Back to Monday . . .
I was delighted to have a fairly large crowd at the reading. Some of my fellow poets were there, as well as my wonderful mother-in-law and one of her friends. I was tickled pink that Chris (who just got his master's in English and was my favorite barrista at Borders before it closed) turned up with his girlfriend, and Angela
I read an assortment of poems, including "Troubled Water" and "Socratic Method", both of which can be found over at Chantarelle's Notebook, where I am (for the moment) still the featured poet. "Troubled Water" appears in Breaking Waves: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief, an ebook that is still available for purchase at Book View Cafe as well as in a Kindle edition at Amazon.com for a mere $4.99. All proceeds benefit ongoing Gulf Coast cleanup efforts. And yes, I gave that same infomercial during my reading - lest we all forget how we humans came close to breaking the ocean only last year.
I read quite a lot of poems, actually, including some that I wrote as writing exercises with Angela, and a couple that I wrote early last month in response to the prompts given by Robert Lee Brewer over at his Poetic Asides blog for Writer's Digest. Some of the poems you may have seen here or elsewhere on the web - such as "Shelling Peas" and "Us"; some are so new that, prior to Monday, nobody had seen or heard them but me.
I am extremely grateful to everyone who showed up on Monday, and to Barney Oldfield, the wonderful poet who runs the Poetry in the Round group for inviting me to read. And now, I'm looking forward to June 20th, when Bruce Niedt will be reading at 7:30. I'll probably remind you about it when the date gets closer - just in case any of you can come meet me and hang out!