Although WordFest 2016 ended, officially, on on Saturday, there was a continuous chain of poetry, thru Sunday Four Poetry, to this event on Monday night, so one could characterize this as “WordFest ++,” in the back room of McGeary’s. Mary Panza was the host, as usual, & the featured poet was Julie Lomoe, honored & pleased to finally have a featured spot in this venerable venue. But first a bit of the open mic.
Mary had signed me up first while I was having dinner out at the bar & in honor of National Poetry Month I read a poem on poetry, “The Sestina Sestina,” then a poem that is driving directions, “How to Find Clit Court” (an actual street in Colonie, NY). Sylvia Barnard read next, a poem written today “Spring Break” remembering it from her childhood, then one from her book of poems Trees “The Frog Poem.” Mary introduced Ian Macks as the featured poet in September; he read “The Frame-Cutter” then the short piece “A Different Way.”
Poets Speak Loud! happens on (most) last Mondays — except May — at McGeary’s on Clinton Square in Albany, NY, about 7:30PM — come early for dinner, stay late for drinks.