Last Sunday Poetry, or, Ekphrasis Once More?
Well sort of, yes. Ekphrasis II (see not so far below, May 28 et al.) a week ago Saturday having been missed by some due to competing events, I took advantage of the final before-summer-break edition of Last Sunday Poetry’s open mike session to read a truncated version of my previous presentation at The Venue. Hosted by the Bloomington Writers Guild, this month’s outing featured two Indiana University poets: MFA Poetry candidate Daniel Minty, using dark themes in several poems including “Skunk Cabbage,” an invented folk monster, and a historical look at ice-cutting and danger on Boston’s Charles River; and faculty member Cecil Sayre exploring, among other topics, the purpose of poetry itself. Then when my turn came I read two of the three “warm-up” poems from The Venue, “Night Child” with its performing arts references to music and dance and “Émile’s Ghosts” with its ambience of times past and possible regret, followed by “Animal Eyes,” my paean to Paris’s Grand Guignol (cf. May 26).
As noted, this was the last “Last Sunday” reading until August when the Writers Guild will return from summer hiatus to a full program of events for fall.