Open-Mic Readers, April 2011

The following readers presented poems at the open mic on April 21:

Christine Richardson “Voices” by Linda Pastan, and her own “After Reading a Linda Pastan Poem”
Sandip Bhattacharya “In the Grove: The Poet at Ten” by Jane Kenyon, and his own translation of “Since evenfall my eyes are moist today,” a ghazal by Gulzar
Kelly Cressio-Moeller “Separation” by W.S. Merwin, the haiku “Two young grandchildren watch” by Mimi Ahern, “I Go Back to May 1937” by Sharon Olds, and her own “The SASE Kiss of Death Collage”
Casey FitzSimons “Boysenberry Jam” by Donna Lane, and her own “Jam”
Millicent Kellogg “Life While You Wait” by Wislawa Szymborska, and her own “Thief”
Marjorie Schallau “The Journey“ by Mary Oliver, and her own “White Spring Flower”
Dennis Richardson His own “What I Learned in Kindergarten,” and its epilog “Jaden is Fine” a letter in verse by his daughter. Also “The Death of God” by Stephen Dunn
Marty Saunders “Utterance” by Anne Gustin, and his own “Mother’s Song”
Valerie Kochelman “It Is Written” and “My Husband’s Mother: A Prophet”
Pushpa MacFarlane “Tasting the Wild Grapes” by Mary Oliver, and her own “Knot on Wood”
Harry Lafnear “How to Be Eaten by a Lion” by Michael Johnson, and his own “Ooo”
Vuong Vu “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop, and his own “Fresno Poets”
Dave Eisbach “Retro” by Kathie Isaak-Luke, and his own “Gloria”
J.D. A poem
Amy Meier “Glass Slippers” by Kay Ryan, and her own haiku “Close your eyes and breathe”
Judith Schallberger “Moon and Water” by Mary Oliver, and her own haiga “The Late Lunch”
Jerry Dyer “At the Loose Noose” by Kevin Barents, and his own “Dry Run”
Katie Carter “Poem Addressing People Who Are Tired, Hungry, or Horny” by Peter Davis, and her own “Surprised”
Tim Tomasi “Children” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and his own “Oh Dear Beloved, Help Me”
Helen Gallant “A Visitor” by Mary Oliver, and her own “God Gives Us a Soul”
Clysta Seney “An Explanation” by Brendan Galvin, and her own “A Silicon Valley Round”
Nick Butterfield “Song” by Alan Ginsberg, and “Burger King” on behalf of by his step-son David Alexandrou
Jennifer Kershaw “The Verdict” and “Me… On Voyage”
Bonnie George “Howling Moon” by Pushpa MacFarlane, and her own haiga “Welcome Silver”
Christine Van Winkle “As I Walked Out One Evening” by W.H. Auden, and her own “Sonia Semyonovna”

Poets, please let us know if our list needs corrections or additions. Names and titles are easy to miss in the excitement of the evening. Especially this month!

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