& they certainly do sometimes, especially our host, Mary Panza — & don’t walk in front of the stage!
Tom Bonville got us off to a good start with a tongue-in-cheek commentary, “In the City,” on the Albany chicken ordinance, & his proposal for one on foxes as well. Guy Reed came up from the mid-Hudson scene & read Wendell Berry’s poem “How to Be a Poet,” then one of his own, an eco-poem “In the Film they Called Drake’s Passage.” D. Alexander Holiday read other people’s poetry, Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” & Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving But Growing.”
Joe Krausman’s first was a NYC poem walking with his head down in canyons where you can’t see the Moon, then an ode to his neurologist. Sylvia Barnard read a cluster of Haiku, with 2 about Washington Park & others about Autumn. A new voice here, Shaina, read a tender, hopeful poem about spreading her father’s ashes.
On to the rest of the open mic, Cheryl A. Rice read from her collaboration Until the Words Came with Guy Reed from Post Traumatic Press the poem “Paul Newman at the Dodge,” then the title poem from her 2013 chapbook from A.P.D. (albany poems delight) Moses Parts the Tulips. Julie Lomoe put up her poster for her novels from the recent Albany Book Fair & talked about her favorite topics, her brain surgery & her Woodstock Music Festival paintings, before getting around to her apian-cide poem “Garden Yellow Jackets.”