October 17, 2017
I was glad I could get to this night’s reading & open mic, after missing the last couple, to hear one of my favorite poets, Annie Christain, & gave a ride to my poetry buddy, Don Levy. We had heard that the historic building had been sold, but we found out tonight that the owner of the business, long-time supporter of the music & spoken word arts, Richard Genest had a lease with lime left, so this 2nd Wednesday series will continue, for now. Tonight’s host was local poet Jackie Craven, who didn't spell out any rules, but most poets read only 1 poem, & those who did more were brief anyway.
C&R Press), most of the poems I have heard her read previously. But that is a good thing, increasing my understanding of what she is doing in her poems, & tonight she went a long way getting the audience into the poems by explaining that what she read were persona poems (i.e., not the poet speaking), & explaining the genesis & background of the poems, a number growing out of her experience living in China. What she read were “The Sect Which Pulls the Sinews: I’ve seen You Handle Cocoons,” “We Must Kill All Rats Before We Can Kill Your Rats,” “I Took to Walking Down the Middle of Highways to Avoid Getting Shot,” “Pretending to Go and Come from Heaven by Fire” (from a workshop exercise), “MK-Ultra 2 (Montauk): Return Me to Houyhnhnms,” “A Maple Gets Red.” I’ll go to her next reading if I can.
After a break Susan Carol Jewell read a linked haiku & sonnet, each titled separately. I read my take on the Great American Eclipse “Spathe is the Plathe.” Don Levy read his meditation on the history of “coming out,” a conversation between a young & an old gay man “Louis & Percy.” Scott Morehouse reacted to Don’s poem by saying, “I came out in 1976 but there was no place to go;” he read, or rather performed, “You’ve Got Mail” & “A Brief History of Telecommunication …” Of course Betty Zerbst was way down the sign-up sheet, & she read 2 short rhyming poems, “Everyday People” & “Hard to Let Go.” Malcolm Willison was more ethereal with “Moon Lost.” Jackie Craven read a poem similar to Carol’s & acknowledged that it was written for Bernadette’s workshop, “In Which I Try to Leave My Husband but Cannot Find the Words.”
So the good news is that this open mic will continue on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Arthur’s Market, 35 North Ferry, Schenectady, NY, 7:30PM, for the next year of so — the bad news we got last November.
October 16, 2017
Charlie Rossiter is a veteran host of readings, open mics, cable TV interviews, online podcasts, & other literary & arts events. After years in Chicago Charlie is back in the Northeast & recently coordinated the 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Bennington, VT. Tonight was the first of a planned monthly poetry open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Tap House in Bennington, VT. I decided to drive over & support my comrade-in-poems on the inaugural reading.
The Tap House is an informal brew pub with a menu of pub food to go with a variety of beers on tap & in bottles. We were set up in a back room that seems to have housed bands & music open mics. It turns out I wasn’t the only Albany poet to make the trip, Anthony Bernini & Mary Ann Cleaves drove over from Troy, NY to check it out as well.
Anthony Bernini read a poem about a man & a child caught in a tornado “Held in Place.” Our host Charlie Rossiter began with a list poem “Things to Know About Bear,” then the classic “The Ex,” & from All Over America: Road Poems (FootHills Publishing, 2009) “Outside Taos.”
Maggie is a local; she read jottings from her nightstand, many in rhymes & half-rhymes, on taking things for granted, on hope, on a friend with dementia, & on waiting.
It was a good start for open mic poetry in Bennington. Check it on the next 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 sign up, 7:15 start, at the Tap House, 309 County St., Bennington, VT (across the street from Bennington Pottery).
October 15, 2017
Today we were upstairs in the “Dance Studio” with barely enough chairs, & Nancy’s sound system from home, & plenty of writers for Poetry + Prose. Nancy Klepsch & I did our tag-team hosting.
Bob Sharkey gets the annual anthology Best American Poetry every year & every year writes a cento using lines that grab him from different poems, this year a sonnet-cento “Window,” then a piece pondering the lost languages “Things Lost.” Kate Laity read the opening from a novel about murder in Academe, something to do with Dead Idiots (?). Peggy LeGee read a string of notes on memories “Kindergarten of the Mind” with a reference to herself as “the tranny Christ.”
Nancy Klepsch a fanciful list “29 Questions.” Howard Kogan’s poem “Auto Bio” contained the line “life has no back space…” Nancy Dunlop read tale of a storm while on a sailboat with her father “A Mast Broke,” then another storm poem, this about a neighbor’s downed tree “Morning Joe.” & somewhere in there I read but have no idea what poem(s) it was — glad there were so many other good, memorable poems here today.
2nd Sunday @ 2: Poetry + Prose is at the Arts Center on River St. in Troy, NY, at 2PM on the 2nd Sunday of the month (just to be redundant again).
October 12, 2017
CAPS is the long-running series, formerly in Beacon, currently in New Paltz at the Roost Studios on Main St. This night the featured poets were Bertha Rogers & me, Dan Wilcox, plus an open mic. Our MC & host was Mike Jurkovic.
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After a break, we were on to the open mic, with Greg Correll reading a memoir about his daughter at age 2. Kate Reese Hurd performed John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” with her own sound exercises, accented by traffic sounds from the street.
Calling All Poets! is worth a trip from anywhere, on the 1st Friday of the month at Roost Studios, 69 Main St., New Paltz, NY, 8:00PM, featured poets, open mic for $5.00, discount for CAPS members, Roost members, students & seniors.
October 11, 2017
Tonight’s scheduled poets were April Bernard & Jay Rogoff, both on the faculty of Skidmore College, but, sadly, April was ill, but happily Jay was here. Our host, Carol Graser, got us started by reading “Ars Poetica” by the late North Country poet Maurice Kenny.
In a switch, Barbara Garro was first on the list & read about where she grew up in New Jersey “Maple Shade.” Kate McNairy was her usual quirky self with the funny “Her Coat” & the sexy “Shoot Some Pool.” Caffè Lena volunteer Debbie Bogosian read a couple of autobiographical pieces “Perspective” & “Copper Nails.” Susan Kubert was here in August & brave enough to come back to read a couple poems, the first title "They Speak," the second, “The Test,” about replanting a tulip. Susan Kress read a poem that has been published in the journal New Letters, “Call Back.”
After the break, Carol Graser read one of her own poems, “Ghost of Ambitions,” then on to finish off the open mic list. Leslie Sittner read a poem about a Halloween party “Papel Power,” then a dead dog poem. Jackie Craven read a couple poems from her forthcoming book Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters about her mother’s paintings.
Anthony Bernini read 2 poems about libraries & children, the first “Hart Memorial Field Trip” & the other “Providence Atheneum.” The last of the night’s young poets was Kaela Ellis who read a dream-like “Never Go Back Into the Forest.” & the last of the night’s poets, young or old, was Karen Fabiane with a brand-new piece, on the Las Vegas shootings “Guns For Free,” & a slightly different piece “Nuttin’ She Said.”
By now you should know that the Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic is on the first Monday of the month at historical (& now renovated) Caffè Lena on Phila St. in Saratoga Springs at 7:30PM, $5.00 for a featured poet or 2 & a fabulous open mic.
October 9, 2017
100 Thousand Poets for Change was started in 2011 by poets Michael Rothenberg & Terri Carrion as “a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability.” Events are held all over the world. In recent years readings in upstate New York have been held at SUNY Adirondack, as they were this year. But since my co-conspirator in 3 Guys from Albany, Charlie Rossiter moved from Chicago to Bennington, VT he has begun to put together poetry events there, so I took the trip over to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. In addition to the performers there was a bevy of volunteers to fill the audience, with Charlie as our host.
The first performer was dancer Barbara Roan who performed an impressionistic Kaddish piece, unfortunately without the music by Ravel it was based on.
Folks here seemed to have a good time & plans were pondered for another event in the Spring, but for now were part of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
October 8, 2017
Brian Dorn read a piece about the history of minor league baseball in the Capital Region “Dog Days of Summer.” I read the 2 poems published in 2: An Anthology of Poets & Writers from the 2nd Sunday @ 2 Open Mic for Poetry & Prose (2016) “Garrison Keilor” & “Trailer Park.” Eveline Augusto was new to me, sat down on the stool & began with an announcement & a lecture, then a series of poems, the first on what she doesn’t like, then “What’s Left” about what she does like starting with a tavern, & a couple more poems, all mostly lists. Julie Lomoe also availed herself of the stool & read a piece about her age, “Sunny & 75.” Karen Fabiane read 2 fuck poems from her book Seeing You Again (2014) “Fuck the Wind” & “I Fucked St. Joan.”
On to the night’s featured poets, with Don Levy up first, & he began with a poem about a character from the QE2 days “I’m a Fucking Poet.” Then on to more recent poems & times, “Hopper Hotel” & “Ode to South Main Ave.” both about his move earlier this year, & a couple of pieces fresh from the headlines “Just Say No to Nazis” & “Hetero Nonsense.”
Thom Francis read “new poems,” at least that's what he said, & who am I to contradict el presidente? Maybe they were new versions of older pieces, like “Paper Messiah” (a “martyr with a pen”), or the piece about mouthwash covering up parents’ drinking &/or infidelities. Then there was “Aftermath” about Hurricane Katrina, then some favorites “Radio Man,” & “Trucker.” All new poems, if he says so.
Speaking of saying so, Mary Panza said I could save some work on my Blog by just saying “see last Saturday’s reading” so here is the link but she also included tonight “Swingset Memories” responding to a poem by Howard Kogan.
Too bad Rob missed this, it was a good one, & we thank him for starting this unique series at O’Brien’s Public House on 3rd St. in Troy, last Wednesday, 7:30PM, or later -- onward into the 2nd year.
October 5, 2017
This is one of the more high-energy open mics with host Mary Panza keeping order with her verbal horse-whip.
Sylvia Barnard was up first, as she likes to be, with a work-in-progress still in cursive she said, then a cluster of haiku from June, graduations & Schroon Lake. I followed with my recent poem on the “great American eclipse” then an earlier piece on aging, for my friend Sylvain Nagler, “September Song.” Bob Sharkey read a couple of memoir poems, “Long Ago” from the Viet Nam war era, then “St. Patrick’s Day.” Nancy Dunlop read 2 more pieces from her series about patients in 4 Winds, “The Knock Out” & “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”
Back to the open mic, Don Levy read “#CoffeeHouseReads” about Bookstagram the book community on Instagram, then a poem in which 2 men, one young, the other old, talk about gay history. Brooke Kolcow was the featured reader here back in June, tonight she performed “Prayer” about imperfections, then read an excerpt from a manuscript “Take My Bones to Make Your Bread.” Joe Krausman’s first poem “All Trumped Up” was in the form of a monologue by a liar, & “Panacea” looked at the everyday as the end of the world. Karen Fabiane was the last reader & began with “Editorial” an old piece like a fractured conversation on a first date, & then “Begone” from her chapbook Seeing You Again.
It’s always a show at Poets Speak Loud!, with food, drink, great service, even the sound of the flushing toilet like an obbligato to the words of the poets -- each last Monday of the month, at McGeary’s on Sheridan Square in Albany, NY, 7:30PM, $5.00 or whatever.
October 3, 2017
The reading had been going on since 11AM & this was after dinner so the first poet we caught was Irene O’Garden who read some poems about Art, poems from her new book Fulcrum (including reading the definition of “fulcrum” just in case), & some new poems. John Leonard Pielmeier read from his novel Hook’s Tale, then said he hadn’t read his poems in public before, & read his first poem (from age 10) & parodies of Robert Frost, Robert Lewis Stevenson & Emily Dickinson. Karen Fabiane read a couple poems about poetry readings, then from her book Seeing You Again. Greg Correll read emotionally from his book, a wrenching tale of abuse, prison & his father.
One of the Elders, Fred Poole read a number of poems, which he let speak for themselves without introductions, including “No” in response to platitudes, a couple about memories of a boardwalk during World War II, others about confronting death “The Glove Compartment” & “Talk,” even a poem titled “Cigars” & ended with “To Be a Hero?” Guy Reed, a personal favorite of mine, read from In the Shadow of Overlook a chapbook about where he lives, the natural world seen through a somewhat cynical eye, &, by request from host Mike Jurkovic, “Bored.” Jonathan Pazer, from the Roost Gallery where this was taking place, read short, trenchant poems from images in the gallery last year.
While the Marathon happens only once a year, Calling All Poets is a regular series at the Roost Gallery, 69 Main St., New Paltz, NY on the 1st Friday of the month, 8:00 PM, with featured poets & an open mic, for $5.00 admission, $3.00 for CAPS members, Roost members, students & seniors.
September 29, 2017
The weather was still Summer as the tour bus circled the block unsuccessfully looking for a parking spot, but the rest of us had a fine time in the open mic & listening to the poetry of the featured poet, Malcolm Willison. Tonight’s Muse was the Albany writer Helen Staley, who left us recently for that open mic in the sky; I read one of her “vignettes” from her prose collection The House on the Rim & Other Stories (Westview, Inc., 2008).
First up to the open mic was Schenectady poet Alan Catlin, who read “It Came from Outer Space” from his brand new chapbook Blue Velvet, poems based on movies, which was the winner of Slipstream’s 30th Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. Joe Krausman read a timely poem titled “Weather Report.” Sylvia Barnard’s poem was new to me, “Cat Print,” a footprint on the clay from ancient times. Richard Jerin’s poem, he said, was one of devotion, from his many notebooks, “Song to the Stars.” Karen Fabiane read the title poem from her second collection Seeing You Again. Betty Zerbst likes to sign up at the end the list, at least as she sees it, & read a very personal poem about her medical problems “The Shadow of Death.” My poem, about “the Great American Eclipse,” was titled “Spathe is the Plathe” after the music of Sun Ra.
The Third Thursday Poetry Night happens on (you guessed it) the third Thursday of each month at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY, with the open mic starting about 7:30PM, with a featured poet reading later. Your donations pay the poet, support poetry & the work of the Social Justice Center. Join us with a poem.
September 26, 2017
Judy Staber read first. Her rhymed poems sounded even more old-fashioned with her British accent. She began with one titled “Summer in Grannies Garden When We Were Very Young,” then a piece about her father’s job “Cable Stitching.” Then on to one about an aunt, her first marriage, & then on a loved one in the hospital.
Howard Kogan said his poems were full of others’ voices, & all true. He began with a poem about a couple at the town dump “Gleaning,” then a poem set in the food pantry, & one about a visit from Jehovah’s Witnesses, & one titled “The Year We Go Older.”
Howard returned to the mic to read “Old Men Talking” (about water & PFOA), then, from a woman’s point-of-view “How She Sees It.” There was a poem about a family gathering & birds mating on Mermaid Day weekend (in Coney Island), then one in a poultry barn “Perspective,” &, from his General Store poems, “Closing” for the owner.
This was a most pleasant evening of poetry in a space that should see more like this, Second Space, 29 Main St., Chatham, NY — check the website for ongoing information.
September 20, 2017
I haven’t been able to get to this Word of Mouth Poetry Series monthly (2nd Thursdays) reading at the ArtBar Gallery in Kingston for a number of months, not because I didn’t want to but there is so much going on here in Albany. So I was glad to be able to head down there & doubly pleased to be travel with poet Sally Rhoades.
I followed with my “award-winning poem” “At the Silarian Cafe,” one about the eclipse “Spathe is the Plathe,” & “Reading Memoir in the Laundromat” based on a memoir by Patricia Hampl. The grand old mencsh of the mid-Hudson open mic scene, Donald Lev, began with 6 sections from his long poem/memoir/cultural history “Radio,” then a trio from his new book Focus “Business,” “Up My Sleeve,“ “& “Something to Do.” Sally Rhoades began with poems about her 94-year old aunt, “A Simple Thing,” & “Riding Shotgun;” “A Starry Night” was written last night, “The Sky is my Witness” is a personal favorite, & she ended with a request “Don’t Put Plastic Flowers on My Grave.”
he Century House Historical Society. Cheryl A. Rice’s poem said we should “Be Flowers” then the descriptive (& timely) “Weather Watch”. Ron Whiteurs performed his outrageous narrative of the death of Catherine the Great “The Saga of Sulimann.” Suze Bottigliero read a piece written yesterday “My Lai Massacre,” then a tale of a drowning “A Jersey Shore Memory: Riptide,” & “So What Does It Mean to Love Trump.”
The first of the add-ons was Pamela Twining with 4 rambling poems, “Eschatology,” “Children of the Air,” one about berry picking, & a brutal political piece “Child’s Play.” Gary Seigel read a philosophical inquiry “God’s Wrath,” then an op-ed sounding “Keeping Counsel,” & “A Certain Blond Haired Gentleman” (a fantasy about the god Thor). Andy Clausen said he was reading “poems from the 1970s” from his 1997 book 40th Century Man, one about his son, “Start the Sun,” & the name-dropping “Seeking a Fool Proof Riff.”
WOMPS is every second Thursday of every month from March - December, @ Artbar Gallery, 674 Broadway Kingston, NY (across from the Sunoco station/Mid town), 6:30PM signup, 7:00PM start.
September 19, 2017
at the Collar Works Gallery, 621 River St., Troy, NY, with Daniel Nester, Susan Comninos & David Lehman, general editor of the annual anthology Best American Poetry (Simon & Schuster). Fortunately, “Epic” was the title of the exhibit in the gallery, not a description of the reading itself — no Homers or Virgils here.
A note on Best American Poetry: the 2017 edition was recently released, with guest editor Natasha Trethewey. I am reviewing it for the September 26 Noon Book Talk at the Albany Public Library, Washington Ave., Albany, NY, 12:15PM, sponsored by Friends of the Albany Public Library.
September 16, 2017
Back at the Arts Center of the Capital Region for our 8th Season, with my co-host Nancy Klepsch & 10 on the sign-up sheet, beginning with me. I read my “award-winning” poem “At the Silarian Cafe” & a poem in reaction to watching TV coverage of the solar eclipse “Spathe is the Plathe.”
36 Views of Ononta’kahrhon, “The Met Their First Resistance Here” on the rent-wars in the hill towns of Albany County, then a spoken word piece on the July 2016 shooting of Philando Castile.
Join us on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2:00PM at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy NY — 2 poems, or 5 minutes of prose (max.) — free!
September 13, 2017
This reading series at the Pine Hollow Arboretum runs from April to November & each September features “performance poetry.” 3 Guys from Albany (Tom Nattell, Charlie Rossiter & Dan Wilcox) has been performing their poetry locally, regionally & in the Albanys of the United States since 1993.
36 Views of Ononta’kahrhon then a poem based on lines from a poem by Charles Simic. Howard Kogan read a poem titled “Another Essay on Henry & Waldo,” then one titled “Getting to Know You” & a limerick for 3 Guys from Albany (thanks Howard!). Julie Lomoe in her newly-tinted blue hair read 2 older poems, “Bi-Polar Gaia” & one for the approaching 9/11 anniversary “In Memoriam: Windows on the World.”
Mimi Moriarty read a couple poems for the season, “August 29” (on Hurricane Irene) & a cento “Downpour.” Diane Sefcik’s poems were memoirs of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s, “Syrian Bread,” “Scansen’s” (a bar where her family drank), & "Stand 1" (from a series, a story of her brother & sister & a fight). Mike Conner read a seasonal poem “Maple Blight,” then one about Hurricane Katrina “The Water Came & Came.”
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Poets of Earth, Water, Tree & Sky has 2 more gatherings before the Winter sets in, October 6 & November 3, at the Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY — 6:30PM.
September 12, 2017
Racing season is over & there are parking spaces & room at the bar in all the restaurants. To start the open mic our host, Carol Graser, read a poem by Naomi Shahib Nye, “Red Brocade.” First reader on the list was Kat Sephas who began with a piece on racism & political corruption, “So What,” then one titled “Human Rights.”
Caffè Lena volunteer Debbie Bogosian squeezed by the rules with 3 short poems, “Revisiting” a summer cottage from the past, “Why the Ball,” & a poem on power “Woman is Water.” Although this is a poetry open mic (the folk-singer open mic is another night of the month), Adrienne Z. & Kris didn’t know this, she brought her guitar & Kris his resonant box (that must have a name, but I don’t know it); Carol, being Carol, let them perform & Adrienne, who is from the Florida keys, sang “Blue Day,” a hurricane song.
After a break (during which many of the audience left), Carol read one of her own poems, “June Party.” Continuing with the lion’s share of the open mic list, Mary Ann Rockwell read “Craven Image” about taking a photograph of some Amish folks. Eric Krantz read a piece about moving to the area from New Jersey & becoming “a Winter man.” Terry Bat-Sonja read an introspective anaphoric poem “I Had…”
Carol Shup Star read a couple of short pieces, like notebook jottings, one written after a trip to Israel, the other titled “Canyon Crossing.” Nancy Denofio read a recent piece of automatic writing imaging the Civil War “I Held a Daffodil.” Barbara Garro read 2 poems inspired by Ireland, “Song of St. Patrick” & “Ireland.” W.D. Clarke brought us all home with a rhyming ballad, the nostalgic “Grandma’s Griddle.”
Each month on the 1st Wednesday there is an open mic for poets, a featured reader & an open mic for the rest of us, here at Caffè Lena on Phila St. in Saratoga Spring, 7:30PM. Bring a poem or 2 if you want or just come & listen to what the community has to offer.
September 9, 2017
This was the latest in the unique series held at Navona Restaurant in which a poet of renown gives a reading, then is interviewed by Albany Poets el presidente Thom Francis & grilled by the audience. Adam Tedesco is an editor of the online poetry journal Reality Beach & a contributing editor to the journal Drunk in a Midnight Choir, & has been featured at Poets Speak Loud!, the Third Thursday Poetry Night, & other local venues.
Questions from the audience ranged from sound or meaning (poetry as sound), about performing poetry (as a state of mind). He said he "thinks in poetry," that his favorite shape is the rhombus because he likes the sound. The discussions ranged on to dream analysis, & back to the issue of drugs, whether to write sober or not. A free-flowing discussion at the bar.
Check out AlbanyPoets.com for their schedule of events, for the next Albany Poets Presents! & bring your pointed &/or embarrassing questions to ask.
September 3, 2017
Although the mythical tour bus circled endlessly looking for a parking spot, there were still 10 of us for the open mic with others to listen to our featured poet Teresa Costa. Our Muse was the gone American poet, Thomas Lux (1946 - 2017), & I read his poem “Ode to the Joyful Ones.”
Alan Catlin’s poem “Ice Cream Days & Coke Bottle Nights” was a memoir of childhood & news stories, while “The Widows” was about the town where he grew up. Richard Jerin read a rare urban poem “Brick Walls,” then a reminiscence of someone he knew.
Join us at the Social Justice Center in Albany, on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30PM for a reading by a local, regional, or national poet & an open mic for our diverse community of poets. Your generous contribution supports poetry events in Albany & the work of the Social Justice Center.
August 30, 2017
August in Saratoga Springs can be a problem due to the crowds there for the horses, but I was able to find someplace to park my car, & got to historic Caffè Lena on time. There was a long list for the open mic, & a good audience for the featured poets Bertha Rogers & Liv McKee, & our host Carol Graser — who got so excited about the featured poets that she forgot to do her customary opening poem, which she did after the first open mic poet; the poem was “I Woke Up,” a political piece by Jameson Fitzpatrick.
So, the first open mic poet was Brian Dorn with 2 rhyming pieces, “Her Attributes,” & a poem about autism “His Humor.” After Carol read, next was Marilyn McCabe with “I Await the Night with Dread…” the opening poem from her collection Glass Factory (The Word Works, 2016).
After the break, Carol was back with her own poem, “Women March on Washington All Over the World.” Leslie Sittner was a “virgin” — her first reading -- & read a long piece on ADHD in the voice of her grandson “I Am Owen,” then a more amusing piece on hair “Growth Age.” Suzanne Rancourt had also read in Poets in the Park, read 2 new poems, “Stones as Words,” then one on insomnia “Sleep Will Come Tomorrow.” Todd Fabozzi was back after a long absence & read about songs at baseball games “National Pastime” & “Faith.” Terry Bat-Sonja also made a rare appearance with a couple old poems “Fragments” (of poems) & “Rabbits in September.”
This poetry open mic is held each 1st Wednesday at the recently renovated Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, with a featured reader (or 2), at 7:30PM.