arctic Tern” & “The Best & the Divorced.”
Back to the open mic with Adam Tedesco who read a poem about “confusing & compartmentalizing” then “How to Speak About My Heart,” which, as in many of his poems may not be what it was about. Karen Fabiane began with a poem from1978, “Portrait of a Frankenstein Monster as I Remember It,” then “Makes a Great Shake.”
Throughout the night’s reading & shenanigans our lovely waitress, Chelsea, seemed to be right there whenever we needed her, for another beer, or wine, or the check, like the Guardian Angel of waitresses, another reason — of many — to return to McGeary’s each month on the last Monday for Poets Speak Loud! — see AlbanyPoets.com for more information.