Another Poetry Party for Sunday: A Springtime Lagniappe

It was an entirely pleasant afternoon.  Temperature was in the mid-seventies, a little cloudy but mostly sun.  In this case, the occasion was “an afternoon of poetry, food, drink, and conversation” celebrating a local poet and poetry publicist Jenny Kander on her 80th birthday, or thereabouts.  Among other things, Jenny had produced morning “five minutes of poetry” type readings by local poets for both the PBS affiliate and a community radio station (I did a taping for Halloween for one of these as I recall), live readings at the Barnes and Noble, and edited/ compiled several books of poetry including A LINEN WEAVE OF BLOOMINGTON POETS (Wind, 2002) in which my section stands out as being the only one with a poem about Frankenstein.

The party ran for about two hours, starting with five minute readings by a number of invited poets, a social (and eating, including some more-high-class-than-usual food, deviled eggs, hummus, stuffed cherry tomatoes, a delicious chicken salad, even booze for those who desired it) break, and an open mike session.  I brought several very recent poems (i.e., I picked up my current notebook  — well, it wasn’t quite that casual as I’d marked and timed four in advance, two very short, depending on how much time they would give me) for the open mike part, one of which was an occasional poem from just last Tuesday, an also warm and pleasant day, but one illustrating what is becoming an increasing local problem.

So herewith, having decided to skip the fourth in my reading, the third and final poem as a lagniappe:



spring’s first urban deer
in my yard this April day —
who’s for venison?


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