|Mark O'Brien & Dennis Sullivan|
Charles Straney's poems were centered on the natural world, exemplified by his 2nd round poem "Poetics" in which words are objects, such as birds, wind, & insects.
Mark O'Brien (aka Obeeduid) is a favorite & his poem about sending his poems out as "children" resonated against his poem about his daughter driving off.
Sue Petrie's poems were quiet, pensive, like her reading style, about relationships.
Voorheesville stalwart Catherine Anderson's poems were full of the natural wisdom of gardens, hay & chairs.
Tom Corrado's John Ashbery rip-offs are fun, but his rage against the dark, "I Continue to Get Older," bounced words against each other & made us laugh.
Therese Broderick also drew heavily from the natural world, culminating in "Cemetary Rondeau."
Stephen W. Leslie is another poet with a quiet, meditative style, even including meditation in his poem "Ornamental Cherry Tree."
Jim Williams also likes to use rhyme (after all he is also a folk-singer), but I particularly enjoyed his Pantoum 1 (which apparently is his only pantoum).
Faith Green is another poet who should try out her work more at open mics, particularly since she likes to use humor, as in "Terms of Endearment" & "I Hate Mushrooms."
|Tom Corrado, Therese Broderick & Charles Straney|