March 3, 2016
Third Thursday Poetry Night, February 18
Back at the Social Justice Center for tonight’s featured poet Brian Dorn, & the customary open mic for poets, 11 on the list. But first, the night’s Muse, sadly more muses this year as the roster of gone poets grows faster than months so far. Karl Gluck was a poet who was a key figure in the early days of the poetry scene here in Albany, & he left us at the end of January. I read his poem from Open Mic: The Albany Anthology (Hudson Valley Writers Guild, 1994) “Untitled: for Kevin Factor & Mary Ann Murray.” Then on to the open mic.
First up was Alan Catlin with a low-art ekphrastic poem on “Robots” based on a card set of cartoon creatures, a deep comment on American culture. Philomena Moriarty brought a bunch of poems & settled on one about going back to Ireland with her father one December to a sheep farm on Brandon Bay, “On Being Irish.”
Dave DeVries is also part of the same group & it was his first time here too & read a poem “Borders for Marauders” (about the lines between countries & the meaning of race & nationality).
After a chatty break I started off the open mic with my new poem “The Water Planet,” 1st time read.
Carole Rossi made another appearance here, explained she is writing a poem each morning as she wakes up & read Dreaming Day 80 (today) titled “Rummaging,” becoming almost metaphysical with images from a flea market. Jan Farrell hadn’t been here in a while & read a poem about holding the hand of her child from her new book The Angels that Passed. The night’s last poet was Sally Rhoades who reprised her poem about her mother’s second wedding & her funeral “My Mother Used to Pray.”
Each third Thursday of the month we gather at 7:30PM at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY for a reading by a local, or regional, even a national poet & an open mic for the rest of us. Come read a poem.