I ran late getting to the Saturn Series poetry reading at Stone Creek Lounge and unfortunately missed some of the open-mic readers. However, when I arrived, the lovely poet at the mic waved hello to me with a big smile.
Su Polo has run this series for over 22 years. Amazing stamina. When she’d lose a venue, she’d find another one. Though it is a poetry reading, musicians and prose writers are also welcome to the stage.
I listened to the open mic-ers instead of getting my stuff in order. I had stuffed a bunch of poems in my bag in order to get out of the house. I never got them in order of how I’d like to present them.
Then I was introduced to the stage. I brought all my stuff. I knew I wanted to mainly read my poems and then end with a prose piece which was a thin slice of memoir published in Bronx Memoir Project vol. 3.
You can get your copy here: https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/the-bronx-memoir-project/
Su’s audience is so serious, attentive, welcoming, and responsive. I couldn’t ask for more. Every gasp, giggle, and sigh meant so much to me. Poems I worried might offend some were actually very well received. I felt on a natural high. I wish I had brought more poems to share.
I’ve been associated with Su and her reading for many, many years. I have often felt reading at her mic as a healing experience. My poems address painful things and ironic things. They are from deep inside of me. The audience in general always understands and appreciates where I’m coming from. That alone helps me so much. The uplifting feelings stayed. The next day, I was able to accomplish more than on many days.
My co-feature was a very talented musician – Nelson Alxndr. I enjoyed him a lot! We’ve seen and heard each other over the years at different events. He looked like he never aged. We ended the evening with a warm hug.
Those of you in NYC might want to consider coming to these events.
I’ll be a featured reader at:
Monday, August 19th at 7:30, Saturn Series at Stone Creek Lounge, 140 E. 27 Street, back room https://stonecreeknyc.com/new-york-murray-hill-stone-creek-bar-and-lounge-about
Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00, West Side Arts Coalition, Broadway Mall (96th and Broadway, center aisle) http://www.wsacny.org/organization.html
Saturday, September 28th at 7:00, #SheReads2019 at NAMA, 107 West 130 Street
I am now part of the Brevitas group. It’s an on-line NYC poetry group sharing poems of 14 lines or less. My darling Mindy Levokove nominated me, and they accepted me. I submitted my first poem to them which I wrote a while back. I have received many encouraging comments. Here’s the poem:
he took my years
as he did his first wife’s
as the marrying kind
I was met with a nice surprise today when I checked my inbox. I had forgotten that I had sent a poem to Syndic No.21 which is an issue on social justice and injustice. A friend from the NYC poetry circles, Gordon A. Gilbert, Jr., shared this on-line journal with me a while back. I was impressed with the quality of it. I sent a poem and the publisher expressed liking it, but I didn’t realize it was accepted. Maybe I accidentally deleted an email, not sure.
The whole journal is definitely worth your time. My poem is next to last in the table of contents. It’s titled “With women and children on the street…”
Thanks for your interest and time. Much appreciated.
I had the honor of being part of a reading by contributors of Bronx Memoir Project volume 3. It took place at The Huntington Free Library, over 125 years old. http://huntingtonfreelibrary.org/
Many of the contributors read a slice of memoir. The pieces were moving in many ways. When I read mine, I felt the room soooo with me. That feels so validating. Later, a number of people came over to hug me. Real hugs, not the air waste-of-time kind. The warmth of many Bronx people is beautiful. Photos were taken and I hope they get shared soon. I look forward to seeing them.
If you are curious to read the stories (they range from 1 to 5 pages each), and if you’d feel good supporting the Bronx Council on the Arts, you can use this link to purchase your copy https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/the-bronx-memoir-project/.
Hi readers. It’s been a while. This time, I am sharing in advance rather than afterwards — 11/17/2018 Saturday at 6pm, Cornelia Street Cafe, Cornelia Street near West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, NYC, I am on … Continue reading
Several times a year, Bob Quatrone curates the 4 Horse Readings at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, NYC. He invites me to be part of it, and I am thrilled to be asked. The line-up is worth it even if I went simply to listen. At the last reading, I was so blown away by so many that I began jotting down lines from many of the poets. At home, I arranged many of them into what I learned is a cento (from the Latin meaning “patchwork”). It is composed entirely of other poets’ lines.
Three strong men push hard
Heat hangs heavy
He dipped me gently into oblivion
A flip film in blue jeans
Clara puts her head between her paws
No more weeping and a-wailing, no more
I am your perennial garden
Matter alone isn’t what holds us together
Everyone starts off as a woman in the womb
The pith to survive
Born to shed words
From a single half-devoured rose
You’re not alone
No more weeping and a-wailing, no more
A bouquet for age
A sauna of soothing blues
There’s a seat for you here
*Each line came from the various talented poets at the 4 Horse Reading on January 15, 2016