April 8, 2010
Albany Poets Invade Kingston, April 3
But I do know that I went first with a combination of Buddhist poems from my new chapbook, boundless abodes of Albany (Benevolent Bird Press), & some political pieces, starting with "Good Friday Meditation" then later the old rant, "Richard Nixon Must Die." The Buddhist selections included "The Hundred Thousand Ten Thousand Million Buddhas" (based on The Lotus Sutra), "On Reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead" & a scattering of Buddhist haikus; also included the recent "Split this Rock Dream Poem."
er on various guitars are "Murrow." Thom attempted to read the Cliff Notes of the Iliad & the Odessey until the audience protested. They did a set filled with their well-known "hits" (just like the Rolling Stones), starting with "Angel." Thom likes to combine disparate elements in his poems, like the drinks on a bar & the loves in one's life, or a "Shower" & a confessional, or "A New Day" & a blank page. He pointed out, gratuitously I think, that they had never done "A New Day" before their traditional closing "truckin' poem," so you heard it first there (& here).
I was very pleased to be in such good company, not only of the other poets whom I had performed with, but also of the fine poets & poet-listeners in the audience. This is a relaxed setting, conducive to listening to the words in the air bouncing off the words printed on pages surrounding us. It's worth a stop there even when there isn't a reading to pick up that novel, or book of poems or art book you've always wanted, but didn't want to buy full priced, brand new. Even dusty words don't loose their shine.