April 11, 2016
Poets of Earth, Water, Tree and Sky, April 8
As Winter ends (we think, we hope) the new season for this series starts up at the Pine Hollow Arboretum & it was off to a great start with Tim Verhaegen as the featured poet, our host, as always, the Bird, Alan Casline.
Rensselaerville Library Poetry Project Blog “What would you be like if they named you after a Dutchman?”
The creator of this space that is the Arboretum, a sort of zoo of trees, John Abbuhl, read a couple of recent philosophical musings from his pocket notebook, about what he calls “cooperative intelligent design.” Mike Conner began with a relationship poem written 10 years ago “Fourth Act,” a poem about internet dating “Not a Friend Yet,” & a poem about poetic forms & painting style “Word Painting.” Both of Joan Gran’s poems had birds in them, “For the Birds” (in an April snow storm) & “Spring.” Thérèse Broderick read “Green” (on the color) which said were “inflections” or half-translations of other poems in French & Spanish. Frank Robinson read a philosophical/political prose piece from his Blog, “Plus Ultra.”
There were more on the open mic sign-up sheet, but I had to leave to get to a jazz show & missed them. But there is a whole season of more monthly readings here at the Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY, Friday nights, pot luck at 6:00PM, reading at 6:30PM — bring poems for the open mic.