And a good time was had by all at our second Poetry Reading at Latta Java in Marion. Southern Illinois Writers Guild has just started sponsoring this evening twice a month.
Well known and award winning poet David Bond of Carbondale was there again and read from both his books of poetry Colors and American Chicken. One or two I had heard before, and I was glad to hear them again.
Aurora Strick read from her beautiful manuscript about her family in Mexico. This is twice I have heard her read, and she writes so movingly. Just the facts, but they are fascinating. She knows how to tell them well. Tonight she told us of her great grandmother who was won as a bride in a card game.
Mary Ann Sexton was there and read for the first time in her new avocation as a writer. In addition to her inspirational poem, which had been published in the Guild anthology, she read two poems written for her two children's birthdays. (These poems have been printed on parchment paper and surrounded with photos for birthday gifts.) Mary Ann's children are especially prescious because they came after years of waiting. In fact, her poem explained, instead of silver for her 25th anniversary, she had the great longed-for gift of a little sister for her son.
Once again Jim Lambert pleased us with his poetry from Winds of Life. His poems about the paper prayer hanky he got through the mail and his visit to the local funeral home to arrange for his mother's burial made us laugh. These true experiences should have been serious but were made ridiculous by the commercialization of what should have been sacred. With a touch of Texas still in his voice despite his years in Chicago area, Jim captures his audience. Oh yeah, there was that poem describing him and his cousins imitating the chicken whose neck his mother had just wrung. Jim's honest poetry tells it like it is.
I read the most of rest of the few poems I have written in adulthood. I just wanted to be in on the fun. If I read again, it will have to be prose.
It was fun having folks coming and going and providing us a growing audience. Some of the theater folk had to leave early. It was great seeing SIWG member Jeremy Melvin from Logan. I hope he reads next time. His prose reads like poetry to me. Unfortunately, he didn't bring a manuscript with him tonight. He just came to listen.
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