On Saturday, November 2, 2013, I was one of three poetry features at a poetry reading at the Riverside branch of the NY Public Library. They have readings there (free) every Saturday at 3pm. The other two were Evie Ivy and Penelope Maguffin. Both are women I know from the NYC poetry circles. We decided to dress in black. There’s a kid in me who loved the idea of matching colors with the others. I don’t have sisters, so this was a nice taste of that sort of thing. We are each seasoned, lived, and with lots to poem about.
Evie suggested we rotate for our reading. I liked that, and Penelope decided to jump into it with us. It turned out so well. Considering it was a library and not a bar, and I was totally sober, I had so much fun. The mic was good, so I didn’t have to project my voice. I was able to speak in a conversational way. I had dug up old poems and edited them. I read very new poems also. Some were sad, touching, serious, but most were funny at least in part. So there was laughter and applause. The rotating helped keep it alive and moving. Evie, me, Penelope. I’ve heard a lot of Evie’s work in the past but much of Penelope’s was new to my ears. We each enjoyed the experience so much. The audience was soooooooo appreciative.
A co-worker and friend, Richard, came to the reading to tape me since I didn’t have any video of me reading my poetry.