Wow! What a show!
The reading was wonderful last night (and I'm not just saying that because I co-direct it).
Susanna Rich and Adele Kenny were the perfect blend.
The reading began with Susanna dressed in black with a black hat giving us a "Fosse" pose.
Her work is simultaneously provocative, cool, witty, direct and wise, serious and humorous.
Two of the pieces she performed are from her future book and program, "Television Daddy,"
which I can't wait to see.
Check back here for more information. When I find out the date of her next program (expected in
early fall), I'll post it.
If you need an energy surge, I strongly suggest you check it out.
Take a look at her website: http://www.susannarich.com/index.php
Adele Kenny was next to read. Black hat positioned perfectly.
She read poems about growing up in Rahway. About life. About death.
Poems that pull you in. That make you think. That make you say,
"Yes, yes. That's how it is for me, too." Adele's work hit so many emotional
truths that cut through the barriers of age, class, race and gender, and touch our core,
that place where we all meet: our humanness.
What a show!
Adele's website: http://carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com/
After the features, we took a break. Shared coffee, tea, cookies and ideas. Chatted with the featured poets and perused books for sale (as well as some freebies offered by the generous Edie Eustice).
The open was small, but interesting. It was a combination of several die-hard regulars (Tony, Amanda, Sam, Nick, Crysi & Leona) and some newcomers. Chris Mallari performed a song on his guitar which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love when we mix poetry and music. It is such a natural combination since poetry is music in its own right. I wish we had more musicians to mix up our open a bit more. Javi read a whimsical piece about Puerto Rican angels shaking things up a bit by wearing the newest ethereal trend: baseball caps sans halos and only one wing. I loved it. Thanks Javi. I must admit that we have an excellent open.