May 7, 2020
Poetic Vibe, May 4
Poetic Vibe is one of the first (& few) regular venues (Weekly!) that jumped on the Zoom flying saucer to take us into whatever you call this strange event happening in my house when I should be driving to Troy. D. Colin is our Captain Mama to get us there/here. She started us off with a poem using words others provided at a workshop as a way to set the stage for the open mic, no featured poet tonight but often there is.
D. Colin hit one of those Zoom moments when folks who had signed up didn’t seem to be there/here, so read a couple of her own poems, the first from August about the sight of tree while driving brings to mind black bodies shot, then a poem titled “Dragon Breath.” Analysis called in from Baltimore with a rhapsodic word-play love poem with Scots images “Laura Dreams of Lochs.” Truth read from what he called his “constant stream of notes.”
Marie Kathleen Hefferman’s poem “Woman” came out of a line from the poet Anne Sexton, then read a descriptive autobiographical piece “Who Am I?” Rio Riera Arbogast read a descriptive love poem to Spring. Amani, whose video image had shown her strolling through the city streets, read “The Scent” which had been written on a plane going to Cuba in 2016, then had another of those Zoom moments, this where she was interrupted by a phone call. Tarishi Shuler’s poem “Everyday” was for the mothers.
One of the fascinatingly attentive things that Danielle does each Poetic Vibe is to create a found poem, or what she calls the take-away, from each of the poets who read, essentially a cento built with the lines she hears.
Then a last-minute surprise before we hung up, a tender, very short poem on family by a poet who was only described (& could be heard as) “a young person.” Anyone can walk through the door, real or virtual, maybe he'll be back someday.
You can find Poetic Vibe through their Facebook page & sign-in to Zoom to read or just to listen.