Open-Mic Readers, April 2017

April is national poetry month.  Poetry is the voice of the people, so, to celebrate this annual event, the Willow Glen Poetry Project invites the audience to share two poems, one by a favorite poet, and one by the reader.  In April, we have no ‘featured reader’ because we are all the featured readers.

And poets are like cats, very individual, very ‘unherdable,’ if I may say so.  As you can see from the list below, some folks read a single poem, either by a famous poet, or by him or herself; some read two poems by a famous poet, or two of their own.  It is always a delightful mix, from Elvis Costello to T. S. Eliot.  Here is what we heard:

Dennis Richardson “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver; and “Universality”
Nick Butterfield “PTSD,” and “Vet,” read by Dennis Richardson
Christine Richardson “On the Subject of Poetry,” by W.S. Merwin
Amy Meier “The Secret,” by Denise Levertov
Bert Glick “Thanksgiving Nightmare,” by Julia Vinograd
Erin Redfern “Phone Call,” by Tony Hoagland, and “Miracle of the Roses”
Sandip Bhattacharya “The Heart,”‘ by Mary Oliver, and “The Tall Distance”
Dennis Noren “In Our Craft or Sullen Art,” by Dylan Thomas; and haiku
Diane Moomey “Ode to my Socks,” by Pablo Neruda; and “Podiatria”
Jerry Dyer “Panhandler,” by Franz Wright; and “Tous les jours”
Eike Waltz “A London Hairy Tale,” and “Butt Naked”
Jeanine Corneliussen “New Lace Sleeves,” by Elvis Costello; and “Finding Clarity”
Lita Kurth “We Lived Happily During the War,” by Ilya Kaminsky; and “Mother of all Bombs”
Larry Hollist “Abd el-Hadi Fights a Superpower,” by Taha Muhammad Ali; and “Sorrow”
Katy Caselli “Walking the Hall in Circles”
Lesa Medley “Two Countries,” and “Gate A4,” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Jeffrey Leonard “First Sips,” by Larry Snydal; and “Remembering Rosie Hamlin
Jim Russo “Ode to Santa Cruz,” by Robert Sward; and “Barbara Lee”
Keith Emmons “The Waking,” by Theodore Roethke; and “The Teapot Speaks”
Dave Eisbach “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T. S. Eliot; and “Encounter”
Judith Schallberger “Beethoven Quartet,” by Linda Pastan; and a haiku
Hank Millstein “Where Life Awaits,” by Charles Gibbs; and “Apologia Catholica”
Renée Schell “Spring,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay; and “For Kaylan, Who Likes Maps”
Jenny Luu “Leaves Compared to Flowers,” by Robert Frost; and “Autumn Leaves”
Pushpa MacFarlane “Seventy Anyone,” by William Stafford; and “Redwood Sapling”
Floi Baker “Last Night I was Sleeping,” by Antonio Machado; and “The Breeze at Dawn”
Casey FitzSimons “The Owl and the Pussycat,” by Edward Lear; and “The Still Creep of Sap”

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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