June 24, 2020

2nd Sunday @ 2: Poetry + Prose, June 14

Zoom with co-hosts Dan Wilcox & Nancy Klepsch, with the technical assistance of Dan Curley, who started us off with an older poem “The Cinema of the ’70s” about the 1973 Steve McQueen film Papillon & about “sticking it to the Man.”

Katt’s poem harkened back to the end of last year & was about eating an orange in New York in the Winter.

Sally Rhoades has been writing memoir pieces about her family & today read “The House that was Never Built” that was for her mother & father.

I read a poem with a nod to Pride Month “Men Don’t Write Flower Poems” the title a remark made by poet John Montague in one of his poetry workshops, then “A Prayer for Super Heroes” a little piece inspired by my granddaughter Jane.

Jil Hanifan read “Enough” about the pain of living in small towns -- ah, yes.

Julie Lomoe premiered an opt-ed piece submitted to the Albany Times Union about the suspected mental impairment diagnosis of the President “Duty to Warn the Danger of Donald Trump” (her title).

Nancy Klepsch read a poem as a chart “Key Strategies to Surviving the Pandemic…” from her experience based on a list of things to do, then the audience participation piece “Say Your Batterer’s Name.”

Joel Best said that his piece “Willy Nilly” was in his usual stream of consciousness style, while his 2nd piece “Always Down” was more “sentimental.”

Nancy Dunlop read a prose poem about defiance written after a conversation with a neighbor about going to Walmart with her son after the shootings in El Paso & Dayton then a piece titled “The End of the House.”

(Bob Sharkey had also joined the call but had to leave before he got a chance to read — maybe next time.)

Speaking of “next time” we will be meeting again on Zoom on the 2nd Sunday of July (the 12th) @ 2PM for Poetry + Prose. Visit the Facebook group for information https://www.facebook.com/groups/917479018383130/

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