There’s poetry everywhere & there is a long history of poets & poetry in Gloucester. Now the Gloucester Writers Center is bringing in writers from across the country for residencies & for readings. They also hold a monthly open mic on the first Monday of the month. I had been invited to read (with Alan Casline) on Wednesday so I came over to Gloucester on Monday so I could attend the open mic. I had been to this open mic once before, back in October.
Tonight there was a baker’s dozen of writers signed up. Amanda Cook was our M.C., limiting each reader to 5 minutes. The first reader was Nelson Baker who read part of a short story, “Remembering Ashley,” set in a diner, with a flashback, about love, loss, & hope. Phil Storey introduced his first piece by talking about the sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, but his piece, “Exegesis,” had nothing to do with that, then he read what he described as an older poem written back when he had hair, “Full of Grace.” I was next, read “Decomposition” about the smell of old books, then, from Gloucester Notes, “Birthday Poem 2013.” Many of those reading tonight I had also heard back in October, such as Don Kipp, who read a series of short poems, “The Lasting Season,” “Rain” (on haying), “Random Acts on the Field of Attention,” & “The Work-a-Day World.”
So if you are in Gloucester or the Cape Ann area on the first Monday of the month, check out the open mic at 7:30PM at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Gloucester, MA (poet Vincent Ferrini’s old place). Also check out the ongoing series of readings, lectures, etc. at the GWC throughout the year.