March 2, 2020
Poets Speak Loud!, February 24
They sure do, as does our host, the irrepressible Mary Panza. Tonight’s featured poet was Glenn Cassidy, but first a few poets from the long sign-up sheet.
Marilyn Day started us off with an old piece, “Won’t,” inspired by the poet Adrienne Rich (1929 - 2012), a long poem with the repeating line “I know you won’t read this poem…” I followed with 2 poems from my recent retreat in Gloucester, MA “The Helicopters of Peace” & one mashing up a walk through East Gloucester with a Tarot card “The 6 of Cups.” Sylvia Barnard read 2 poems from her book Trees (The Troy Book Makers, 2012), both about a trip to where she grew up, “The Frogpond” & “Pilgrimage to Vermont.” Joe Krausman read a piece in his characteristic tongue-in-cheek rhyme about a conversation with his doctor “The Saw Bones Reply,” then a poem by Derek Walcott (1930 - 2017) “Love After Love.”
The on to what was left of the sign-up list, with Amanda reading her poem on the varieties of bullies, “Calamine.” D. Alexander Holiday reminded us once again that it was Black History Month with a reading of June Jordan’s (1936 - 2002) poem “To my Sister, Ethel Ennis, Who Sang ’The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Second Inauguration of Richard Milhous Nixon, January 20, 1973,” then on to his own poem, a rarity in rhyme, “The Scars.” Kristen Day read a poem about an all-too-common source of anger, the printer, but added her own special brand of humor to “Print Rage.”
Poets Speak Loud! is hosted by Mary (Hooker-Foot) Panza each last Monday at McGeary’s Irish Pub, Sheridan Square, Albany, NY, stating anytime between 7:30PM & 8:00PM - a featured poet & an open mic for the rest of us.