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Poetry Reading After Action Report 10/8/2009

There was a pretty good turnout at last nights poetry reading. There were about a dozen readers. I had one memorial haiku about William Safire, but wasn't very happy with it and decided to read something different. I brought along the found poems I'd mentioned in an earlier posting. I also had a copy of American Sonnets, and intended to read The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus.

I opened my reading with a quotation from scripture, specifically Luke 9:59-60. I told the audience that I would leave the relevance of the scripture as an exercise. Most people figured it out, and  you probably will too if you will click and read. (ADD moment: it would be funny if somebody wrote an update version of St. Augustine's Confessions where instead of being told to  "take up and read"  he was told to "click and read".)

I then made the old and obligatory joke about found poetry and read the poems. Since there were so many other readers I decided against reading the Emma Lazarus poem. And even though it's clearly superior to my own work, it would have been an abrupt change of tone and pace that would not have worked.

There were lots of good readers there. My old friend Leslie, who hadn't been to the Jackson's Java poetry reading in a while, read a pair of poems about breasts. Yes, a pair.  They were also shaped like breasts on the page. I enjoyed them and applauded heartily. I am proud to say I refrained from catcalls, though it was tempting.

During the reading my friend Annie (not her real name)  came up to my table and handed me a letter "A" with a note on the back. The note read "I just wanted to let  you know I am  so happy to see you! I miss ya...". That was so sweet (and very considerate of her to write a note instead of talking during the poetry reading). I'm going to stick it in an envelope so it doesn't get messed up.

I'll include the William Safire haiku here. It's not horrible, it just wasn't good enough to push out other stuff I had been wanting to read for a while.

William Safire

You wrote brilliantly
And fought quite fiercely against
Nattering nabobs