Here we are...

...a group of Baby Boomers of sundry religious,
political and cultural orientations, who have been
meeting at the Voorheesville Public Library since 1991
to read and discuss each other's poems.

We include old fathers and young grandmothers,
artists and musicians, and run-of-the-mill eccentrics.
Writers are welcome to stop in and stay if they like us.

Some of Us

Some of Us
Dennis Sullivan, Beverly Osborne, Tom Corrado, Edie Abrams, Art Willis, Alan Casline (all seated); Paul Amidon, Mike Burke, Tim Verhaegen, Mark O'Brien, Barbara Vink, Philomena Moriarty

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ichiban, et al.

Last night was a big score for food and poetry. Nine of us met at Ichiban for dinner and proceeded to the Social Justice Center for Dennis' feature. We were met there by Alan and Paul. With Alan's drum, Tom's tuba (and digerie-doo which I don't know how to spell but inspired some jokes) as accompanying sound effects, Dennis gave a top notch performance. I was struck by the old Ginsberg/CityLights/60s feeling as we sat in the seedy building with the mismatched chairs and listened to the long-haired bearded guy in the cool hat. Edie stood on a chair to take photos and Georgia (Grey - Dennis' wife) managed to get a short video, I think. All present, which included Mike B., Obie, Tim and I, read during the open mic. Dan Wilcox was hosting. Dennis' sister was there. It was a "balmy night" and, not ready for the fun to end, we stopped at Smit's on the way home (I had read my tribute to the tavern keeper at the mic). Mimi did a book signing at Book House last night, haven't heard how it went. See you all next Thursday, 25th.
Photos to follow shortly.


  1. Anonymous10/19/2007

    I think Tom's poem was the best poem of the night. Actually mine was, but I'm not counting myself. Back to Tom, I think Tom's poem was awesome, it was very accessible, everybody could identify with it.

    Even the well dressed man that laughed when nothing was funny. Even the loud chicks arguing right outside the door on the street. I love Central Avenue, its so rural.

    Good going Tom, and Dennis, and everyone,

    yours etc,


  2. Anonymous10/19/2007

    Barbara - the book signing was wonderful - a lot of friends from long ago showed up, and several people purchased multiple copies, which helped sales. I did a short reading and a 30-minute workshop on publishing, which was also nicely attended.
    Sorry to have missed Dennis' reading - I'm sure Voorheesville was a presence not to be ignored last Thursday night on Central Ave.

  3. Yeah! you broke down and read the "How to" on how to fix the blog banner! Yes? Looks much better.

  4. In response to Tim's email -
    the blogging and posting of comments depends on how busy I am at work. It is not always my first priority, although I do try to do it first thing on Friday morning. Comments must be moderated in this forum because the website is under the auspices of a tax-supported municipal government body which cannot allow obscenities. It is not a private blog such as Dan's. I do not screen for opinions or politics.

    In general-
    While I am on the subject, let me reiterate that I take responsibility for the blogging. In other words, anything blogged is strictly my opinion, my impression of what happened at the meeting, and notes I have made on the poems. If , GOd forbid, I should make an actual mistake or if anyone doesn't agree with my interpretations, you are free to respond and I will publish whatever you write, according to the site guidelines.


  5. Anonymous10/22/2007

    Thank you so much for putting perspective on the structure of the blog. I knew there had to be a good reason for the prior approval. Since I work for a tax supported municipal government body who also can't write obscenities, this makes perfect sense. I should have known better. I didn't know where the blog fits into the government structure. The casualness of a blog wouldn't seem to fit into government structure at all really. An interesting hybrid.

    Its still an excellent blog nonetheless. Its a different structure, thats all. Thanks so much for having the blog.

  6. Anonymous10/24/2007

    Why is our next meeting listed as being on the 27th? That's Saturday.