There were actually about 5 more folks in the living room of the Pride Center in addition to the poets that read this night, so the cozy was getting crowded. As always our host was the straight-friendly Don Levy, who had touted this as "Haiku night."
Then on to the open mic, with the first poet Delilah, who had tried us out last month. She read a long series of haiku on issues of gender, sex, religion, introduced by a discussing having learned the form in school & being a bit confused about it -- isn't that what school does to poetry, confuses us? AC Everson read from a new work-in-progress, "Heaven Sent," a segment about a weekend of music, friends, a gift sent from above from her Mom. I actually attempted some Haiku, the "American" version of the form, from my series of "Portland Haiku" from the 3 Guys from Albany tour in 2000.
Sylvia Barnard read her recent attempts at the Japanese version of the form, a couple of Park Haiku, then a May Day poem in rhyme, "Morris Dancers." Sally Rhoades read a tender poem "Dream Afar My Lover." Our host, Don Levy, ended the night appropriately enough reading from Gay Haiku by Joel Derfner.
A cozy gathering each 2nd Wednesday in the living room of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, 332 Hudson Ave., Albany, 7:30PM, $2.00 donation (or more, or less).