This is an ongoing series at the UU Congregation on Sawkill Road in Kingston, an open mic with featured poets. Tonight it was a clutch of Albany poets, Mary Panza, Murrow & Me. But first a bit of the open mic.
In recognition of Veterans' Day, the first reader Annie La Barge read a couple of pieces dealing with same main character, "The Siege", at a VA facility playing basketball & dancing.
I started off the featured poets with an old piece, for Veterans' Day, "John Lees," then on to poems written this past year or so, "What Happens in Autumn, "Letter to a Friend," & "Letter to Take on a Plane." Then on to a couple poems from my chapbook Poeming the Prompt ("Looking for Cougars" & "The Birds' Poem of Thanks"), then "Taking Down the Trees," "Imagining the Mews," "One Day Longer," & "The End," of course.
Marianna Boncek continued the open mic with a poem about a beech tree, "Remembering in Winter" then a poem for her students, "The Purpose of Poetry." Dave Kime blasted the house (not one to need a mic) with the bitterly ironic letter, "Stay Loyal" (about corporate power), then a piece about finding what's in between "Black & White." Teresa Costa read a series of seasonal poems, including one from 1980, & "True Indian Summer."
Guy Reed has a new book out from Finishing Line Press, The Effort to Hold Light, but chose instead to read from James Wright's The Branch Will Not Break (one would hope that at the big poetry reading in the stars James Wright is reading Guy Reed). Cheryl A. Rice started with a poem about her grandmother, "Thanksgiving Too," then read "Baghdad/Kingston" inspired by a poem by an Albany poet.
This series continues on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, 7 PM. Contact Micky Shorr at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 845-331-2884.