It was good to be “back in Bennington again” — even though this is on Zoom, it still feels like a “place,” not just my house. Still, I got there late while Sheryll was reading, & caught only a snippet of what sounded like a fascinating poem.
Charlie Rossiter, the host of this monthly event, read an “Homage to the Capri Motel,” a place he has stayed in Canada.
I read 2 Haiku I have collectively titled “Cape Ann Haiku,” one for Rockport, MA, the other for Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester.
Charlie liked to do a 2nd round of one poem each, which is good because I got to hear Jim Madigan (from Oak Park Illinois), whom I missed in the 1st round before I got “there/here”; he read part of longer poem, started with a girl in a tee shirt with a picture of Geronimo, that moved on to a VN vet/Black Panther taking that name.
Tom Nicotera, read about a trip to Roswell, NM 2 short descriptive Haiku-like poems.
Charlie talked about tweaking his old poems & read one for his old buddy, Craig, “In The Days of Old.”
& I got to go again, this time with another Cape Ann-based poem, this inspired by a painting in the Cape Ann Museum, “Marsden Hartley’s Eyes.”
It’s always a friendly, poetic group each 2nd Wednesday on Zoom, from Bennington, VT. If you are not already on Charlie’s list you can join us by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org & ask him for the link.