Back to 2nd Sunday, but still not in the black box at the Arts Center in Troy. As the folks gathered we talked about food under COVID. Nancy Klepsch & I were the hosts, taking turns.
Speaking of COVID, I began with my poem from September “Words in the Time of COVID-19: Saxophone” that responded to a Blog by Carolee Bennett (https://gooduniversenextdoor.com/2020/08/21/pandemic-diary/), then to a newer piece “My Last Poem” (I hope it’s not).
Sally Rhoades read her most recent poem “First Light” about on waking, then one written at the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival in Oklahoma “I can’t hear you…”
Bob Sharkey read another of his re-writes of Chinese fortune cookies “Fortunes for a Zoom Reading,” then a section from May Gaitskill’s “This is Pleasure,” commenting that one thing he misses a lot is walking the streets of NYC.
Joel Best read his recently finished piece, “Off Season,” on the change of seasons, with walking & lost prayers.
My co-host Nancy Klepsch read a pandemic piece, “You Know My Mother was from Corona,” with images of remembrance, then one titled “Unfortunate Daughter.”
Tim Verhaegen’s poem might have been titled “City Slicker,” I wasn’t sure, it was about taking a drive to Cooperstown, describing things looking "like a bad still life."
Tara Kistler wanted to be last & she was! with a short piece titled “Pygmalion,” you can guess what it was about.
You can find it on Zoom each 2nd Sunday @ 2, check it out on Facebook for the link.