March 31, 2017
Troy Poetry Mission, March 29
The reading was in O’Brien’s back room, a large, open space that may have been a ballroom at one time, but no amp, no music stand, not even a chalk mark on the floor, pure Rob. Speaking of whom, he began with a haiku from 1991, “Percy Sledge Was Right.” I was up next with a selection from my new chapbook, Inauguration Raga, then #12 from my continuing series of true stories from the Trump era, “What Makes America Great.”
Hobo Camp Review, & will be the featured poet next Month; he read a piece about confronting the medical industry, “Is This Really Necessary?” I had seen Poetik read previously at The Low Beat in Albany at the Nitty Gritty Slam, tonight she read 2 pieces, “Relations” about getting to know men & herself, then “Poem to My Password.” Ainsley read 2 untitled poems, both about lovers, the first about the scents & stains a lover leaves behind, then another about picking lovers like math problems.
Following a short beer break, Rob was back with 3 of his own poems, one invoking the crucifiction of Jesus “I Was Once Dead Too,” then 2 for his wife “Murmur” & “Off a Bottle of Wine.” Thérèse Broderick read “Errand with Strangers” about helping someone with her groceries. Karen Fabiane also read poems she had read Monday night (which is helpful for me to get through the complexities of a poem) “Even Without Grace” & “Peeling” that this time I heard as another of her “conversation” poems. Ainsley was back up with an encore, a poem about drinking with a friend with a drinking problem.
The Troy Poetry Mission is held on the last Wednesday of the month at O’Brien’s Public House, 43 3rd St. in Troy (of course), NY — 7:30PM (but if you believe that, I have an Easter Bunny that will bring you a basket of candy & eggs).